Tips for Finding a Dental Assistant Job in Texas
Become a loyal fan and follower of the companies for which you are interested in working.
If you target a company you know you like and would want to work someday, even if there are no current job openings you make yourself known by becoming a fan and letting them you know you understand and appreciate what they do. It gives you a huge leg up when something does open up.
Do your research about the job and company before you apply.
You need time to do your research. Google the company and make sure, to the best of your ability, it’s a good culture fit and a place you want to work. Read through the job responsibilities one more time and make sure you’re actually qualified for the job. Check out what it pays and whether that meets your requirements. And then, most importantly, take all of that information and use it when you’re tailoring your resume and cover letter to this particular job. Because make no mistake, you should be customizing those two things for each and every job to which you apply.
Connect with decision makers and staff online through social media in advance.
These days, when dentists and hiring managers are readily available on Twitter and Facebook pages, why not go for it and approach upper management in a proactive and engaging way? Let’s be very clear, this is not a call to inundate company officials with tweets, emails, or calls. Do. Not. Stalk. But if you can find a topic or some common ground with a key decision-maker at the company to which you’d like to apply, you should in a respectful manner. Then, when you do send in your resume for a job opening, perhaps your new contact can have the hiring manager fast track it for you or even serve as a reference.
Listen to the interviewer as you are being interviewed.
If you actually take the time to listen to the person talking to you instead of waiting for them to finish as you think of the thing you’re going to say next, you might actually strike up and honest to goodness conversation with a genuine back and forth. And trust me, after going through dozens of interviews like a zombie, you’re going to remember the person who took the time to listen to you and have a real-life conversation.
Target specific companies, not specific job openings.
First, find some companies for which you’d really like to work. Take some time and scout them out, find people who work there and try to include them in your network. Read up on the company and see what’s making news for at the time. Then use social media to talk a little shop with people there and come up with solutions, with no expectation of reward. I know that sounds counterintuitive to a point, but once you hone in on a place you really want to work and a job opening does come up, you’ll be ahead of the game. Also, even if the job opening doesn’t fit you exactly, since you already have a preexisting relationship they’re more apt to create a hybrid position for you that is more tailored to your strong suits.
You may have to start off in a position you are not thrilled about like, sterilization, lab tech or front office.
A whole bunch of workers out there started doing something that might’ve been outside of their comfort zone at first, but eventually they began to love it. Usually those jobs start with one set of job responsibilities and then shift over time until the person in them has created their dream job. You don’t know what you’re passionate about until you try a bunch of things.
Be your REAL self and try to relax.
This one can be slightly controversial because it goes against much of what we’re supposed to do in job interviews. We’re led to believe it’s absolutely vital to have all the answers to every question that is or could conceivably be asked during a job interview. To hesitate is weak, and to display any crack in the veneer of self-confidence is to lose. However, if you stop thinking of it as a battle and more like a learning experience, you can get out of that habit.
For instance, let’s say you’ve followed earlier advice to network with people already at the company long before there’s a job opening. Then, during the interview, you reference something that person did as a learning moment for you, which you applied at a previous job. Although it wasn’t originally your idea, you’ve now let your guard down enough to tell your interviewer you’ve done your research on the company, you have internal contacts, and you’re open to new ideas. Those are positive traits hiring managers look for when filling job openings.
For more help on how to become a dental assistant and for finding a dental assisting job in Texas, please contact the Director of Dental Genius Assisting School at DGASDirector@gmail.com.