Writing a medical CV – formatting tips

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Presentation is always important, but especially when you want to showcase your experience and skills in the best possible light to a potential employer. Ensuring your CV hits the neatness spot is crucial for making it as accessible and easy to read as possible, allowing your information to be clearly digested by whoever is reading it.

Why not use these tips when you are formatting your medical CV…

  • Font size should be between 10 and 12
  • Capitals, bold and italics can all be used to distinguish headers and sections, however underlining should be avoided
  • Clearly identify your headings so that the reader doesn’t get lost
  • Employ bullet points instead of lengthy paragraphs to make it easier to read
  • Number each page
  • Have your surname and initial as a small header at the top of each page
  • Avoid content pages, indexes or covering sheets as this takes the focus from your relevant information
  • Print hard copies onto plain white paper
  • Email copies should be saved in an easy to open file
  • Aim to keep your CV between three and eight pages long


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