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Five Soft Skills That Will Amp Up Your Resume

January 28th, 2020 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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soft skills dental resumeSo, I’m wondering…are any of you asking: “what are soft skills, anyway?”

And if there’s such a thing as “soft skills, what are hard skills?”

Many, many years ago I met a Dentist who was so personable and kind, I thought everyone would want him to be their Dentist. I recall he was looking for a Dental Assistant and he said “I want someone who’s kind and gentle with my patients. I can teach a monkey to assist, I can’t teach compassion and kindness. I need a self-starter, great work ethic and a real team player.”

 

Soft Skills vs Hard Skills

 

When a Dental Office is looking to add someone to their staff, they are not only going to look for  specific qualifications to meet the job requirements, they’re also looking for those who can go above and beyond the basic job description. 

 

So, what exactly are soft skills, and how do they differ from hard skills? Hard skills are the job, whether it’s Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene or the Dental Associate. These are specific skills that are gained through training and certification programs, education, and previous job experience. Hard skills are teachable and measurable.

 

Soft skills, on the other hand, can be just as important (if not more) important, because they are often difficult to teach. Soft skills are learned and developed, but they can also be innate personality traits. 

 

Why Are Soft Skills Important?  

 

Hard skills dictate how well you’ve been trained for the specific job requirements, and how well you will perform your obligatory tasks. Soft skills often dictate how you will function within an office environment, and how well you get along with your team. Many people can be trained for the same job, but it’s difficult to teach soft skills such as good communication, empathy for co-workers, and time-management.

 

When Dental Office Managers are looking for new Dental Staff, the proper certifications and training are required, but soft skills that make you more personable, independent, and efficient are a bonus. If you can communicate these soft skills on both your resume and during the interview, you will stand out far above your competitors

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What Are the Best Soft Skills to Amp Up Your Resume?

 

We’ve compiled a list of the most sought-after soft skills that will have any Dental Office Manager looking twice at your resume: 

 

1. Work Ethic 

Work ethic is an invaluable skill for any job. Having a good work ethic doesn’t just mean you work hard at what you do; it is the dedication to performing your task to the utmost of your ability. Having a good work ethic encompasses passion, punctuality, professionalism, motivation, persistence, and efficiency, and makes you a desirable asset to any Dental Staff.

 

2. Organization

Being organized will make you a much more effective team member. Being able to evaluate your daily workload, make wise decisions, and manage your time effectively will not only help you perform your job better, but will also assist the rest of your Dental Team to be more effective in their job. 

Organization is also a key component of independence. When you prove to your employer that you can effectively manage your time and tasks, it allows them the freedom to let you work independently, and reduces the need to spend their time micromanaging.

 

3. Flexibility & Problem Solving

Flexibility and problem solving are complementary skills to any organization. When issues divert from the plan, when exams or procedures take longer than anticipated, the ability to maintain a good attitude while demonstrating flexibility is an invaluable soft skill and demonstrates a high level of professionalism. 

In any new workplace you will constantly come up against new situations and challenges, and these skills will help you to better manage your job. 

 

4. Communication

The  ability to effectively communicate with your patients and teammates is a key piece to developing a great working environment. Good communication creates an environment that is productive and flows smoothly from patient to patient. Remember, there are several methods of communication: verbal, non-verbal, visual and written. A large part of communication is active listening. Remember we have two ears and one mouth! And when you do communicate, be sure you are demonstrating clarity. 

 

5. Treat Others as You Would Like to Be Treated

Being personable and friendly, kind and compassionate will help your patients feel more comfortable, and create a more positive patient experience. There are few people who really love going to the dentist; knowing how to consistently treat them respectfully from the time they enter the front door and back out the front door again is a necessary soft skill. 

 

   

Can Soft Skills Improve Your Dental Resume?

Including your best soft skills on your dental resume is a great way to separate yourself from the competition. If you’ve performed an honest self-evaluation of your soft skills and included them on your resume, be sure they coincide with your interview behavior. If you state that you are organized and show up late to your interview, it’ll become obvious, you’re not all that organized.

 

Perform some self-analysis and write down some skills you think you possess. What do each of these skills mean? Do you demonstrate these soft skills in everyday life? What are some examples? I believe it’s crucial to understand yourself, report these skills on your resume and to be able to demonstrate them in everyday life.

