In this article, we will review that most common mistakes and give recommendations to improve CV visibility and have a better chance of getting the dream job.
- Cliché Intros: avoid using repetitive terms and meaningless statements that don’t really give unique value, but do provide a statement, that introduce you to the hiring manager and pitch your best skills, work experience, job-relevant skills, experience and your most notable professional accomplishments.
Passionate Dentist with experience in …., can-do-attitude, team player….etc.
These terms are common clichés Using terms such as “good communicator;” “can-do-attitude” and “team player” without substantiating them with facts or examples will add very little (if any) value and whoever is reading your CV will just tune out. Always highlight specific key skills backed up with valid examples to give your CV credibility. A snappy introduction should mention what you have excelled in and what skills you would bring to your new role. .
2. Software Experience: If you have experience in medical software like Cortex, UniCare or any medical documentation software; this minimizes the time to educate the dentists on how to document procedures.
3. Insurance Experience: in submitting insurance claims for Thiqa, Daman, Next Care, Nas; and able to request successfully; this minimizes the time to educate the dentists on how to request approvals.
4. License Status: Have Abu Dhabi experience and/or Valid DOH/HAAD License; this is preferred than having other emirates License as the process for transferring is more complex if from other emirates (Not impossible).
5. Niche: Have experience in niche experience ( Nitrous sedation, laser, children management, implant experience); this makes that applicant more desirable.
6. Have an implant privilege; this is due to the insurance market preparing to issue approval linked to those only having the privilege.
7. Being a specialist in a demanding market, there most commonly requested specialties are GP Dentists, Dental Surgeons, Periodontists, Prosthodontist and Cosmetic Dentists. ( sorry Endodontists but your demands are diminished due to the fact that most GP are able to do what you do for the fraction of your price, this is from a finical point of view)
8. Your current residence situation, most clinics prefer that the sponsor to be other than the facility, as this makes them it cheaper and faster process to recruit as they don’t need anything other than license and labor card issuing.
9. Additional value, being able to provide additional services that bring value to the practitioner for example the experience in dental photography or social media marketing .
10. Job-hopping and unemployment gaps, this can be viewed very negatively. It is important to state that in those periods you’ve learned and developed your skills; by grouping similar roles under headings such as ‘freelance’ or ‘contract work’ is far better than leaving blanks; Because Leaving it up to the employer to guess the reasons for the gaps and job-hopping can result in less flattering conclusions.
11. Actual experience and quality of experience; this is a complex point but to explain it better via an example:
Dentist A, has been working in the government sector for the past 10 years as a GP Dentist, she is highly confident about her skills and is looking to work in the private sector.
Dentist B, Has been working in the private sector for the last three years doing most of the common dental treatments including veneers and dental bleaching, he is energetic to work.
Of the two dentists, Dentist B is more qualified to work in the private sector compared to Dentists A, the reason is that Dentist A has limited experience due to her position; as she worked in the government sector which relies on delegating different cases to the different specialists and thus limiting her work to basic dental treatments like Scaling, polishing, fillings, anterior root canals, simple extractions and single crowns and not allowed to do bridges, molar root canals, veneers, complex molar extractions and root extractions.
Therefore, if she moves to the private sector she will not have the Sufficient experience to do the more complex procedures compared to Dentist B who most likely did most of the complex cases.
12. Too LONG! anything more that 2 pages is too long, if the employer is not convinced after two pages; it’s likely they’ll not be persuaded in the next four. Keep it concise and remember less is often more
13. Avoid spelling mistakes !!!! A lack of attention to detail could outweigh your otherwise perfect CV.
14. Design: Make sure it’s simple, clean design, easy to read on screen and saved as a recognized file which can be opened as an email attachment, such as a Word doc or PDF. Your CV should not be a piece of art with sophisticated fonts and distracting colorful designs.
15. Your Contact details: This is a more common mistake than people really realize, as I might receive an CV with an amazing accomplishments yet I can’t reach them via email or mobile, which I will eventually ignore the CV once I fail to reach them more than once. The reasons for this common mistake is most people tend to focus on the main content rather than the small details. Another point in the contact details is email professionalism, for example, if your email was “firstname.lastname@example.org”, I will surely ignore that CV, please read my other article about that!
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