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5 Simple Tips for Writing a Dental Assistant Resume (Even if You Have No Experience)
WDAS Offers Résumé and Interview Help for Entry Level Dental Assistants
Although you can find plenty of dental assistant résumé examples on the internet, many of them are for people who already have professional experience. WDAS gives you hands-on training you can list on your résumé even if you have no experience in the field. Our instructors will even help you write your résumé and conduct practice interviews to prepare you for the job hunt.
The Most Important Things to Include in a Dental Assistant Résumé
The goal of a résumé is to present a clear, organized description of why you are the best candidate for the job.
Remember, there’s no one right way to write a résumé. If the order below doesn’t put your strongest qualities near the top, rearrange them. The most important thing is to put the most relevant information right where the hiring manager can see it without having to dig through other details.
With that in mind, consider these tips for writing your dental assistant résumé.
#1: Career Objective
The objective section should catch the attention of whoever is in charge of hiring. Summarize in a few sentences your training, experience, qualities, and any certifications that make you right for the job.
Even if you’ve just included certifications in your objective, restate them. List the type of certification—such as NELDA (National Entry Level Dental Assistant) or CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) certification through the DANB, or X-ray or CPR certification—and the year you were certified.
If you’re not certified, don’t worry. Wisconsin does not require certification to be a dental assistant.
If you studied dental assisting at a college or university, list the school, the name of the program, and the year you graduated.
Although you don’t need any specialized education to get a job as a dental assistant in Wisconsin, list any degrees you have, starting from the most recent and working backward. Include your WDAS training here and describe the skills you learned in our 10-Saturday dental assistant program.
#4: Professional Experience/Work History
If you have no relevant professional experience, list and describe other jobs you’ve had. When describing your duties and responsibilities, emphasize any skills that could be applied to a dental assisting position, such as:
- Specific computer or software skills
- Interacting with customers, clients, or patients
- Leadership or management roles
- Ordering supplies
- Administrative tasks
Start with your current or most recent jobs and work backward.
If you have worked as a dental assistant before, move this section higher on the résumé above education. Describe your all your duties, experiences, abilities, and accomplishments at your dental assisting jobs.
#5: Other Skills
List any other relevant or useful skills you didn’t describe elsewhere, such as interpersonal skills, professional bedside manner, or fluency in other languages.
Get More Help with Résumés, Cover Letters, and Interviews at Weekend Dental Assistant School
At WDAS, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the dental assisting profession, as well as how to successfully apply, interview, and get a job. Almost all of our graduates are hired within a few months of completing the program—some are even hired the week of graduation! Check out some of our dental assistant job placement success stories to see for yourself.