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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:382
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh
  1. general practitioner, London

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    Isn't it time you updated your curriculum vitae? It is a truth universally acknowledged that these documents–literally, the timetables of our lives–will indicate whether we are capable of doing a particular job, and, indeed, that the information therein can be used to discriminate between the different candidates for a post.

    While the former assumption often approximates to the truth, the latter could not be further from it. The CVs of applicants for a house officer post will reveal that they all went to nice schools, obtained a clutch of top grade A levels, played rugby or a musical instrument at medical school, and emerged (or will shortly emerge) with …

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