Top tips for getting a job in dental assisting

Use these tips to score a job as a dental assistant.As you complete your dental assistant training and get ready to embark on your new career, the first step you’ll need to take is to form a job searching strategy. There is certainly no shortage of jobs in the field – employment is projected to grow at the astounding rate of 31 percent between 2010 and 20201. However, it never hurts to have some tips in your back pocket to make your job search as efficient and effective as possible.

Write the perfect resume

The resume you used to get that part-time job at the restaurant isn’t going to work when you’re applying for dental assisting jobs. Read through each job posting carefully to ascertain exactly what the employer is looking for. Draw out key words and skills and highlight them in your resume. When listing your qualifications, be sure to use jargon that’s specific to the dental industry – it will demonstrate your expertise. It’s also  a good idea to have a clear career objective listed at the top.2

Polish your interview skills

While you’ll definitely want to do some research about the office and prepare for potential questions, you may also be asked to demonstrate some of your dental assisting skills during the interview. This is a great opportunity to show off your manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination, both of which are essential skills in the field of dentistry. During your interview, you will also want to be sure to mention any advanced training or certifications you have, as well as highlighting your interpersonal skills.3

Always be courteous

The interview starts right when you walk in the door, not when the first question is asked, so it’s important to be kind and courteous to everyone you encounter at the dental office. Smile, offer a handshake and introduce yourself to everyone – it will go a long way. This is a good rule to remember for your first day on the job too.4

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘Dental Assistants,’ June 26, 2012 – http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm
2 Allied Health Schools, ‘Write a Dental Assistant Resume,’ 2013 – http://www.allalliedhealthschools.com/health-careers/dental-assisting/dental-assistant-resume
3 Ramjee, Priti, ‘The Strategies For a Dental Assistant Interview,’ 2013 – http://work.chron.com/strategies-dental-assistant-interview-20858.html
4 Today’s Dental Assistant, ‘3 Tips For Securing a Dental Assisting Position,’ 2012 – http://www.todaysdentalassistant.net/3-tips-for-securing-a-dental-assisting-position/

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