How To Land That Job!
Whether you’re applying for your first job or your tenth, it never hurts to get advice from veteran recruiters! We asked our own Director of Talent Acquisition for her formula—so we could share it with you. Good luck!
- Reassess your current skills, talents, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, interests, work values, accomplishments and achievements. Are you a team-player? Self-motivated? What separates you from the rest and makes you the best candidate for the position?
- Update your resume and ensure that it’s 100% error-free. First impressions count. Be thorough but concise. And don’t forget style and format; choose classic lettering and a neat, organized layout with enough white space to look clean and enticing.
- Review the Pacific Dental Services website and get to know what we’re all about! Candidates who have taken the time to do a bit of research prove that they’re conscientious. They care enough to learn about their potential employer and affirm that they and the company will be a potential match.
- Research the position for which you’re applying by going through the job posting line by line. You can only advertise your skills and background fit the needs of the position if you understand specifically its duties and responsibilities.
- Anticipate questions from the interviewer (based on your PDS and job description research). Write out a handful of frequent Q & A topics. Then spend time analyzing how you can best reply.
- Practice your interview skills so you’ll feel self-assured, friendly, and knowledgeable. The more you practice, the more skilled you will become at focusing on what you’re saying—not how it’s sounding or what you’re physically doing (fidgeting, for example).
- Dress appropriately for the meeting; as an employer in the dental community, PDS gravitates toward a healthy, modest look. To achieve an approachable, classic look, you’ll want to minimize tattoos, multiple piercings, or thick make-up—you want the focus on who you are inside.
- Navigate the location of the conference well beforehand and plan to arrive at least 10 minutes in advance. Nothing is worse than sabotaging your interview before it even commences by rushing in flustered, angry, and out of breath (not to mention, late!).
- Bring a small notebook and pen as well as extra copies of your resume/CV and references (or letters of recommendation). This gives the impression of organization and professionalism—and you won’t have to clumsily fish around for supplies midway through the dialogue.
- Execute a powerful, energetic conclusion. Make eye contact, offer a confident handshake, and finish with a big smile. Follow up with a thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet you (which you can augment with a quick call or email the next day).
Combine these steps with your preparation and perseverance—and you may well be our next employee!