Get your Dental Hygienist Resume Noticed, with a Compelling Summary

The resume summary is a very rich section designed to quickly demonstrate you've got what it takes! Let's look at two examples of very compelling resume summaries for dental hygienists.

1. Highlights of resume for ABC Clinic (recent graduate example)

  • Dynamic dental hygienist who perfectly speaks English and Spanish.
  • Managed a daily schedule of up to 14 patients and demonstrated flexibility when last-minute changes occurred.
  • Recognized by peers as an excellent care provider and patient advocate.

2. Summary for XYZ Dental Clinic

  • 21 years of experience in dental hygiene, dental assisting and dental laboratory.
  • Introduced use of intra-oral camera with various educational tools and software, which reduced patients' reluctance to treatment.
  • OSHA-trained in office management.
  • Succeeded in maintaining high patient retention during two practice transitions and one office relocation.
  • Entrusted with the training of new clinical team members.

The goal of the summary is to: 1. show you qualify and 2. build a strong first impression. And you do that very, very quickly, in a few bullets. Unless you're too early in your career, you should mention how many years of experience you have. Also touch on the sectors or specialties you've worked in. You could also try to highlight one thing about your people skills, since interacting with clients is a key part of your job.

Make sure your resume summary is tailored!

Always remember the job listing when preparing your summary. Maybe you'll see certain keywords in there that need to be emphasized. There's no such thing as a good one-size-fits-all resume! It has to be customized. As I often repeat, accomplishments are the strongest elements of your resume, because they make you stand out from the crowd of dental hygienists. On your resume, you want as many accomplishments as possible. But in your summary, you have to choose a few that seem most relevant for the specific job you're applying for. Which means that your summary repeats your key accomplishments. It's a smart thing to be redundant with the most valuable info on your resume. A potential employer won't mind that you insist on being skilled at training your peers or handling all sorts of patients!

If you write a strong summary using these tips, potential employers are much more likely to give your resume a good read. And that's a necessary step to getting more interviews.

More tips for dental hygienists

If you're looking for more advice specifically for dental hygiene, check out 5 accomplishments for dental hygienists. But if you feel like 5 isn't enough, get the Dental Hygienist Resume Hacking e-book!