We always get excited when we graduate our students and once again we have completed yet another great semester here at Norge Dental Center! Many of our students have already accepted their first position as a dental assistant. Tomorrow night some of us will meet at a local Starbucks and talk resumes, job opportunities and ways to stand out in the crowd. I have to admit this is one of my favorite evenings with our students. I look forward to it every semester. We celebrate those who have landed new jobs and we celebrate the wonderful opportunities our graduates have before them. So what tips do we share? Lots.. more than we can ever capture in one post but we thought we would share just a few.
Be open. Be flexible. Be interested. Don’t just set your mind on landing that coveted position as a Dental Assistant. Be open to other opportunities. Select the practice first.. then do what it takes to get your foot in the door. Be willing to start in the lab, or maybe accept a position at the front desk. Most importantly be open to what’s possible and focus more on the practice and the dentist rather the position. Trust us, where you work matters just as much if not more than what you do.
Everyone matters. Yep especially the man or woman who greets you when you initially walk in. Make sure to gather information about them, something personal and be sure to write a letter thanking them for welcoming you to the practice. You may be surprised by how much they can be your biggest in-office champion. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect and stand out.
SMILE while speaking, especially during the initial phone conversation. The person on the other end of the phone will visualize you just by the tone of your voice. Be enthusiastic. Your “telephone” voice will be your initial handshake and business card when you talk to a dental office representative for the first time. No matter what, you want to sound happy and positive. Keep in mind you are in the smile business. Smiles are always required.
Always remember, Today’s Dental Assisting School is here to help all of our graduates in securing that “dreamed about” FIRST Dental Office position after graduation.
About the Author
Dr. Timothy K Johnston
A self-professed CE junkie, Dr. Johnston lives for the moment when a new dental technology emerges. He knows it’s only a matter of time before he’s teaching his staff, and a patient is benefiting from the latest streamlined, painless procedure. Owner and dentist of Norge Dental Center.