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Boost your CV to support your career in Imaging

If you're applying for a role as a medical imaging professional, your technical expertise speaks for itself. But as far as a prospective employer is concerned, that doesn't necessarily mean you're the right person for the job. That's why your CV needs to be more than a list of qualifications and credentials. It's also an opportunity to give a snapshot of your skills, career experience and personal attributes.

Here are our top five tips for making your CV really stand out from the crowd.

1.  The elevator pitch

Why not begin your CV with a clear, simple statement that sums up what you can offer a prospective employer. It's often known as your 'value proposition'.  To write it, look at adverts for healthcare imaging jobs and make a list of what employers are looking for. Then match your skills and experience against that list. Here's what you might write if you're a radiographer:

"Fully-qualified, HCPC and SoR-registered diagnostic radiographer with seven years' experience of X-ray, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI and ultrasound in NHS hospital settings. Strong interpersonal skills and team-working ability."

2. Show up-to-date skills

Continuing professional development (CPD) is particularly important for medical imaging professionals. Technology is developing all the time and both radiographers and sonographers need keep their skills current to have the best job prospects. Make sure you list any recent training or personal development, including courses, certifications, in-service training, seminars and computer-based learning.

3. Don't forget soft skills

As a radiographer or sonographer, you need to be good with people and a team player. Make sure you include soft skills such as being an effective communicator on your CV. Employers aren't just looking for technical competence. They will want to be confident that you're the right fit for the role personally, for example; that you are able to interact positively with patients and work productively with colleagues.

4. Less is more

It's important to include all the relevant detail, such as your qualifications and your specific radiography or sonography skills and experience. However, it's also important that your CV is clear, concise and easy to read.  We all know that clinicians and healthcare managers are very busy people and they won't appreciate excessive detail or waffle. Try and keep it down to two pages of A4.

5. It's not cast in stone!

Once you're created your CV, don't assume that's the end of it. Before you send off a copy to a prospective employer, check it over and, if necessary, tweak it to match the job you're applying for, perhaps highlighting skills, experience or personal qualities that are particularly relevant.

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