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Remember those manners you were taught as a child? They probably seemed annoying at the time, but they are more important than you might think. Manners are a huge part of how employers perceive you. Make sure you are putting your best foot forward by utilizing DentalPost’s professional etiquette office-hygienist

  1. Resume profile status. Once you find the right job and are no longer actively searching, be sure to change your resume profile to Private on DentalPost. This lets employers know not to contact you regarding a job. It’s a win-win; employers don’t waste their time and your phone won’t keep blowing up with calls from employers!
  1. Be prompt in your response. If you applied for a job, be prompt in responding to employers who reach out to you. Check your email frequently, and respond in a timely manner. For one, its professional. Two, it’s the respectful thing to do. Even if you aren’t interested in the opportunity anymore, respond and politely tell them that. This will allow them to move on to the next candidate.
  1. Honesty is the best policy. This one is a big one, don’t lie on your resume profile! Employers will find out the truth, I promise! Instead, highlight the skills and abilities you do have. Stress that you are a quick learner and are willing to work hard to learn skills that will benefit the office. Lying gets you no where, and is a surefire way to not getting the job.
  1. Check your profile picture. Your picture should reflect who you are professionally. Think about what impression you trying to make. Employers want to see that you are professional, clean, and collected; so let’s leave the car selfies out of it! If you don’t have a professional picture, don’t worry. It’s an easy fix: get a friend to take your picture against a solid color wall. Make sure you are the only thing in the frame- while I’m sure your pet dog is cute; employers aren’t looking to hire him!
  1. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. When you set up a time to interview, make sure you can be there! If you cannot come for whatever reason, get in touch with the employer. Showing up late or not at all without notifying them will result in frustrated employers. The dental industry is a tight knit community; keep in mind that your professional reputation will follow you around. Good or bad!
  1. Double- make that triple- check for grammar. Your resume profile is the first chance to make an impression on the employer. Any glaring errors or typos will tell them you don’t really care about getting the job. It can be helpful to have multiple friends read through it as well, sometimes others will catch something you missed. It is worth the effort and time to make sure it is perfect!
  1. Dress to impress. Congrats! You got the interview. The hard part isn’t over yet though; what are you going to wear? Employers want to see your professional side. The extra time and effort will pay off here too! Once you have put together your appropriate professional outfit, check for any wrinkles or stains. A little ironing can go a long way!

Searching for a job can be tricky, so there’s no reason to make it harder on yourself! Use these tips to keep your professional etiquette game strong. Remember; always put your best foot forward, this is your career we are talking about!

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