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How to write a good resume?

November 29, 2017 0 Comments

Why do you need to think about writing a good resume? Resumes are an essential tool in your belt during your Doctor Job search and application process.  

Regardless of whether you are a Junior Doctor looking for your first job, or an experienced General Practitioner looking for the next step in your career development.  Everyone should understand what makes a good resume.

Your resume is usually the first point of contact that a potential Medical Centre will have with you. It’s imperative that when you write a resume, that it reflects your skills, experience and accomplishments in an easy-to-read and engaging resume format.

It is surprising to note just how many Doctors don’t recognise the difference between a bad resume and a great resume. All while this could be the deciding factor for the doctor in securing an interview for the best Doctor Jobs on the market. [READ MORE BELOW THE PICTURE]

Write a good resume [doctor jobs]

How to write a good resume?

  • The length of your CV should be no more than 3-4 pages
  • It is designed to provide an overview of your skills, experience and achievements.
  • Always prioritise the points which most accurately match the requirements of the role you are applying for at the beginning/top of your resume, even if they are less important in terms of your current role. This way the hiring manager will be able to see what makes you a great candidate straight away without having to dig for the information.
  • An effective resume should begin with a short summary of who you are. Make sure the resume is straight-forward and avoid all the subjective clichés such as ‘excellent self-starter’, ‘good team player’, ‘natural leader’ and ‘good communicator’. These qualities can be demonstrated through your tangible achievements which follow in the resume.
  • Remember that your resume will form part of the script for the interviewer’s questions.
  • Address time-gaps in your work history, and include clear and concise explanations for these.
  • Your resume should also give some idea of your future potential. If you are presently studying for an additional qualification, say so.

Sell yourself: What makes you unique from other Doctors looking for a job?

  • Always express your skills and qualities in the present tense – even if you have been grandfathered Fellowship, this is still a relevant certification to list.
  • Reinforce positive skills and qualities to make sure they jump off the page. Example: If one of your strong points is that you are a skilled communicator, enhance this point by giving an example of when you have demonstrated this ability.
  • Make sure you list your AHPRA registration
  • Make sure your content is clear and simple to read.

Effective Resumes are chronological

Pay attention to how your resume is ordered – your most recent experience should always be at the top of your resume so that hiring managers and recruitment consultants can easily gauge what you have been working on most recently.

Good resumes have:

  • Start with listing your qualifications and courses (Etc. FRACGP, FACRRM, REST, ….)
  • Chronologically list experience in reverse date order, with your most recent role first
  • Present your career history as a series of appointments with the day to day responsibilities listed, as well as achievement against each bullet point
  • Allocate more space for your more recent positions, since these are where your most current experience and achievements is usually found


When writing a good resume

The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Good Resume


  • List your professional and higher education qualifications
  • Show recent vocational training
  • Include genuine foreign language skills
  • Add a note of any publications you have been featured in and/or external positions you hold
  • Ask someone independent  to look at your resume when you have completed it – not a friend or family member – so that you can get an unbiased opinion on its efficacy. Your best source will be a consultant at Gorilla Jobs
  • Be prepared to refine your resume a number of times until it is right


  • List every training course you have ever attended
  • Indicate race, nationality, marital status, children, religion or political preferences
  • Indicate your computer skills
  • Include your present salary details
  • Give references contact details


At Gorilla Jobs, we review thousands of resumes per year. This makes us a great point of contact to review your resume. If you are looking for a new Doctor Job, we would highly advise to browse our Doctor Jobs or Call one of our consultants via +61 2 8003 4922!