Having assumed the task of approving resumes on dentalstaffing.org, I see everything from excellent to …oh, my! Whether you’re in the market for a new job or just graduating from dental school, writing a resume can be an exhausting affair. If you have a variety of skills you hope to showcase, or you have little information to put on your resume, here are some tips to help you stand out from the crowd.
- State your goal
- Include a declaration of intent; no fluff here, be real and be honest.
- A unique or particularly pointed interest in specific dental jobs might make you stand out amongst other candidates. Example: working with children, special needs or periodontally involved patients.
- Keep it concise
- Brevity is everything when it comes to resume writing.
- Don’t include every job you’ve ever had, and don’t include any previous positions held more than 15 years ago.
- Focus on including the most pertinent information because getting a second interview may depend on owning skills beyond the qualifications indicated for the described dental position.
- As a new graduate, include only past work experience that showcases your strengths as a candidate.
- Highlight the skills that make you a better candidate for the dentist, hygienist, assistant or certified technician position. These skills include management or leadership experience or experience working independently.
- Display this information in a clear, organized way, making it easy for the hiring manager to read. Make certain your spelling and grammar are correct.
- Limit any paragraphs or sections to five lines.
- Remember, it’s your mission to make yourself stand apart.
- Highlight achievements
- Showcase your unique talents: these include awards you’ve achieved, promotions, or any pertinent company successes you’ve achieved.
- Dentists and dental office managers want to see quantifiable achievements with direct results because of your efforts.
- List any professional credentials you’ve obtained including honorable designations, memberships, and/or awards.
- Get Your Resume Seen
- Get paired with the dental practice you want when you post your resume on Dental Staffing.org
- Review “Your Resume Says A Lot About You: on dentalstaffing.org. under Resources
“You have to learn the rules of the game.
And then you have to play better than anyone else.”