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Employers are concerned about the type of employees they hire. Not only do they want someone with the skill set that matches the job description, but they want someone with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude that will reflect well on the employer and his or her business, and excellent people skills to ensure customers become repeat clients.
Because of employment laws, there are certain questions employers cannot ask of an applicant, and it may be hard to really figure out someone’s personality in a 15-20 minute interview, if the interview even lasts that long. Even worse, some interview formats make it next to impossible to show employers your true personality. Have you ever had a phone interview where all they did was fire the most cliché questions at you, such as “Why are you interested in this position?” or “What skills do you have that would make you a good fit for this position?” or “Tell me about yourself.” There is no natural flow to the conversation, just silence between the time you finish answering and the next question from the interviewer. (During the silence you can hear them typing notes about what you just said.) It’s horrible, right!
Unfortunately, some employers, especially smaller dental practices, don’t spend every day interviewing applicants, and aren’t really that experienced in conducting interviews. If the person doing the hiring (usually the dentist) likes several candidates, they may just search around online to see what type of a person you are. For that reason, clean up your social media profiles or make sure they are private. If you go out partying on the weekends, curse too much in posts, or otherwise make yourself look less than professional or serious, please realize that potential employers may be deterred by what they find.
Instead, try crafting your profile to reflect your interest in your work. Especially on LinkedIn, or even Facebook, try joining an industry group or discussion, and add some valuable opinions or content. If you sound intelligent and can offer help to someone publicly on social media, it will reflect very well on you. It is best to avoid posting anything about your job search or interview progress to your friends, and definitely don’t complain about your job search or any of the interviewers with whom you’ve met. They may be reading it later that evening!
Make sure your profile on LinkedIn is up to date with any new course or dental assistant training you’ve completed, including CPR certifications, radiography courses, infection control courses, and so on. If you graduated at the top of your class, that would be something to mention. Any volunteer work or clinical experience you’ve gained through your schooling, even if it was part of the course, should also be highlighted.
Ask all of your teachers and fellow students to write recommendations on your page, and endorse you for skills. Your performance in class is a great example of how you’ll act in a professional setting, so they should be able to find positive attributes to highlight. No one will know that you’ve asked them to write a recommendation for you, and it will appear as though you’re the most highly recommended candidate out there. If numerous other people are bragging about your skills, you must really be an exceptional dental assistant!
When it’s time to look for a new dental assisting job or position, the internet has the largest source of information and job listings in one place, and if you’re like most people today, the first place you turn to find information is the internet. (You’re here, after all.)
In your search for your new dental assistant job, every other graduate of a dental assistant program in need of a job will also be looking online, so how do you stand out? New tools at Career Builder and Indeed allow you to submit your saved resume with a click of the mouse, allowing you to effortlessly apply to dozens of jobs in a matter of minutes. This saves you the time of meticulously reading through each job description to see how close of a match the job would be for your skills. After all, you’re probably not going to hear back from many of these employers, so you might as well apply to as many as you can, and see who responds, right? Well, that kind of thinking is the reason employers are being inundated with job applications from less than qualified applicants. Would you want to spend hours of your time examining the resumes of people who couldn’t even take the time to read the job requirements?
Enter the scannable resume. Did you know that most large companies use software to automatically scan and sort through resumes? With the number of job applicants, and the time it would take to physically open, read, and analyze each resume and cover letter, it’s understandable that a smaller office without a human resources department might need some help going through all the applications they receive. It’s very time consuming, and trying to find reliable help in between patients can be a challenge. The goal for job seekers is not only to stand out to prospective employers, but also to fit the criteria that these scannable resume software programs are searching for. You may or many not encounter this problem if you’re sending resumes directly to independent dental offices, but if you apply to work in a hospital, government run healthcare facility, or even a healthcare staffing agency, you will likely need a ‘scannable’ resume.
