You should start the researching, planning and decision making process well in advance – your third year of school would be ideal. Consider that the planning phase can take up a year before the job in your chosen field actually begins.
Use Your Friends Wisely
Your network is there for a reason. The old adage – dentistry like a small town, everyone seems to know everyone else – is true. Word-of-mouth is the way the world works, and your network is a powerful asset.
Get out there, go to the meetings. Dental society, alumni, and continuing education meetings are all great places to expand your network. Professional social media sites like LinkedIn also have tools for building your network and searching for jobs. The ADA career center features listings from across the country, updated often. Go there, pick your criteria, upload your resume, and start getting job emails. Engage your school’s job center tools as well. Start now, be sure to bring your business cards.
Reach out to your State and Local Dental Society
- Ask about mentorship programs.
- Asking about state or local new dentist committees.
Reach out to your ADA New Dentist Committee representative
Get to know people who know people:
- ADA national New Dentist Committee representative.
- Your state dental society leadership, especially new dentist leaders.
- Your ASDA chapter president
- Your ASDA trustee
- Your ADA trustee
Where to go to meet the people who know people:
- ASDA district meetings
- ADA annual meeting
- New Dentist Conference at ADA Annual Meeting
- Local dental society meetings
- State dental society meetings
- Ethnic dental associations (Hispanic Dental Association, National Dental Association, for example)
- Community events, charity/volunteerism, local government
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