These are unprecedented times. The dental profession, once one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. economy, has become one of the most highly affected in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. And it’s not over yet; most dental offices have begun to open, but have been closed for several weeks to months at a tremendous cost to the practice.
All of this makes searching for that ideal position in the desired dental practice much harder. What can you do to stay relevant and in-demand? The future is highly uncertain, but it also looks hopeful. Preparedness is the key to meeting it head-on. Below are three suggestions to consider in finding that dental position you are searching for:
1. Make yourself invaluable by bringing crisis management skills to the table.
There will always be unforeseen events, but success lies on how prepared we are to meet each of them. Someone who’s trained in dealing with emergencies is a crucial member of any oral care team, whatever role they may play. And while a pandemic of this magnitude may not come again in your lifetime, it’s to your advantage to have polished risk assessment and crisis management skills. Study office emergencies in the dental setting on a regular basis.
2. Keep up to date with continued education.
You’ve been out of work for months and hopefully you utilized your down time to get the continuing education you need. As you know, healthcare professionals have a responsibility for continuous learning, and the upside of the downside will help you get those credits faster.
Continuing education is a prerequisite in most states for license renewal, but there are other educational courses that can put you in a more favorable position. Leadership and success skills training are topics that demonstrate you are working on positive personal development as well as your professional development. The study of interpersonal skills work to improve your EQ.
3. Build up your competencies in emotional intelligence (EQ).
A high intelligence quotient is a preference in most industries because it usually indicates an ability to learn, understand and make changes to adapt to your environment. Emotional intelligence or EQ has been proven to be important because it indicates how well a person maintains interpersonal relations and fits into any group setting. It’s also a good indicator of how someone can effectively handle stressful situations.
Someone who can make reasonable and well-thought out decisions under pressure is a credit to any team. You can build or improve upon your EQ by studying the various educational publications and by becoming more cognizant of:
a. Your degree of empathetic and thoughtfulness to the needs of everyone around you
b. Your communication skills: are your lines open and as transparent as possible to forge trust, and
c. Your attitude: find something positive in all your interactions
Need some help finding that perfect job?
Despite the pandemic, there will be many dental hygiene jobs across the U.S. that need to be filled. Browse job openings at Dental Staffing now. Better yet, o create a profile and upload your resume to connect with possible employers.
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
– William James