Student/Resident Resources

CV/Resume Tips

An effective resume should draw attention, create interest, generate need, and cause action all within the first 30 seconds of being viewed. Although your resume can not in itself land you a job, an effective one can help in getting you an interview. Therefore, it’s very important that your CV (i.e, your resume) reflect your personality, education, experience, and qualifications in a concise and organized manner. Writing your resume provides you with the chance to tell your story – who you are, what you do, and what you are looking for going forward. Below are some helpful suggestions…

Quantify your impact

Be specific. Present your accomplishments in numbers. Stand out from the competition by answering questions such as:

  • How many patients do you see a day?
  • How much production are you doing a week/month?
  • How many crowns did you place a month?
  • What procedures do you excel at
  • What CE have you done and what is the quantifiable impact of the CE

Stand out from the crowd

Many people get into selective programs, win awards, and do other notable things, but then do not convey the full magnitude of those accomplishments. You need to reveal how many other people were going for that very same position, award, program.

Other helpful tips:

  • Use bullet points
  • Keep it concise
  • Information should be relevant
  • Keep the font and style aesthetically easy and consistent throughout
  • The most important information should be listed first
  • Your work and education experience should be in chronological order.
  • Keep CV to 2-3 pages max
  • Refrain from using slang/jargon
  • Confirm all facts and dates are accurate
  • Include any Publications you’ve contributed to
  • List awards and recognition
  • Check for typographical or grammatical errors

Most importantly, have a friend or colleague look over your completed CV prior to submission, a third eye is always helpful in pointing out errors or inconsistencies you may have overlooked.

Cover Letter

This sample cover letter above is a model to illustrate an example of a unique, personal note to distribute to doctors when you’ve found your potential market. We know that first transition into a practice can be both an exciting and anxious time in one’s life. We are here to help with the utilization of these guidelines.


  • Market yourself both professionally and personally.
  • Evaluate the geographic market: number of dentists per population.
  • Saturated vs. Unsaturated
  • You may be asking yourself when is the time to start this? The time is now!

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