Monday, January 20, 2020

Dental Job Seekers Should Consider Removing Some Information From Their Resumes

We at see all kinds of things when receiving resumes from dental workers looking for jobs. Some things are great, and some things…not so much so.

We have therefore have compiled a list of some things to take off your professional resume, if these elements currently exist there:

• Photos - Avoid putting any type of photo on your resume. Although this no-no could change in the future, it's still considered unprofessional.

• Objective - If you have an objective statement, replace it with a professional summary. An objective statement states what kind of work you are looking for; however, a professional summary goes a bit further, and in a nutshell, defines who you are, professionally. This is a great marketing tool, as you can emphasize why you are an awesome fit for the job from the get-go!

• Unprofessional Email Address – drop the cutesy nick-names and any body parts and their various positions, and if you don’t have a professional email, create a new one to use when you apply for jobs. Basically, you want to create an email address with your name in it, if you can.

• Hobbies – these probably are not relevant to the job you are applying for. While including this information can give a little insight to you and your personality and will help the interviewer decide if your personality might be a good fit for their culture, it can sometime have a negative effect as well. Instead, consider putting in any nonprofit or volunteer work you might be involved in.

• Past Salary Information – remove this from your resume. If a dental employer asks you for it, by all means clue them in; otherwise, it doesn’t belong on a resume.

• False Information or Exaggerations – Make sure all of the information is 100 percent accurate, because more than likely, it will catch up to you, sooner or later.

• Typos – In today’s world of software spell-check functions, there is no excuse for having ANY typos on your resume! Have someone else look it over, and another someone – the more, the merrier!

• Unprofessional Fonts and Colors – You are a professional dental worker, not a second-grader, anymore, and if your resume is decked out in fluorescent pink, Comic Sans font, it will take a direct, non-stop route into the trash can. Stick with basics: black ink in Times New Roman, Calibri or Myriad Pro are always safe bets.

• Paragraphs – You are not writing a novel – you are hopefully writing an effective dental worker resume, and effective resumes contain short sentences, and bullet-pointed statements.

• Why You Left a Previous Position – This question is for the dental employer to ask you in person, if they choose. Resumes are about “What” (you have done and accomplished), not “Why” (you did what you did).

• Third or Fourth Pages – Sometimes, a resume may run to a second page, but if it continues to a third or fourth page, you may need to edit it down.

• “References Available Upon Request” – Cringe. Isn’t this obvious, really? If this statement isn’t on your resume, and a dental employer asks you for references, you’re not going to say ‘No – it’s not on my resume’ – of COURSE you are going to give him/her a list. Have a separate reference page with some references on it, ready to be handed over, during an interview.

You’ve got your professional email address, you’ve fixed your errors, and you’ve had a few more pairs of eyes peruse your resume. Now – if you haven’t already, create an account at and put that shining document out there for dental employers everywhere to see!