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10 Tips to turn a good resume into an excellent resume

Due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, many people across all industries are finding themselves without a job. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself or waiting for everything to blow over, now is a great time to get ahead of the competition and build an amazing resume that will help you land your dream job.

Whether you’re fresh out of college or you’ve got years of experience working in dental practices, here are 10 tips to help you craft an excellent resume.

Keyword research

Figure out the best words to use in your resume by browsing the job postings that catch your eye and making a note of which keywords regularly appear. When you see the same words being listed again and again, it’s a strong indicator that they’re the qualifications/characteristics/experience/etc potential employers are looking for in candidates.

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Pepper these words throughout your resume to emphasize that you’re the ideal person for the job because you have exactly what they’re looking for. 

Prioritize big achievements

If a recruiter has hundreds of resumes to go through, it’s almost impossible for them to read each one entirely. In fact, according to Motley Fool, 40% of hiring managers spend less than 60 seconds reviewing each resume and 25% of managers spend less than 30 seconds reviewing each resume.

Ensure your potential employer sees your biggest and best achievements by listing them early on in your resume, straight after your contact info. Do you have years of experience working in dental practice? Did you get amazing grades in college? Do you have stellar references? Whatever makes you stand out from the other applicants, highlight it at the start of your resume.

Keep it brief

The point of your resume is to wow the person into wanting to know more about you professionally. Include all the relevant info to impress them, but don’t tell stories and go into excessive detail. There’ll be plenty of time for going more in-depth into things if you get to the interview stage.

Be to the point so employers can quickly see if you’re suitable for the role. Make the most of headers and bullet points to break up large chunks of text and use bold when you want to highlight important words and phrases.

Use hard facts

Potential employers want to know you’re going to bring something valuable to the business. To demonstrate how important your skills and experience are, use cold hard facts when referring to your career. For example:

  • At my previous dental practice, I implemented a marketing campaign which increased new patient numbers by 30%.
  • In college, my grades put me in the top 5% of my class.
  • During my career so far, I’ve completed 50 teeth whitening procedures

Make it easy to read 

Today it’s impossible to know exactly how your potential employer will review your resume. On their computer, tablet or phone? Maybe they’ll even print it off and read it the old fashioned way.

 

Have all bases covered by ensuring the text is easy to read on all devices. Use a plain, black font in a size that’s simple to read while scanning. It’s also worth focusing on consistency. Make sure all headers are the same and there’s no variation in size, font or color in your main text.

Take a look at your resume on different devices to confirm it’s legible. You don’t want your dream job to pass you by just because your font size was slightly too small. 

Include a professional email address

According to Career Builder, 35% of hiring managers rejected a potential candidate because they had an unprofessional email address listed on their resume. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by having a simple, professional email listed in your contact details.

If your email address isn’t quite up to scratch, it’s worth creating a new one just for professional ventures. Try creating an account with your first and last name, your full first name and initial of your last name, or the initial of your first name and your full last name.

With over 4000 million email addresses taken, you might have to play around for a while before you find a totally unique name. But the effort is worth it if it bags you the job you’ve always dreamed of. 

Update your LinkedIn profile

The 2016 Jobvite Recruiter Nation Report revealed that 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to check candidates before considering them for an interview. To help increase your chances of making it to the next stage, regularly update your LinkedIn profile whenever you’ve achieved something new in your career.

If not much has been going on recently, consider asking previous employers and colleagues for endorsements so you can prove to potential employers that everything you’ve listed in your resume is true.

Update your Cloud Dentistry profile

While you’re at it, update your Cloud Dentistry profile, too. Before you apply for a dental hygienist or dental assistant role via the website, consider if there’s anything you could add to your profile that would impress the person reading your resume.

Whether it’s a skill they’re particularly interested in, some experience that’s relative to the role or a testimonial from a previous client, update your Cloud Dentistry profile to support your resume and showcase your value.

Be unique

The Undercover Recruiter claims 50% of recruiters will reject a candidate if their resume is loaded with cliches. Some particularly overused cliches to avoid include:

  • I can work independently.
  • I’m a hard worker.
  • I work well under pressure.
  • I’m a good communicator.
  • I’m enthusiastic.

While it’s definitely good practice to mention the above facts in your resume, think of creative, attractive ways you can do so instead of using these exact words.

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Look at other resumes for inspiration, but don’t copy them or use them as a template. Stand out from the crowd and stick in the mind of your potential employer by being unique and memorable.

Proof, proof, proof

As many as 77% of recruiters will delete a resume if it contains typos or bad grammar. Protect your resume from ending up in the trash by proofreading it over and over until you’re 100% certain there are no errors. If you have any friends or family members who can act as an additional proofreader for you, ask for their help.

Often when looking over the same information again and again, your brain becomes blind to errors. A good way to avoid this is to change the font each time you proofread your resume. This act tricks your brain into thinking you’re looking at new information, making it easier to spot mistakes. Just make sure you change your resume back to the original font before sending it.

Make it count

Your resume is your first (and sometimes only) chance to make the best impression possible on your prospective future employer. Just a few small changes can really add up and make a big impact. Follow our tips on turning a good resume into an excellent resume and you’re one step closer to landing the job you’ve always dreamed of.