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Complete Guide to Creating a Dental Assistant Resume

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Volen Vulkov
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Updated on 2021-01-14

Tired of being passed over for open dental assistant positions?

Your resume might not represent your experience and skill set – or it might just look like everyone else’s.  

To stand out from the crowd, this guide provides the easiest methods for attracting serious job offers.

Discover the best ways to describe your in-demand skills, what to leave off your resume, and how to stand out in such a competitive field.

Study and gain as much knowledge as possible. My work in the general dentistry, surgical and now orthodontics fields has given me a high spectrum of knowledge in dentistry – you can never learn too much in this field!
- Kristen L., CDA, COA

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Aditya Coffey
Dental Assistant

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Boston, MA
Dental Assistant
Torphy2015 - Ongoing
Boston, MA
Acquired over 700 new dental patients through patient referral campaign
Treated over 4000 people (more than 10,900 procedures)
Dental Assistant
Drouin S.A.R.L.2013 - 2015
Brooklyn, NY
Implemented a fluoride varnish protocol for children 5 and under
Managed up to 20 patients a day in a fast-paced environment
Dental Assistant Extern
Drouin S.A.R.L.2011 - 2013
Boston, MA
Raised $80k in revenue (ROI ~585%) with teeth whitening campaigns
Dufour2010 - 2011
Boston, MA
Masters of Science
University of Boston2006 - 2010
Boston, MA
3.85 / 4.0
My time
Training courses
Pour, mold, and trim models
Family time
Provide excellent service to patients
Listening to music
Personal development
My Life Philosophy
We’re on this planet for too short a time. And at the end of the day, what’s more important? Knowing that a few meaningless figures balanced — or knowing that you were the person you wanted to be?Sophie Kinsella
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In this guide, learn how to create the best dental assistant resume:

 ✔ Choose a layout which best matches your level of experience and the kind of clinic where you’re applying

 ✔ Use your header to show your relevant certifications and goals

 ✔ Your resume summary tells a compelling story about who you are

 ✔ Ensure personality and results come across in your work experience

 ✔ Choose skills which reflect exactly what the job offer is looking for

Creating the ideal dental assistant resume outline

As a dental assistant, you’re going to have to be organized and thorough. Showing you have those qualities starts with how you create your resume.

Start with an outline to plan out just what sections you need and what each one should accomplish. Here are some of the ones you should consider:

  • Objective or Summary
  • Dental Experience
  • Education
  • Soft Skills
  • Technical skills
  • Certifications
  • Interests
  • References

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Which dental assistant resume layout should you use?

dental assistant resume layouts
  • Basic layout -  If you’re looking for an entry-level dental assistant position and don’t have a great deal of relevant experience, this single column layout works best.
  • Professional layout - If you already have a few years of experience under your belt and are looking to take your dental assistant career to the next level, this balanced layout is ideal.
  • Simple layout - For more senior dental assistants, show your ample experience without a resume that goes on for pages. This compressed but visually appealing layout lets you fit a lot on a page (or two) without straining anyone’s eyes.
  • Creative layout - This light, airy, and modern layout speaks volumes – before anyone even gets to reading your resume. It’s a great way to stand out in a stack of boring poorly-formatted Word resumes.

When choosing the right dental assistant resume layout, be sure to consider:

  • Your layout should put the most important information upfront (e.g. your experience if you’ve been a dental assistant for a while, education or certifications if you’re an entry-level dental assistant).
  • It should be easy to read (i.e. short sentences, balanced white space).
  • It should work with ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) so you can send it as a PDF.

The secret to a great dental assistant resume header and objective

The basic information at the top of your resume (your name, title, etc.) are a critical place to make a first impression.

For dental assistants, this can mean listing certifications next to your name, and possibly including a short one sentence objective statement about who you are. These one or two sentences should encapsulate what you’re searching for in your future job.

Andrea Gomez, CDA
Certified dental assistant seeking to apply excellent patient care and administrative skills at a budding dental practice

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Seattle, WA