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Tips for job seekers

Looking for your next gig is equal parts exciting and nerve-racking. Here are some tips to get the most out of our service as well as some tips on best practices.

Do your homework.

We require all practices, laboratories, and companies that create a job posting to provide their website. This is to allow you to check out their office easily and start to get a feel for their organization.

You can also use the Iowa Dental Board licensee search tool to see if providers at the location have a history of board action.

Remember, that dental assisting, dental hygiene, and dentistry all require active registration or licensure with the Iowa Dental Board. Applying for a job you do not have the qualifications for will be a waste of your time.

Apply by email.

We suggest that you use the email itself as a cover letter and attach your resume. This allows you to introduce yourself early.

In general, a resume or C.V. should not be longer than one page.

When attaching your resume (and a coverletter, if you choose) we strongly recommend sending them in PDF format. This preserves the fonts and formatting that you spent time perfecting and is safer for the receiver. Some offices will even block emails with attachment of risky file types, such as Word documents.

If you are unsure how to do this, here is a short video explainer. In this example, the resume has been made in Word on a Mac, but the process is very similar across operating systems.

Lastly, consider the email address that you will send your application from. If it is something unprofessional or embarassing, it is probably time to get a new one.

Be safe.

If a posting looks too good to be true, it probably is. Please report suspicious postings so we can investigate; we have a ruthless zero tolerance policy for fraud and scams.