Wednesday, May 2, 2012

How To Get A Dental Assistant Job

A dental assistant job can be very rewarding, as you have intense interaction with patients and you are basically the backbone of a dental office. The job market for dental assistants looks great and the prediction for the next years is strong, as well. Moreover, there are plenty of opportunities to take your career further - everything is really up to you.

It could be really helpful to get in-touch with a career counselor or college advisor. They could add positively to your career perspective and share practical tips that can serve you well.

Before thinking about a job, you need to decide if you aim to become a CDA, i.e. a certified dental assistant. You can also get hired without a certification, but it is more difficult to find a job and the pay is lower. If you decide to go for the certification route, than research the dental assistant schools that are recognized by CODA, i.e. Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Once you have your certification, you can prepare your resume and start your job hunt. It's a good idea to dedicate enough time to prepare a good resume, that includes all relevant courses and experience. It is a first chance to make a good impression on your potential employer.

You can either look for a job yourself or use an agency. If you go for the services offered by agencies, take care to work only with the reputable ones. If you are asked to pay immediately a fee for example, this should ring your alarm bells. 

I really recommend trying to find a job by yourself first. You can make your search on dental offices that are hiring online or in your local newspapers. Then apply and prepare for the interviews seriously. Doing a mockup interview with a friend is a great idea.

Finally, expect the whole process to take some time. Although it is possible, it is unlikely that you will land a job from your first interview. It usually takes quite a few interviews to find the best match for you.


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