If you’re a dental student with your eyes on the future, check out these tips to set you up for success.
An effective resume should draw attention, create interest, generate need and cause action all within the first 30 seconds of viewing it. Although your resume alone cannot land you a job, an effective one can put you in a good position for an interview. Therefore, it’s important that your CV (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.
Quantify Your Impact: Be specific and 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 per week/month?
- What procedures do you excel at?
- How many crowns do you place per month?
- What CE have you completed and what is the quantifiable impact of the CE?
Stand Out from the Crowd: For any selective programs, awards and other notable accomplishments, convey the full magnitude of those successes. Note how many other people were striving for that same position, award or program.
Here’s an example: “Awarded American Dental Association’s ‘10 Under 10 Award’ 2021. This award is merit-based, voted on by peers and awarded to only ten dentists who demonstrate excellence and inspire others in science, research & education, practice excellence, philanthropy, leadership and advocacy.”
Double Check for Errors: Another set of eyes is always helpful in pointing out errors and inconsistencies that you may have overlooked. Ask a friend or colleague to take a second look and provide feedback.
Other Helpful Resume Tips:
- Keep it to 2-3 pages max
- Use bullet points
- Keep it concise
- Refrain from using slang/jargon
- Include only relevant information
- The most important information should be listed first
- Your work and education experience should be in chronological order
- Confirm all facts and dates are accurate
- Keep the font and style aesthetically easy and consistent throughout
- Include any publications you’ve contributed to
Cover Letter Tips
The cover letter above illustrates an example of a unique, personal note to distribute to doctors when you’ve found your potential market. Your first transition into a practice can be both an exciting and anxious time in your life, so leverage this letter to help you start on the right foot.
Cover Letter Considerations:
- Tell your story and your “why” for going into dentistry
- Market yourself both professionally and personally
- Be aware of the geographic and demographic market
- Clearly state what you’re seeking