Format your resume in a way that’s pleasing to the eye, but also easily readable by a computer. That means keep it simple, straightforward, and clean. If you’ve ever uploaded a resume and then had one of the online job search sites convert it to text for you, you know what I mean. Your bullet points and spacing will be all over the place, and if you had anything in a separate column, it will be stuck somewhere in the middle. Even templates that you can find on google docs are guilty of causing this issue, and trust me, it will make your life more difficult, not easier. Other things to leave out include background graphics, script fonts, borders, or boxed sections. If you’re going to use a fancy resume, save it for printed versions that you hand out to prospective employers. Your perfect electronic resume will look quite boring, but it will be effective.
This will also be useful if the job posting asks for a resume to be emailed, but request that it be pasted in the body of the email because they don’t want to open attachments. A scannable resume will also be readily available to copy and paste into an email, with no additional formatting or adjusting necessary.
Dental assistant jobs are certainly out there, you just have to be one step ahead of the competition to stand out in today’s dental assistant job search!
While you may understandably want to get started working as soon as possible for financial reasons, there are several reasons that it may pay to become certified or formally educated in a dental assisting course first before looking for that first job.
At the very least, if are able to get hired without training or experience, it would be beneficial to take a course concurrently, either in the evenings or on weekends if your schedule (and the course schedule) permits.
Many states in the US do allow dental assistants to take entry level jobs in dental offices performing the most basic of tasks, both administrative tasks and serving as an extra pair of hands in the exam room before, during, and after patient exams. This level of dental assisting does not require certification or licesning, and many assistants are taught on the job by the employing dentist, so it’s not always an absolute necessity to complete your dental assistant training first.
If a dentist really only needs an extra set of hands, the one advantage for dentist is that he is able to train you, the assistants, to match his way of doing things. Because you have no prior experience or frame of reference, you will learn to do things exactly as the dentist prefers.
However, the advantages stop there. While many states permit an entry level dental assistant, most have certification processes or permits for more highly trained dental assistants to legally perform more complex procedures. While still under the supervision of the employing dentist, these certified or permitted dental assistants are able to perform expanded functions, and thus are more valuable to their employers.
Higher Starting Pay – You’ve invested in your education, and now you’re able to legally perform a wider range of tasks in your job. Your additional experience and ability will command you a higher starting pay, so you won’t have to ask for a huge raise later.
A dentist only has so much time for patients in the day, so being able to delegate more tasks to trained employees may free them up to fit in one or two additional appointments per day. As a result, even if a trained dental assistant costs slightly more, there is a greater opportunity to increase revenue by being able to serve more patients in a day.
Easier Job Search – Because Certified or Licensed (depending on the state rules and regulations) Assistants can perform a wider variety of tasks and procedures, they should find that the job search and hiring process will move more quickly.
Highly trained dental assistants are in demand. When there are more openings than qualified applicants, you will have your choice of dentists and offices for whom you may choose to work. You may also find that some openings will only be available to those with Certification or Licensing required by the state.
Easier Transition to Work Due to Prior Training (You’ll know what you’re doing) – With training already completed, your first day on the job will be much more comfortable. Assuming your training included hand-on clinical experience, you’ll already be familiar with what to do when you’re chairside. Your dentist will be pleased, not frustrated, when he asks you for something and you are able to provide it right away.
Higher Job Satisfaction and Respect from Your Co-Workers – Think of your first day on the job as your first impression to the office. When things go smoothly, you make a good first impression. If you fumble too much, it may take a little longer to gain the respect of your co-workers and boss. If you take a long time to learn what you should be doing, it can put you at a disadvantage and bring some insecurity. If you’re prepared and know what to do, you’ll feel confident and secure in your position.
Higher Level of Patient Comfort with a Highly Skilled Assistant – When you’re confident and prepared, the patients will be comfortable with you. Going to the dentist makes some people nervous, but they are able to relax if you can put them at ease by letting them know what to expect. In very simple terms, happy patients are good for business, and a stable business means job security for you.