 

So, get busy amping up that resume and submit it at DentalStaffing.org. Or, get a jump on the competition and search our database for available jobs throughout the US.

  

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“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Why Post Your Dental Resume Online

December 9th, 2019 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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post dental resume onlineI’m often struck by the number of dentists, hygienists and assistants I see registered on Dental Staffing who have not posted their resume. I’m compelled to ask my Team, why? We sat around a conference table brainstorming about what would keep a dental professional, while clearly looking for a job, from posting their resume? Are they feeling insecure and they lack confidence? Are they unsure how to write a compelling resume? Or, perhaps they don’t want anyone to know they’re looking…like their boss!

So, here’s the thing: all these fears can (and should) be overcome, so you can let Dental Offices know just what you’ve got! We’re going to take these excuses, one at a time, and show you why you should post your resume to DentalStaffing.org!

5 Reasons to Post Your Dental Resume Online

Explore What You’ve Got to Offer

You’ve all got tons to offer, even if you’re feeling insecure because you’re right out of school. So, some dental offices are looking for someone ‘fresh out of academia’, even if you haven’t taken your boards. You did a lot to get into a dental curriculum, and I suggest you discuss your qualities. What are the top five adjectives that best describe your attributes? Are you dependable, how about your confidence? Every patient wants a dental professional to approach them with confidence. Are you a Team player (an absolute must in a dental environment)?

Sit down with your best friend and discuss what makes you a great individual. You’ll be amazed at what you come up with together! In other words, what do you bring, what value do you provide or what problem do you solve?

 

Be Choosy

Did you know that dentists and dental office managers prefer a resume that appears you’re being choosy, vs someone just looking for a paycheck? What is it you’re looking for in a new dental home?

  • As a new dentist, perhaps you’re looking to grow in an office doing procedures such as implant placement, or IV sedation.
  • Perhaps you’re a Dental Hygienist working in a state that allows expanded practice opportunities such as administration of anesthesia or N2O or certification in the use of lasers.
  • Maybe you’re a Dental Assistant who loves working with kids. Get specific! I know a couple of pedodontists who would never consider working on anyone but kids. If you want to work with kids, try orthodontics or pedodontics because you won’t be as happy in a general practice with fewer kiddos.

When posting your resume, think about what you want a prospective employer to see. What makes you unique? Who inspires you? It doesn’t all have to be about dentistry, because you are not just about dentistry. Further, if a prospective employer is just looking for a warm body, all the great things you’ve expressed about yourself will go right over their head. Remember, you have a lot to offer, and you can be choosy.

 

Define Your Accomplishments and Long-Term Goals

What association to your professional license or certificate are you interested in pursuing? Whether you already possess these skills, or you’re just leaning in that direction, talk about it in your resume.

Don’t have any experience? You can talk about specific projects you’ve performed outside of dentistry that speaks to your capabilities as an individual. For example:

  • “Helped organize a large community of residents to clean up the downtown streets following a storm”.
  • “Volunteered to help serve Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter three years running”.

Any contribution to society speaks volumes about you, the individual, even if you don’t have much dental experience. How did your accomplishments make you feel?

 

Brand Yourself

The more experience you have, the easier it is to brand yourself. Branding says everything you need to know about you in one sentence. For example:
Dr. Peterson keeps the families in our community healthy and pain free through his warm and friendly dental office that provides the most up to date and long-lasting dental treatment.

That about says it all regarding Dr. Peterson, and it makes me want to call and make an appointment! How about you? What can you bring to the party? Sit down and write your brand. What do you do or plan to do in your profession? What personal attributes can you provide and to whom? Your employer, your teammates, and your patients. And lastly, what services can you provide these same people?

 

Learn What’s Out There, Even If You’re “Just Looking”

And, if you just don’t post your resume because you don’t want anyone to know you’re looking, post it with a new, blind email address. Throw out that old, generic resume and try some of our suggestions. I promise if you tell them what you’ve got, you’ll stand out way above the crowd.

 

One More Thing…

A cover letter is not a one size fits all. Be certain to develop your cover letter with a clear understanding of what the employer is seeking and how you are uniquely capable of filling that role.

 

Ready for more reading about making your resume the best it can be when posting to online job boards? Head over to What Should a Dental Professional Include on Their Resume? or Your Resume Says a Lot About You.

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“Make yourself necessary to someone.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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