Interview with Charlotte Weeks

On this week’s episode of the PNC podcastCharlotte Weeks joins me to discuss the best way to become a remarkable resume writer, especially when seeking nonclinical careers.

Charlotte Weeks is an executive career coach, resume writer and an outplacement consultant. She is an expert in career transitions and has worked with many physicians. We first met at the Annual SEAK Conference, and I interviewed her on Epsiode 17. She is the founder and CEO of Weeks Career Services, her career coaching and writing services business.

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CVs, Resumes and Cover Letters

Charlotte explains the difference between a CV and a resume. She also quickly gets into the reasons for employing a cover letter, and what they should contain.

CVs are used for clinical medicine, academia and some scientific and research positions. Most professionals have kept up their CVs over their careers with little difficulty – it is a list of former jobs with little information other than title and organization.

Resumes are used for all other types of jobs. They are different in that they offer more depth and context. They give you the space to explain the responsibilities and roles you took on for the positions you held.

Think about anything else you've done, even if it was one time, even if it was a few years ago, and make sure that you add that to the resume.

This means that resumes should also be career-focused. They should be tailored to the job you are applying for, describing past roles as a way to demonstrate how they prepared you for your next one.

And the cover letter is an essential way to demonstrate a personal connection to the organization to which you are applying. If someone referred you to the position, this is where you can mention it. It is also a way to tie your application to something newsworthy.

What does a Remarkable Resume Writer Do?

Charlotte covers all the necessary components of a resume and what should go in each.

  • Summary: Previously known as the place to state your objective, the top of your resume is where your summary belongs. This is the first glance at the type of professional you are. And it's an opportunity to highlight a skill or qualification that may otherwise be overlooked.
  • Professional Experience: This is where you list previous jobs and descriptions of your responsibilities and accomplishments within those roles.
  • Education: Next is typically the place to list medical, master’s and bachelor’s degrees. You can also list certifications here, if not in the final section.
  • Additional: This last section is an opportunity to customize your resume based on your background. You may want to categorize your volunteer service or any other kinds of experience you would like to highlight. The section heading should uniquely relate to the content. Listen to the episode for details.


On the episode, Charlotte also gives advice for navigating online job postings, knowing where to put your residencies and internships on your resume, and using LinkedIn as a resource for making connections.

Lastly, It’s important to note that there are no strict guidelines for writing your resume. It’s part art and part science to become a remarkable resume writer and to best highlight your skills and experiences.

If you want to learn more about resume writing, join the Nonclinical Career Academy. You will find an extended version of this interview, with much more detail, in the Academy next week.

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