10 Things To Remeber About The Job Hunt, While You’re Still Working

Employers take heed: Seventy-three percent of workers interviewed by AccountTemps indicated they would not have a problem looking for new employment before leaving their current job. Be aware that unhappy employees keep their radar up in hopes of finding something better. Things your employees might be searching for are: company culture, work schedule, benefits, pay or a career move to different aspect of the dental industry.

Employees: Every week we receive calls and emails from dental professionals who are eager to hop over the fence where, they believe, the grass is always greener. However, over the years many of those looking to jump ship have realized that might not always be the case. Before you make the move, be sure you really want to leave. Once the ball is in motion, there is usually no turning back. We’ve heard horror stories in which employees have faxed resumes to ads their current employers ran. This job search gone wrong is an example of why you shouldn’t fax your resume to a random number, as you don’t know who is on the other end!

Always do your research. The conversation we have with these types of job seekers is always the same. These employees dread going to work. They are frightened because they need to keep their income streams while job searching. They call us for coaching and advice. The first step is listening to them. Then we coach them with encouragement to address issues with current employers and work through tough situations. When all avenues are exhausted, and they are satisfied they have done everything within their power to resolve what’s driving them away, then and only then, we coach them on making the move to hop over the fence and search out those greener pastures.

Dentist X-ray DetailHere’s a list of Dental Temps tips for job hunting while you’re working:

1. Don’t tell anyone at work you are looking for a new job.

2. Never badmouth your current employer.

3. Don’t mention your job search on social media.

4. Don’t post your resume on job boards.

5. Let prospective employers know your job search is confidential. This area can be thin ice, as you never know who knows whom, and word could always travel back to your current employer.

6. Be prepared and have a plan if, indeed, you are approached by your current employer. Never lie. Speak the truth.

7. Don’t use your current employer, supervisor or co-workers as references.

8. Make every effort to interview after work hours.

9.Don’t use current dental office phone, fax machine, computer or Internet in your job search.

10. Above all else, maintain a positive attitude at work and stay focused on your current job.

Your career future is in your hands. If you are miserable, no one can change that but you. The key is making sure you are discrete and tactful with your job search. You have the power to make the change and move forward with success!

Kim Knapp
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Kim Knapp

With more than 25 years of clinical and admin experience in the dental field, I serve the employment needs of dental professionals and practices as President of Dental Temps Professional Services, as an HR Consultant for Bent Ericksen & Assoc. and as a speaker. I’m also a mom, a runner, and an artist, married to my best friend.
Kim Knapp
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About Kim Knapp

With more than 25 years of clinical and admin experience in the dental field, I serve the employment needs of dental professionals and practices as President of Dental Temps Professional Services, as an HR Consultant for Bent Ericksen & Assoc. and as a speaker. I’m also a mom, a runner, and an artist, married to my best friend.