Lots of hygienists ask if it’s appropriate to follow up after they submit a dental hygiene resume.
Honestly, most hygienists feel too intimidated to follow up so it can be a good way to gain a small advantage, improving your chances for an interview.
Here are some thoughts to consider:
Confirming They Got It
E-mail, postal mail, and in person are the best ways to submit a resume. But only an in-person delivery leaves you feeling confident they got it.
So this can be a great reason (excuse) to contact the office the next day. If the ad says not to contact them, simply include a line in your e-mail asking if they will confirm receipt. You could also drop in on them to see that they received it.
If you are mailing the resume by postal mail, you could pay extra for delivery confirmation to ease your mind a bit. Or you could do all three (e-mail, postal mail, and hand-deliver it) and, no, I don’t think that’s overkill for a job you really want (nor do I think they will either).
Here’s the best strategy for most situations:
- E-mail your resume as soon as you can get it out the virtual door.
- Then, drop it off the next day or two so they can see your attention to detail in preparing a nice printed copy of your materials. More importantly, this gives you the opportunity to make a connection with the front office person(s). Remember, these are gatekeepers to the hiring process – if you appear distant or uncommunicative to them they will let the doctor know and guess who will NOT get an interview? Win them over and it can really help your chances.
- One week later, if you have not heard anything, drop in on them again. You could call, but in person is so much better and you may even have a chance to catch one or two additional people. Just say you were in the neighborhood and wanted to check in on the process, but if you sense they aren’t too busy ask some questions about the office. Give them a compliment about an observation you make about what they are wearing or maybe about the office decor.
If you are interviewing other places, you could even say something like this:
“I love your office – everyone is so friendly and it’s close to where I live. Some of the other jobs I have applied for haven’t been that way so I really look forward to hearing more about this opportunity and how I can be a great fit.”
Think of this process as a do companies that advertise. They try to create as many positive impressions as they can with you so that their product (in this case you) stay at the top of their minds or at least somewhere above other candidates.
I would also suggest you drop in or call when the office is potentially less busy (mid-morning or mid-afternoon) as you will get a better opportunity to interact with them during those times. Other good times, if it works out, is just before or after a holiday or when the weather is bad as they also tend to be lighter days.
Following up is an opportunity to bring your candidacy to the top. Use these tips to help you stand out from the crowd.