So you want to start a career in dentistry, but you aren’t sure where to start. You decided to enroll in a dental assistant school that will help you gain the training you need to become a dental assistant – which some would see as a good job to get your feet wet. This guide is made courtesy of past and present dental assistants to help future dental assistants avoid some common mistakes.
Finding a Job
Finding a job post-graduation for any field is difficult. One of the most common mistakes everybody makes, yes, even you rookie dental assistants out there is creating a professional resume. One good rule of thumb to follow is to make the resume one page. No employer has the time to read past one page. Single space the content on the page, and make sure that the “do not add space in between paragraphs” feature is checked in your word processing software. A resume is all about condensing information so that it is easy to read and follow.
Speak in a Professional Manner
Remember that you are working in a service industry full of professionals and clients who expect you to be professional. You don’t have to sound like a corporate drone, but be sure to watch your speaking tones and the language that you use while in the office. This applies to both patients and your team members. Be polite and sincere and never get an acidic tone with anybody. Remember that most clients have a negative perception when it comes to dental offices. They are afraid of the tools that are used, and they are afraid that they might receive some level of pain and discomfort. You are there to calm them and relax them, so speak in a manner that will help them feel that way.
The most successful dental assistants are really great multitaskers, and as a dental assistant you are expected to live up to this standard. It’s a medical profession so you can expect to be constantly in a state of high stress and productivity. You have to be able to keep yourself, your co-workers, and the sterilization area all organized. Make a list of things that need to be done, will be done, and can be done. These are all three different things and suggest different priority levels so keep it that way. Don’t be like the common dental assistant and think that you can get away by being lax. Step above and beyond and do the most that you can.