Amy Flaherty, Resourcing Business Partner at Bupa Dental Care, takes us through what she’s looking for when reading associate CVs and offers her advice on how to stand out.
Most industries you apply to work in will require you to submit a CV, that is pretty standard. However, the details that industries and hiring managers are actually looking for on your CV ranges vastly across sectors, whether you are applying for a role as an accountant, marketing manager or in your case, a dentist.
What you need to consider to stand out and get that interview.
First, choose your font selectively. It needs to be legible and not unpleasant for the viewer, you want them to want to continue reading. Next try not to use large bold lettering as this can seem ‘shouty’ and may put off the reader.
At the top, remember to include your GDC registration number and performer number.
Start your CV off with a brief profile, no more than 100 – 150 words are required, a summary about you, your background, your interests and future aspirations for your career.
Now for the bulk of your CV – your work experience.
As a Dentist it is vital to include certain information from your career history to inform the hiring manager you have the experience they need:
- Current/previous practices
- Whether they are NHS, Private or mixed
- Dates you worked at these practice (locum or permanent)
- Any other specialist activities you performed in these roles i.e. Endo, Ortho, Perio etc.