It’s no secret that dentists don’t get the respect they deserve. But, their assistants, the unsung heroes of a dental practice, get even less. Regardless of how others in the medical profession and even the general public might wrongly view dental assistants, it’s still a great career with a very nice salary.
Dental assistants handle a lot of the preparation for check-ups and dental procedures, and also handle most of the x-ray duties. They also assist the dentist while their hands are occupied.
Below is a sample resume along with a writing guide that will help you increase your odds of getting called in for an interview by drafting a resume to highlight exactly how you can be a great assistant to any practicing dentist.
What this writing guide covers:
2218 Holton Ave Fort Wayne IN 46803
Dental Assistant for 4+ years delivering quality oral health care. Professional, responsible and supportive to the team. Looking to enhance patient experience at [COMPANY NAME] with exceptional chair-side expertise and customer service skills combined with sound knowledge of dental care.
March 2014 – Current
Worry Free Dentistry
Schedule & confirm appointments, receive patients and payments, conduct predetermination requests, and order supplies
Safely operate dental x-ray equipment
Sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment according to OSHA standards
Instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care
August 2012 – February 2014
Smile Bright Ltd
Prepared trays of instruments for all dental procedures
Assisted in basic supportive dental procedures
Provided patient comfort both before and after exams and dental work
Audited inventory of medical supplies on a monthly basis
Dental Assistant Training
August 2011 – June 2012
IPFW Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) from Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)
American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) member for continuing education and professional development
Hold current CPR and X-ray certifications
It’s very important to remember that when applying to a dental practice, you are basically trying to explain to a dentist and not a company on how you will be of assistance. You will be right there with them as they work on patients, so they want to know you can do the job without being babysat.
Shotgunning or mass submitting a generic resume all over the place is a big no-no in all industries. It’s even more important to avoid this tactic in the medical profession.
Let the dental office to which you apply to know you’re serious about working specifically for them by inserting their business’s name into your Career Objective. This doesn’t mean you cannot use the same resume opening for more than one dental office, but just make sure to insert the correct business name.
You also want to show you are not going to need ground up training. Mention the years of experience you have along with any practical hands-on experience. Our applicant specified she has exceptional chair-side expertise.
With the litigious nature of modern society, one of the most important words in a dental office is safety. It’s essential you let your potential future employer know you take safety seriously. The fictitious applicant does so in a couple ways.
Many substandard resumes will just mention that the you can operate or have been trained on x-rays. Our applicant takes it a step above however by saying she not only OK to take x-rays, but does so safely. It’s a great way to stand out from the crowd.
Next she uses important industry terminology.
However, as important as it is to stress how safe you are, don’t forget to include all of your other skills too.
Skills are great as is education, but round out your dental assistant resume by including some important certifications.
Another important word here along with the certifications themselves is current. Many people who don’t take their work seriously may let their certs lapse. Show you’re on top of your game and always keep yours in good standing.
It’s a good idea to jam in a few important acronyms too for both the reviewer and on the off chance you have to pass an applicant tracking system. Our applicant includes:
Just make sure you really have affiliations with any association you list. It’s OK to talk yourself up, but it’s not OK to outright lie.
Many dental practices are fairly small when compared to the offices of corporate America. Make sure to tailor your resume to fit this smaller and closer work atmosphere. Specify how safe you are. Show you are deeply involved in the medical industry by mentioning your associations and certifications.
As long as you stay honest but confident, and you write a resume with relevant powerful language, you will stand out above most of the competition. Let your resume get your foot in the door and win them over at the interview.