Graduation is upon me. I have to finish my final project and take a comprehensive examination on all I have learned in my MPH studies. All that will be done by early July. This means it is time to put a new CV together.
I've done a basic CV and sent it out to trusted friends and colleagues. The response was polite. They all praised my accomplishments and the work I've done over the past 20 years as a PT, rehab manager, blog writer and sometimes author. Every one of them has a different idea on what makes a good CV. None of their advice is bad or unwelcome; that is why I sent it out after all. I just don't know which bits and pieces to integrate.
The panel included a director of human resources, a clinical director of a health care organization, a VP at a major medical devices manufacturer, my PT mentors (when you're as old as I am, you can have two!) and a former boss. The common thread from the feedback is something along the lines of, "We don't know where you're going with this. It is too general." Those in for-profit corporations had different ideas than those in not-for-profit organizations. I'm trying to eliminate the little stuff without leaving any gaps in employment and without diminishing my accomplishments.
I'm winding up either with a tome that could better be utilized as a doorstop or a mini-leaflet on my professional life. Neither is going to work. Should I capitalize on my clinical expertise with older adults, my people-management skills or my latest internship, which is probably the only thing directly related to a new public health post that I will want?
Oh, and of course the panel is all from the USA. I still haven't gotten feedback from UK friends, which could lead to "... and now for something completely different!" (Who will get that reference?)
Back to editing for me!