How to Craft Your Anesthesia CV

CRNA Anesthesiologist CV

If you are ready for a new anesthesia job and interested in learning how to craft an Anesthesia CV (Curriculum Vitae), you’ve come to the right place! Your CV is the first step on the road to your dream anesthesia practice. Potential employers are looking for a well-organized summary that portrays the type of anesthesia provider they want to join their team.

To accomplish this, your anesthesia CV has to be concise, properly formatted, and accurate. Keeping those three criteria in mind will allow the reader to easily understand your education, employment experience and accomplishments. Remember to highlight pertinent information as this is your own personal advertisement! Above all, maintain honesty, as potential employers can easily check your references.

There is no gold standard formatting when creating an anesthesia CV. However, anesthesia recruiters and anesthesia site leadership are seeing a common trend in formatting. Organizing your CV this way allows them to process the information in a fashion that they have become comfortable with over time. There is a slight difference for anesthesia students compared to practicing providers when composing your anesthesia CV. Since students do not have an anesthesia employment history it is important to emphasize your clinical training experience. This can be omitted once you have been practicing. We recommend you organize it into sections as listed below.

  • Contact Information
  • Education
  • Anesthesia Clinical Training Experience (only SRNA and SAA)
  • Employment History
  • Professional Licenses and Certificates
  • Professional Memberships
  • Publications and Presentations (if applicable)

Contact Information
-Full name, current or permanent address, phone number, email address

-Reverse chronological order, school name, degree and graduation date (month and year)
-Anesthesiologists and Anesthesia residents should include Residency and Fellowships including dates (month and year)

Anesthesia Clinical Training Experience (SRNA and SAA)
-Clinical site name, location, dates (month and year), description of type of anesthesia rotation, types of surgery and special skill set learned

Employment History
-Reverse chronological order, position, name and location of place of work, dates (month and year), brief description of responsibilities, provide an explanation of any gaps in your practice history

Professional Licenses and Certificates
-Any current state licenses, BLS, ACLS, PALS

Professional Memberships
-National and local organizations

Publications and Presentations
-Presentations include Grand Rounds, conferences, guest lectures (if applying for a locum tenens job ommit this section)

Anesthesia Pro tip: When it comes to anesthesia publications and presentations, only list a few of them that you feel are most important. Anesthesia recruiters prefer not to see a full page of publications. You can always offer to produce the full list upon request.

Once your anesthesia CV is completed you are not done quite yet. Mistakes and misspellings can be devastating when making that first impression. Double-check line by line that everything is correct. Consider walking away from your writing and coming back to it at a later time with a fresh set of eyes. Also, ask someone you trust to proofread your CV. Once you have completed these steps it is time to send it!

A couple last minute tips.
When writing, convey your message in succinct sentences. Don’t let the point you are trying to highlight become lost in an ongoing sentence.

A few days after submitting your anesthesia CV, follow it up with a Thank You email for taking the time to read your CV and the opportunity to apply for a position in their anesthesia practice. Even if they have not read it yet, you have just created another point of contact with your potential employer.

Now go write for the anesthesia job you deserve!

Check out our Anesthesia CV Templates if you want a head start.

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