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I graduated hygiene school in 2013 and have not worked in an office full/part time. I have temped in a few places. I have been having some severe personal issues that kept me away from working. Now I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to be a hygienist because of the time lapse and new graduates look better to dentists hiring. Is there anything I can do to look appealing to those hiring?

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New graduates don’t necessarily look better to dentists. Some dentists may want new grads, but many want experience. I would recommend temping again while you keep applying for a permanent position. Where you can shine is in your cover letter; then at your initial interview and working interview. If the time lapse is addressed at an interview, say what you said here – personal reasons. Temping should take care of the time lapse though. Life happens; if an office doesn’t understand that, it’s probably not an office you want to work for anyway. Also, if there are volunteer opportunities in your area, take advantage of them and add it to your resume. In my area for instance, there’s a clinic at a school that sees children up to the age of 18 at no cost to them and treatment is all done by volunteer dentists and hygienists. The job market is hard right now, so don’t get discouraged. Best of luck to you!

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