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As many job seekers come to discover, finding the perfect job is a lot like dating; you ask your friends (or the internet) to match you up, put best face forward, and hope that your new suitor looks at least somewhat similar to the picture they have online. Unfortunately, it takes a while to find the right match, and sometimes you don’t realize that the other person isn’t right for you until you’ve invested a significant amount of time and energy.

However, job seeking does have one clear advantage over dating: there’s a lot of information out there about your potential new company that will help you sort through the job listings. If you’ve done your research, there shouldn’t be a lot that shock you during the interview. In the spirit of love, we’re compiling our best tips for job seekers to make sure that both you and your new job “super like” each other.

1. Clean Up Your Social Profiles

We’re all guilty of it; a night out turns a little wild and your best friend tags you in a not-so-flattering photo. In today’s digitally-driven culture, this can be a real stain on your otherwise perfect resume.

According to one recent study, 70% of employers use social media to screen applicants before they pick a candidate. It’s important to consciously audit your social profiles for “red flag” content, or potentially damaging posts that would cause concern for a recruiter or hiring manager. Social media is generally your first impression, so make sure it always shows your best side.

2. See What Other Professionals Say

There are a lot of great tools you can use to empower yourself during an interview or job search. You can learn a lot from former or current employees by browsing the company’s profile and reviews on Google, Facebook, or Glassdoor. You’ll find unfiltered discussions on everything from vacation policies to average salary for that position.

It may also be helpful to reach out to current employees on LinkedIn or via email to ask a quick question about the practice — just be sure that you’re considerate and respectful of their time. Also, keep in mind that someone may mention what you say to a boss or coworker, so be careful that you don’t ask anything sensitive or invasive in nature.

3. Dig Into Their Core Values (And Your Own)

Arguably, one of the most important factors of choosing the right job is to find alignments between their core values and your own. “Core values” are the fundamental beliefs of a company that impact nearly every other element of the business.  For example, a corporate dental practice may believe in doing business in a sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion, which could dramatically change how you treat patients. Alternatively, a private or local business could greatly value community growth, which might require you to volunteer once a month.

Knowing what drives your potential new employer at a deeper level will help you determine if they’re the right fit. Plus, it may teach you more about your own core values which will help you beyond the job search.

Here are some core values you may look for in your potential new company:

  • Always practice with integrity.
  • Go above and beyond for the patient.
  • Create lasting relationships.
  • Create stable work/life balance.

It is important to figure out your own core values so that you’re making sure they align with your own.

4. Know Your Worth

As much as you may want a job, your potential new employer also wants to fill the position. Keep that in mind when you enter into salary negotiations! Of course, it’s important to be realistic; if you can’t back up your offer with measurable experiences it’ll be hard to convince them. But if the job offer is noticeably low (and they won’t budge), don’t accept the position just to have a job. You’ve worked hard to become a dental professional, and there are many other valuable opportunities out there.

The dental industry is always changing, and you should take some time every few months to see how your salary stacks up with other professionals.

5. Ask The Tough Questions

“Do you have any questions?” 

So you’ve built the perfect resume and profile, got some insider knowledge, compared core values, and now you’ve made it to the interview. It goes without saying that you should come prepared with questions — but what you should ask?

Your interviewers want to know you’re proficient and ready to handle the many types of patients and dental health problems that come through the doors. Some great topics to discuss are related to workflow, culture, and tools in the stations.

Here are some sample questions you might ask:

  1. What do you think is the most challenging aspect of this position?
  2. Can you tell me about the type of equipment here at the practice?
  3. What qualities would your ideal candidate have to succeed at this position?
  4. How would you describe office culture?

With today’s competitive market, job seekers quite often feel helpless. But by using these tips to empower your search, you may find yourself with a job that’s a match made in heaven. At DentalPost, our goal is to connect you with the perfect opportunity — head to our registration page, build a profile, and start searching for the perfect dental job in seconds!