First impressions matter — AGA shares 5 CV mistakes gastroenterologists should avoid

Curriculum vitaes are among the first things hospitals consider when adding a new gastroenterologist.

The American Gastroenterological Association and Health eCareers compiled five common mistakes gastroenterologists need to avoid in their CVs.

1. Clutter formatting
Potential employers spend minutes on CVs before deciding whether to reject or approve. Use white space, bold headlines and bulleted lists with an easy-to-read font to help credentials stand out.

2. Generic copy
Avoid copying text from CV templates online, and use your own words instead. Include some personal information in a skills statement to help the CV standout.

3. Misrepresentations or outright lies
Embellishing skill sets, responsibilities, dates of employment, job titles or academic degrees is detrimental. While changing facts on a CV seems harmless, it often leads to an automatic rejection and a potential blacklisting when detected.

4. Failing to focus on accomplishments
Don't focus only on your duties or responsibilities. Highlight your accomplishments.

5. Forgetting the keywords
When posting a CV online, many healthcare organizations use applicant tracking software to scan and rank the relevance of CVs. Read a job posting carefully, and customize your CV to accurately reflect it.

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