5 Dentist Resume Examples Guaranteed To Work In 2022

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: January 5, 2022

While most of us prefer to stay out of dentist offices, we can't deny that good dentists are worth their weight in gold. When we're dealing with toothaches, extractions, and oral surgery, we're grateful for the competent and steady hands on the other side of the needle we're dreading.

Your dentist resume has the power to demonstrate not only your skills but also your ability to be an empathetic advocate for your patients—a trait that goes a long way toward retaining happy and healthy patients.

While you may know exactly when and how to administer anesthesia and sedation, you might be unsure where to begin on your resume. That's why we're here. We've done the hard work for you by researching tons of dentist positions and resumes, and we've designed the following guide and 5 dentist resume samples to help you craft your own professional representation of yourself.

Dentist Resume

Dentist resume example

Why this resume works

  • If you're a seasoned dentist trying to assemble your job history onto one page, you may be frustrated and overwhelmed. If you've got quite a bit of work history, limit what you share.
    • Try listing your 3 most recent jobs. This limit will provide you with ample space to write detailed and thorough job description bullet points that will attest to your responsibilities, skills, and how you interact with patients.
    • In an interview, if an employer is interested, you can always speak directly to older work history that you didn't have room to list on your dentist resume. 
  • If you've been in dentistry for a while, resist the urge to repeat the same bullet points under each job description.
    • Yes, it's true that you likely perform similar duties from job to job, but make a concerted effort to demonstrate your unique responsibilities and the impact you've had at each workplace.

General Dentist Resume

General Dentist resume example

Why this resume works

  • Your general dentist resume should be anything but general. Start with a professional and punchy template that will allow space to emphasize the measurable action you took at each job.
    • Use our free resume checker to help you with template and formatting changes as well as punctuation, active language, and so much more.
    • Use metrics to explicitly prove your impact. For example, use numbers to discuss patient load, measurable progress seen in your patients, or hours spent on community initiatives.
  • It's a small section on your resume, but it's vital. Don't forget to include your dental license—you can't practice without it!
    • On that note, be sure to stay on top of renewal. Check your state's guidelines to avoid penalties.

Recent Graduate Dentist Resume

Recent Graduate Dentist resume example

Why this resume works

  • It's hard to land your first dentist job when you've just graduated, but you'll significantly increase your chances of hire if your recent graduate dentist resume represents a well-rounded academic and professional background.
    • Include collegiate work history, volunteer work, and especially clinical rotations.
    • While your work history may not be 100% relevant to dentistry, it can still attest to your work ethic, how you engage with patients and the public, and how you manage multiple duties.
  • Pay close attention to the specific skills required by the position you're hoping to land. Hopefully, those skills happen to be your specialty because you'll want to include them in your skills section.
    • If you feel unskilled and unsure about a particular job's requirements, we encourage you to keep looking for a job that better matches your areas of competency. Both you and your patients will be much happier!

Associate Dentist Resume

Associate Dentist resume example

Why this resume works

  • Organize the work experience on your associate dentist resume in reverse chronological order. Your most recent—and likely most relevant—position will be one of the first things the hiring manager sees.
    • If you're applying for an associate dentist position, it's in your favor to start with your last associate position, placing clinical rotations and/or other entry-level experience last.
  • Along similar lines, spend more of your energy describing your duties and accomplishments at your associate dentist positions than you do for clinical rotations since your most recent work will, no doubt, have progressed significantly since your days of supervised learning and practice.

New Dentist Resume

New Dentist resume example

Why this resume works

  • Your new dentist resume will benefit immeasurably when you include a resume objective, also called a summary. With only clinical experience and other less relevant work history, this short paragraph can
    • highlight your personality and traits,
    • demonstrate your willingness and eagerness to learn and grow, and
    • explain your desires and goals in that particular position.
  • Include your education as hiring managers won't hesitate to throw out resumes that lack the necessary qualifications.
    • If you haven't yet graduated, you should still list your education, but denote the anticipated graduation date. (You can make note of this in your resume objective, too.)  

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