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Ten Top Tips for Getting a Dental Assistant Job

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Dental jobs provide a rewarding and interesting career for those with the right skills, qualifications and experience as well as a professional and structured environment to work in as you build your career. Qualifying for jobs in dental hygiene and jobs in dental assistant areas is no easy task and the quality of the qualifications gained in order to be eligible to work in these markets ensures that firstly, employers are prepared to pay high rates and offer good benefits while employees enjoy a high degree of job security and job mobility throughout their careers.

The very real issue is how to maximize the employment opportunities that are available from the many different employers and organizations who recruit suitably qualified employees?

Fortunately the Internet has provided an extremely powerful tool for researching and comparing the various dental jobs that are promoted on the market no matter where in the country they are located and no matter what size of employer is looking for you. The Internet provides a means to level the playing field for small and large employers and now any job seeker with a computer and Internet access is able to quickly access the information on who is hiring, what is being offered in terms of remuneration and benefits and continuing training and professional development on offer.

There are some serious drawbacks to using the World Wide Web which any job seeker should be aware of; this is nothing to be overly concerned of but is more something that users should be aware of when searching for a dental job.

First of all, many websites providing information are not updated regularly by the site owners; in other words you are frequently reading not just yesterday’s news but last week’s, last month’s and even last year’s. You should ensure that the information you are looking at and considering using is current and up-to-date and you can do this by checking the time and date stamps for the information presented – if they don’t provide a date on the information, then don’t rely upon it.

Many websites are also nothing more than a means by which unscrupulous operators can “harvest” resumes from unsuspecting candidates. You may not think that there is much of a dollar value in your resume but in reality, it is a very valuable document. Some operators simply take your resume and then email it across the web to their listings of potential employers which may be nothing more than a spam list of dentists who are not going to react kindly to your resume getting mixed up with some other spam marketing effort and it will not reflect well on you as a candidate. Even worse, resumes are excellent sources of information for the less salubrious operators on the web and an identity thief would be jumping for joy at the information contained in a resume which is also likely to include your personal biography, address, telephone and contact information and other good stuff.

This leads to when you submit your resume, you must make sure that the document is under your control and secure. By this we mean, you get to decide who will see your resume and when rather than the site operators and they should be providing you with an easy to use and very secure set of tools to create and manage your resume to the very best effect for you when it comes to impressing potential employers.

Many web services fail to provide a comprehensive vacancy listing for you to access and manipulate. Just think about this; a traditional web service will charge employers to promote and distribute their job vacancy so job seekers using the site can then use the service for free. That sounds like a really good deal until you start to consider how many employers simply will not pay to use a particular service; the majority of employers with a vacancy will not advertise that vacancy with any one web service! By definition, web services which charge an employer to list a vacancy cannot be comprehensive and must be restricted plus the double whammy is you are using the same small pool of vacancy listings as a large number of other competing job seekers looking for the same position as you. It makes no sense to charge an employer and scare them off from listing the vacancy with that service. It is far better to use a service which does not charge an employer any fees to list and indeed, collects vacancy information from a range of offline and online resources so employer involvement is minimal but this does mean you get charged a fee to access the information – but then you will be swimming in a huge pool of job information with fewer other competitors and this gives you a great advantage.

Traditional web services which are free also tend to fall down on the job when it comes to looking at vacancies outside of the normal run of the mill; dedicated web services that have a direct connection and experience in the dental employment market will also be able to help when it comes to broadening your career horizons. For instance, your qualifications as dental hygienist or assistant will be in great demand by employers who are offering dental sales jobs which can be highly rewarding and not least because they require a good working knowledge of how a dental practice operates – something you will have – but how will you be able to consider what else you are experienced and qualified to do unless you have a helping hand to provide guidance and advice?

Choose your web service provider carefully and do not hesitate to ignore those that do not come up to the same exacting standards you have to meet.
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