No pressure, but your resume is kind of a big deal. In fact, it might be one of the most important first impressions you’ll ever make. These tips will help you (and your experience) stand out from the rest.
1. Name your files properly and save as a PDF
Not only does this look more professional, but it helps employers keep track of who's who and quickly find your resume once they download it.
First name_Last name_Resume
2. Delete any non-dental related experience
If your resume is longer than one page, then it’s time to cut the fluff! For experienced dental pros, delete any non-dental work so your industry experience can stand out. For dental students, consider adding relevant coursework, externships, and any other experience that can be related back to the dental industry.
3. Tailor your resume to the job description
"One size fits all" rarely works, and your resume is no exception. Read the job description (more than once) and pay attention to the keywords or phrases being used. Once you figure out what the employer is looking for, you can tailor your resume accordingly.
4. Begin each bullet point with a unique action word
Look at your resume and be honest. How many times have you used the phrase "responsible for"? When explaining your experience, start each bullet point with a powerful action verb (bonus points if each word is only used once!).
5. Quantify wherever possible
When it comes to your resume, don't just talk the talk – walk the walk by using numbers and details to back up what you say.
Performed screenings and prophylaxis daily
Performed screenings and prophylaxis to an average of 10 patients per day
6. Make strategic use of bold, caps, and italics
Employers spend 6 seconds on average scanning a resume. So, the goal should be to make it as easy to read as possible, right? Bold, caps, and italics will help you (and your achievements) stand out.
7. Add a professional headshot photo
Spoiler alert: Employers are searching for you online, whether you like it or not. Save them the trouble by showing off your best smile and putting a headshot on your resume.
8. Add references
If an employer wants to move forward, they'll more than likely ask for your references. So, why not simplify the process and take away that extra step? Trust us, your future employers will thank you later.
9. List any software experience, certifications, and skills
There's a time to be humble, but your resume isn't one of them. Show off what makes you special, like your specialty experience, technical certifications, and software skills (AKA everything on your Biteline profile).
10. Include URLs to your LinkedIn, personal websites, and blog if applicable
Help future employers learn even more about you by giving them easy access to your LinkedIn. After all, it's basically an extended version of your resume.
11. Use a proofreading tool like Grammarly
It's the ultimate feeling of regret: submitting your resume...and realizing there's a typo. You should always proofread your resume or have someone else look over it for you. Luckily, tools like Grammarly also exist that can give you that extra peace of mind before hitting send.
12. Write a thank you email after your interview
Congrats! You've perfected your resume and nailed your interview. Now it's time to put the cherry on top and truly stand out from the rest.
Do you still need help with your resume? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be happy to edit your resume or cover letter! Whether they only need a few edits or a complete makeover, we’re here to help.