The Six Second Test

The average recruiter looks at a resume for 6 seconds before deciding whether to continue reading, or move on. That’s exactly the same amount of time you just spent reading this post!

To help you pass the 6 second test, we’ve asked our recruiters for tips on how to write a great resume and stand out from the competition.

Include a Photo from Andrea Kowalczyk
There’s nothing like being able to put a face to a name, and making a first impression with a professional photo can help capture the reader’s attention. You don’t have to spend money on a professional photographer (if you have professional headshots already – great!), but don’t default to whatever your last facebook photo was either. A clean headshot (shoulders up) in professional attire, against a neutral or simple background will do perfectly.

Include Leadership experience from Kiesha Bell
You may not have lead a lecture, served on a board, or been published in a dental magazine, but the small leadership roles at school or through volunteer work are just as important. Whether it’s participating in a symposium with classmates or organizing a community service event, these kind of activities show you are willing to take initiative and lead your peers. These experiences can help differentiate your resume from the next one in their pile.

Don’t Forget your Volunteer Work from Peter Schwartz
Just because you may not have organized or lead the last community project, still include the fact that you participated. If there’s a cause you are passionate about – employers want to know. Dental offices large and small often participate in clinical and non-clinical community service events, so having team members who are like minded and interested in giving back is a huge plus.

Keep it Simple from Andrea Kowalczyk
Remember, recruiting and hiring managers are looking through stacks of resumes every day. They don’t want a novel or flashy details – stick with the facts. Is there something on your resume that could be said just as well in 7 words as in 15? If so – opt for the seven word version. A full page of text can be overwhelming, so make sure your bullet points are organized and easy to read through quickly.

Spend Time on the Cover Letter from Kate Anderson
Okay, so it’s not technically part of your resume – but it should be just as important! Your cover letter is where you have the chance to share details, examples, and show what personal skills you can bring to the table. It’s also a great place to explain why you’re applying for a particular position. Do you have ties to the local area? Have you already achieved licensure for that state? What is it about the job that you find most interesting? Your cover letter is a place where they can get to know you as a person. It should reinforce what’s in your resume while providing an extra sense of what’s motivating you to apply for the job.


Our recruiters are already looking for upcoming graduates to fill roles in 2019!

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