Once a CV is created, cover letters are needed to submit applications for positions. In general, the cover letter expresses the interest in a position, summarizes the qualifications of an applicant, and ties those skill sets to the needs of an employer. All of this is accomplished in a direct, well-written letter. Cover letters must be targeted to a specific position and employer.
An effective CV and cover letter are often deciding factors on whether an applicant is contacted for an interview. The person hiring for the job will look at these documents to gain an understanding of the applicant’s training, experience, volunteerism, and most importantly, unique skills they bring to the position. Substance and style matter. Vital information should be included. The letter and the author must look and sound highly professional.
Following are some basic tips on creating a CV:
- Provide an accurate description of skills and experience acquired over the course of training.
- Include titles, names, and dates for each job since high school.
- Lists all job duties for each position or training experience in chronologic order.
- Specify why you are a “good fit” with the practice and position from the perspective of what the employer is seeking
- Meticulously check grammar and punctuation.
- Contact information must be complete, accurate, and up to date.
Here is a link to a very helpful article from the NEJM Career Center on what to include in a cover letter as well as some "do's" and "don'ts."