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Dental Assisting: A Rewarding Career for Parents Returning to Work
If you are you a stay-at-home mom (or dad) and sending your youngest off to school soon, going back to work might be in your near distant future. While this time off may have been the busiest, most important and rewarding time you have spent employers may dismiss this time away from the workplace and view it as a gap in your resume. If you have are starting all over, Weekend Dental Assistant School could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Weekend Dental Assistant School offers a flexible, rewarding career opportunity and in little as 10 weeks! Learn more about our course curriculum here.
What Does A Dental Assistant Do?
First it’s important to understand exactly what a dental assistant does. A dental assistant helps the dentist perform day-to-day procedures increasing efficiency. Dental assistants perform a variety of tasks during the duration of a patient’s visit. Tasks can vary upon office however typically include the following:
- Greet and prepare patients for treatment while ensuring ease
- Prepare and organize necessary tools for upcoming procedures
- Pass instruments to dentist in proper orientation
- Take dental radiographs (x-rays) and chart
- Obtain current dental records and update records
- Educate patients on proper dental care post treatment
- Disinfection and sterilization procedures
- Equipment care and maintenance
Benefits of Dental Assisting
- Flexible training and schedules – dental assisting training is 10 Saturdays when taken at Weekend Dental Assistant School
- Flexible schedules – dental assistants typically work Monday through Friday normal office hours with holiday and weekends off
- Rewarding – dental assistants help not only a dentist perform their job more efficiency they help ensure each patient is comfortable and understand the best care for their teeth
- Positive job outlook- according to the 2008-2018 Wisconsin Employment Projection Report Dental Assisting is among the list of 30 occupations most in-demand in Wisconsin
- Career advancement – dental assistants often become dental hygienists and even dentists and there are a vast amount of specialty offices like Pediatric or Orthodontic in need of dental assistants
Now That You Decided Dental Assisting is Right For You, What’s Next?
Ensuring you meet WDAS’s requirements is your first step. You can learn more about our admission requirements here and if you have any questions contact our school director today.
Job Search Tips for Getting Back Into the Workplace
Now that you have completed your schooling it's time to start looking for a job. We’ve included some important tips on landing your perfect job, showing off your talents, getting your networking groove back and how to be top of the list for interviews.
- Resume: Along with your cover letter, your resume is the most important document you'll create for your job search. There are numerous templates and pointers available on the internet to help get you started. Your dental assisting instructors at WDAS are also available to help write a stellar and professional resume.
- LinkedIn and other networking sites: Having a LinkedIn profile is essential for most job seekers. Make certain your profile and image are up-to-date, professional and marketable.
- Cover letter refresher: Your cover letter is the first document a company will read. Be sure it showcases your highest qualities. Our instructors will also ensure your cover letter is top notch.
- Practice Interviewing: Whether you practice in front of a mirror or with a friend it’s important you are fully prepared to interview. There are a surplus of websites with great information on interviewing for a dental assistant position. You will also have wonderful resources at Weekend Dental Assistant School to give you pointers.
Ease Back In to Your Job Search
Instead of focusing on landing a full-time role, it may be valuable to be open to part-time positions. For many employers, these types of positions serve as a test – to see if a role needs to be full-time, and to find out if a potential employee is a good fit.
Another great way to ease into the job search is to set up meetings with recruiters and staffing agencies. Not only will these organizations potentially connect you with a job, but interviewing with them is also a good way to get a refresher of your interview skills, and practice answering common interview questions.
Network Now and Always
Look for opportunities to meet new people in your field by belonging to any local professional association. Spending time with old classmates and co-workers can be beneficial as well. It’s important to balance your time between existing connections and building up your network more. Reaching out to former employers down your career path could also be beneficial. These companies and managers may be eager to rehire you or recommend you to another dental office.Return to Dental Assistant Articles