This week we’ll take a break from OUR tips and share some inspiration from YOU. A few weeks ago we interviewed Linda from Texas, who has been a working hygienist for 28 years.
Linda: When I had worked as a RDA the hygienist working in my office encouraged me. I watched her serve her patients. One day my boss allowed me to clean his teeth. I tried to mimic what I had seen the hygienist do. I realized I wanted to provide more for my patients. I applied to DH school within six months of that experience.
GetHiredRDH: Tell us about a professional mentor or favorite quote that inspires you professionally?
Linda: I have someone that has inspired me throughout my career. She was my freshman sister in hygiene school. She encouraged me to continue my studies by example. She is a dedicated professional and I am in debt to her.
GetHiredRDH: What’s the most challenging thing about finding an RDH job?
Linda: Finding a clinical job is difficult enough but finding a place that I can practice my profession is even more difficult. Hygienists, in most states,are required to have general and direct supervision. Therefore my professional practice is dependent on the dentist/employer’s vision.
GetHiredRDH: Tell us about your experience landing your current job (how long you were searching, how many other jobs you had applied for, the interview(s), etc.).
Linda: I was searching for a position full or part time in an office where I could exercise my skill and knowledge for the benefit of the patient. I was having difficulty. I decided to give of my self. There is a community center that has a dental unit. I volunteered once a month from August to February. In February I worked with the Clinic’s dentist, son of the founding dentist. He liked my work and said he’d open up a day a week in his office for me. Bam! Since then I have been offered more hours: two and a half days a week.
GetHiredRDH: Boil it down, what were some of the key factors that helped you get your current job?
Linda: I used my skill, knowledge, empathy and sense of humor. The employer acknowledged these traits and brought me on board.
GetHiredRDH: What advice would you give other hygienists who are struggling to find a job (or the right job)?
Linda: Never believe you are not good enough. You have just yet to find the right position for you. Volunteer, get involved, stay current.