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When spring arrives, we often find ourselves looking to spruce up and refresh. From cleaning out closets, to washing windows, organizing offices or even scrubbing social media profiles, we all look for a fresh start each spring. However, we often overlook an important item that should be cleaned up and updated regularly. You guessed it, your resume profile.

Are you currently looking for a new position? Graduating in a few weeks and trying to land your first job? Is your current resume outdated or covered in dust? In each of these situations, it’s time to refresh (or create) your resume profile.

An effective resume profile can help you get the job you deserve so it’s important to take the time to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. It’s your first opportunity in the job search process to set yourself apart from other candidates by showcasing your skills, experience and interests. Tell them why you love dentistry, and how you can bring value to their office. Before getting started, it’s important to think of your resume as a personal sales and marketing tool rather than a checkmark in the job seeking process. Think about what drives you in your career, that’s what employers want to know!

At DentalPost, our job seekers are always looking for tips and tricks to create an eye-catching resume profile. So, how do you stand out in a job search? How can you create the right first impression? The answer is simple- a well crafted, eye catching resume profile will help you get your foot in the door for your dream job.

Here are five ways to ensure you have a top-notch resume profile:

Upload a Professional Profile Photo

When selecting a profile photo for your job seeker account, it is important to remember that you are looking for a job, not a first date. Selecting a photo that showcases your professionalism is key to landing an interview. For example, a photo with a warm and friendly smile will convey that you are approachable.

Selfies should be saved for Instagram or Facebook profiles – not resume profiles. If you do not have any professional headshots, consider having some taken by a local photographer or ask a friend or family member to take one for you against a solid-colored background. Already working in a dental office? Ask a colleague to snap a photo of you in your scrubs, but leave the selfie stick in your bag.

The clothing you wear is also a major factor. Choose solid colors with conservative necklines. As the saying goes, dress not for the job you have, but the one you want. Finally, the photo you select should be from the shoulders up and of just you. Family, friends and pets should not be in your job seeker profile photo. Remember, this is YOUR first impression.

Use Your Profile Introduction to Attract the Right Employer

Now that you’ve uploaded your professional photo, it’s time to move onto the introduction/about me section of your profile. While writing, it is important to remember the end goal: finding a job. This means if it is not dental related or specific to the position, it should probably be left out of your introduction. This section should not solely be a summary or list of your qualifications, but instead showcase the value that you will bring to the office. Remember, the first few sentences are extremely important and directly impact whether the person making the hiring decision will continue reading or move onto the next candidate. By grabbing their attention right away, you will hopefully land an interview.

It’s also important to use active language. Consider using positive action verbs such as motivated, developed, resolved, or strengthened to show that you can get things done. Remember to choose your words wisely: the words you select can help you move to the top of the job seeker pool and make your profile pop.

Sell Yourself

As you think about the hiring process, remember that employers are making a purchase. Successful resume profiles don’t just tell about your qualifications, but instead sell you as the ideal package to the employer. To do this effectively, your resume profile should answer the question, What can I bring to the table to make XYZ dental office better? Whether you are a recent graduate or an industry veteran, this answer will be vastly different and should highlight your skills and contributions. Age identifiers should also be left out. Leave off positions you held a long time ago and graduation dates. As a rule of thumb, it is best to focus on what you DO have to offer instead of what you do not. Remember, be honest, assertive and confident when presenting your skills. Singing your own praises can feel unnatural, but it is necessary in order to stand out among other candidates. Now is the time to toot your own horn; if you don’t, nobody else will!

Keep it Professional

Professionalism is a key ingredient of your resume profile. Everything from your profile picture to the email address you select sends a clear message to the employer about you. Hobbies should be left off your resume unless they directly relate to the job, volunteering or a dental organization membership. Save your resume profile real estate for professional details in order to help you land an interview. Also, don’t forget about your social media profile content and settings. Employers do check social media so it is important to ensure that all profiles are updated, cleaned up and put your best foot forward. You may also want to consider making your social media profiles private if they are not already.

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!

We can’t stress this point enough. You may be the best candidate for a job, but a glaring error in your resume profile can disqualify you immediately. It is important to take the time to review and correct any mistakes before applying for an open position or making your profile public. Ask a friend, family member or co-worker to read your resume. Another set of eyes is key to picking up on costly grammatical or spelling errors.

Whether you are actively seeking a job or not, it’s important to keep your resume profile current. At DentalPost, we are always here to help with your resume profile needs and are available to answer any questions you may have. Happy resume enhancing and good luck with whatever your next adventure may be!

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