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Green MD FACP Chief of Cardiology North Shore University Hospital Associate Professor of Medicine New York University School of Medicine
Writing a Cover Letter and CV for the Real World«
The purpose of these two documents are to get you in the door«
Real World = Your Next Job
What Needs to be in a Cover Letter
It is not your CV in text form! It should not be a discussion about how much you would love this job, etc. Really, the purpose of a cover letter is to answer the question«.
One page. If they are looking for a person with a certain skill set. etc. It¶s OK to specify your skill set: eg Level 2 echocardiography.The Cover Letter« Tries to sell the potential employee that you are the right person for their job. maximum. . endoscopy skills. this letter should tell them that you have the skills that they require.
but a specific person with specific expertise. the cover letter is for that particular job (only). . What¶s their problem? Don¶t think that the group is looking for another body. You need to know who to address the letter to« Never put down Dear Sir/Madam or Dear Office Manager« Be specific.Do Your Homework!! You need to know what needs they are looking to fill.
etc. . racial. religious affiliations. Group History«.Homework and Preparation is Essential before the Interview«You need to know« What they are looking for« What the group is like« How stable is the group« Where are the offices. and where do the want to put you. How old is the group«sometimes other social.
com How up to date is the staff listings? y Anyone ³disappeared´? y Anyone from your college.eg Vitals. medical school.The Internet is Your Friend« Google to individual MDs« Google the office practice itself« Look at other internet sites. or residency (for you to know. . for them to find out«Mums the word).
after she/he looks at the cover letter to look at your CV« 1. Using the CV as a framework for discussions at the time of the job interview. 2.What About the CV? There are two basic purposes for a potential employer. and which applicants should be removed from consideration. Shortlisting the candidates .which have the requirements that are being sought. .
y College Awards Should Be Limited to Major Things (Rhodes Scholar. y Similarly with Medical School.What Does This Mean In a Private Practice Job? Keep it Short: 1-2 Pages (Max!) Make Sure It Includes the Criteria that are Sought. Don¶t Wax Poetic About Outside Activities Don¶t Include Potentially Irrelevant Material: y High School Awards and Activities are Not Appropriate. unless it relates to the job. anyone?) ± not Social Chair at the Fraternity. .
.So What Goes In It? Honors and Awards during Residency and Fellowship Technical skills acquired during training At the bottom«interests (1-2 lines maximum). it will not show you are ³well rounded´ but rather imply that you¶re most interested in things outside of medicine (WRONG MESSAGE). If your interests are too extensive.
not Babies Hospital. telephone. New York.Format For Your CV« First Block: Your Demographics y Name. NY. email address y Other potential additions: Birthdate Marital Status. fourth floor). Citizenship . address. children Place of Birth (eg.
except for a specific job.CV Format« Block Two: Your Education y Generally does not include high school. with degree and year. Generally put in them in temporal order. Can included honors and major. where you are trying to make a point (going back to your hometown). with dates. y Undergraduate College. y Medical School and other advanced degrees. put it in just for those jobs. . In that case.
with dates. or chimney sweep« . y If this is not your first job since finishing training. analytical chemist. Be prepared to verbally answer questions regarding time gaps. longshoreman. busboy. you would then have a section with other (physician) job experiences«not your pre MD jobs like dishwasher. toll collector.CV Format« Block Three: Post MD Training y Again in order.
OK to list college honors. eg scholarship awards. some of this stuff should disappear from your CV over time. eg National Merit y y y y Scholar (I see this all the time). Early in career. Same with medical school honors. Definitely YES to any honors or awards during residency and fellowship training«including Chiefships. If you stay academic. etc. . Phi Beta Kappa.CV: Block Four Honors and Awards y Probably not high school awards.
with dates.CV: Block Five License and Registration Information y NY State License number«. OK to put non ABIM certifications such as echo boards. nuclear boards. etc) . y Other states listed if you have them y Certifications: Flex exams etc. CT boards OK to put training levels within your fellowships. especially for private practice (Level II echo. if you did them Board Certifications.
Associate Professor of Medicine. . y Then with a little paragraph detailing what you did. Department of Medicine. Bay City Hospital. Tom Jones. Dates of Research.Block Six: Previous Research Dr.
