As many dental job seekers come to discover, finding a dental job is a lot like dating; you ask your friends (or the internet) to match you up, put your 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 shocks 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.
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.
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 the 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.
Arguably, one of the most important factors of finding a dental job you align with is comparing their core values and your own. “Core values” are the fundamental beliefs of a company that impacts 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.
It is important to figure out your own core values so that you’re making sure they align with your own.
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.
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.
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.
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Updated May 4th, 2021
Originally Published February 7th, 2018
Posted March 3, 2021
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