Getting a job requires a lot of patience. Filling out the application, writing a cover letter, scheduling interviews—it takes on average about 2 months to get a job from the moment you apply to when you finally get your offer. That’s also assuming you’re applying during the peak job searching months (and yes, there are better months than others). All in all, you’re bound to have a bit of downtime during your job search.
The smart job seeker will take advantage of a slow market and make themselves more valuable to employers. If you’re currently in the waiting period, here are 4 ways you can use those off-season months to your advantage.
As a dental professional, you’re required to stay up-to-date on your education by taking a select number of CE units over a period of time (it varies by state and position, which you can see here). Taking CE courses is a great use of your time; not only will you be learning valuable skills, but you’ll be ahead of the game and staying compliant with license regulations.
DentalPost offers a great selection of CE courses that you can take. You can see the full list of available courses on our education site.
If you’ve been out of the job market for a while, it’s likely that your base network hasn’t grown much. The downtime of the job market is a great time to expand your network. Making new connections is an easy way to open doors for your career and build meaningful professional relationships in your area.
Our local Dental Posters groups are a great place to start on Facebook to grow your network. It’s a place for open discussion on jobs, dental news, and other dental-related findings. Search for “Dental Posters” on Facebook to find your local group.
Is your resume looking a little behind-the-times? Now’s the time to jump back in and update it with what you’ve been up to. That also includes updating your profile here on DentalPost!
A great resume takes time, so starting early will help you avoid the scramble when the dream job you want pops up. Be sure to grab a peer and let them review it before you send it out to the world!
Maybe you’ve been trying to create a budget. Maybe you’ve got a great product idea for the dental industry. It never hurts to spend time working on a project that will help you in the long-run, mentally or professionally. These creative projects can also be great talking points in an interview and show your range of abilities.
It is easy to get complacent and disgruntled when the job market is slow. But keeping your mind focused will help you feel refreshed and ready for the next opportunity. When you’re in the midst of your day job, free time is often hard to find. Take advantage of your new found time and you’ll be one step closer to improving your life and becoming your most valuable self!
Posted July 15, 2019
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Posted July 05, 2019
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Posted July 04, 2019
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