Maxine Fennell

HOW TO WRITE A GOOD CV

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HOW TO WRITE A GOOD CV Make your first impression count.  Your CV needs to clearly outline your experience and what you can offer your...

HOW TO WRITE A GOOD CV

Make your first impression count.  Your CV needs to clearly outline your experience and what you can offer your prospective employer. Don’t waffle too much; a CV should ideally be no longer than 2 pages.


Share your specialist interests

If you’ve been on a recent clinical course or opted for extra work experience as a student, mention it. Not only will this show recruiters where your particular interests lie, but it will also show them that your passion motivates you to carry out further learning and development.


Highlight your qualifications

From your degree to GDC-registration, always include your qualifications on your CV. This will demonstrate your technical skill as well as your knowledge of clinical best practice.


Include your personal hobbies and pastimes

This is a section which many people don't concentrate on. It can be a great way to show recruiters what makes you stand out. GDP’s need strong interpersonal skills to put patients at ease, and your hobbies can reveal far more about you as a person than simply listing ‘interpersonal skills’ on your CV.


What are the responsibilities of a GDP?

Your main responsibilities as a GDP are patient care and treatment. This involves excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills.  You also have a responsibility to create a welcoming environment with a warm, approachable manner.


What are the top qualities of a GDP?

As well as your knowledge of dentistry, the top qualities of a GDP include confidentiality, empathy and reliability. This is particularly important if you work at a family practice and will be treating children or nervous patients.