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Crafting Your Curriculum Vitae and Letter of Intent August 17, 2016 Sarah Lorentz, Pharm.D. Director, Medication Therapy Management Services Ambulatory Care and Community Practice Experiential Education
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Crafting Your Curriculum Vitae and Letter of Intent August 17, 2016 Sarah Lorentz, Pharm.D. Director, Medication Therapy Management Services Ambulatory Care and Community Practice Experiential Education What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)? A [curriculum vitae] CV, meaning life story or course of life is much longer, comprehensive, and detailed than a resume. Write your story as it happens! Reference: Soric, Mate M. (2013). Maximize Your Rotations: ASHP s Student Guide to IPPEs, APPEs, and Beyond. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. What is the Purpose and Goal of Your CV? Purpose: CVs help establish you as a strong match for your future residency, fellowship, other post-graduate program, or employment. Goal: CVs serve as an introduction to program directors and future employers to help you get an interview. Reference: UCSF Office of Career & Professional Development. (2007). UCSF OCPD Dental Residency Tutorial [Video file]. Retrieved from Outline of Information that Belongs on Your CV Contact information Education and experiential training Specialized training, professional licensure, and certification Presentations, publications, and research Community service Professional activities and leadership Professional and teaching experience Honors and awards Special skills or expertise Reference: American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Curriculum Vitae Pearls. Retrieved from Craft a Concise and Honest CV The most important entries listed first Avoid categories that include only one item try to incorporate these entries into another section of your CV List details in reverse chronological order Be consistent with your CV formatting styles may vary Start bullets with action verbs, use specific details to focus on what you ve done, and include information about what outcomes you contributed to and detail why your actions mattered to the preceptor/employer Consistently format fonts, font sizes, and placement of dates Feature different sections with bold, capitalized, and/or underlined headings Leave sufficient white space to allow for easy reading Include your name and page number on each page Do not fluff your CV with the following: Using abnormally wide margins or large font types Describing non-related accomplishments in detail Duplicating items in different sections of the CV References: Ohio State University, College of Pharmacy Career Services. (2013). Curriculum Vitae Creation. Retrieved from https://pharmacy.osu.edu/forms/allstudents/career-services-2013/ CVGuide5_31_13.pdf Soric, Mate M. (2013). Maximize Your Rotations: ASHP s Student Guide to IPPEs, APPEs, and Beyond. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. More Guidelines for Crafting Your CV Do not include information on events which occurred prior to entering pharmacy school except for education (degrees) unless it is unique e.g. awards or office held in organizations Consider your use of abbreviations Define an abbreviation within its first instance in your CV using parentheses i.e. Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) Use past tense and third person Include the names of your preceptors and supervisors Proofread your CV; have it reviewed by others to minimize errors (family, friends, preceptors, faculty, faculty advisors, school events, and pharmacy organization events). Reference: American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Curriculum Vitae Pearls. Retrieved from Consider The Following While Crafting Your CV If you list your name on a publication, be prepared to talk about the project as a whole. Identify your role on each project. Can you speak about any item on your CV if asked for more detail during an interview? Not every position may not require a detailed CV In this case, consider developing a one- to two-page resume using a CV framework. Reference: Soric, Mate M. (2013). Maximize Your Rotations: ASHP s Student Guide to IPPEs, APPEs, and Beyond. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. When it comes to CVs, there are many different opinions about style, order of items, length, and other factors. Although it is important for you to get multiple opinions and perspectives, avoid making every change recommended. Rather, after receiving several sets of feedback, decide which changes to incorporate. Reference: Soric, Mate M. (2013). Maximize Your Rotations: ASHP s Student Guide to IPPEs, APPEs, and Beyond. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Disclaimer: This sample CV was compiled from multiple student pharmacists activities to demonstrate formatting of various CV components. A single student s CV would not be expected to contain all of these activities. List section contents in reverse chronological order, with most current information at the beginning of each section. Following a residency or first job, remove the APPE, IPPE and meetings attended sections. Consider tracking students you precept. You can find this sample CV in its entirety here: Student_Curriculum_Vitae_Sample.pdf Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Use your current contact information so that your interviewer can reach you Use your current address in addition to your permanent address if applicable Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Suggested font and style format: Times New Roman or sans-serif fonts such as Arial inch margins point font reverse chronological order of details Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Consider appropriate length and format for workplace experience Use bullet points whenever possible to highlight key details Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Include specific details for each project and role you list on your CV It is recommended to add your preceptor s name wherever applicable Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Include any scheduled future experiential education experiences Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Header (top left corner on every page) Footer (bottom-right corner on every page) In addition to including your name in the header on each page, add the date page numbers in the footer as well Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Include categories such as teaching experiences, research, or any other focus/interest/expertise relevant to where you are sending your