How to Create a Standout Medical CV for Locum Work: A Step-by-Step Guide for Doctors

How to Create a Standout Medical CV for Locum Work: A Step-by-Step Guide for Doctors

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How to Create a Standout Medical CV for Locum Work: A Step-by-Step Guide for Doctors

Global Medics is a leading supplier of doctors into UK healthcare providers since 2001. Finding the right work for our doctors, whether that be locum, fixed term, or permanent positions across the acute, mental health and primary care sectors is what we do best.

In our years of experience in the healthcare recruitment sector, one of the questions we get asked the most is how to write a good CV, especially from doctors considering locum work.

If you are a doctor, there has never been a better time to try locum work with Global Medics. We have hundreds of new doctor jobs available every day throughout the UK, and are always looking for Junior Doctors (Fy2/SHO), Middle Grades (SpR/Speciality Doctors) and Consultant-level Doctors. Our team of expert recruiters are here to help you make the professional career decisions that could change the way you live your life.

As a locum doctor, your CV is your calling card. It showcases your skills, experience and achievements, and creating a well-crafted CV can be the difference between securing your ideal locum role or being overlooked. With so much competition in the locum market, it is important that you make your CV stand out from the crowd. Below we explore how to write a compelling CV that will get you noticed and help you land your ideal locum doctor position.

Key information to include in your CV

When it comes to writing a CV as a locum doctor, there are few things that you can do to ensure you stand out.

The first step is to make sure that you use a clear and concise format that includes all the key information that our team of expert recruiters need to know about your skills and experience. Below are some key sections that you should include in your locum CV.

Personal statement

This is your opportunity to give your recruiter as well as the departments who will be reviewing your CV, an overview of who you are and what experience you have. We advise you to use a friendly and professional tone, and highlight any experience you have working with different hospitals, patient groups or teams.

Education and qualifications

In order to work as a locum doctor, you need the necessary qualifications and training. List your foundation programme qualifications, specialist medical training, additional training courses or certificates, and General Medical Council or Faculty memberships.

Employment history

This section should detail your work experience since qualifying, and any locum roles you have previously done. State each role and the dates you worked in these positions, and include an overview of what you achieved during this time. Focus on the most relevant roles or experiences and use bullet points to make this section easy to read.

Skills and achievements

Use this section to highlight the unique skills you have developed throughout your career, demonstrating results and accomplishments. These can include clinical audits, any research and publications, and conferences and workshops you have attended that are either  technical or people-related. This section can help to set you apart from other candidates.


When working as a locum doctor you will need to provide two or three professional references covering your last three years of work, and you should always include your referee’s name, job title, and up to date contact details.

How to make your CV stand out

As a locum doctor, you have a lot of competition. Below are some of our top tips to make sure that your CV stands out from the crowd:

Tailor your CV to each role

Each and every locum job is different, and our team of experts will be looking for those doctors that match the specific requirements of each role. Make sure you read the job description of the role you are applying for and carefully look at the key skills and qualifications needed. Match your CV to these requirements to give yourself the best chance of being chosen for the role.

Highlight your achievements

Rather than simply listing your previous job duties, focus on your achievements and the impact you made in different roles. Highlight your biggest accomplishments, including any awards or commendations you may have received.

Keep it short and concise

Keep your CV short and to the point ensuring that every sentence provides key information about your skills and experience. Use bullet points to make it easy to read.

Be honest and accurate

Global Medics is a Framework provider which means we will verify the information included on your CV to, not only, ensure that we maintain our reputation for providing the best locum doctors for our clients, but to keep you and your GMC registration safe by avoiding placing you into a role that does not match your area of expertise. It is crucial that the information that you provide accurately reflects the skills and experience you have.

Our team of expert recruiters will work hard to ensure we find you the right role that matches your skills and experience. We’ll find you locum doctor work in the right location and support you in finding a work schedule which works for you.

By using our top tips on writing your locum doctor CV and highlighting your unique skills, achievements and experience in a clear, concise and honest way, securing your ideal locum role will be simple. Good luck!

If you are considering becoming a locum doctor and would like to register with Global Medics, please complete our simple registration form and one of our team will be in touch.