Block Seven: Papers and Publications Abstract citations first. date order Papers next. date order .
October 14. not morning reports Outside Presentations. 2008. New York. you could include it in your CV: y ³How to Sell Yourself to Potential Employees´ ACP Resident and Fellows Career Night.Block Eight: Presentations Abstract Presentations Medical Grand Rounds Presentations Not routine peer presentations. non drug company y If you were giving this talk. New York. . Lenox Hill Hospital.
CV final steps« Outside Interests Languages ± beyond English .
less pages) for a copy of their CV for the ³Bay City University´ official formatting. Do NOT do this for every academic job!! . ask a junior faculty member (less intimidating. the most important thing is that it be short and clean appearing. but more importantly. If for an academic job at your current institution.What About the Format? Many options.
y y y y underdressed not acceptable. Communications skills. degress of nervousness.Interviewing 101« What I·m Looking for During An Interview Personal Appearance: y Dress: slightly overdressed OK. Confidence without arrogance IS THIS SOMEONE I WANT TO WORK WITH FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS? Maybe more importantly«is this someone my patients will be comfortable with? .
often the ease and act of conversation is more important than the information discussed. Does the person and the CV make sense with each other? Find grounds for conversation.Interviewing 101: Check the Cover Letter and CV Recheck to see if the qualifications are correct. . With any interview at any level.
Don¶t try to steer the conversation back to points on your CV-just let things flow. I need to know more about you as a person (not necessarily your interests or your research). the act of conversation is more important that the information discussed. .First Interview The Conversation In most interviews. at most levels.
an email note is becoming more common. unless that is what is requested.After the Interview« If you¶re still interested. Don¶t keep calling« think of it like a second date. A very short written note is best. communicate back to the interviewer your interest. . If I¶m interested. I¶ll get back to you. Usually not a phone conversation.
What Not to Bring Up on First Interviews Anything to do with money: starting salaries. weekend office hours. expected on call schedule«all too presumptuous unless the employer brings them up . conference time. Anything to do with time off: number of weeks of vacation. time to partnership. partners¶ salaries (actually the most important thing of these three. even later). but typically not thought about or discussed.
Red Flag of Warning Unless this is someone you already know. like a first date« y May be a marker of desperation. trying to wrap up a candidate on the first interview. y If they tell you the salary. y Again. and start pushing forward to finalize things. or previous difficulties finding someone to take the job. .
Other Points to Think About« They will probably ask for references: more important to give them people who know you best rather than people with big titles. after you¶ve started looking into a job. but as part of your homework. You can¶t really ask them for references. you need to start asking about the group or MD y People at your program who know them y People from your program who practice locally .
. y y y y y Personality issues Work stress or hours worked Reputation in the hospital History of firing members before partnership You don¶t know these things about groups at other hospitals.Look At It Another Way« There are groups at your institution that look great on paper. but you know their history and would not want to join them. that would be good with the interviews.
since presumably you¶re going for partner. and will be a partner for the vast majority of your career. .Eventually« the Money Discussion The most important piece of information is how much the partners make. buy in are actually less important. but most commonly quoted. starting salary. Find out before signing Time to partnership.
Starting Salary Not the Most Important??? Larger groups can offer more starting but cannot offer a leadership position as early. it will be much higher than during residency. Whatever you start with.<3% will be your starting. Desperate groups may offer a higher starting salary. What¶s the important number in a car lease? . if they cannot find anyone the previous year. The majority of your career income will be as a partner«.
Groups have to do their finances. August and September are left over jobs from the previous year. Job offers in July.It·s October and I Don·t Have a Job Yet«Am I in Trouble?? Definitely not. . Most good jobs are just starting to come out. and judge their needs prior to interviewing. and will be coming out for the next 6 months.
Job Location and Job Type« You need to prioritize these two things. Which is your priority? Expand your horizon. especially as the year goes on. Frequently your ideal job and ideal location are not the same. Better to take you ideal job 2 hours drive from NYC than a mediocre job on the UES* *UES = Upper East Side .
Above all. keep your cool this year. not just during interviews! .
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