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Resumes and CVs

A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is your opportunity to impress potential employers. Here are some tips and templates for your resume or CV.

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Guide: Resumes and CVs

Use our guides to determine whether you need a resume, a CV, or both. Whichever you choose, these essential career documents should be straightforward and specific, convey your achievements to potential employers, and show how you fit the role and experience they are seeking in a PA.

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Guide: Cover Letters

A well-written cover letter is an effective way to introduce yourself and your work to prospective employers and spark their interest in meeting you. Cover letters should be concise, lively, and tailored to each position for which you apply.

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Checklist: Records to Maintain

There are standard records that all practicing PAs (and PA students) should collect and maintain. We’ve compiled them into a detailed and handy checklist so you can make sure you have what you need.

Launching Your PA Career

As you begin or reinvent your PA career, you have endless options. Head into a clinical or nonclinical role, or consider independent contracting. We’ve got a list of questions you can ask yourself to help determine where your interests lie, and our video can help you envision all the places your PA career can take you.

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Guide: Where Will You Take Your PA Career?

Here’s a list of questions you can ask yourself to help determine where your interests as a PA lie.

Negotiating Your Contract

Protect yourself personally, professionally, and financially – know how to negotiate a strong contract that works for you.

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Checklist: Contract Assessment & Negotiation

Negotiate a contract that empowers you, fits your needs, and protects you. Start with this thorough checklist to assess an employer’s contract for how well it meets your needs — and to identify areas for negotiation.