What makes a good application?

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Rodericks’ Alpesh Khetia discusses the best ways to get that dream dental job

Dentistry can be a competitive sector, particularly when you are chasing that dream job. Submitting an application that demonstrates you have researched the job, analysed your skills and abilities and related them to what the employer is looking for will help you to get to the next stage in the process.

Curriculum vitae
Job advertisements usually specify what method of application is appropriate, with most requiring a curriculum vitae (CV). This is one of the most flexible and convenient ways to convey your personal details. It should contain information about yourself, including your education, experience, skills and personal details. In general, it covers one or two sides of A4 and is targeted towards the specific job or career you are applying for. It needs to be accurate in content, grammar and spelling, informative but concise, and carefully and clearly laid out.

Covering letter
Every CV you submit to a practice should be accompanied by a covering letter that personalises why you want to work for that particular employer. The cover letter is vital to your application and this is why it is the first page and not an addition. It puts flesh on the bare bones of the CV and needs to be concise, to the point and easy to read. As a general rule, the covering letter should be no more than one side of A4. It gives you the chance to show the practice that you have the qualities for the job, by making a clear statement about yourself and your suitability for the role.

Application forms
Many larger practices produce their own application form for all candidates to use, these could be either online or in paper form. They often fall into one of the following broad categories:
• An application form that’s similar to a CV – including questions on your personal details, education and qualifications, as well as work experience.
• Autobiographical – one or two sides of A4 pages for you to describe your character, experience and abilities.
• Competency-based – asking for examples of past behaviours that will provide the practice with evidence that you have the necessary competencies to excel in the job.

Applying for a job that’s right for you
Regardless of the method of application, thoroughly researching the company first is essential to ensure that you are applying for a job that will suit your needs and offers you a good level of support throughout, including ongoing training and CPD opportunities. Rodericks Dental is dedicated to developing individuals with ambition to grow with the company and provides numerous opportunities to employees, including free CPD and other highly discounted training courses for maximum career progression.

A good application can make all the difference to getting to the next stage. Whether you are submitting a CV and cover letter or an online or paper form, it should be well-researched, targeted to the particular practice and job role, as well as being accurate, informative, interesting and easy to read.


Alpesh completed his vocational training in 2000 with the Weston Favell Group of Dental Practices (now known as Rodericks Dental).
He continued his work within Rodericks Dental as an associate and became a director in 2002. Alpesh is involved in the recruitment of new dentists, hygienists, therapists and ensuring their wellbeing while the company continues to grow.

He became a Foundation Trainer in 2008 and obtained a certificate in Medical Education in 2012. He also leads a dedicated team that aims to ensure all practices are UDA target compliant.
Alpesh is integral in the business aspects of the company and is involved with sourcing future practice acquisitions, marketing activities and opportunities in expanding the company.

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