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Dental Assistant Resume Workshop

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Dental Assistant Resume Workshop
Choose a Resume Template
Work from Microsoft Word's templates:
File --> New --> Resumes
Download a template online.
TIP:
Use the table feature of Microsoft Office if you're building your own (or check for tables in your template).
TIP:
Choose a template/font that reflects professionalism.
Use bold, italics, and underlines consistently and sparingly.
Objective Statement
Objective statements are generally omitted in favor of professional profiles or summaries.

Education
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.

Clinical experience
Include name of facility, dentist, location, dates.
Can include duties and achievements.

Job Experience
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.
Job Scope:
Lead with past-tense action verb, include overall duties, staff size, budget, and reporter responsibility, if relevant.
Achievements:
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.

Resources
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.

Samples
Source
Brainstorming
Clinical Experience/Externships:
Organization's name & services (pediatric, orthodontic, etc.)
Dentist's name
Dates worked
Duties
Scholarships/Awards
Professional Certifications/Licensures
Campus Activities
Volunteer Work / Leadership Experience
Cover Letters
Address

Date

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.

Sincerely,

First Last


Generic base letter
Specific to each job
Research the facility
Mission & Values
Awards
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
http://www.employflorida.com
http://www.indeed.com/q-Dental-Assistant-l-Florida-jobs.html
http://www.mydentaljobs.com/q-Dental-Assistant-l-Florida-jobs.html
http://www.dentalpost.net/dental-jobs/FL/all-dental-jobs-for-florida
https://www.linkedin.com/job/dental-assistant-jobs-florida/

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?
Examples
Active
Adaptable
Aggressive
Alert
Ambitious
Analytical
Attentive
Broad-minded
Conscientious
Consistent
Constructive
Creative
Dependable
Determined
Diplomatic
Disciplined
Discrete
Personable
Positive
Practical
Productive
Realistic
Reliable
Resourceful
Respective
Self-reliant
Sense of humor
Sincere
Sophisticated
Systematic
Tactful
Talented
Will travel
Will relocate
Economical
Efficient
Energetic
Enterprising
Enthusiastic
Extroverted
Fair
Forceful
Imaginative
Independent
Logical
Loyal
Mature
Methodical
Objective
Optimistic
Perceptive
ADJECTIVES
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.
EXAMPLES
Henderson Community College: The Resume & Cover Letter Workbook for Dental & Healthcare Workers
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
Should be different for each job application to emphasize how you meet that job's requirements.
Focus on
hard skills
(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
key words
that are in job description.
Paragraphs/sentences can lend a more personal feel and allow more description.
verbs
Samples
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