I’m often struck by the number of dentists, hygienists and assistants I see registered on Dental Staffing who have not posted their resume. I’m compelled to ask my Team, why? We sat around a conference table brainstorming about what would keep a dental professional, while clearly looking for a job, from posting their resume? Are they feeling insecure and they lack confidence? Are they unsure how to write a compelling resume? Or, perhaps they don’t want anyone to know they’re looking…like their boss!
So, here’s the thing: all these fears can (and should) be overcome, so you can let Dental Offices know just what you’ve got! We’re going to take these excuses, one at a time, and show you why you should post your resume to DentalStaffing.org!
5 Reasons to Post Your Dental Resume Online
Explore What You’ve Got to Offer
You’ve all got tons to offer, even if you’re feeling insecure because you’re right out of school. So, some dental offices are looking for someone ‘fresh out of academia’, even if you haven’t taken your boards. You did a lot to get into a dental curriculum, and I suggest you discuss your qualities. What are the top five adjectives that best describe your attributes? Are you dependable, how about your confidence? Every patient wants a dental professional to approach them with confidence. Are you a Team player (an absolute must in a dental environment)?
Sit down with your best friend and discuss what makes you a great individual. You’ll be amazed at what you come up with together! In other words, what do you bring, what value do you provide or what problem do you solve?
Did you know that dentists and dental office managers prefer a resume that appears you’re being choosy, vs someone just looking for a paycheck? What is it you’re looking for in a new dental home?
- As a new dentist, perhaps you’re looking to grow in an office doing procedures such as implant placement, or IV sedation.
- Perhaps you’re a Dental Hygienist working in a state that allows expanded practice opportunities such as administration of anesthesia or N2O or certification in the use of lasers.
- Maybe you’re a Dental Assistant who loves working with kids. Get specific! I know a couple of pedodontists who would never consider working on anyone but kids. If you want to work with kids, try orthodontics or pedodontics because you won’t be as happy in a general practice with fewer kiddos.
When posting your resume, think about what you want a prospective employer to see. What makes you unique? Who inspires you? It doesn’t all have to be about dentistry, because you are not just about dentistry. Further, if a prospective employer is just looking for a warm body, all the great things you’ve expressed about yourself will go right over their head. Remember, you have a lot to offer, and you can be choosy.
Define Your Accomplishments and Long-Term Goals
What association to your professional license or certificate are you interested in pursuing? Whether you already possess these skills, or you’re just leaning in that direction, talk about it in your resume.
Don’t have any experience? You can talk about specific projects you’ve performed outside of dentistry that speaks to your capabilities as an individual. For example:
- “Helped organize a large community of residents to clean up the downtown streets following a storm”.
- “Volunteered to help serve Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter three years running”.
Any contribution to society speaks volumes about you, the individual, even if you don’t have much dental experience. How did your accomplishments make you feel?
The more experience you have, the easier it is to brand yourself. Branding says everything you need to know about you in one sentence. For example:
Dr. Peterson keeps the families in our community healthy and pain free through his warm and friendly dental office that provides the most up to date and long-lasting dental treatment.
That about says it all regarding Dr. Peterson, and it makes me want to call and make an appointment! How about you? What can you bring to the party? Sit down and write your brand. What do you do or plan to do in your profession? What personal attributes can you provide and to whom? Your employer, your teammates, and your patients. And lastly, what services can you provide these same people?
Learn What’s Out There, Even If You’re “Just Looking”
And, if you just don’t post your resume because you don’t want anyone to know you’re looking, post it with a new, blind email address. Throw out that old, generic resume and try some of our suggestions. I promise if you tell them what you’ve got, you’ll stand out way above the crowd.
One More Thing…
A cover letter is not a one size fits all. Be certain to develop your cover letter with a clear understanding of what the employer is seeking and how you are uniquely capable of filling that role.
Ready for more reading about making your resume the best it can be when posting to online job boards? Head over to What Should a Dental Professional Include on Their Resume? or Your Resume Says a Lot About You.
“Make yourself necessary to someone.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dr. Deborah Marynak is the owner of DentalStaffing.org, a dentist with over 30 years experience, and is committed to helping Dental Professionals find the right fit for both employees and employers. She also works with Dental Offices to help them streamline their clinical systems and teach Dental Teams how to effectively document to avoid risk.