5 elements of an optimized locum tenens CV

5 elements of an optimized locum tenens CV

Advice / February 22nd, 2018


Locum tenens work is a great way to gain professional experience, build your network and see the country. If you’re interested in this exciting career path, it’s time to develop a new curriculum vitae. Here are five elements you shouldn’t leave out:

1. Career history

Unless you’ve recently finished your residency, your work history should go near the top of your physician resume. Recruiters and employers want to see where you’ve worked, what kind of responsibilities you’ve held and how long you were in those positions. List full names of institutions as well as dates worked. Consider adding keywords to your descriptions to target sorting algorithms.

2. Education

The education portion of your CV should contain the full names of the institutions you attended, as well as graduation dates.

3. Certification and licensure

This portion of your CV is very important for locum tenens positions. As every state medical board has unique requirements, you need to make sure you’re authorized to work in your desired location. According to StaffCare, your recruiter can help you file for licensure that you do not currently possess.

Locum tenens work is a great way to expand your professional network.Locum tenens work is a great way to expand your professional network.

4. Professional memberships

Memberships to professional organizations show that you take an active interest in staying up-to-date on all of the latest developments in your specialty. List these on your CV, along with the dates you joined.

5. Publications

If you have taken part in a research project or published an article in a peer-reviewed journal, be sure to list it on your CV. This positions you as an authority and gives you a leg up over competing job seekers.

Other considerations

Depending on your specialty and career path, there are a number of other key elements you may want to include in your resume. Because locum tenens professionals may not have personal contacts in their desired destinations, their CVs need to be as thorough as possible, while still remaining about a page in length. Here are a few points to consider:

  • EMR experience: Proficiencies with popular electronic medical record software.
  • Honor societies: Memberships in academic groups.
  • Awards: Formal recognition of work-related achievements.
  • Teaching experience: Courses taught or lectures given.

Once you’ve completed your CV – and had a trusted friend or colleague review it for errors – it’s time to find the locum tenens job of your dreams. Visit myHealthTalent.com to create a candidate profile and sign up for job alerts today.