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Dental Assistant Resume Workshop
Transcript of Dental Assistant Resume Workshop
Choose a Resume Template
Work from Microsoft Word's templates:
File --> New --> Resumes
Download a template online.
Use the table feature of Microsoft Office if you're building your own (or check for tables in your template).
Choose a template/font that reflects professionalism.
Use bold, italics, and underlines consistently and sparingly.
Objective statements are generally omitted in favor of professional profiles or summaries.
Include school name, location, and years attended.
Can project grad date or end the range with "Current" or "Present."
Include GPA if above 3.0.
Include honors, awards, scholarships here or in separate section.
Not necessary to include high school education.
Not necessary to include previous incomplete education on resume; application may require this information.
Can include licensure here or in separate section.
Include name of facility, dentist, location, dates.
Can include duties and achievements.
Reverse chronological order (most recent first), within the past 10-15 years.
Expound more on jobs that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
Graduating, entry-level students: Think of clinicals and externships.
Lead with past-tense action verb, include overall duties, staff size, budget, and reporter responsibility, if relevant.
Action + Result. What, specifically, did you do, and what effect did it have on the company?
Emphasize universal, transferable skills for jobs that don't seem relevant.
Skills & Qualifications
More descriptive, specific examples of skills and experience, verb-first.
Can include employment from 10+ years ago that is directly relevant to your field.
Area to describe experience gained in internships and education.
Organization's name & services (pediatric, orthodontic, etc.)
Volunteer Work / Leadership Experience
To Whom It May Concern:
Dear Hiring Committee,
I am writing to apply for the ___ position at ___ . I recently saw the position posted online at ___, and I believe I am a strong candidate because of _____.
I am a recent graduate of Daytona State College and am seeking employment as a full-time Dental Assistant. [Briefly describe experience/interests and why this job is appealing.] I want to work at a facility that .... , and I believe my experience as part of your staff will be invaluable.
Thank you for your time; I look forward to discussing how I will fit in as part of your staff, and I will contact you next week to follow through on my application.
Generic base letter
Specific to each job
Research the facility
Mission & Values
Describe mutual benefit
Volunteer Work & Additional Information
Participate in campus clubs & student groups.
Volunteer in the community & at school.
Join professional organizations.
Job Search Websites
Demonstrated expertise in providing professional dental care services in the treatment and care of clients.
Complied with processes and procedures to maintain safe, clean, controlled and compliant work environment.
Analyzed dental patients' condition and environment to ensure adherence to dental care standards and regulations.
Reacted quickly to changes in condition or response to treatment.
Ensured dental patients of all ages are physically and emotionally comfortable during visits.
Educated the dental patient and families on treatment and maintenance measures for dental hygiene.
Maintained confidentiality of patient information and ensure accuracy in patient history, charting, and other documentation.
Exhibited outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, which resulted in greater customer satisfaction, increased customer base, and more positive office environment.
Documented success in ....
Provided congenial atmosphere for customers through attention to detail and quality service.
Selected by management to train all new servers.
Practiced good communication skills and attended to difficult situations with poise.
Good? Bad? Ugly?
Sense of humor
Don't go overboard--keep it simple.
words that describe nouns
Avoid empty adjectives like "great" or "good."
If you don't have relevant work experience, emphasize your externships.
Henderson Community College: The Resume & Cover Letter Workbook for Dental & Healthcare Workers
Should be different for each job application to emphasize how you meet that job's requirements.
(experience and education), not soft skills (personality and ethics).
No more than 4-5 lines long.
Bulleted lists are easier to scan. Keep brief and emphasize
that are in job description.
Paragraphs/sentences can lend a more personal feel and allow more description.