I am spending a lot of time this summer and fall teaching and writing about testifying (as well as actually consulting/testifying at trial), and I’m trying to add some new material to a couple of the presentations I do. So I figured I’d crowdsource this section…and offer up a service in exchange:
One of the things I do, but rarely publicize, is CV writing for clinicians who anticipate going to court. However, I have had a spate of questions about CV writing recently, so I figured I would mention it. I’m a firm believer in the art of CV writing; years of consulting on cases and wishing that the treating clinician had sent me their CV before the subpoena had ever arrived has shaped this belief. The reality is that there are CVs that elevate the credibility and stature of the witness, and CVs that (inadvertently) diminish the individual. Often CVs are the first impression you make with counsel, both government and defense. But there are things I regularly find in them that are simply inappropriate or worse. So I work with clinicians to write/edit CVs to demonstrate their various strengths on paper (see this post for a quick and dirty overview for those of you who want to craft your own).
If you’ve ever hired a resume/CV writing service, you know it can cost anywhere from $150-$1200 or more, so this is a pretty good deal–I’ll go ahead and donate CV writing services to one random FHO reader who responds to the following question (the service is transferable if you don’t need the help, but have someone in mind who does):
What do you wish someone had told you before you testified for the first time? (Alternatively, if you’ve never been to court: what is your biggest concern about testifying for the first time?)
Leave your response in the Comments section by noon ET, Friday July 8th to be eligible. Note, this offer is for the clinicians, only; apologies to the other disciplines who visit FHO. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
If you are not chosen, not to worry, I have something for you, as well–FHO readers can take $50 off CV writing services through the end of July. Just copy the link to this post in your email to receive the discount.
Thanks in advance for the input!