Your dental hygiene resume introduction is the most important section of your resume for three reasons: (1) It’s where employers look first; (2) It’s where your name and contact information are placed; and (3) It’s your first chance to introduce yourself.
Some of you will elect to include a headshot near your resume introduction as well. Yes, that does make an impact (whether you agree or not) but today I want to talk about the third of those first three I mentioned above: Introducing yourself. And there are three important points to creating this statement.
Does your resume use “Objective” as the heading for the top section? If so, ditch it! This is an old-school term that lots of people are still hanging on to but it’s not the current trend for resumes. Replace Objective with Summary or About Me. Objective, as a title, tells the employer something too obvious – that your goal is to get a great job with a great employer.
Instead use the space to tell them who you are, what drives you, and what they can expect that it will be like to work with you. All good brands offer the promise to consumers. You are a brand, what’s your promise to this employer?
— Marji J. Sherman (@MarjiJSherman) January 4, 2017
Personally, I like the title “About Me” as it’s more personable, approachable, genuine – those are feelings you want an employer to experience when learning about you, right?
Keep it Short
If you have read my articles – you know I live by the more is less principle. But I also think people love mystery – give employers just enough resume introduction to get a simple positive impression about you, then leave them wanting to know more. There is great power in that and you are all but assured they will see and read more of your resume than anyone else.
So I recommend keeping your statement to about 30-50 words (2-3 sentences). Keep the writing tight and descript. Use positive personality adjectives that sorta jump a bit when they read the statement. This is your chance to differentiate yourself – to describe how you are unique and a great fit for their office.
How to Craft It
So how do we create this? Great question – the cool thing is a resume introduction is all about YOU and you are an expert on that part so it’s probably not as hard as you think. But let me give you the recipe to cook up an amazing About Me statement.
- Sentence 1: Devote the first sentence to the type of clinician you are for patients and your love or passion for what it is you do
- Sentence 2: In the second sentence, add the type of employee or co-worker you are
So long as technical qualifications are met (you are licensed and experienced), those are the two most important considerations for an employer, how well you work with patients and how well you work with co-workers and your employer. But now let’s give your statement some seasoning:
- Use some positive adjectives that describe your brand, what makes you unique
- Use an active as opposed to passive voice to help conserve words and drive straight to your points.
Here’s an example resume introduction to help
Example: “As an experienced and friendly dental hygienist, with a unique ability to build great relationships of trust, I am confident in my efforts to leave each patient with an incredible smile and memorable visit. And, I value a work environment where I’m surrounded by an inspiring team of fun and hard-working dental professionals.”
Finally, as one alternative to the above, craft a statement that instead tells your story (again very briefly) of why you became a dental hygienist and how that drives you today. Stories are both engaging and accomplish the same thing I described above. Here’s an example:
Example: “I became a dental hygienist because I loved how I felt after visiting my hygienist – I always left with a great smile. Now I enjoy doing the same for others, sharing my love for oral health with a dedicated group of compassionate professionals.”
Can’t do it – don’t want to do it – don’t have time to do it? No problem, I will do an amazing resume introduction for you, just shoot me an email right now and I can create a great About Me with you.