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Creating a strong resume that captures your abilities, personal traits, and qualifications is difficult. It could also be the only piece of information that employers use to determine whether they call you for an interview. That is why we compiled expert advice and tips. Take a look at this mid-level dental assistant resume sample to learn what the best way to write yours is.
Have a proper summary
Start your resume with a summary that can catch the attention of the reader. This resume formats its summary in the form of a list, which is not the most effective way to present this information. You are supposed to be aiming for three to four lines. The list format means that this summary takes as much room as some of the best summaries possible, but it only communicates three pieces of information about the candidate. If the same information was written as a paragraph, it would only take one or two lines, and then more information could be added. When writing your resume, you should always be looking for ways to maximize the use of the space you have, without making it difficult to read. Note that the information itself that is presented in the summary is strong. It is just the way it is organized that needs work.
How to format the skills section
Along those same lines, take a look at the Core Strengths section. Can you see how much space has been wasted? The list is a little long, but the real problem here is the use of the single column. Not only is using two columns standard for resumes, it makes use of as much of the page as possible. This resume has 11 items on their list. You should aim for three to four bullets in each column, but it is okay to go over a little if you feel the extra bullets are essential or especially impressive. In this case, items such as quick learner, follow instructions promptly, and active listening skills are not diverse enough to warrant separate points on the list. More is only better if you are not repeating yourself. These items could easily be combined into one, such as, Quickly apply learned skills.
Keep your accomplishments professional
The accomplishments or awards section is completely optional, but it should always be professional. There is nothing wrong with trying to add a personal touch. Just be sure that you are not presenting yourself in an unappealing way, however. This accomplishments section is full of pronouns and rambling personal anecdotes, even going as far as using letters as words: “If u can do it, so can I.” As a whole, this section is probably doing more harm than good. Be sure to keep your resume in third person and professional.
Manage each part of your experience section
This experience section is problematic. The first position that is explained is good. It takes up a lot of the page, but that is not necessarily a problem. The following three positions are irrelevant, however. If you have limited experience in a related field, including your unrelated work history does present you as a hard and dedicated worker, but this resume goes into far too much detail. For a dental assistant resume, it absolutely should not include specific details about making beads, bucking hay, or creating drums. There may be some individual skills or acquired personality traits that you strengthened from these positions that you want to highlight, but this is too much. The latter three positions should be significantly shortened, and the first one can be a little long to compensate. Let LiveCareer help you create a resume that is effective and successful. Use our expert advice and our resume building tool to get started.