How to Stand Out in the Dental Assisting Job Market

Top 5 Ways to Make Yourself a Top Candidate!

Whether you’ve been in the dental assisting field for decades or you’re just starting out, you want to make yourself the strongest candidate you can be. However, that’s easier said than done. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dental assisting field is projected to grow by 19% by 2026, but with more opportunity comes more competition. How do you stand out from the crowd?

Sunrise School of Dental Assisting is here to help. Besides offering top-tier dental assistant education, we’ve also put together this list of five tips to help you become a star candidate. Check them out below!


1.       Get your education.

 This is the first and most important step. Getting the right education will open up all kinds of doors for you. Here at Sunrise School of Dental Assisting, our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to thrive in private practice. In fact, if you take advantage of our dental radiology course, you’ll be able to graduate with all of the educational credentials of a DAII, the highest certification of dental assistant in North Carolina.


2.       Keep learning.

 Dental assistant education is not a one-and-done deal. Even after you complete your initial education, you’ll want to regularly take continuing education courses to keep your skills sharp and your knowledge on the cutting edge. Not only will this help you in your day-to-day duties, but it can also position you well as you search for your next opportunity.


3.       Volunteer.

 Not all on-the-job experience has to be paid! Volunteering your dental assisting skills for community organizations can help you gain valuable experience and build your professional network. Plus, you’ll feel good, knowing that you’ve helped others in need.


4.       Polish your resume.

 Gaining the experience and education you’ll put on your resume is only half of the equation. Now you need to lay it all out in an easy-to-understand document that will show your best professional self to employers. Highlight your triumphs and accomplishments in every role; don’t just list job duties. Make sure the writing is clear and free from grammatical errors. If you need assistance, keep in mind that Sunrise School of Dental Assisting offers help composing resumes to current students.


5.       Avoid gimmicks.

 If you’ve been scouring the internet for job-seeking advice, you’ve probably come across articles advising you to show “gumption” in your job search. These articles will often share the story of a “creative” job applicant who baked a cake or sent a singing telegram to separate herself from the pack. This is exactly the sort of thing you shouldn’t be doing. A key part of being a dental assistant is being able to understand procedures and follow directions. You can show you’re up for the job by following the practice’s standard procedures for applications. There’ll be plenty of time to bake a cake for the office after you’ve proven yourself on the job.


Let Us Help You with the Next Step

These tips are just to get you started. If you’re breaking into the field of dental assisting or looking for continuing education opportunities, be sure to contact us today. We’d be happy to help you sharpen your skills and get ready for a rewarding career in dental assisting!

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