Faculty eight week fast track plan- Week three: Update your CV

faculty-eight-week-blogHooray for week three! I knew that updating my CV couldn’t be too time-consuming as I had last updated it in January 2016, and locating it wouldn’t be an arduous process, or would it?!

Whilst I tried to locate my CV on various devices, USBs, and email accounts. I downloaded the CV template from the RPS website. The RPS template was easy-to-use and there were only a few sections that I needed to incorporate such as personal and professional skills which were included in my previous CV template but not explicitly in its own section. Once I had located my CV (thank you HR department at the University of Reading), I transferred the information over to the RPS template. You do not have to use the RPS template, however if you do not use the template the CV format must reflect all the detail set out by RPS. Therefore, I felt it was easier to copy the information across to the RPS template.

Whilst on my Faculty journey, I have given colleagues feedback on their CVs, however analysing and critiquing my own, I felt was much harder to do. Common pitfalls that I have suggested to my colleagues are to not focus too much on the ‘what’, but also to focus on the ‘how’ and the impact of their actions. Whilst writing the personal profile section, I used terminology from the APF to add strength to this section. Whilst I am no expert on CV writing, I feel that using the APF descriptors added value to the personal profile section and helped me explain attributes.

This week, I did not meet up with Sue, but I think there is value in getting feedback on my CV, so I will arrange this for next week. As this week was not too time intensive, I also used this as a chance to complete some of the work required for the REPP (as mentioned in the week one blog). I had a number of questions that I needed to ask the RPS support team, as the REPP process is still quite unfamiliar to me.
The questions I asked were:

  • Who could carry out the practice based assessments in the workplace?
  • Which templates to use? As currently there are only CBD forms on the Faculty pages.
  • Whether prior qualifications relating to education and training such as Fellowship to the Higher Education Academy and peer reviews could contribute to REPP, or whether they should be in the portfolio?
  • How and when to arrange the REPP assessment?

I received a prompt response and clear information that enabled me to progress with organising my workplace assessments to contribute to the REPP.

Sue’s thoughts
image-150x150I’ve had an even easier week than Amareen though I may look back and regret it!  I did spend more time looking at my CV though, as I wanted to make it suitable for a variety of job applications and I already had a structure I liked.  I made sure I included all the information, including date of registration as a pharmacist!  My CV structure involves talking about the skills I have developed as I describe each role. This means my CV is more useful for applying to both academic and clinical roles without major changes.  Like Amareen I also used terminology from the APF to add strength.

Interestingly I also found it added some more ideas for mapping my competencies as it reminded me of what I had achieved in my first roles as a pharmacist.  I guess it is important to remember those initial roles even though they may be a long time ago as they are often the roles that make you who you are today. One of my earlier roles included introducing clinical pharmacy into a hospital that only provided very minimal ward services so very relevant to a lot of the competencies! Whilst I need to demonstrate ongoing competence in clinical areas my negotiating and communication skills were very finely tuned at that time and continue to be used!  My recommendation therefore is not to skip this week at this stage even if you feel your CV is up to date.

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