CVs and Resumes

A curriculum vitae (CV) is typically used in the chiropractic profession. Create a CV that sets you apart.

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How to Create a CV and a Resume

Your CV or resume is often the first impression a prospective employer will have of you – so make sure it clearly and concisely communicates your strengths and skills.  Make every word count!


The Goal of a Good CV or Resume

The information you choose and how you present it should build a compelling case for why a doctor should consider you as a prospective associate or independent contractor. Be precise, but also toot your own horn (in moderation).

Your CV or resume should:

  • Describe your education and professional experience
  • Indicate career goals and objectives
  • Establish credibility and professional qualifications
  • Establish you as an outstanding candidate
  • Demonstrate and sell your capabilities

Which Format - CV or Resume?

In health care, a CV is preferred while private industry employers are familiar with traditional resume formats. So as a general rule, when applying for a chiropractic associate or independent contractor position, use the CV format.

“Curriculum vitae" is Latin for "the course of one's life" so it’s appropriate that a CV would display your academic credentials and accomplishments in greater detail than a resume.

What's Included in a CV?

Though a CV should list all credentials, the content should have a tone of understated modesty about achievements. The content and length of a CV depends on the candidate's objective and level of experience. A new grad might have a one page CV while someone with a longer career might require a dozen pages.

Typical headings might include:

  • Contact information
  • Objective or summary statement
  • Education/degrees
  • Licensure and certifications
  • Professional experience, including internships
  • Recognitions - awards, honors, publications, speaking engagements
  • Special skills/training - conferences, computer skills, languages
  • Professional affiliations
  • Community and extracurricular activities
  • Additional information

Include details such as: dates, locations, responsibilities in positions held, and the skills you gained or utilized through these experiences. By gathering this information in a rough form, you now have a basic outline to begin writing your CV.

Where Should You Begin?

There is no right way or wrong way to put a CV together but you’ll need to determine the right combination and order of topics based on your experience, education, and goals. A self-assessment can be the foundation of how you sell yourself and will help differentiate your CV from those of other individuals.


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