Nobody’s perfect, right? But your dental hygiene resume should be and and there are three common errors you should watch for when writing or editing your resume. Remember, employers look for any little difference in a tight job market and if you say in your cover letter you are “detail-oriented” and they see you made some basic errors on your resume, you could be toast!
So here’s the top three most common resume errors we see at GetHiredRDH, plus a really good tip for editing resumes.
1. Misspelled words
Spell check is a great invention, so pay attention to words and phrases that get flagged. But that’s not all – sometimes spell check won’t catch words that are misspelled for what you intend them for. These are called homonyms and homophones (example: sea and see; or meat and meet; or too and to).
Your resume should be consistent to look professional. Are your bullets all matching? Do you use the same typeface (font) and size throughout? How about at the end of bullet statements – do you use a bullet on some and others not? What about spacing between lines? How it all looks will say volumes about you – make sure what you say is completely consistent throughout your dental hygiene resume and other materials.
3. Properly Placed Tenses
We tend to keep our resumes for many years and as such when we come back to it after a period of time, sometimes tenses can be an issue if you are using a chronological resume. Chronological are the kind where you list your accomplishments and tasks below each job instead of in one section at the the top. Sometimes hygienists will get a new job, but their previous job makes it sound as though they still work there.
For example, you might still have a line that says something like “Oversee hygiene department of four dental hygienists” for a job you no longer work at. Change it to past tense, “Oversaw” to make it correct.
[Note: At GetHiredRDH we strongly recommend a Functional style of resume instead of Chronological as it saves space and is better suited for dental hygiene.]
Quick Editing Tip
A great editing tip for resumes (and writing in general) is the read your resume backward. Our brains tend to trick us into thinking words look okay (which is often why we make mistakes). When you read a resume backward you aren’t focused on the wording and flow and can more easily spot errors.