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How to Craft a Dental Hygiene Resume

Aug 10, 2018

Author: Mandy Dennis, RDH

Learning how to craft a dental hygiene resume can be challenging, whether you are a new graduate or a seasoned professional. Giving employers a concise but glowing overview of your abilities is a delicate balance. Writing the perfect resume can keep a potential employer interested and inspire questions that will keep the conversation flowing during the interview process. Here's how to make a great first impression with your resume.

It's Not an Autobiography

In the past, it was thought that a resume shouldn't exceed one page. For most resumes, this remains true. Monster puts it well by stating, "Your resume is a career marketing tool, not an autobiography." Resumes should describe who you are and promote you for the job you are applying for. It's not important to list every job you've ever had. It's also not important to list pre-hygiene school employment, unless it is related to the job you are trying to get. Future employers in dental offices want to see relevant experience that can benefit their practice; it's better to have a shorter resume that focuses on the skills that make you a good dental hygienist.

Stand Out

There are specific things that all dental hygienists are able to do, such as polishing and applying sealants. Listing these things in your resume can sometimes look like filler. Listing volunteer activities and additional training in specific areas sets you apart and makes you memorable amid a stack of resumes. It's important to indicate recent continuing education classes and workshops as well to showcase your knowledge of emerging dental technology and techniques.

Don't be afraid to list specific awards or accomplishments you have earned. Be proud of who you are! It's how you articulate your accomplishments that brings light to what you've done as opposed to sounding boastful. Experteer points out that there are professional ways to brag, such as listing nominations and promotions. It's important to identify the things you have done that have contributed to the profession. Don't be afraid to show how you are trying to break the mold!

Leave Something for the Interview

If you briefly list specific points in an intriguing way, it can encourage a potential employer to want to call you for an interview. For example, you can list your dental missionary work with the dates and organization, but save the details to elaborate on later. Including a personal "sneak peek" piques an employer's curiosity to see the amazing person behind the resume.


  • Focus on relevant experience when listing your previous jobs.
  • Stand out by listing your unique accomplishments and training.
  • Leave something to be asked about at the interview.

Why It's Important

A resume is the first impression you make on a potential employer. By crafting a good dental hygiene resume, you are able to present yourself as a future employee who can contribute to the practice and become a valuable member of their team.

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