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Tips for Finding a Job After Dental School

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           As a fourth-year dental student, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Among the many stressors and responsibilities of this last semester, one of them includes finding an incredible job after graduation. Luckily, I have had many helpful hints and/or received valuable advice to guide me on my quest towards employment. I hope these tips are as helpful for you as they have been for me. 

Take advantage of ASDA lunch and learns, vendor fairs, and other socials at your school. State dental societies, dental vendors, and/or dental corporate groups will host many of these events, which allow dental students to learn more about their companies and employment opportunities. Dental support organizations (DSOs), such as Aspen Dental or Heartland Dental, will host events specifically for fourth-year dental students to initiate discussion about possible job opportunities in a DSO-supported practice. These events are great venues to build relationships with recruiters who can help you find a job in various regions across the United States and set up initial interviews. If you have a business card, be sure to take a few to the event to pass out to the recruiters. 

A state dental society is one of the best resources you can have during dental school. Not only do they support you throughout your dental school career, they are eager to help you transition into employment. Contact your state and local dental society to stay connected and up-to-date with their events. Get involved and get to know the doctors. Networking can open you to several job prospects that you may have otherwise missed. Furthermore, check out the classified section on the state dental societies’ websites. Many doctors will place advertisements in these classifieds hoping to find excellent doctors to join their practice, including recent graduates.  

Do not wait until the last minute to search for a job. Depending on the region you want to practice in, the area could be potentially competitive without a plethora of options. Making connections and networking early on can give you options and the ability to compare them and make an informed decision. Take the time to educate yourself on all prospective jobs, so you do not miss out on an incredible dental provider position.  

As you enter your fourth year of dental school, you will begin to look for job opportunities after graduation. Take the time to formulate a game plan, which will set you up for success. Attend events sponsored by ASDA and your school to connect with recruiters to help you obtain a job with a DSO group or private practice. Get involved with your local and state dental societies to meet established dentists who may be looking to sell their practice or hire an associate.  

Most importantly, start your job search early to give yourself the best opportunity for success. With these tips and an enthusiastic outlook, I am positive you will have an incredible journey transitioning from dental student to dentist after graduation!