How to Apply to Dental Jobs on the Down Low

by | Nov 20, 2019 | Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienists, Dental Job, Dental Professionals | 0 comments

The great thing about looking for a job today is that there are so many options and applying to jobs is now as easy as 1 click. 

However, we just got a call from a dental hygienist who was let go by her office because her doctor found her resume on one of the major job boards.  She was very upset and said she couldn’t believe how she didn’t think about how looking for work could make her lose her job.  

We didn’t think about that either.  And then it occurred to us that many applicants may be running into similar issues or awkward conversations because their offices are able to find them looking for work on job boards.  

So in this post, we will give you some tips on how to apply to jobs without your current office finding out.  Let’s help you find work on the DL.     


Tip 1: Read the job description entirely before applying. 

Make sure you don’t apply to your current practice.  Quickly reading through the job post before applying, could help you catch if you are applying to your own practice.  If the job post is confidential but the description sounds even a tiny bit like your practice, don’t apply. It’s not worth it. 

Tip 2: Temp on your off days.

Dental temps get hired all the time.  It allows you to make extra cash AND go on working interviews without you applying for work.  If word gets back to your office, just say you need the extra cash and are temping. They can’t get mad at you for that. Make sure to keep your availability on DirectDental up-todate so you stay busy! 

Tip 3: Use Job Boards that allow you to keep your profile private. 

DirectDental lets you make your profile private so you don’t show up in candidate searches.  Only offices that you apply to can see your profile, so you don’t have to worry about your employer finding you on there. 

To make your account private on DirectDental, log in and in the upper menu click on YOUR PROFILE, then SETTINGS. Click the checkbox next to “Hide My Profile from the public and other users”.  Your profile is now private and you will see “PRIVATE” in red up at the top of the page letting you know.

Tip 4: Be honest with your office.

This doesn’t qualify as looking for work on the down low, but if you feel your office will be understanding (or if you have a really bad poker face), then simply let them know you are looking for a new job.  It might even make your job search a little easier as they might let you off early for interviews and such.  But if you think there will be any repercussions, then stick with tips 1, 2 & 3.  

There you have it.  We hope these tips will give you the confidence to apply for jobs privately.  Your perfect practice is out there and we want you to find it!

Any other tips for applying for work on the DL.  Please share in the comments.