Use a personal email address on the ERAS
Use a U.S. Address
Use a U.S. Phone Number
Your application photo matters.
Provide a good one!
Description of experiences
Spell, Capitalize and Punctuate Correctly
Use gapping and parallelism.
Gapping is the use of incomplete sentences to present your information concisely.For example, you might write: Composition Instructor (2000–2004). Planned course activities. Graded all assignments.”By using incomplete sentences, you cut out unnecessary words but convey the responsibilities of the position.
Parallelism means keeping the structure of your phrases consistent throughout a document.For example, if you use verb phrases in one portion of your CV to describe duties, use them throughout your CV. Verb phrases are a strong way to describe responsibilities. Use the present tense for roles you currently hold and past tense for former roles.
An example of parallelism could be:
Taught a class of 20 students
Graded all assignments.
Planned course activities
You should use both gapping and parallelism when writing a successful CV.
Reader should understand the extent of your experience in terms of:
Whom you worked with (types of specialists, researchers, etc. you worked with)
Populations served (adults, children, underserved, bilingual)
Clinical issues you addressed
Skills developed/demonstrated during the experience
Achievements/Accomplishments gained during the experience
Extracurricular activities and interests. Briefly focus on how activities helped you develop skills.
OK to use bullets
Use action-oriented verbs
Don’t use the first person.
I distributed medications at . . .” vs. “Distributed medications at . . .”
Keep structure of phrases and sentences