Tips for New Grads Entering the Dental Field

It’s an exciting, yet stressful, time for new grads entering the dental industry. You’ve completed the exams, closed the books, and received the expensive piece of paper you’ve worked so hard to obtain. Now what?

No matter how hard you’ve studied and prepared for the “real world,” diving into the dental field and officially launching your career as a dental professional can be daunting for any individual.

Fortunately, you’re joining a thriving community of thought leaders and dental experts who are looking to connect and share their wisdom with others. This is what the Hire Personnel Job Board network is all about.

But first, we thought we’d share some of our best tips for new dental grads. With over 25 years of experience working in the field, we’ve experienced nearly every level of the industry. And as professional recruiters, we know what it takes to stand out in an interview and build a thriving career.

Here are five tips for landing your dream job after dental school:

1. Take it one day at a time.
Jobs come and go, but it takes hard work to build a career. Create some goals for your job search, and then set individual targets for yourself (with accompanying deadlines). Determine your wants versus needs. Money is important, but will you take higher pay over a role that fulfills your beliefs and happiness? Remember, the lessons learned in school will come to fruition as you gain experience in the field.

2. Always over prepare for an interview.
As seasoned interviewers, let us tell you: first impressions matter! Every stage of the interview process should be well thought out and planned ahead of time, from what you wear, to the firmness of your handshake, and the words you share in your follow up. Take initiative. Come to an interview armed with portfolios, references and any other documents that support your candidacy. Research the company ahead of time – prepare your own interview questions to ask your potential employer. Don’t just say you’re the right person for the job; prove it.

3. Get involved with your professional association.
Become an active member of your local professional association, and take the time to reach out and connect with others in your field. Your peers have so much to offer; you just have to show them you want to learn. Look for a mentor who can help guide and inform you when navigating the many career decisions you have ahead of you. Seek out opportunities to volunteer and continue learning and gaining experience. You’ll build valuable relationships and have new skills to highlight on your resume.

4. Build an online platform and network, network, network!
Create your online profile on the Hire Personnel Job Board. It’s free to do so, and it gives you a chance to highlight your credentials and connect with potential employers and recruiters in the field. Establish a social media presence. Update your LinkedIn profile and add a professional head shot. Consider starting a blog to help you connect with others online and showcase your knowledge in the field. Follow up after networking meetings and conferences by connecting with your peers on Twitter and LinkedIn. Then continue to check in and maintain these relationships. 

5. Be open to every opportunity coming your way.
Even if you’re not sure the position is the right fit for you, go to the interview. At the very least, you’ll gain valuable experience, and who knows what connections you’ll make? You don’t have to accept any position coming your way, but be open to the possibility. You never know what doors may open up – even when you’re not actively looking for a new role. The Hire Personnel Job Board can help you stay in the know of new positions and ensures you remain accessible to recruiters… just in case!

Remember, building a career takes time. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t land your dream job – or any job – immediately. Focus on gaining experience, developing new skills, building connections, and staying open to whatever comes your way. If you follow these key steps, eventually you will get to where you’re meant to be.

Have questions or comments about your job hunt? Let’s get in touch. And don’t forget to connect with @HirePersonnel on Twitter for the latest job postings.