Keeping your dental hygiene resume to one page means you have to really narrow down what it is you are going to include. There’s for sure some bad dental hygiene resume filler, but there’s also some good, too.
Still have some space you can fill up? That’s okay – if you have a short work you may have plenty of extra space.
Here’s eight things you can fill in with that extra space that can be useful to include
It wouldn’t be out of line to include the current licenses you hold, including the number. This would allow an employer to verify your information.
If you have served in any type of committee or leadership role at your local component this is nice information to include in that it signals you deep commitment to the profession.
I would stick mostly with just relevant volunteer service. While other kinds of service are great and even interesting to know, a resume is designed to showcase your professional life and unless your volunteer service has complimented or is related to dentistry it’s really not the right place for it.
If you really want to include that kind of information, consider creating a website for yourself so you can add more indepth information about you.
Articles You Have Written
Again, things that show a deep commitment to your profession are great to showcase. Articles you have written about dentistry-related topics would be a great example of that.
Non-Clinical Work Experience
A lot of hygienists ask about including prior dental assisting experience. I think that’s a great thing to include.
Recognizing that the tasks and skill sets are not the same, there’s a lot to be said about a hygienist who has prior assisting experience as an employer might correctly assume you can better relate to assistants you work with or around.
Another common question I get is about non-dental hygiene education. I guess I can go either way on if you got a degree in English, for example, prior to dental hygiene. There’s sometimes lots of cross-over in professions, particularly if it’s health-related. I worked with a hygienist that was also a nutritionist – that’s very complimentary to dental hygiene and so I highly recommended she included it.
I would even go so far as to say, additional education or training can give you an advantage. You have that value-add to offer a practice. In your interview, you could say something to the affect, “Along with my background in dental hygiene, I’m also a licensed family therapist which I have found really helps me communicate effectively with patients.”
Finally, if you have received any kind of dental industry recognition (either while in school or after) that’s a great thing to include. By contrast, “Outstanding PTA Mom of the Year,” while really cool, probably wouldn’t mean much on your resume.
What Not to Include
Here’s a few things not to include to fill in space – all of these would be fine on a resume website, however:
- Most things un-related or non-transferrable to dentistry
- References or even a line “References available upon request”
- A list of all the CE classes you have taken
- High school you graduated from
- High school activities or recognition