I recently graduated from dental school in Nevada. I moved to California and have a California dental license, but I cannot find a job. I am looking for a position either part-time or full-time as an employee or associate. I have searched for a job in virtually every California city for almost two months. I’ve looked at CareerBuilder.com, Craigslist, The Dental Trader, and other websites, but I can’t find anything. At this point, I’ll work as a hygienist if I have to… can you help?

-Newly Graduated DMD

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  1. Sally McKenzie says:

    Dear New Dentist,

    Please do not give up hope even though this has been a very frustrating start to what will become a very rewarding career. What you and thousands of graduates from the class of 2009 are facing is the aftermath of a horrible economic downturn. Yes, there is hope on the horizon. But dental practice revenues have been down in recent months, so the need to bring on an associate dentist ins not as high as it was before the recession. However, this is temporary.

    First, register and check out http://www.dentalopportunities.com. Next, if you are a member of the California Dental Association, contact them and ask if they can help you link up with any member dentists seeking associates.

    Prepare your resume. Include your experience, education, honors, awards, and references. Also include a photo of yourself. Your resume should look very professional. Prepare a well-written cover letter. Next provide several copies of your resume and cover letter to the local dental supply company representatives, including Henry Schein, Patterson Dental, and others. Ask them to give these to clients that they believe are considering retiring, trying to cut back, or looking for an associate.

    The most aggressive technique is to contact some of the dental trade magazines such as Dental Economics, Inside Dentistry, Dentaltown, or Dental Products Report to purchase mailing list addresses of dentists in the zip codes where you would be willing to work. You can also request the names and addresses of general dentists that graduated between 1974-1984. Those dentists would be approximately age 55 to 65. You would then mail to them your cover letter, resume, and contact information. You also might offer to work for them for FREE for 2 days so they can observe your skills. It’s something to consider to set yourself apart and prove that you are worth far more than just a passing consideration.

    I hope that is enough to get you started. Best of luck.
    Sally McKenzie, CEO

  2. admin says:

    My suggestion is to search the local community clinics which are always looking for “Per Diem” (on-call) dentists. Also, search ccalac.org and they will have a list of all the local community clinics. You can also search 1800dentist.com and type in your zip code. There will be hundreds of addresses & phone numbers of dentists that pop up. I’d call as many as possible and get their fax number and either fax or deliver a CV. Actually, this is how I got my first two part-time jobs and they worked out very well.


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