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CV Writing Tips
The main body of creating a good CV is getting the format and layout right, your content will take care of itself. Most experts suggest limiting your CV to two pages, we agree with this although in some cases in our industry there is scope to elaborate on the specialisms achieved and level of experience in your dental career. The key is to keep it brief by sharing only the information that is relevant to the job you are applying for.

Generally there are three types of formats you can follow:

Chronological Format


The chronological format is the most common and the one we think is most appreciated. Employers tend to prefer it over any other format as it gives them a quick and organised overview of everything they need to know. the way this is set out, education and experience are listed in reverse chronological order so that the most recent and relevant information appears first.

Functional Format


A functional CV format isn't generally recommended by employers and experts, but it can be considered in some instances. For example, candidates who have been out of work for a while and do not want to draw attention to gaps in their work history. The way this is set out, the most relevant skills and experience are listed in no particular order, but n the form of headings and bullet points. Specific dates are either left out or included briefly at the bottom of the resume. These gaps can be fully explained in your personal statement at the top of your CV, thus the employer will read this with a view that the gaps are perfectly acceptable.

Combination Format


As the title suggests, this CV is set out as a combination of the chronological and functional formats. It's preferable to the functional format because it's less confusing, but it still highlights the candidates strengths, this is set out so headings will be based on skills rather than specific titles, but the information will be organisational in reverse chronological order.

Formatting Tips

The main sections you will need to include are: Your name, Contact information, a brief personal statement, Education, Work experience and specialists
A way to save space is to use just one or two lines for contact information, rather than having separate line for each item and cut out unnecessary words like "phone number", "address" and "email"
Don't bother including a line about "references available upon request", since this goes without saying that you would provide references if an employer asked for them
Other optional sections could include skills, qualifications & awards and personal interests or activities. Many job seekers these days also include a link to one of their professional online profiles.
The first page should always feature your name, contact details and personal statement at the top
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