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									 The Curriculum Vitae:
Design Basics for Students

    Sherry Luedtke, PharmD
 Associate Dean, Professional Affairs
   TTUHSC School of Pharmacy
                    What’s a CV?
   Curricula vitae
       Latin “course of life”
   Used in lieu of a resume for international,
    professional, or academic positions
   Used for application purposes as well as means
    for introducing invited speakers
         How is a CV different than a
   Longer (2+ pages)
   Content
       Summary of academic,
        teaching, research,
        publications, honors, and
   Purpose
       Career biography
       Contents of a Standard CV
   Contact information            Publications
   Professional objective         Research experience
   Professional licenses and      Scholarly activities
    certifications                 Awards and honors
   Education                      Grants
   Work experience                Professional
   Clinical rotation               memberships
    experiences                    Community service
   Presentations                   activities
                                   References
            Contents of Standard CV
   Complete contact information
     Use permanent mailing address
     Consider including campus address, but indicate
      which is permanent mailing address
     Include your email address

   Professional objective
     The more specific the better
     Taylor to each position you target
           Residency versus clinical position
          Contents of Standard CV
   Professional licenses/certifications
       Include licensure/certification numbers
   Education
       Degree completion dates
       Major
       Institution attended
   Work experience
       Title of position, dates of employment
       Name of institution, location
       Description of experience, responsibilities, and achievements
        Contents of Standard CV
   Clinical rotation experiences
     As student list clerkship experiences similar to work
     List rotation site, preceptor, short description of
   Presentations
     List titles, audience, dates
     Include academic presentations to highlight
      communication skills
         Contents of Standard CVs
   Publications/Posters
       List all publications in AMA style
       Include newsletters, case reports, original research
   Research experiences
       List any research experiences (lab technician, data collection
       Describe research skills developed
   Scholarly activities
       List involvement in special projects and activities
       Examples: DUE projects, data collection role in study,
        experiences in projects on rotations
          Contents of Standard CV
   Awards and honors
       List specific awards, scholarships, recognitions
   Grants
       List grant (submitted and funded), funding source,
        amount, dates
   Professional memberships
     List membership in organizations
     Leadership positions held and committee
      involvement (dates)
         Contents of Standard CVs
   Community service activities
       List/describe volunteer and community service
          Activities with student organizations
          CAP projects

   References
     Generally provided separately
     Ask before listing someone as reference

     Available upon request
        Different Versions of CVs
   Similar to a resume, different versions may be
    necessary for different positions
   Professional objective taylored to the position
   Prioritize key experiences important for the
    position to be presented early within CV
          Stylistic Considerations
   Order of contents of CV should reflect individuals
    strengths and take into consideration experiences
    necessary for the position
   Use action words when describing experiences
   Reverse chronological order
   Standard 8 ½ X 11 inch bond paper
   Single side printing, preferably laser
   Conservative, 12-14 size font throughout
   Avoid excessive lines, graphics, shading, etc
           Important “Cs” of CVs
   Clear
       Well-organized, content flows well
   Concise
       Include relevant and necessary information
   Complete
       Includes everything you need to show qualifications
   Consistent
       Use consistent design, fonts, layout
   Current
       Keep up to date, update at least annually
        Important “Don’ts” for CVs
   Spelling or grammatical errors
     Proof, proof, proof . . . . then proof again!!
     Have numerous people review

   Difficult to read fonts/small font size
     Minimal 12 pt font, laser printer
     Standard fonts preferred
     Think conservative

   Cheap paper
       White, cream, gray bond paper
        Important “Don’ts” for CVs
   Folding, stapling
     Send in large envelope to companies
     Consider inserting header (upper right corner) with
   “Mass” mailing “to whom it may concern”
       Target specific individual within a company
   Weak objective/philosophy
   Lack cover letter
       First thing that is seen; need strong letter
                      Cover Letters
   Often more important than CV when mailing
    information for a position
   Need to make your letter unique to stand out
    from the rest
   Creative/unique letters
     Show that you have researched the position and/or
     Refer to connections that you might have
           Faculty members, residents
                       Cover Letters
   Cover letters should be addressed to a specific
       Verify correct name spelling, title
   First paragraph
       State interest in the position
       Include several sentences which indicate interest in position
        and qualifications
       “After spending a great deal of time working as an intern in a
        Children’s Hospital, I was interested to learn about the
        position for a clinical pharmacist at Children Are Us
                      Cover Letters
   Second/third paragraph
       Refer to CV enclosed and highlight experiences that prepare
        you for the position
       Personalize the qualities listed on CV pertinent to the
       “The most enjoyable experiences I have had during my
        clerkships occurred during my Pediatrics rotation. Seeing the
        smile and sense of accomplishment on the face of the 5 year
        old newly diagnosed diabetic whom I taught insulin injection
        technique . . .”
   Closing statement
       List contact information if any questions, enthusiasm for
        position, offer to provide any additional information
    Follow-up/Thank You Letters
   Decisions for second interviews/hiring may be
    influenced by your follow-up after an interview
   Just as important for positions no longer
    interested in pursuing
     Thank for time
     “I appreciate the time you spent with me discussing
      the position, however the position does not meet my
      career goals at this time. . .”
     Remember: PHARMACY IS A SMALL WORLD!!!!
    Follow-Up/Thank You Letters
   Address letter to specific individual(s)
       Verify correct name spelling, title, etc
   Avoid generic letters
       Make unique by referring to
        discussions/experiences during interview
   Timeliness
       Within 1 week of interview
    Follow-Up/Thank You Letters
   First paragraph
       Indicate reason for letter/appreciation for interviewers time
       “Thank you for taking the time to meet with me to discuss
        the clinical pharmacist position at . . .”
   Second paragraph
       Express continued interest in the position, your individual
        contribution or “fit” with the position, understanding of
        positions requirements
       “After our visit, I believe the flexibility and emphasis on
        clinical practice of the position would fit well with my goals .
    Follow-Up/Thank You Letters
   Third paragraph (optional)
     Clarify misunderstandings during interview,
      questions about your qualifications
     “Although I know that your are looking for
      someone who has more experience, I feel that my . .
   Closing statement
       Re-emphasize continued interest and enthusiasm for
        the position, contact information
             Skills Employers Want
   Communication skills
       Highlight in presentations/publications
   Teamwork/interpersonal skills
       Highlight group activities in coursework
   Computer skills
   Flexibility/adaptability
   Self-confidence
   Motivation/initiative
   Work ethic
 On-line Resource Materials for CVs
         and Cover Letters
Numerous on-line resources providing examples
  and templates for CVs and letters:

On-line Resource Materials for CVs
    and Cover Letters (cont’d)
        ASHP On-Line Resources
   Professional Development Book
     Preparations for Midyear interviews, residencies
      application process
     Example CVs, cover letters, etc (pgs 14-15; 32-40

   Career Development Kit
     Information on job search, CV writing, interviewing
      skills, contract negotiation
     CV writing tips (pg23-36)

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