A curriculum vitae (CV) is a powerful tool for the aspiring financially successful therapist. Most therapists have an income stream coming from several different avenues, which allows for diversity in the week and helps professionals avoid burnout (done responsibly). Income can come from teaching, consulting, workshops, presentations, supervision, and other avenues.
However, before you get that great teaching, consulting, or supervision gig, the first question is usually "Can you send me over your CV?" The answer is usually yes, with an inaudible wave of panic. What follows is an internet search or a flurry of phone calls to figure out what a CV is (an expanded resume), how to get one in under an hour (difficult), and than trying to remember everything you have done since birth (almost impossible).
A CV gives you the opportunity to list not only your professional experience but awards, volunteer experiences, workshops provided, trainings attended, etc. At the beginning of your career, you probably found that filling the "page" for your first resume was difficult. At a certain point it becomes almost impossible to put everything on to that single page. As you go forward, it gets more difficult to put everything into a single page. A CV does not ask you to leave out anything! In addition, it gives you a great place to "store" everything you are doing, so you can pull out information as needed for specific resumes.
Want to avoid that future panic, become more purposeful about the experience you gain, and focus your current work on your future goals? Start your CV today!
Now that you have a bit of background about a CV- let's get down to the nitty gritty! Here are ten tips to developing your CV to help you land that great job or private practice internship:
1. Be thorough. Don't leave ANYTHING out at this stage. Even if you think it doesn't apply- include it. It is always easier to edit down. I find that when I do professional reviews for pre-licensed folks- they often shortchange themselves.
2. Include volunteer work. Yes, I know this goes back to that be thorough issue! Did you do job shadowing, intern for free, volunteer at a local human services agency? Include it! Share how it further developed your people skills, networking skills, or marketing.
3. Speaking of marketing... Have you done in marketing or networking in previous careers or jobs? Be sure to include that in your CV. The kind of marketing knowledge that many pre-licensed people come into the field with is invaluable to the seasoned professinals.
4. Did you say marketing? Have you setup twittering, web-pages, online study groups, or other web-based resources? Be sure to note your web-based accomplishments- they count!
5. Include great references. What is a great reference? Someone who knows they will be contacted, is easy to get a hold of, and will share a great appraisal of your work. I especially like it when someone can identify not only what is great about your work- but can give a little bit of information on areas you are growing in.
6. But wait- I don't know anyone! Get out there- join your local professional groups and look for networking opportunities. Become a member, and put that on your CV as well!
7. Go through your old calendar. Yes, I know it is tedious, but go through your calendar and look for trainings that you have attended 1-40 hours and include them. CPR Trainings, in-services, specialized speakers that you have seen while in school. Include ALL of your trainings.
8. Include every speaking engagement you have had. Have you been called back to speak to students at your alma mater- list it! Have you come back and given a 20 minute talk to your coworkers- include it! Have you developed a specific presentation for your supervision group? Put that in too. As a student did you develop any trainings or presentations that you presented to your classmates? If you could give the talk again- include it!
9. Include everything-but be careful. Have you been using twitter for professional and person tweets- under the same account? Take a gander and ensure there are no "F-bombs" or discussions of inappropriate material out there.
10. While you are at it- do a quick Google of yourself and see what comes up. Clean up any messes like personal Facebook pages that can be viewed by the public, and take some ownership by transferring your new CV information to visualcv.com and LinkedIn for free!
Hope that helps! Need a professional CV review? Check in with someone you trust- like a mentor. Or feel free to schedule an hour of coaching for us to review your CV!