When applying for a medical specialist job in New Zealand or Australia, employers are looking for key information that indicates you have the qualifications, training and experience to transition to a position in their department.

If you haven’t applied for a job for a long time, creating your CV/resume can be a daunting task, especially when you’re applying for jobs in another country!

Top tips for a concise and effective medical specialist CV

  1. Start with a brief professional summary: Use a couple of sentences to highlight your expertise, specialization, and experience in the medical field. This will grab the reader’s attention and set the tone for the rest of your CV.
  2. Highlight your education and qualifications: List your primary medical degree, specialist qualification, fellowships, certifications, and licenses with the institution, year, and location. Do this in chronological order with most recent first.
  3. Note if you have sat the OET or IELTS English proficiency test (don’t mention it if you haven’t).
  4. Emphasise your professional experience: List your work history, including your job titles, employer names, and employment dates (mm/yy). Provide a brief overview of your responsibilities, emphasizing your clinical skills, patient care, teaching or training, and contributions to quality improvement. Again, this needs to be in chronological order with most recent first.
  5. Explain your postgraduate training: List your rotations and placements, academic hospital (s), and dates (mm/yy). Provide a brief overview of your responsibilities, assessments, exams. Again, this needs to be in chronological order with most recent first.
  6. Showcase your skills: Mention specific medical procedures or techniques you excel at and emphasize your diagnostic and problem-solving abilities. Highlight your ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams, and your effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  7. Mention any research or publications: If you have been involved in research projects or publications related to your specialization, provide the details (including dates mm/yy) to highlight your commitment to staying updated with the latest medical advancements.
  8. Continuing Medical Education: Provide a list of the CME and dates (mm/yy) you’ve completed in the last five years or since qualifying if that was under five years ago.


At this stage you don’t need to include referees, but bear in mind you will need three specialist qualified referees in the same area of medicine as you. You need to have worked with them for at least six months within the last three years and at least one must be from your current position.

We hope these guidelines are helpful, please contact us if you would like more guidance or for us to review your CV!