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Posted on April 22, 2016 at 4:25 PM

5 RulesFor Building A Great Resume

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Your resume has one job: To convince the reader that you're a candidate worth interviewing.

 

Here are five rules to help you write a resume that does its job:

 

Summarize Your Unique Value

Communicate with Confidence

Watch Your Language

Key in on Keywords

Keep it Concise

 

What do these really mean?

 

Summarize Your Unique Value

A resume should begin with a Summary (or, if you're a student, new grad, or career changer, an Objective). Use this space to tell employers who you are and how your skills and qualifications meet their needs.

 

Although your real objective may be to get away from your micro-managing boss or shorten your commute, don't say that on your resume! Your Summary or Objective is where you explain how and why you are uniquely qualified to contribute to the company.

 

Bonus: Once you've crafted a solid message that summarizes your value, you can use it as the basis for your response to every hiring manager's favorite line: "Tell me about yourself."

Communicate with Confidence

Tell the potential employer what you've accomplished in your current and previous roles to show how you made a difference. This is not the time to be humble or modest, or to assume the employer will read between the lines.

 

For instance, if your resume just states the facts, without context (e.g., "Sold 50,000 widgets between January and June"), the reader won't know if that's better, worse, or the same as what the company had achieved in the past. But a confident statement like "Boosted widget sales 35% in the first six months" or "Increased widget sales from 40K to 50K within six months" is bound to jump off the page.

Watch Your Language

Don't start your sentences with I or We or Our.

 

In fact, don't even use full sentences. Bulleted statements that begin with strong action verbs typically have the most impact.

 

Here are two ways to say the same thing. The first is a bad example; the second is much better:

 

Too Chatty and Long

I was assigned to lead a safety project team that was supposed to reduce our accident rates. Our efforts were successful, because my boss told me the company's workers' compensation costs were improving. My coworkers were happy, and we got more work done.

 

Concise and Businesslike

Spearheaded team safety project that eliminated accident hazards, reduced workers' compensation costs, improved employee morale, and increased productivity.

 

That kind of statement is even better if you can quantify the improvements (e.g., "…reduced workers' compensation costs by 27%").

Key in on Keywords

Here's an awful truth: Resumes, in many cases, are not even read. Rather, they're scanned (either by a machine or by someone who is not the hiring manager). What they're scanning for is keywords or phrases that match their hiring criteria.

 

Not sure what keywords to put in your resume? Read the job description for a position that interests you, as well as descriptions for similar jobs. Then read your target companies' web sites. Certain words and phrases will come up again and again – those are keywords. Work them into your resume to make it easy for the scanner to spot what's important.

Keep it Concise

The old rule about resumes never exceeding one page is not necessarily true anymore. If you can fit it all comfortably on one page, that's ideal. But after you've been in the working world for awhile, your resume will probably need a second page. A third page (or more) is almost never a good thing. A front & back option is great!

 

The new "rule" is that two pages is fine, as long as everything on the resume is relevant to the job you're seeking, and recent enough to add value. Leave out jobs from more than about 10 or 15 years ago, unless they still have direct relevance to your current career path.

 

With these rules, you're on your way to crafting an effective, interview-worthy resume!

https://www.pongoresume.com/articles/420/5-rules-for-building-a-great-resume.cfm


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Posted on March 22, 2016 at 12:00 AM


Dental Anatomy

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 5:20 PM


Graduation Day Fall 2014

Posted on December 28, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Congratulations to our AWESOME Fall class, they all graduated December 19th!

CPR Training

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM

CPR Training

This week our students will be learning CPR and First Aid training. This is a necessary skill needed for the dental office environment.  Our students learn from a professional firefighter, and practice with hands-on manequins. 

What does a Dental Assistant do?

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Dental assisting is a great career choice for many people. Hours are often flexible, working conditions excellent and demand strong.* Training for a dental assisting career can often be completed in less than a year.

 

If you are considering a career in dental assisting, you may be wondering: Exactly what do dental assistants do? Is the dental assistant the person who cleans teeth? Do they run the office? Do they take X-rays?

 

Duties Can Vary

 

Specific dental assistant duties can vary from office to office. However, in general, dental assistants either work directly with dentists who treat patients, work in dental laboratories or support office operations. A few dental assistants have responsibilities in two or all three areas.

 

Working with Patients

 

Dental assistants who work with patients often:

Get patients comfortable and prepare them for the dentist’s examination

Sterilize and lay out dental instruments for the dentist’s use

Hand instruments to the dentist during an examination

Take and process X-rays

Remove sutures

Apply anesthetics to gums and anti-cavity agents to teeth

 

Managing the Office

 

Dental assistants responsible for office management often:

 

Answer phones and set patient appointments

Greet arriving patients and help process new client information

Set up, manage and retrieve patient files

Process in-office payments and issue invoices

Ordering and receiving office supplies

 

Lab Work

Laboratory duties for which a dental assistant may be responsible include:

 

Making plaster casts from teeth and mouth impressions

Cleaning and polishing mouth guards, dentures and other removable appliances

Perform orthodontic measurements

 


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