“New year, new me!” It’s a statement we’ve all heard—or said—before at the turn of the year. It is no surprise that most resolutions (even when they’re made with the best of intentions) are rarely kept. According to INC Magazine, 80% of resolutions don’t make it to mid-February. Yikes. While that might make us feel cynical about resolutions, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make them! Sometimes there are factors out of our control that can keep us from our goals. So, if career growth is a resolution of yours this year, this might be a great time to dig in.
If you’ve ever tried to get a new job outside of the peak hiring season, you know it can be difficult. Tack on a competitive job market and you’ll feel stuck like biofilm. Luckily, the market for budding professionals like you is in its prime right now, and is a perfect time for career growth.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the past decade saw about 14% job growth overall, indicating a strong, healthy environment for job seekers in 2020. Additionally, the fastest growth is expected among “healthcare, personal care, and community and social service occupations.”
It gets better.
The demand for dental hygienists is expected to increase by 37.7% in 2020. Additionally, dental hygiene is considered one of the top 30 fastest growing professions in the United States. This is due to longer life expectancies and dental hygiene becoming increasingly linked to the overall quality of health. Don’t expect this profession to go away anytime soon.
It’s time to strike while the iron is hot. With the environment is primed for career growth, there are a few things you can do now to maximize your earnings and land your dream job.
While a career in the dental industry offers much more than just a paycheck, at the end of the day your salary is your living. If you feel it’s time for a raise, you have two options: ask your current employer or go find a new job.
In either situation, knowing your value as a dental professional is the ammunition you need to increase your paycheck. In addition, we recently released our updated salary survey to help job seekers like you compare and contrast what they’re making to others in the same position. So, learn your value and take that into your next salary negotiations.
Landing your dream job takes a lot of work. But you can make it a lot easier if you create an action plan.
An action plan is a written document that lays out the steps you need to take to reach your larger goals. These should be specific tasks in sequential order, like milestones. Additionally, they should fall in line with your overall job seeker timeline.
For example, an action plan for a job seeker in the new year might look start like:
January 2nd: Update my DentalPost profile and resume. January 5th: Reach out to references and collect recommendations. January 10th: Double-check that my CE is up to date.
Creating an action plan also subliminally trains your brain to achieve your goals. Neuroscience says you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals by writing them down. By just creating an action plan on paper, you’re that much closer to making it real.
A booming market means a steady flow of events and opportunities available to attend. As might be expected, networking is a crucial part of career growth.
Here are some ways you can grow your network this year.
For more tips, check out our networking tips for dental professionals!
Landing your dream job doesn’t always fall in line with your perfect timeline. It’s for a dedicated professional who is willing to put in the time.
Establishing a healthy relationship with the job-hunting process will set you up for success. Here are three key things to remember as you dive into your journey.
We’ve built our entire platform of tools and resources around helping you find and land your dream job faster and easier than with traditional methods. Additionally, utilizing our catalog of tools can make the job search much more rewarding.
Here are a few ways you can get the most out of your DentalPost account:
While it’s up to you to take the first steps to find your dream job, we’re always ready to help you however we can. Start your journey by creating a free job seeker profile today. In minutes, you’ll have a profile up and running and ready for employers.
Together, we can make this decade your best yet. Good luck!
Posted June 21, 2019
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