Dental CV

Dental associate or DCT CV framework and free CV check

Thanks to the 100 or so DFT/DCTs who joined us for our previous webinar- we discussed the various pathways and pro/con to dental associate working in General Dental Practice vs dental core training/ hospital careers.

Many people sent some really positive feedback, so we are super happy to help current Dental Foundation Trainees (DFT) make the correct decision for their career and life goals.

We offered to help to get an interview in General Dental Practice as an NHS or private associate during this zoom event. If you still have not requested this and want some more information or help just reach out to us now at and let us know:

  • your name,
  • email
  • contact number
  • the area you wish to work
  • Ideal NHS: Private split (eg 80:20, 50:50 etc)

After this free zoom talk we interestingly got lots of requests about how to make a CV for working in General Dental Practice or for Dental Core Training. Of course we are always happy to help with this so we thought a blog post specifically to make the CV manufacturing process simple, straight forward and less stressful!


Dental CV framework

We have split this up into 11 steps- do not feel you need to do this all in one night. We find it is best if you spend an hour doing as much as possible, then forget about it for 2 days, then go back and see what you have subconsciously thought would be a better fit! 

So- here are the steps:

  1. It would be best if you were aiming for 1-2 pages. Do not be tempted to literally copy and paste all of your Dental CPD into your CV. Your future employer will assume you have done lots of the standard CPD such as CPR, managing complaints, Periodontal classification knowledge etc. 
  2. Do not stress about this- we tend to write in Calibri size 12, but whatever you choose, make sure it is the same throughout the document. No matter how confident you are, you have used the same font throughout- before step 6 below hit Ctrl+A (Windows) or Cmd+A (Mac) and choose your font again.
  3. Add some content about you personally:
    • Name
    • GDC number
    • Email address
    • Mobile number

4. Academic content:

  • University for BDS (year of graduation)
  • Any awards (but again be concise and keep it relevant to dentistry)

5. Employment experience

    • Your DFT practice name, location, start and expected end dates.
    • A small summary such including the wide variety of general dental practice clinical areas you have experience with etc.

6. References- include 2. Give their name, professional title and contact email address

  • Remember to ask these people first!

7. Add a photo- just a head shot, ideally smiling. Imagine what your future employer would expect to see when you turn up to interview…. Do not send something filtered to the point where you are no longer recognizable.

8. Convert this to PDF. This stops anyone editing your CV, and makes the overall reading experience better if they open it on a different web browser etc

  • To do this click on file, save as, then choose beside file format in the drop-down box “export formats- PDF”

9. Add some humour. Nothing inappropriate, but something that basically says you would be fun to work with. Examples include “in my spare time I am currently trying to improve my cooking skills from 2/10”, or “amateur basketball player, professional basketball spectator”


10. Add a cover letter- this should be specific for the role you are applying for. Ideally one page, no more than a few lines, "Hi, please find my CV below for the application to be a dental associate at X practice. I am aiming to start in September and wish to work X day a week". Or something like that- it just shows you have made an effort actually to type their practice name!

11. Send your CV.

  • Again if you have no idea where to send your curriculum vitae, reach out to us now at and l am confident we will have some contacts or advice if you wish to work in the UK.

I know that all seems like a lot. To cheer you up before you get to work on your CV- here is a true story that happened me a few weeks ago. 

I got my hair cut before the latest national lockdown, sent a photo to my fiancee and was told that her nurse said I looked like the guy from "dumb and dumber". So... I am sure you are feeling more confident that I was that day!! haha


Next steps



  1. You're applying straight to practice as an associate. Great!

     If you still have not requested this and want some more information or help just reach out to us now at and let us know:

    • your name,
    • email
    • contact number
    • the area you wish to work
    • Ideal NHS: Private split (eg 80:20, 50:50 etc)



2. You are applying to DCT this year. Good luck!

Make sure you don't miss our next FREE ZOOM event- All about SJT revision!

We will be holding a Free DCT SJT Revision Zoom event on Wednesday 17th February at 7:30 pm.

The meeting will cover: 
  • Topics to revise for the SJT
  • Timed practice questions- prize for the most correct answers
  • Q+A- bring along any DCT questions, and I will try to answer them!

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any questions you would like answered during the event, please contact us on

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