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Overqualified for dental hygiene job?

I am getting ready to begin my second year of dental hygiene school and have already begun to think about the job hunt in my future. I want to do everything I can to make myself stand out as the obvious hire, and one thing that I have thought would help me is the fact that I already have a bachelors degree from a 4-year college. Now though, I’m worried that having more than one degree will make me come across as “overqualified” and like I am not planning on staying in hygiene permanently, which I am. I have been wondering if I should even put it on my resume in the future.

Does anybody have any input? I would greatly appreciate the thoughts and opinions of practicing hygienists!



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I can tell you that I also have a Bachelor’s degree in an entirely diff subject other than hygiene and it has not made the least bit of a difference. No one has ever mentioned it at all, as a matter of fact! So put it on the resume; it can only help, but I highly doubt it will hurt! Good luck!

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I had a few friends in hygiene school who had their bachelors in nursing and other field. It makes no difference. We temp. for the same company and get paid the same amount.

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I say put it on there, education can only be seen as a positive. If they were worried about you not staying in dentistry, I think they would ask.

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Put it on your resume. It’s an important part of your education. You worked very hard for it…..include it!

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I had a BA in a different field before going back for Hygiene too. No one has ever mentioned anything about it. They hardly look at your education part of the resume. All that matters is if you have a license! At first I was feeling like I had wasted time getting that BA beforehand and now after working a little while, I’m glad I have it incase I want to pursue something different or work in another aspect of Hygiene.

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Add it on the resume but don’t expect it to make you stand out above the others. You still won’t have the experience yet, and that’s what the employer wants (unless they specifically say new grads encouraged to apply). It can help you in the future if you want to do something else and need a master’s though.

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