On a typical day, our recruiting team speaks with more than 20 Optometrists who are actively or passively seeking a new Associate position or potential partnership opportunity. Every Optometrist we speak with understands the importance of putting together a solid cover letter and resume/C.V. Developing a great cover letter and solid CV are very important in landing an interview. But there is one more thing you need: A Proof Book.
Whether you are about to graduate from Optometry school or you’ve been in practice for twenty years, it is always beneficial to put together a Proof Book for interviews. Over the years we’ve seen Proof Books tip the scales in a candidate’s favor more than fifty times.
So what is a Proof Book?
A Proof Book is simply a collection of information that encompasses your background, your professionalism, your accomplishments, and your clinical and patient relations acumen. There is certainly no magic format or combination of content, but typically a Proof Book should include some or all of the following:
a. A current CV/Resume
b. Case presentations
c. Production numbers or equivalent
e. Letters of Recommendation
g. Blank paper for notes
h. Questions for the practice
i. Blank thank-you notes
How do I use it in an interview?
This depends on the interviewer. If the interviewer is taking the lead, you can use some of the sections as back up when you are answering questions about your how you’ve handled various patients and procedures. You can use it to show that you produce $40,000 a month in your current practice. You can use it to prove that you’ve successfully completed advanced training. You can even use it to show off letters of recommendation from patients, professors, or previous employers.