Resumes Templates, Dental Resumes, Job Resume FormatsPosted on August 1, 2017 Written by Cathy Allen
Often, frustrated job seekers stuck in unemployment limbo contact us. They have sent their resume to all their local dentist offices and staffing agencies, and have not other options. We suggest that they step back, and look at what they have done so far—sent out their resume. In truth, how well composed was that resume? Did it contain relevant information? Did it appear professional?
Your resume is your introduction. You make your first impression with your resume, not the first interview. An employer assumes that the qualities of a resume are shared by the person to whom it belongs. A resume that is messy and vague seems to represent someone whose does not care about his work. On the other hand, one that is clean, concise and complete shows someone that cares about doing a good job, and by extension, would be a good employee. You want your resume to show you in your best light.
Here Are Some Tips To Create A Great Dental Resume:
- In the header put your name and contact info, including your email address and website. If your email address or website does not appear professional consider omitting them from your resume. However, email is such a vital form of communication today, so you may want to create a new, professional email address with a free web-based provider. Dentalworkers offers this at www.dentalworkers.com .
- In your Objective say what you want to accomplish at your new job. Try to make this specific and avoid stating your life-long career goals.
- Experience should not be limited to the field in which you are currently seeking a job. Highlight the skills from your past experience that are necessary for the job you are currently seeking, and, as always, be specific. Don't just say that you answered phones. Say that you "Responded to the high volume of customer service related telephone calls directed to the office."
- Education should include the highest degree you have earned or are in school to earn. Any other education that pertains to the job you are seeking should be included as well: certification programs, CE courses, earlier education, etc… Try to avoid listing schools prior to high school. Always include the degree/certificate earned and the field in which your courses were concentrated. If you GPA was above 3.0, say so! And if your resume needs a little padding, consider listing some of the courses you took that prepared you for the job you are seeking.
- All graduates of online courses such as the Warschaw Learning Institute's Front Desk Course should list it on their resume!
- Licenses and Certifications are very important, especially in the dental industry. At Dentalworkers.com we recommend that these be listed in a separate category so that employers see clearly whether or not you are able to work or perform specific duties in their office.
- Have any special skills or activities? Include them if you feel that they are relevant for the job you are seeking. Leadership and customer service skills are always in demand.
- If you won any awards don’t be ashamed to mention them. This is not time to be humble!
- It is, however, a time to be honest, so if it's not true, don't mention it.
- If you are submitting a paper resume, print it on white paper more than 20 lb but less than 65 card stock. Colored paper makes resumes difficult to read. You want a heavier pound paper than 20 so your resume feels of quality, which in turn says you are of quality.
- Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, PROOFREAD YOUR RESUME. Once you have checked it, let your spouse check it, let your best friend check it, let your college-age kids check it (they have practice from proofreading all those essays they have to write!) Remember, spell checking does not catch grammar mistakes, so if you write "to" instead of "two", a computer will not think anything of it, but an employer will.
- Want more help? Dentalworkers offers an online resume wizard that helps you create a resume specifically for dentistry. We have added categories addressing relocation and visa/sponsorship needs, which facilitate a cross-national or international job search.
- Need more help? Dentalworkers.com has partnered with Resume My Careers. They offer great services and will assist you in writing your cover letter, resumes and more. Click on the banner on this page for your free consultation!
- If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Resume Writing Help.)
- Tip of the Day: "Look at your resume. Be honest. If you were an employer, would you hire the person to whom this resume belongs?"