As you start preparing for the interview process, you are probably using many different tools to practice the common interview questions, figure out what you should wear and understand what your body language tells the interviewer. Similarly, you should use any tools and expert advice available to write your eye-catching resume. Thankfully, experts have reviewed a pediatric dental assistant resume sample to find and fix common mistakes. ? Be concise, yet informative ? You have to find the middle ground between concise and informative when writing your resume. On the sample resume the applicant’s summary section is seven sentences, but experts suggest this part be only four to six. BEFORE: Well respected Dental Assistant with 10 years of experience in Dental field in very busy, fast paced practice. Able to perform variety of procedures,but always willing to learn new as Dental world changes. Interested in implants, oral surgeries, cerec crowns and etc. Up to date x-ray license, and CPR license. Knowledge of working with Dexis and Practice works. Very friendly with patients and will do my best to make them feel as comfortable as possible. Highly-motivated, team-oriented, have a sense of humor and very friendly. AFTER: Well respected Dental Assistant with 10 years of experience in the dental field in a very busy, fast paced practice. Currently able to perform a variety of procedures, and always willing to learn new procedures as the dental world changes. Strive to make patients as comfortable as possible by being helpful and friendly. Highly motivated and team-oriented with a sense of humor that makes camaraderie possible. The new section is shorter, yet includes much of the same information. Some of the information was removed because it would be better placed in the skills section. ? Include keywords ? When you’re writing your skills section, you want to make sure to include only skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for. If you only have a few licenses and certifications, you can include them in the skills section. BEFORE:
Keywords such as responsible, good communication skills and patient will show the hiring manager that you have the skills needed to be a pediatric dental assistant. It’s important when you’re writing this section to use the table tool and have three to eight points in each column to ensure you’re sharing enough information. ? Keep consistent ? One of the biggest things you need your resume to be is professional. You can ensure that your resume looks professional by being consistent throughout. Of course, some sections are going to be formatted differently than othersthe summary section is a paragraph and the skills section is a listbut you should at least be consistent throughout the sections. In the sample resume, the applicant loses consistency in the work history section. BEFORE: Dental assistant, 08/2008 to 03/2013 Pediatric dentistry Mary Flanagan 777 Raritan Rd Clark, NJ 07066 Working in this location only once per week, helping with changing ties, setting up trays for next procedure, preparing patients for braces and debond. Also responsible for cleaning instruments and sterilizing. Dental assistant , 08/2005 to 09/2012 The Dental Center 731 Bloomfield ave Bloomfield, NJ 07003
AFTER: Dental Assistant Pediatric Dentistry Mary Flanagan08/2008 to 03/2013 Clark, NJ
Dental Assistant The Dental Center08/2005 to 09/2012 Bloomfield, NJ
Be sure to use past tense if the job is not current, use bullets to make the section more readable and have five to eight points that show the hiring manager how you worked and what you did. ? Use tools ? Now that you know how to better make your resume informative and professional looking, it’s time to get started on your own resume. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to make your resume the best it can be.