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Archive for January 2015

Putting Your Best Impression On Paper!

email-resume“Wow, you make me look so good!!”, a typical response after working with an Elite Dental Assisting student on their resume. Everyone has their own unique qualities, so it’s a matter of making those qualities shine without all the fluff and filler!

Having been a business woman for more than 40 years, I concur with the statistics showing the average employer only spends a few seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether to continue reading or tossing it.  Visual first impressions are imperative! If you want your resume to have a good chance of being read, you must invest time and energy not only in its content, but also in its look!

Elite Dental Assisting Academy recognizes that for many of our students, this will be the first time they’ve ever prepared a resume and cover letter, so we work personally with each student to create a superior resume that not only looks stellar, but highlights their abilities that target getting them a job as a Dental Assistant.


Five of the most common mistakes on resumes that I’ve personally experienced have been:

  1. Typo’s and grammatical errors (i dont no whut ur tak’n about???)
  2. Formatting
  3. Length (toooooo much information!!!)
  4. Personal Information (“uh, people tell me I have BO so I’ll try to remember to shower every day….”)
  5. Lies (seriously??? your Mom never taught you that lies always come back to bite you???)

We have a professional who personally reviews and formats each resume to make sure they are clean, simple, beautiful, and carefully edited!

Many people are a bit confused as to the difference in sending a resume versus a CV (Curriculum Vitae). The simple explanation is: a resume is a general and concise introduction of your experiences and skills as they relate to a particular career or position that you are aiming to acquire. A CV is a complex overview of your life’s accomplishments in greater detail, usually several pages in length.

By the time our students finish this course, they will stand a little bit taller, having confidence and the tools to go forward into an exciting new career!

If you are ready to make a change, give Elite Dental Assisting Academy a call now! (360)433-0788


Highly Recommend this School

5-stars-kayla-jI got hired one week after graduating from Elite Dental Assisting Academy! I highly recommend this school to everybody! Not only is this school a quick three month course, but they prepare you so well for jumping right into the work field. This school teaches you everything you need to know and they do it with such a helping hand. The amazing teachers and staff are very helpful when it comes to studying and the hands on practice you really need before becoming a dental assistant. I have now been a dental assistant for one year and I couldn’t love my career more! I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to attend Elite Dental Assisting Academy to learn the skills I needed. Thank you Elite for everything you did for me, I will continue to recommend your school 🙂

– says Kayla J. Dental Assistant from Seaside, OR

Teachers You Remember! Elite Dental Assisting Academy

Tracee-GWe can all recall those few teachers during our lives who made a profound effect on our future, and that is exactly the criteria we look for when hiring our teachers. Just what are those qualities that make up those few great memorable teachers? As stated by Renee Moore, “Consider a parent teaching their child to ride a bike; first the parent may ride with the child while the parent peddles and steers. The next time, the parent lets the child peddle while the parent steers. Finally, the parent will balance the child, aim her down the sidewalk, push the child off and let go! Great teachers do that: They start or move the minds of their students along a path, prepare them for the journey and propel them in to the future. And they do it consistently and passionately”.  Sounds pretty good right? But what about the student who would rather just be given the bike and the time to figure out how to balance and ride on her/his own?

Kristen-WGreat teachers not only have the ability to understand what an individual student requires, they have the wisdom and compassion to adjust to those needs. A great teacher also dishes out tough love! They carefully lay out the rules along with the consequences and then follow through, all the while giving good, sound, positive reinforcement!

Tracee Godfrey and Kristin Whitney (Kristin is our newest addition) are two of those few teachers who consistently produce successful students. Read what some of our past students have said about Tracee:

“…….Tracee Godfrey is the best instructor you could ask for! She is there for her students 100 %. She makes your learning and employment a priority. I got a job before I even graduated…..”

“…..Thank you Tracee, for your hard work and dedication…..”

“…..This school was absolutely worth every penny, and here’s the reason why…. Tracee Godfrey!! She is the best instructor I could have ever hoped for. She was always eager to answer all my questions, and let me tell you, I had a LOT of questions. She went above and beyond the call of duty everything single day. She helped me in and outside the class room, and was ALWAYS there for me. She genuinely wanted to help you learn.
I definitely do not think I would have finished this course if it wasn’t for our instructor Tracee Godfrey. She made everything worth it. Because of her I was ready (with loads of knowledge) for my first job as a DA. I started working as a DA as of January 2014. I felt well equipped for work, all because of Tracee, thank you!”

“…….breath, you can get through this, that’s what Tracee Godfrey kept telling me through this course, so I did. And every time I’d hold my breath she’d shake me up until I’d just breath again and keep moving on. I got hired during the second month of the course! Thank you Tracee for believing in me, for believing in all of us!”

You can have the best curriculum available, but without the best teachers to deliver that curriculum, the curriculum is worthless.

Give us a call at (360) 433-0788 and schedule an appointment to come visit us and see what we’re all about! We’ll catapult you into a better career, a career you can be proud of!