Applying for jobs is stressful enough as it is, but in order to land the career you want, it’s crucial to have an organized, simple, and well-structured resume. This year, dental front office managers are in high demand due to practices opening back up after being shut down for months on-end. Now, dentists are looking to get more organized and grow their patient bases, but they need help to do that! Read below to learn how you can make a great first impression when applying for a dental front office manager job by organizing your resume.
What Should Your Resume Contain?
Remember that resumes and CVs (or curriculum vitae’s) are not the same thing. Resumes are much more concise and not as detailed. It’s important that the first piece of information that the hiring manager will see is your name and contact information. After all, you want them to get back to you! If you have any certifications or degrees, it’s also important to put their abbreviations below your name so they’re immediately aware that you meet the necessary education requirements to get the job.
Begin the body of your resume with a simple opening statement or objective. Essentially, what you’d like to get out of your career as a dental front office manager. Next, flesh out your work history for the past 10 to 15 years, depending on the relevance of certain positions. Then, you’ll want to define a section that outlines your education and any certifications that you’ve achieved.
Many applicants choose to also include the following sections in their resumes:
- Soft and technical skills
- Professional memberships
- Achievements and awards
- Community involvement and volunteering
How Can You Make Your Resume Stand Out?
There are a few effective ways that you can make your resume stand out among the rest:
- Tailor it to the job that you’re applying for
- Keep it concise
- Choose a legible and professional font type
- Choose an easily navigable template
- Print your resume on thicker paper
- Choose a cream-colored or other unique color of paper to print it on
These are predominantly cosmetic enhancements that you can make to your resume to help the hiring manager choose yours from their mile-high stack.
Some Key Tips to Land the Career You Want
With a positive attitude, good interview skills, and a great resume that stands out, you can make yourself a top applicant. Here are some additional interview and resume tricks to help you land the job:
- Keep your resume to one page long
- Use facts, figures and numbers in your job descriptions to be as detailed as possible
- Try to avoid passive language
- Use more active and unique verbs that stand out
- Include continuing education
If you attended a dental assistant and front office certification course, be sure to highlight it and see if your program can offer you some additional insight on your resume. With the right touches, you can set yourself up for success with a lifelong career.
About A-Z School of Dental Assisting & Front Office
At A-Z School of Dental Assisting & Front Office, we provide our students with all of the necessary, important resources they need to get a job after they graduate. With our job placement support system, students and graduates can receive guidance while preparing their resumes and cover letters, get set-up with externship opportunities to provide them with more experience, and even get help preparing for upcoming interviews. For questions or to enroll in our next class, visit our website or call 480-457-8330.