Job-seeking tools just for CDA members

The occupational outlook for dentistry is bright. The profession is pacing at a growth rate of 19 percent over 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s much faster than the overall job market. An emphasis on oral health as a key factor in total wellness, coupled with an aging population, is sustaining a demand for skilled, compassionate providers. However, if you’re one of the many dental professionals seeking employment, navigating the process can still feel overwhelming. How do you gain the support and confidence needed to find a new job that’s the right fit?  

Fortunately, CDA provides members a full suite of resources to facilitate searching and preparing for new employment. Dentists and allied dental health professionals have access to tools online, by phone and at live events. From choosing a practice model to signing an associate contract, members can tap into expert guidance at every step.

  1. CDA classified listings
    Easily search dentistry-specific listings by category, city or keywords. At cda.org/jobs, postings include opportunities for dentists, hygienists, assistants, lab technicians and office staff. You can also post a “job seeker” listing to promote yourself as a candidate. Classifieds are free for CDA members.

  2. Online resources
    CDA Practice Support hosts an online library of member resources for the business side of dentistry. At cda.org/practicesupport, you’ll find guidance on becoming an associate, finding a fit and navigating the interview process. One of the most popular reference items, the Guide for the New Dentist, includes sections on career choices, employment preparation and associateships.

    Members who are policyholders of The Dentists Insurance Company have access to Risk Management resources. At tdicinsurance.com, reference guides include Hiring or Becoming an Associate, which covers interviewing, legal relationships and a “put it in writing” checklist.

  3. Guidance by phone
    The same Practice Support analysts who develop CDA’s online tools are also available for one-on-one help. You can submit a specific employment question in the Ask an Expert section of the site or call an analyst directly for support during business hours at 800.232.7645.

  4. Networking events
    If it’s not what you know but who you know, then expanding the circle of connections is essential for job seekers. At CDA Presents, the nation’s leading dental convention, you can network with peers and industry leaders during workshops, in the exhibit hall and at after-hours events. Save your spot at the next convention at cdapresents.com.

    Volunteering at CDA Cares and philanthropic events also helps you to build relationships with others who share your values about the profession. Learn more about becoming a volunteer at cdafoundation.org.

    In addition, volunteer leadership roles in your association and greater community can expand your circle while developing your professional acumen. Leadership experience is a keen addition to your resume. Explore opportunities at cda.org/leadership.

    Tap into job search tools. Search guides and timely topics at cda.org/practicesupport.

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