Knowing how to write a CV for aesthetics jobs is a skill new injectors need to learn. There’s an art to promoting your medical knowledge and capabilities, balanced with your passion for the art of aesthetic medicine. It’s also important to get some personality across.
Applying for aesthetics jobs can be a very different situation to completing forms for NHS jobs, so this may be your first CV. So where do you start..?
How to write an aesthetics CV
Here are a few basic tips to get you started that, whilst they may seem obvious, crop up time and again so bear repeating…
Put your name and contact details on your CV.
When it’s sent as an attachment, of course the recruiter will know it’s from you. However, once it’s been printed out and put in a stack of other CVs for review, if your name isn’t on it, how will they know it’s yours? Also include your contact details – your email address and mobile number, ideally your physical address too. Don’t make employers search for these key details!
Use a professional-sounding email address and social media handle(s)
Angelbaby69@hotmail.co.uk and email@example.com don’t create the impression you want to be giving potential employers. The same is true of your Instagram address, which you should be including. For both your email address and your social media handles, go with an address that’s a version of your name. Consider creating a separate work Instagram account and switching your personal account to private.
Choose a clear layout and a font that is easy to read.
Although we work in a creative field, whilst introducing some artistic flair to your CV is encouraged, your CV should first and foremost be clearly laid out and easy to read. This means choosing a font that is easily legible and should be used no smaller than 11 points in size. Sans serif fonts tend to be the best for this; you can’t go wrong with modern classics such as Arial, Helvetica, Roboto or Verdana.
CVs should be no longer than two pages
We are often asked by aesthetics students, “how long should my CV be?” The answer is no more than two pages. If it’s longer than that when you write everything out, take a break then edit it once you can look at it with fresh eyes. You can also enlist the help of your mentors or peers if you aren’t confident in what to leave out. Remember to include your name and contact details on both pages in case they become detached once printed. An easy way to do this is to add these details to the footer of your CV.
Include your qualifications and registration number(s)
This is crucial information; be sure to include it near the top of your CV. Your registration number(s) should come under your personal statement, followed by your qualifications. It can be as simple as the name of your qualification, the grade you obtained and where you studied. You don’t need any more detail than this.
Detail which products and treatments you are familiar with
If you are still completing your Level 7 Diploma in Botox and Dermal Fillers, include this within the education section of your CV. State your expected completion/graduation date. In addition to highlighting which treatments you are proficient in, remember to detail which products you are familiar with.
Provide a solid employment history highlighting all relevant skills, experience and significant career wins. There’s no need to go into detail though – bullet points are your friend! Use them to produce a slick and efficient CV that makes it as easy as possible for the person reading it to get a clear, quick overview. Remember, the CV is your highlight reel – a teaser designed to get your foot in the door. It doesn’t have to tell your entire story… save that for the interview!
Echo the tone of the job advertisement
Job advertisements are carefully crafted to attract the right person. Show you’re that person by echoing the tone of the advert in your CV. See which words and phrases they’ve used when describing who or what they’re looking for and try to incorporate them into your text.
For example, if the ad asks for a “confident, technical injector with a creative eye”, don’t be afraid to describe yourself as such. This can be woven into your personal statement, which should be at the very beginning of your CV. You can then reiterate these qualities by peppering references throughout your job descriptions, eg. “Frequently praised by patients and mentors for technical and creative approach”.
Proofread your CV and never skip the spelling and grammar checks
No matter how confident you are in your writing skills, always run a spelling and grammar check before finalising your CV. Employers are often overwhelmed with the response to job advertisements so a simple way to whittle down candidates is to bin any CVs with spelling mistakes in. Harsh, but true! Attention to detail matters – especially in aesthetic medicine.
Reading through your CV, ideally on a different day to the one when you put it together, will also help. This distance can provide a fresh perspective and allow you to see where improvements can be made. Also, send it to trusted friends and/or your mentor for their feedback before distributing it to potential employers.
Make your CV work harder for you
The goal of sending a CV is to secure an interview, so maximise your chances of getting that call by making yourself as easy to contact as possible. Save your CV document using your name, mobile number and the job name or reference number as the file name. Always send your CV as a PDF unless another file type is specified. If you want to be extra efficient, also include it as a Google or Word document too. You can explain that, as their preferred file type wasn’t specified, you have included both forms for their convenience. How considerate and professional of you!
Expert advice on writing a CV for aesthetics jobs
We hope you find this advice useful. Now you understand more about how to write a CV for aesthetics jobs, we’ll move on to sharing expert tips from specialists who’ve been on both sides of the coin.
They all remember writing their first aesthetics CV and applying for positions as new injectors. Now they have successful careers and experience in hiring staff so can explain what they look for when recruiting.
Check back next week for the second part of our aesthetics CV series. You can also follow Harley Academy on Instagram to have a link delivered directly to your feed.