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"How to Release the ‘Intrepeneur’ Within! Series continued." By Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH

126 resumes for one position.  How do you make yourself stand out in today’s competitive market?

I have recently spoken with five dental hygienists on separate occasions regarding how tough the job market is right now.

The first one is getting laid off because the dentist needs to do the hygiene appointments.

The second one is waiting at home for a job to come along since she has sent many resumes out.

The third one is filling in on a maternity leave and not sure what will happen when the time is over.

The fourth is moving out of the province with hope of coming back one day to practice in Ontario.

The fifth is working in a practice where she is not happy and feels like she isn’t making a difference, she is frustrated and would like to work in a new practice but fears there is nothing available for her.

We’ve all heard when a position is available the practice gets flooded with resumes.  I recently heard that one practice received 126 resumes for one position.  


What you can do to make a difference, secure your workplace and/or make yourself marketable so that your resume stands out and you get offered the position?


You want to do these three things to secure your workplace or make yourself marketable so that your resume stands out and you get offered the position.


1. Specialization

Have you ever thought about what you specialize in?  We all specialize in something, whether it be perio, ortho, laser therapy, ultrasonics, communication, etc.   What you know and the talents you possess may be hidden.  Use your knowledge and expertise to help others and start thinking about the things you specialize in. Share it with your colleagues and clients.  Highlight this in your cover letter and include your hands-on training certificates in your resume.  Wouldn’t it look great on your resume if you were skilled and trained in both piezo and Cavitron technology?  Or how about specializing in motivation and communication?  Make note of the hands-on training courses that you have taken to increase your skill and perhaps communication!


2. Innovation

Have you brought a program or put a system in place within your practice that has been beneficial? Be innovative within your practice.  What programs or solutions can you offer your practice that will bring positive results with both client care and productivity?  Programs like the Crest Oral B practice building program Oral Health Solutions or an instrument management program like the Operatory Instrument Management program, where you are providing gentle care to your clients, saving the practice money and putting systems in place. The more value you can bring to your practice, the greater the chance is of securing your position within that practice.  Once you have implemented programs, make note of this on your cover letter and resume.  Talk about the success you have experienced. 


3. Connection

Connecting with people is so important and sometimes we have to make a conscious effort in doing so.  You want to make sure you are a team player within your practice, that you don’t get involved with office politics and ever talk about someone behind their back.  Be positive with your communication.  When you speak with your clients, get to know them.  Take some personal notes so that you can follow up with them. Stay connected and show them how much you care.  

Doing these three things and making a conscious effort will help secure your position in a competitive market and make you a more marketable candidate for any dental hygiene position!  What are you going to do to make you stand-out?!