Use this sample to get your job search process started
Many people find writing resumes to be overwhelming and intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re finishing up a training program in how to be a dental assistant, you’ll soon be on the job market. Reward yourself for all that hard work by creating a resume that shows off all the skills and experience you’ve gained. That’s the first step towards getting that job you’ve been training for. But don’t worry—we’ve got a sample resume to get you started.
Even if you haven’t had a full time job before as a dental assistant, you can write a resume that talks about what you’ve done to prepare for this field. A good skills-based resume summarizes your education and internship experience and makes it easier for the potential employer to envision how you could fit into the position. You want to present yourself clearly in a well-organized fashion. Here are some tips:
Be a pro in your contact info
Don’t just put down a phone number or email address without thinking through the potential employer that might be using them to contact you. If you have an informal-sounding greeting on your outgoing voicemail message, re-record it to sound professional, say your name clearly so they know they’re reaching the right person, and include an invitation to leave a number so you can call them back. By the same token, if you’re used to using a casual or fun email address (email@example.com), consider creating a new one that you use for professional purposes. Ideally it would include your first and last name. This sends the message to the potential employer that you take your professional life seriously, and keep it separate from your personal life.
List your work experience first
You may feel your training in a career-focused program like the one at Seacoast Career Schools is the most important thing on your resume for a dental assisting job. However, most employers expect to see your work experience at the top of the resume, and your education at the bottom. Start with the most recent position you have held—which might be your internship experience—and then work backwards. (It’s okay if your internship was unpaid; it still counts as work experience.) Include any other jobs you’ve held where you interacted with customers, held responsibilities, or supported the effective functioning of an organization. The hiring manager will want to see a track record of your employment.
Use keywords in your resume
Many employers now use job applicant tracking systems for resumes submitted online. This often means that a computer filters through all the resumes submitted for the same job, looking for certain keywords that are tied to the job qualifications. You won’t know exactly what keywords they are using, but you can make some educated guesses based on the job posting and the job description. You want to use the most important terms that describe the job and its responsibilities at least once in your resume.
Have two versions
Many online applications want you to submit a formatted PDF file, which you can design with fonts and styles of your choosing. Just make sure it is a relatively common font and it looks professional and is sober in the formatting. It will be handy also to have a non-formatted version, because some online job application systems will require you to cut and paste the text directly into their online portal. This means you’ll need a version without any formatting (such as tabs, indents, italics, symbols and images, etc.), since the system wants text only. If you save an updated version in both formats, you’ll be prepared for whichever the employer requests.
Proofread, proofread, proofread
We’re including a sample resume for you to work from in creating your own, below, but be sure to fill in all the details that are specific to you, and proofread your resume carefully (several times!) to make sure you haven’t missed anything. It’s also a good idea to have a friend or fellow student look through your resume as well, because they might notice a typo or other error that you’ve overlooked.
Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date
Once most employers receive your application, they’re likely to check online to see if you have a LinkedIn profile. This professional social media network is a great place to list your latest professional activities and any degrees completed—kind of like an online resume that anyone can access. For that reason, you want to make sure it’s consistent with your resume. Take some time to update it each time you submit a job application, and then revisit it every month or so in case you have anything to add. (If you’re starting from scratch, here’s some suggestions on How To Create a Great LinkedIn profile.)
Be sure to send a good cover letter along with your resume. If all goes well, the employer could reach out to you for an in-person interview.
Dental Assistant Sample Resume
135 Westmont Avenue – Manchester, NH 03811
Mobile: 603-888-XXXX – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional, experienced dental assistant seeks a position in a dental office. Dedicated to providing competent care and efficient, patient service in busy office environments. Promote oral health and education. Trained in sterilizing dental instruments, handling equipment, infection control, and chairside assisting techniques.
- Answer questions and comfort to patients before exams
- Administer and process x-rays
- Sterilize dental instruments and other equipment
- Assist dentists and hygienists during exams
BUSINESS and COMPUTER SKILLS
Customer service. Scheduling appointments. Bookkeeping, EHR systems, and billing. Stocking dental supplies. Recording patient health status. MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook)
Dental Assistant Intern, Offices of Dr. William Vogel (Unpaid)
Amherst, NH– October to December 2017
- Met with up to 15 patients each day (a total of 150 patients during the internship)
- Scheduled patient appointments
- Answered phones
- Maintained EHR and billing records
- Talked with clients about their health concerns
- Maintained exam rooms and instruments
- Administered x-rays (under supervision)
- Ordered dental and office supplies
- Offered patient education on basic oral care (for children and adults)
Waitress, The Peacock Café
Manchester, NH – June 2015 to January 2017
- Served dozens of customers each day
- Handled customer questions and resolved concerns
- Managed bookkeeping
- Restocked ingredients and equipment
- Received excellent evaluations from manager
Seacoast Career Schools, Manchester, NH
Dental Assistant diploma, December 2017
XXX-hour program; XXX-hour internship placement
West Manchester High School, Manchester, NH
- Susanne Thompson, The Peacock Cafe, Phone: 603-XXX-2222
- Walter Evans, Internship Supervisor, Offices of Dr. Vogel, Phone: 603-XXX-3333
Get more help from Seacoast career services
At Seacoast Career Schools, we offer career services to help our dental assistant students succeed. Students should feel free to reach out for our help, including for writing an effective resume that will showcase your strengths. Please contact us—we’re here to help with about any aspects of the job search, from the application process to preparing for an interview.
When you’re ready to send out your resume for dental assisting jobs, you’re taking the next step towards your career goals. Good luck!
This post is part of the weekly blog of Seacoast Career Schools. Interested in a professional training program? Reach out to us today, either online or by calling 800-758-7679, to learn more. We also invite you to schedule a tour of one of our two campuses, in Manchester, NH, and Sanford, ME.