Getting Ready for the Job Search

  • Melissa T. Berhow

You’ve spent some time thinking about what your ideal job would be and now it is time to find it. Depending on your specialty, you will start looking anywhere from 6 to 18 months ahead of time. In a tight market, you might be starting to express interest as early as 2 years ahead of time. To get the most accurate timeline for your specialty, it is best to speak with your residency director.

Two essential items for preparing for your job search are your curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter. When reading a CV, on average, a prospective employer decides in 2 minutes whether or not to pursue a candidate. This will be the first contact you’ll have with a prospective employer; make sure you make the most of this first impression or else it may also be the last contact with them.

Why a Curriculum Vitae?

A CV is a detailed document charting your professional life. Depending on your experience, seasoned versus fresh out of residency, it may be only one page long. Starting with a good base for...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa T. Berhow
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  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaStanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA

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