How to Write a Cover Letter and Resume for a Dental Assistant

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How to Write a Cover Letter and Resume for a Dental Assistant
Dental assistants need to be both friendly and professional. (Zahnarztpraxis, Zahnbehandlung image by R.-Andreas Klein from

The job of a dental assistant involves being friendly and professional while helping patients relax and feel at ease during their dental appointments. Most dental assistants are upbeat and pleasant. However, these great personality traits won't be seen until a job interview, so if you're looking for a position as a dental assistant, you need to rely on your cover letter and resume to make a great impression for you.

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    Add an objective to your resume. Your objective should go directly below your name and contact information on your resume. An objective is a great place to list your strengths as a dental assistant, such as attention to detail, a friendly, calming nature and organizational skills. (See Reference 1.)

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    Include your education as the next section if you haven't yet had much experience as a dental assistant. Along with the school you attended and the degree you earned, include where you completed your field work and list the job duties and responsibilities you had in bullet points, just as you would in an employment history section. Start each bullet point with an action verb and describe your responsibilities in detail, such as "Took dental X-rays and processed the X-ray film for patients of all ages" or "Sterilized and disinfected necessary dental equipment, as well as organised instruments before dental procedures." (See Reference 1.)

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    List your work history and list your job duties and responsibilities for each position the same way as the responsibilities you had during your field experience. For jobs that aren't in the dental field, include information that highlights traits that are relevant to a dental assistant position, such as organising files or equipment, scheduling appointments and welcoming people with a friendly greeting. Don't forget to include the name of your employer, the location of the job, and your dates of employment for each position. (See Reference 1.)

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    Include a heading in bold font for each of your sections. Keep the information concise and relevant to a dental assistant position. When it comes to writing a resume, a little can go a long way. (See Reference 1.)

    Cover Letter

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    Type your name, address, e-mail address and phone number at the top of the cover letter. Skip one line and type the same information for the recipient, but include her title and the name of the establishment below her name. Skip one line and type a salutation, such as "Dear Dr. Smith." (See Reference 2.)

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    State your interest in working as a dental assistant for the establishment in the first paragraph. Explain how you heard of the open position and state that you feel you'd be a valuable addition to the team. Limit this paragraph to two to three sentences. (See Reference 2.)

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    Type the body of the cover letter. This should be two to three paragraphs, and it should highlight your specific qualifications for the dental assistant position. Study the job ad and the establishment's website carefully. Pull out important keywords and the main responsibilities of the job. If you've had the listed experience, include it in the body of the letter. For example, some dental offices require dental assistants to answer calls and schedule appointments. If you gained this experience while completing your field work or while working at another office, talk about it in the body of your cover letter. These paragraphs are meant to impress, so don't spare the details. (See Reference 2.)

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    In the final paragraph, ask for an interview to discuss your qualifications in more detail. State when you're available for an interview and thank the recipient for taking the time to review your resume and for considering you for the open dental assistant position. Limit this paragraph to two to four sentences. (See Reference 2.)

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    Close the cover letter with a professional closing, such as "Sincerely" or "Best regards." Type your name after the closing. If you're sending the letter through regular mail, skip four lines between the closing and your typed name to leave room for your signature and type "Enclosure (1)," referring to your resume, at the bottom of the cover letter. (See Reference 2.)

Tips and warnings

  • Your resume and your cover letter should be limited to one page each.

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