Whether you are a Registered Dental Assistant, Hygienist or a Treatment Coordinator, your resume is going to provide the basis for your first impression with a Dentist or Office Manager. While you’ve probably managed to thoroughly articulate your appropriate skills and work experience, have you ensured that your spelling and grammar is error free? Does your format set itself apart and stand out from the crowd? Will a hiring manager feel compelled to reach out to you when seeing your resume?
Do you have a professional looking online profile where you can list your desired pay rate?
If your answer isn’t a resounding * YES * to all of the above, then here are a few helpful tips to get you on the right path:
Absolutely NO spelling errors.
The person reviewing your resume will most likely throw it out if there is so much as one error. CHECK, TRIPLE CHECK, THEN CHECK AGAIN!!!
Ensure contact info is accurate and easy to find (top center of page).
There is nothing worse than a missed call in response to your resume because you can’t be reached due to an out of date email address or phone number. And remember to keep your voicemail box empty, because if they can’t leave you a message, they won’t call you back.
Be concise and relevant. Keep it to single page if possible.
Don’t include every job you ever had. Your last 3 are enough, making sure to include the month and year of employment.
Make sure all items are included:
Name, Address, Number and Email, Objective OR Professional Profile, Skills, Professional Experience, and Education.
**Setting Your Resume Apart From The Crowd**
Add a photo
The likelihood of your resume getting a call back drastically increases when a photo is included. It helps the doctor or office manager feel like they already know you, so put on your best smile for one afternoon and have a friend snap some professional looking photos!
Bold and Italicize your big accomplishments
This used to be a big no-no, but in the dental world where all resumes look the same, and the doctor or office manager only has a few moments to review your resume. Making sure their eyes are drawn to the things you want them to see will increase your chances of a callback. You usually want to bold and underline words that they used in their job posting. Example: If they said they need someone with CEREC experience, make CEREC stand out in your resume.
Use pops of color
This also used to be frowned upon, but now you have to stand out from all the basic black and white text. But just stick to one color and make sure it is dark enough to read.
Don’t make it look too busy, but using 2 to 3 different fonts to separate items in your resume, makes it easier for the reader to follow along. Example: under Professional Experience, I use 4 slightly different fonts. 1 for the name of the practice, 1 for the dates of employment, 1 for my position title, and 1 for the description of my responsibilities.
Create an online profile and standout from the crowd
In 2019 having an online profile is pretty much a requirement for job seekers. In fact, most employers expect you have one. So if you have a great resume AND a great online profile you will be setup to have more job options and be in position to get higher pay. It only takes a couple minutes so if you want to earn more money start by creating your free online profile here.
Lastly if you need a traditional resume template, we have attached a free sample resume that you can download and make your own.
Happy Job Hunt,
The DirectDental Team