You spend your evenings and weekends peeking at the job boards looking for the Dental Assistant Job or Dental Hygienist job that works with your location, schedule and offers the pay and benefits you need to live your best life.But even though you are applying, you are not getting the results you want! What is going on? In this post, we give Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists and Front Office personnel the reasons why you have not found the perfect job yet.
1) Your resume has a weird format or spelling errors.I talk about this all the time in my posts. Your resume is your first impression and if you didn’t take the time to make sure it is in tip top shape; you are going to get passed up for the resumes that are great. We offer this post with tips on how to make a perfect resume with a free template.
But you can also use free services like Canva.com to make some really cool resumes.But the basic gist –
-Make sure it is free of spelling errors
-It is easy to read and follow.
-Your “Work Experience” should list your most recent up top
-Include the month and year in the start and end date of every position.
2) They can’t reach you.This goes back to making sure your resume is perfect. Don’t get me started on the number of times I’ve called a number on a resume just to be told that the number is incorrect. OR Your voicemail box is full. I can’t judge on this one. It happens to me too. But, if a potential dental practice can’t leave you a voicemail you aren’t going to get the interview. Be attentive and constantly delete your voicemails to make sure there is plenty of space for us to leave you a message.
3) You aren’t qualified enough for the position you are applying for.
I know, shoot for the moon and you will land on a star and all that jazz.
But in the dental field, you have to earn your stripes before you get the big job. Make sure you are being realistic with the jobs you are applying for.
If you are a Registered Dental Assistant, you are not going to get the job as an Office Manager for $40/hr. Or if you are a Dental Hygienist that just graduated, the high-end dental practice offering $60/hr is not going to even glance at your resume.
Apply to the jobs that match your experience, do good work while you are there and in a few short years you are going to have the experience needed to land those great jobs!
4) Your social media/Online presence is just… bad.
Sometimes dentists or office managers will do a quick google search on your name before calling on your resume. If they don’t like what they see, they will toss your resume in the trash. This can also happen after your interview, even if you nailed your interview if they don’t like what they see with your online presence they won’t hire you.
Here are some items that they don’t want to see:– Strong Political views and arguments. -Inappropriate Pictures and posts -Profanity
– Excessive Partying -Constant complaining about your life circumstances.
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to go and clean up or delete your social media accounts. If your social media has any of the items listed above just make sure it is hard to find.
– Your social media accounts shouldn’t have your last name.
– The email tied to those accounts should not be the email on your resume.
– Make all your accounts private.
If your social media is nice and clean then let those offices find it!
5) Your reputation is tainted.
I hate this one, but the dental community is small and dentist and office managers talk.
If you have no-showed several interviews or got caught up in gossip during a working interview, the word is going to spread. This is probably THE most changeling obstacle to overcome for Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants.
Remember “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” – Benjamin Franklin.
So don’t let it happen in the first place.
If you can’t make an interview, be courteous and call the office to let them know. If you are on a working interview and the other staff members start to gossip or complain, excuse yourself and go sterilize.
Do everything you can to keep your reputation clean so offices are excited to interview you.If you feel your reputation might be tainted for a small mistake, include a reference quote on your resume. Having some good feedback from a previous employer or co-worker in their face might get them to ignore the negative feedback they heard.
You are limiting your job finding resources. If you are only using one job board to find work you are definitely limiting your options for finding your dream job.
Use multiple job boards, including a specialized Dental Staffing Job Board like DirectDental. Using a specialized job board lets you highlight all the Dental skills that you can’t show in a general job board.
It allows potential employers to decide instantly if they want to interview you without them even having to view your resume.
Plus they can search for you and reach out to you directly, rather than you applying to them. It is the perfect job searching tool for Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienists, and Front Office Dental Staff!
So there you have it. If you feel your resume is not getting the callbacks that you need, take this checklist and run through it. Guaranteed it will improve the number of interviews you receive!