Quickly Get your Dentist Resume Noticed, with a Compelling Summary

In order to quickly show your skills and value as a dentist, you should open with a resume summary. Here are two examples of very compelling resume summaries for dentists. The first is for a former clinic owner who wants to go back to just being a dentist. The second is a younger dentist with less experience.

1. Highlights of resume for ABC Clinic Inc.

  • General dentist with 20 years of experience, including experience with restorative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics, extractions, cleaning and sealant.
  • Owned my own general dental practice for over a decade, which means that I understand the concept of production, bottom line and the need to efficiently treat patients with a smile on my face and exceptional customer service.
  • Was able to gross $3,000 per day with efficient quality practice.
  • Always keeping an eye out for dental technology and integrating new tools to my practice.

2. Summary for Doctor Sweettooth

  • As an energetic, dedicated and knowledgeable dental practitioner with 5 years of experience, I have well-rounded technical expertise and a natural ability to care for young children.
  • Supervised 2 receptionists, 4 dental assistants, 2 dental laboratory technicians, an office manager and an associate dentist.
  • Demonstrated dedication by providing discounted or pro bono dental work for victims of domestic abuse.

The goal of the summary is to: 1. show you qualify and 2. build a strong first impression. And you do that very, very quickly, in a few bullets. Unless you're too early in your career, you should mention how many years of experience you have. You could also try to highlight whether you're stronger with a certain public, or uncommon technologies or procedures, or feel generally well-rounded.

Make sure your resume summary is tailored!

Always remember the job ad when preparing your summary. Maybe you'll see certain keywords in there that need to be emphasized. There's no such thing as a good one-size-fits-all resume. It has to be customized. As I often repeat, accomplishments are the strongest elements of your resume, because they make you stand out from the crowd of dentists. On your resume, you want as many accomplishments as possible. But in your summary, you have to choose a few that seem most relevant for the specific job you're applying for. Which means that your summary repeats your key accomplishments. It's a smart thing to be redundant with the most valuable info on your resume! A potential employer won't mind that you insist on grossing $3,000 per day or that you provided pro bono dental work for marginalized communities!

If you write a strong summary using these tips, potential employers are much more likely to give your resume a good read. And that's a necessary step to getting more interviews!

More tips for dentists

If you're looking for more advice specifically for dentists, check out 5 accomplishments for dentists. But if you feel like 5 isn't enough, get the Dentist Resume Hacking e-book! (The examples above are taken from this book.)