CV Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Keep abbreviations in mind when listing them on your CV If you have not mentioned an acronym anywhere else, it is best to spell it out first before abbreviating it throughout the CV Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Make sure all entries on your CV are unique Consolidate experiences and positions as necessary Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Avoid categories that include only one item consider incorporating these entries into another section of your CV Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Be prepared to discuss all experiences in detail when interviewing with potential employers or program directors Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Consider making use of line spacing and font formatting to make it easier for the reader to get the main details from each section of your CV Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Consider the order in which information is presented in your CV such as placing publications before other extracurricular activities Jane A. Doe s Sample CV Consider whether or not you want to include references on your CV, but have them available upon request. ACCP s CV Writing Skills Presentation Access the presentation here: ACCP s On Demand CV Review Service Access the service at: Summary of What Makes an Excellent CV Logical organization, details about your range of experience, and formatted for easy reading. Chronicle the following in your CV: academic training (undergrad and graduate education) professional skills (clinical research, teaching, leadership, management experience, etc.) outcomes (honors, awards, publications, etc.) Focus on examples of your training, skills, and outcomes with multiple bullet points so that future employers and program directors know exactly what you have accomplished. Remember: Everything on your CV is subject to discussion during your interviews. When you list details about your past experiences, ensure that you are able to discuss your roles and contributions in detail. Make sure all entries are accurate and honest. Reference: UCSF Office of Career & Professional Development. Retrieved from pharmacy-students/internships-jobs-residency/cvs-resumes-cover-letters. What are Letters of Intent? A letter of intent, or cover letter, conveys your specific areas of interest to a program and also demonstrates your passion for pharmacy. A well-crafted letter can differentiate you from other candidates and may even be a factor in whether you move on to the interview phase of the application process. Think of the letter as a way to tell the story of who you are. Using a professional approach, you convey your interests, your goals, and what you hope to achieve through your residency. You also include personal examples of how you ve gained a skill set that is unique to you. These details tell more about you as a person than your CV does on its own. Reference: Miller, Monica L. (2013). Getting Started in a Pharmacy Residency. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association. Developing a Letter of Intent From the program s perspective, the letter of intent is read to determine whether the candidate has: relevant skills, abilities, and experience for the position good written communication skills goals and interests that match what the program can offer Reference: Bauman, Jerry L. and Sims, Keri A (2012). The ACCP Field Guide to Becoming a Standout Pharmacy Residency Candidate. American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Developing a Letter of Intent (Continued) The introductory paragraph should state the position to which you are applying, explain how you heard about the position, and indicate why you are interested Detail how you learned about the program; reference the residency showcase The body of the letter, highlights candidate strengths, achievements, and experiences relevant to the position. Use specific examples and emphasize relevant achievements from your CV The final paragraph should reinforce interest in the position, indicate why you may be a good fit, and thank the readers for their consideration It may be helpful to indicate an interest in meeting with the program directors to learn more Reference: Bauman, Jerry L. and Sims, Keri A (2012). The ACCP Field Guide to Becoming a Standout Pharmacy Residency Candidate. American College of Clinical Pharmacy. More Key Points About Letters of Intent Your letter of intent should answer the following questions: What are you interested in with this particular residency? What are your professional goals? How does this residency help you achieve those goals? What relevant skills and experiences do you bring to the program? Your letter of intent should elaborate on items your CV contains Tell a story; make people excited about you by helping them see your strengths, accomplishments, and potential Be articulate and professional; don t exceed more than 2 pages Avoid using generic phrases and clichés Have the letter reviewed by an outside person Convey a sense of confidence and sincerity Follow application guidelines (word count, formatting, etc.) Check grammar and spelling Reference: Miller, Monica L. (2013). Getting Started in a Pharmacy Residency. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association. CV Fest (P-4 Only Event) What: CV review with faculty and San Diego pharmacists This event is co-sponsored by SDCPhA When: Monday, November 7, 7:00-9:00pm Where: HSEC Rooms 1, 2, and 3 Who: Hosted by Dr. Lorentz and McBane Why: Get your CV reviewed! Any questions? References American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Curriculum Vitae Pearls. Retrieved from cvpearls.aspx Bauman, Jerry L. and Sims, Keri A (2012). The ACCP Field Guide to Becoming a Standout Pharmacy Residency Candidate. American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Miller, Monica L. (2013). Getting Started in a Pharmacy Residency. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association. Ohio State University, College of Pharmacy Career Services. (2013). Curriculum Vitae Creation. Retrieved from https://pharmacy.osu.edu/forms/allstudents/career-services-2013/cvguide5_31_13.pdf Soric, Mate M. (2013). Maximize Your Rotations: ASHP s Student Guide to IPPEs, APPEs, and Beyond. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. (2013). Student Curriculum Vitae Template. Retrieved from UCSF Office of Career & Professional Development. Application Materials: Pharmacy. Retrieved from career.ucsf.edu/pharmacy-students/internships-jobs-residency/cvs-resumes-cover-letters
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