If you are struggling for success in the dental job market, a useful way of increasing your employability is by changing your image. This may sound drastic and a touch insulting, but simple changes in the way you come across to potential employers could make all the difference. When I say “image”, you may think it is the way you look that conveys this image. While of course it does play a part, it is not the “be all and end all”. Other areas are also important that we will go on to discuss. Conveying the right image is able to send a signal to the employer that you are the right person for the job that you are applying for.
When you look at this area from the employer’s point of view, you could ask yourself the question if you’d work with someone who looks untidy, moans and complains? I doubt it. The idea is to ensure everything you say to a potential employer, the way you write, aswell as what you wear sends a positive image of you as a person.
In order to attain this professional image, we recommend you take these hints on board:
- Try and identify what clothing other members of the dental company wear for interview. Whilst a suit and tie may be appropriate for an office job, is it really appropriate for applying for a job in dentistry? It may be, but you should be asking yourself these questions.
- Having a positive attitude in the way you speak with a potential employer is also vitally important. Avoid any negative chat about how “tired” you may or may not be. Appear spritely, engaged and ready to work. If you do this, the recruiter is able to feed off your positivity and in turn feel more positive about you as a person.
- Being polite is also key. It may sound very pretentious, but make sure you say “please” and “thank you”. It will show you are courteous and respectful. Failure to be polite will automatically kill your application stone dead because if you are not polite to your employer, will you be polite to the patients you treat?
- Privatizing your social media is also a key consideration. If you want to keep your social media public, then make sure there are no drunken pictures, rude photos or select language that may give you a poor image. Places like Facebook and LinkedIn are your virtual brand, and these are the first websites that a potential employer will check. It is important that your online profiles reflect your professional image. For LinkedIn, we would recommend a professionally taken, or professional looking photo. A profile picture of you with a pint of beer may be attractive for ladies viewing, but it will create a poor image of you to a potential employer.
If you follow these tips above, your image will be improved and this will come across when you meet with your employer.