Finding an associate dentist job in Massachusetts or the surrounding area can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re just starting your career or coming back to the dental field after a long break, it’s difficult to know how to go about your job hunt for associateship. Workwell Management provides tips for landing the best dentist jobs in Maine and Massachusetts.
#1: Identify Your Preferred Location
It’s probably not surprising that the first thing you’ll need to do as you search for an associate dentist position is to plan where you want to live. Where do you want to work? What markets are likely to have the most (and best) opportunities for you? Also, how flexible are you in terms of location? Identifying your ideal location beforehand can make job hunting far less daunting.
#2: Prepare Your Materials
Now that you are on the job hunt, you will need to prepare your CV/resume and cover letter. Don’t cut corners or try to save time here — these items are a frustrating but crucial aspect of every successful job hunt. Have someone like a colleague or mentor read through your application materials to make sure they are error-free and accurately represent your experience and education.
#3: Consider: Corporate or Private Practice?
When you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to know whether you want to work in a corporate or private environment. Consider your ultimate career goals when trying to decide. If you know you ultimately want to end up owning your own practice, it may be best to focus your search there. The experience you gain when you’re just starting out will shape your future career moves, so don’t stray from your goal in the beginning.
#4: Find The Best Jobs
Now that you’ve identified where you want to work and have your materials prepared, it’s time to start applying. Use the best job-hunting resources out there — what are they? We advise you not to start out with Craigslist. First, see what state and local dental organizations exist in the region where you’d like to practice. These organizations may have job boards. You can also try the ADA CareerCenter, or talking to local dental professionals you already know.
#5: Ace the Interview
During the interview process, it’s important that you’re able to respond to phone and email messages promptly. In other words, don’t take a vacation to a remote island while you’re looking for your associateship. Practice your interview skills. Remember to perform thorough research on the practice you’re interviewing with, and always smile — even in telephone interviews. It really does make a difference.
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