- Posted Tuesday January 12, 2021
When it comes to finding a new job, your CV could be your ticket to get your initial interview - but how do you make sure it stands out from the rest?
Your CV should not only tell a story of you and your career but also it needs to be clear enough to show why you are the best fit for the role you’re applying for. Our surveys show us that most Practice Managers stay in their role for a long time, meaning you could find your CV in need of an update.
We’ve put together the following tips to help you get started in creating a successful CV and securing your next job.
Keep it simple and clean
A successful CV is always clearly presented and structured and shouldn’t be more than 2 pages long (A4 paper). The shorter, simpler and more straightforward your language, the easier it will be for the employer to read. Try using the same font for the headers as well as bulletin points to explain your duties and achievements.
Divide it into sections
The first section on the top of the page should include your name and contact information and then a summary about who you are, a short bio that introduces you to the reader.
Ensure this section sums up your best qualifications, explains your ideal career path and it can be a game changer as it helps the reader to get an idea of who you are without reading through the whole text.
Writing professional summary should not just include the dates and the name of your employer, but you also need to provide detailed information and examples in relation to your specific experience.
Our FPM Recruitment and Training Consultant Heather Cook highlights that “often a Practice Manager won't include their IT experience, i.e. clinical system, banking software, Open Exeter, payroll software etc and they are scored lower because the information detail is limited. “
“The more examples you give the more it showcases how experienced you are in specific areas and how you’re dealing with day to day tasks.”
Here are some examples:
- Significant staff management experience
- Have experience of HR, including conducting appraisals and dealing with disciplinary issues
- Experience in Practice Finances, Payroll (You can also include some stats here on how you have improved the Finances in detail)
The graphic below shows all the sections/categories your CV should include.
Adapt your CV to the role you’re applying for
This doesn’t mean that you need to re-write your CV from scratch - reading the job description thoroughly is very important as well as understanding what the employer is looking for.
Another tip is to include your most relevant skills first. Tailoring your CV is about making the skills and experience you have appear to the best advantage - so make the most relevant parts of your CV the most visible.
Keep it updated
Make sure that you keep your CV up to date and review it on a regular basis – you can always refer to your original job description, but your experiences in your current job will always give you additional knowledge and experience, so remember to renew your CV by adding new skills and experience that is missing.
Use your Experience as a Practice Manager
You will be used to reviewing CVs and you will know what you find helpful and attractive in a CV. Utilise this, if you have seen a format you like or a candidate has included something you found impressive, make a note of this, it could help you with your own CV.
Have you been inspired by any of these ideas? What works for you and what doesn’t? Share your top CV tips with fellow PMs in the comment section below or leave a comment on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.