Resume writing can appear intimidating but once you get a clear understanding of what you want to project, the process becomes simple. First, you need to determine what type of job you want. Be more specific than just “dental hygienist,” like a hygienist in a periodontal practice or a hygienist in a public health setting. Then determine what skills you posses that best demonstrate your capability for this type of position. With this information at hand, you are ready to begin!

There are two types of resumes: chronological and functional. Chronological is just as its name insinuates—the information is presented in time sequential order. A functional resume is organized by the important skills you have with examples from your work history that illustrate those skills.

A good starting point if you have chosen to use a functional resume is to list all of your accomplishments with the supporting work history below. For a chronological resume, list all of your jobs from the most recent to your first job out of school. Then list all of the skills you gained at each position underneath. Then pick only the most outstanding from the list. After you have come up with a rough draft, ask a trusted mentor, colleague, or friend to provide an objective point of view.

Dimensions has provided an example of both the chronological resume and the functional resume. Good luck!

 Chronological Resume

 

 Functional Resume

 

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