Lots of job seekers ask about things to include or avoid in sending dental hygiene job application e-mails.
For example, using your e-mail as your cover letter? Can it be done? Absolutely! Should it be done? Probably not.
I would stick with a formal cover letter from the standpoint that sometimes it will go to a front office person first and they will print it for the doctor doing the hiring. A printed e-mail just doesn’t look as good as a formal cover letter.
However, you still have this space in your e-mail to do some cool things that will help you stand out. So here are some simple guidelines on how to create an effective e-mail for a dental hygiene job application.
Evaluate Your Address
I wrote last week about the importance of a strong e-mail address. Make sure you have an address that represents you well.
Keep Your E-mail Short
This needs to be shorter than your cover letter – something in the neighborhood of 1-2 paragraphs consisting of 1-2 sentences. Here are a couple examples:
All Smiles Dental,
I wish to formally apply for your open dental hygiene position I saw posted on DentalJobs.net. Please confirm you have received my attached cover letter and resume. I look forward to sharing with you how I can be a great addition to your office.
All Smiles Dental,
Please confirm you have received my attached cover letter, resume, and testimonial sheet as application for the dental hygiene opening you have posted on DentalJobs.net.
I look forward to sharing with you all the great experiences I have had helping patients re-discover their beautiful smiles.
Add Power to Your Signature Line
Surprisingly, most people don’t really use signature lines. They put their name at the bottom and call it good. I recommend four things on a signature line:
- Your name with RDH behind it (e.g. Emily Walker, RDH)
- Your phone number (preferably cell number)
- A link to one online profile (LinkedIn profile, your website, about.me profile)
- A very short (3-10 words) by someone that inspires you, or that says something about you.
People love to click on links, especially if it will give them more information about you. Your own personal website, in particular, is extremely compelling and is almost guaranteed to get clicked (let us know if we can help you create one of those).
And everyone loves a good quick dose of inspiration but it really needs to be short or they won’t bother reading it (extra points for you if you can find one that exemplifies your personality).
Attach your resume, cover letter, testimonial sheet, and CAR sheet (latter two are optional but very effective) in PDF format only. Don’t mess with sending Word or other types of documents that may not open for someone or if they do open will look different than you intend. PDF files are easy to create, will preserve your fonts and design, and are universally acceptable.