The career path for an Advanced Practice Provider is one of continual growth and development. Here’s how to write a NP or PA curriculum vitae (CV) that shows how competent you truly are!
As a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant, earning your master’s or doctorate degree might be the first–but certainly not the last—opportunity you’ll have to build your brand as an Advanced Practice Provider (APP). Your career is always growing and evolving. But, what about your CV? Let’s look at why you need a CV and how to write the best NP or PA curriculum vitae to promote your career.
CV vs. Resume: Why NPs and PAs Need Both
Your curriculum vitae, or CV, is a “living document” that tells your professional story year after year. On the other hand, a resume is a targeted summary of your professional experience as it relates to a specific position or opportunity.
For most Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, a resume is best used to apply for jobs outside of academia. A CV, on the other hand, shows the full breadth of your professional accomplishments. A CV goes beyond your work experience to also document your involvement in research, committee work, professional organizations, mentoring, precepting, and quality improvement projects (just to name a few).
Over time, your CV becomes a very long document. It is a comprehensive record of your qualifications, and therefore a reflection of your “brand.” You may have several different versions of your Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner resume (each targeted to a specific job description), but only one CV.
How to Create and Update Your PA or NP Curriculum Vitae
We touched on the different purposes of a resume and a CV above. Now, let’s dig in to the content and organization.
Because a CV is a longer and more comprehensive listing of your professional activities, it doesn’t lend itself to detailed descriptions. Your resume is a more appropriate place to break down specific responsibilities and work experiences. Instead, your CV focuses on broad categories of professional expertise, with entries organized chronologically. Include as many categories as apply to your career, such as:
- Personal Information
- Licenses / Certifications
- Professional Experience
- Committee Activity
- Professional Organizations / Societies
- Academic Appointments
- Presentations / Publications
- Honors and Awards
- Research Activities, Grants, and Awards
- Quality Improvement Activities
- Editorial Review Activities
- Original Contributions
To make the process of writing and updating your CV easier, I encourage NPs and PAs to create a spreadsheet with different columns for notes, the type of activity, dates, and details. Anytime you accomplish something professionally, make a note in your spreadsheet, with the date and a category. Then, whenever you need to update your CV, all the information is ready to go and easy to format. This trick also comes in handy when you’re ready to start job searching and need to update your resume.
Follow a Proven Advanced Practice CV Template
With so much information available online, there’s no reason to start writing your PA or NP CV from scratch. We’ve developed a free CV template for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants based on our years of experience and research in Advanced Practice Staffing. Other great resources include the NAPNAP Career Guide and career development sites from professional organizations.
Bonus Offer: Get a Free CV or Resume Review
The average hiring manager spends less than 10 seconds reviewing a resume. At Melnic, we want to make sure you stand out for all the right reasons. That’s why we offer a free resume or CV review to nurse practitioners and physician assistants, based on a sound understanding of hiring managers’ needs and preferences.
Jill Gilliland is President of Melnic an APRN and PA national recruiting company. Jill is a speaker and publicist on areas such as job strategies, branding and marketing, pediatric critical care needs, and additional topics relevant to pediatric nursing and the recruitment business. She has over 12 years of experience in the recruiting industry coupled with a strong sales, healthcare, and technology background. Jill holds a BS degree in Business from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The University of Virginia, Darden Business School. Connect with Jill Gilliland on LinkedIn.