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Finding a Job as a Dental Assistant - Part 2

Last time we talked about the importance of a professional resumé, thinking professionally about your social media, and honing your phone skills.

Today let's talk about another important thing to think about as you are searching for a job as a dental assistant (or just about any job for that matter).

Personal Appearance

Let's admit it. We would like to think that the clothes that we wear don't matter and that we would all be judged solely on our knowledge, experience, and what we bring to the table. But, it's just not the case.

What you wear to an interview says something about you, reflects how you feel about the job, and will be your potential employer's first in-person impression.

First, think about the job and then dress accordingly. If you were interviewing for a job as a lifeguard at a pool, you wouldn't go wearing high heels and a miniskirt, but you would imagine that you would need to get in the pool. Likewise, an interview for a dental assisting job will most likely require you to get in on the action. This means that if it is a working interview, you should wear scrubs.

Here are some other guidelines that may be helpful.

  • Dress professionally and in style.

  • Do not wear provocative clothing, i.e. Short skirts, low-cut tops, excessively tight clothing. You want to display professionalism, not how attractive you might be.

  • Do not wear perfume. You will most likely be in tight quarters with someone, you don't want them to constantly be thinking about how you smell, or even worse, have their sinuses act up because of your perfume.

  • Avoid jewelry that makes noise or will get in the way. You don't want to annoy your potential employer with a clanging necklace or one that hangs in the way as you are standing over a patient.

  • Here is a list of some other items to avoid for various reasons:

  • Uggs (those comfy boots that look like they are part of your pajamas)

  • Scrunchies (they went out of style in 1989)

  • Sweatshirts or sweatpants leggings or yoga pants

  • Leather pants

  • Tee-shirts with funny slogans

  • Excessive makeup

  • Flip-flops or other sandals

  • Hats

  • Sports jerseys

  • Long fingernails

  • Sunglasses inside of a building

Again, the idea here is to present yourself professionally. You don't want anything to get in the way of you being able to show your potential employer all the knowledge and skill that you have to offer.

Stay tuned for more ideas and pointers!

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