There’s a lot to consider when you sit down and start designing a dental hygiene resume. So today I want to give you four of the biggest cautions or things to think about and consider when you begin.
There are three types of resume formats – chronological, functional, and a hybrid of those two. For most hygienists I strongly recommend the Functional format.
Because most dental hygiene jobs require a very similar skill set and perform many of the same duties, it makes more sense to place all of that within its own dedicated section at the top, as opposed to the repetition of putting the same information under each dental hygiene job you’ve held.
The only exception is if you have some very specific accomplishments – unique to each job – that you can highlight. Even then, I recommend a hybrid of the two types because it gives you best of both worlds – a little bit of room to include your skills at the top and a little bit of room to emphasize some specific accomplishments beneath each job.
Caution 2. Too Lengthy
The main purpose of a resume is to get an interview. You want the resume to stand out but not in negative ways. Arguably, one slightly negative way could be the length. Generally, keep it to one page. I have done resumes for hygienists who have no experience on up to 40-plus years and they all fit fine on a one-page resume.
There’s one guaranteed way to make your resume boring and that’s to make it look and read like everyone else’s. You don’t have to get crazy, in fact I would caution against that, too. Instead add small touches of flare. This could include adding a little bit of color, increasing the font size on your name, using a font different than Times New Roman, adding your picture to the resume, using lines or other graphic touches to create sections, using bullets and columns instead of large blocks of text, and also using bold or italics here and there to create emphasis.