Hello New Practitioners!
As we move into September, I know many of you are settling into new jobs or residencies that may look a bit different this year. As a new practitioner, you have and will experience many transitions and changing roles in your first five years of practice; therefore, it is very important to keep your CV updated. Regularly reviewing and updating your CV will help ensure important items are not left off, as well as makes life much easier when you inevitably need to use it.
Try to think of updating your CV as a method of self-care. Maybe you edit it when impostor syndrome hits and it helps to see your many accomplishments written out. Another idea is to review your CV when applying or interviewing for a job. This may provide a confidence boost to rock that interview!
If you’re like me, you have already spent hours upon hours updating, changing, and formatting your CV as a student, but you weren’t really prepared for what happens after that first year as a new practitioner. Lucky for all of us, ASHP has an AMAZING collection of resources for just this scenario.
Here is a brief overview of the resources available:
- NEW: Join the NPF Career Development Advisory Group as they explore the Dos and Don’ts of CVs on the ASHP official podcast.
- CV Transitions Toolkit – contains many examples of CVs, CV Transformation Throughout Career Transitions, and the article “Transforming the curriculum vitae as a new practitioner”
- CV Review Program – in this program you, as new practitioners, can act as either submitters or even volunteer to review student or newer new practitioner CVs. The program occurs in the Fall and Spring. The fall deadline is just days away on September 3rd!
Finally, I’d like to leave you with my words of advice. A CV is a representation of you. Utilize these resources and take advantage of your resources. Try to not be paralyzed by advice and opinions of every person who reads your CV, especially if the advice is conflicting. The most important thing is that you feel confident in it and your accomplishments.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and beautiful beginning of fall from your New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee. And if you cannot find what you are looking for, send your Executive Committee ideas for ways we can better support YOU at NewPractitioners@ashp.org.
Elizabeth Berryman, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
Member, New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy