Ryan is just about to graduate college and wants to find a job related to his studies in dentistry. He has never had a job as a dental assistant but knows that his resume will have to be tailored to the skills he learned at school.

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Ryan decides that a creating skills-based resume is best for highlighting his education, skills, and experiences. It's a good option for people with little job experience, who are changing careers, or have gaps in their work history .

Include Contact Information

Flaticon Icon Add your name, address, phone number, and email to your resume.

If you don't feel comfortable putting your whole address, write the city and state/province.

Here's how Ryan formatted this section :

Image of contact information template, with name, address, city, state, phone number, and email

Include a Summary of your Qualifications (SOQ)

Flaticon Icon Add skills specific to the job you want to apply for, as mentioned in the job description.

Here's an example of a dental assistant's responsibilities :

Dental assistant's job description. It focuses on customer service, technical and organizational skills, and x-ray admin. Here's how Ryan formatted his Summary of Qualifications (SOQ) to incorporate skills from the job description:

Ryan's qualifications in a bullet list. He focuses on customer service, charting, sterilization, and assisting.


One of the responsibilities mentioned in the job Ryan is applying for is taking x-rays. He's certified to take x-rays but is still nervous about executing this skill. How can he include this information in his resume?

Include Work Experience

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Add paid, volunteer, and/or internship experiences. This should comprise:

  • job title

  • company name and dates worked

  • summary of duties: quantify your duties to show your achievements and build credibility

Here is how Ryan formatted this section to highlight his achievements:

Ryan's experience section. He summarizes his job as a cashier at a fast food restaurant.

Include Education Experience

Image of sample education section from resume Add your most current education first, with the following information:

  • degree/diploma title

  • date (or expected date) of graduation

  • name of school and location (city and state)

Here is how Ryan formatted this section to list his education and credentials: Ryan's education section. He lists his college degree in Dental Assisting & high school diploma.


Ryan is in his final year of college, and is expected to graduate with his degree in February, 2022. Should he include this information in his resume?

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