Lots and lots of dental hygiene job seekers are simply sending a resume off for job openings and calling it good. This is your chance to impress so be different by simply doing more than most – send the ultimate dental hygiene resume kit.
A resume kit is a suite of documents that include a resume, cover letter, testimonial sheet, CAR sheet and business card, encased in a professional and even creative-looking package.
Is it extra work? Extra time? Extra expense?
Yes. Yes. And yes. Why do it? Because employers believe the extra work, time and expense translates into an employee that will do more and be more on the job.
Job seekers that are attentive to detail in their approach to finding a job, will likely carry that trait into the workplace. Moreover, very few job seekers will put together a kit like this, which by default will cause your presentation to stand out and draw greater interest.
Assembling a Dental Hygiene Resume Kit
Here are some basic tips for assembling your own ultimate dental hygiene resume kit:
- Consistency: Make sure the design, fonts, colors, and paper are all in agreement with one another. The entire kit should look intentional – as though you carefully planned it all out.
- Don’t Skimp: If your kit looks like you took the easiest path (cheapest paper, no color, standard font(s), little or no design) it won’t have the affect it could. Granted, it will be good, but not great.
- In-Person Delivery: There’s only one thing better than thoughtful resume kit and that’s a thoughtful resume kit that is hand-delivered to an office. Whether you are applying for a job or just sharing your materials without an opening, there’s no replacement for getting the chance to see the great person you are live and in the flesh. Being able to meet the front office person and possibly others when handing them the resume kit completes the package so they can put your materials with your face and personality. It helps create and build on connections that are critical to influencing them to hiring you.
- Holding it Together: As you can see in the picture, what you use to hold the materials together can vary greatly and you can even be pretty creative with it. I love the clip example! But you could also use a kit cover (inexpensive folder or pouch) or even a cool cardboard document box. Just keep it classy and interesting. I guarantee if you hold it all together with something other than a staple or paper clip you will create some buzz and really stand out.