I have been receiving a lot of questions lately on what should go in a CV and how/when to present references.

This is simply for the purpose of content. Formatting is not included. Just remember, Keep It Simple. Just because you know how to do some fancy formatting graphics and tables, doesn’t mean you should.

CV’s are typically completed in detail and resumes are a summary. Most practices looking to hire want at least a resume, but would rather a complete CV. Letters of recommendation, copies of credentials and certifications can wait until later. Do not provide those at time of application.
Curriculum Vitae

Name, O.D.
City State, Zip
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Email address
Website (if applicable)

Optometric Licenses
State – Licenses number

Professional Career Goals
Write something that lets potential hiring authorities know what you are looking for professionally.

Optometry School, City, State, Graduation Year, notable honors
Undergrad School, City, State, Graduation Year, notable honors
Do not include high school or early education. If you have another post-graduate degree you should list it. Always list degrees starting from most recent to the oldest.

Residency and/or Notable CE
Program Name, City, State, Month/Year completed

Practice Ownership and/or Employment History
List by Business Name, Position, Month and year start thru Month and year end. You should also list achievements, strengths, productions, notable skills.

Professional Honors
List fellowships, distinguished awards, etc

Professional Membership
List organizations/study clubs you are part of and offices held. Include location.

Community Service
List community organizations you are involved in and offices held. Include location.

List should include people who are professional colleagues, supervisors, or someone from the community who can vouch for your character and work ethic. At least 3 but no more than 5.

Address (at least city, state)
Phone number
Email (if available)
Website (if available)
Your relationship to this person

Please, feel free to share or comment on what you look for or what you put in your CV.

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