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Rocking Your Resume: How to Write a Dental Hygiene Resume

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There are 82 dental hygienists for every 100,000 Canadians. That’s to say there’s still room for someone with your skill set. All you need is a killer dental hygiene resume.

That’s easier said than done, right? Of course. Not any old dental resume will do.

Read on for the resume tips to help you land your dream job. Dental hygiene school was hard, there’s no reason why landing that dental hygienist job shouldn’t be easy.

Let’s get started:

Dental Hygiene Resume Skills

You’ve read the top tips for dental resume writing, right? If not, give it a quick read. The tips below build on those general ideas.

Dental Hygiene Resume Vocabulary

Every profession is associated with special action verbs. For you, these are the words used frequently in dental hygiene school. Be sure to work them into your resume, they make you sound like the dental hygienist you are.

Below are some key dental hygiene action verbs to stir you up:

  • Sterilize
  • Examine
  • Administer
  • Assess
  • Polish
  • Stock
  • Report

Pro Tip: Use at least one key action verb in every sentence of your dental hygiene resume: Where the context allows of course.

Dental Hygienist Resume: Qualifications Summary

The summary should show why you are the best candidate for the position. The rest of the resume only backs this up. That’s to say if you can’t sell your qualifications in the summary, you’ll be dismissed as a candidate.

Before writing this section, put yourself in the hiring agent’s shoes. What is it they want? Write a summary that answers their need.

Hiring managers look for four things in a resume:

  • Abilities and demonstrable skills
  • Professional achievements
  • Certificates and licenses
  • Relevant experience

Clearly represent all four in your qualifications summary and your resume will stand out. Show you are the ideal candidate in the first paragraphs, that may be all the hiring manager reads. Be sure to express traits valuable to the job.

Read more on traits crucial to dental hygienists.

Dental Hygiene Resume: Professional Experience

Clarity is key. Don’t make bland statements. Emphasize and quantify your achievements.

As a rule of thumb, every job should be supported by at least three bullet points. Make a point of starting each sentence with relevant action verbs. Look at the example below:

  • Trained 10 new hygienists to operateanalyze, and edit the patient database management system.

The italics are action verbs, the bold a quantification of the experience. 75% of the Canadian population visits a dental clinic at least once a year. Show how you helped them.

Technical Skills in a Dental Hygiene Resume

In Canada, 4.15 million working days are lost to dental sickness. That’s how bad the country needs you to ace your dental hygiene resume. In this section, use your action verbs generously.

Action verbs act as keywords. They’ll keep the hiring manager reading. With these dental hygiene resume skills, you best prepare for an interview.

The Last Bite

Canada still has room for another dental hygienist. The dental hygiene resume writing skills illustrated in the article will help you land your dream job. If you want to add to your skills, we’re here to help.

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