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Joy d Williams in Ellenwood, Georgia

41 months ago

Anxious CDA in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan said: To Tasha:
I'm pretty sure you don't have to disclose your age. If it seems to be a detriment, don't mention it. Instead, emphasize your desire to learn and your credentials. If you finished in the top of any of your classes or achieved high marks, highlight this in your interview. Good luck, and keep at it.

To crcajo30:
I'm not sure about the states, but I know up north here it's illegal to discriminate based on a lot of factors, many of which can be revealed by a photo. Perhaps including this is making employers feel akward and maybe they fear being discriminitory towards the other applicants.

yes i agree maybe removing the photo from your resume this may be a bit to much for some to handle and let them see you at the interview.

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DentalGURU2009 in Genoa City, Wisconsin

41 months ago

Joy d Williams in Ellenwood, Georgia said: yes i agree maybe removing the photo from your resume this may be a bit to much for some to handle and let them see you at the interview.

I know this is the normal thing in europe and other countries- putting your photo on a resume but this is NOT STANDARD in the USA . It encourages discrimination based on your physical appearance.

I would never do that. However I realize the doctor is more that likely Googleling me to find info /pictures. One ex boss told me he did. Nice.
He selected me based on my looks and figured he'd hit on me too.

It didn't work out like he thought! (jerk)

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Chia in Dallas, Texas

40 months ago

I am currently getting ready to start a dental assistant program. The program is 10 months long and then u get a diploma after u complete the classes. I'm just worried that this school won't be good enough to get me hired??? I have never heard or like 12 week classes or anything like that? - I imagine the longer the course the better it looks am I right?

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lea in Swampscott, Massachusetts

40 months ago

i am 56 just graduated from 10 week DA course, i have my radiology certificate plus extensive experience as dental tech. But I feel that school is good but real life every day practice is more important. I am so worried that my age is not helping and no experience is not ether. Will I ever get a job? When I go to Dr's offices its seems that all they see is my age.,atlhough I look younger, slim, outgoing. Any suggestions?

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Joy d Williams in Ellenwood, Georgia

40 months ago

Be yourself and continue to stay forcus. go into the office and sell yourself. sometimes employer's are thinking about the insurance factor if they offer that becuase of your age, but during the interview if you see of feel that the interview is questioning or moving to your age stop the person and ask them if your age is a problem?and assure them you are more than capable of doing the job. or look into pedo(kids) dentistry. but your age should not matter if you sell yourself and but your best foot forward and assure them you are a good assistant. good luck

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manna in Beaverton, Oregon

39 months ago

I am dentist from Asia. I passed my CDA all three components in March. Nowadays I am taking Oregon oral radiology proficiency course in OHSU. I already applied at so many sites but don't get any answer yet. Does accent matters in dental assisting job cause I don't have an American accent.

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endoassistant in Germantown, Maryland

39 months ago

I couldn't believe all of these posts! I'm 19 and just got hired at an endodontic office (root canal specialist) a month and a half ago. I had no prior training or experience. I had 3 interviews at medical offices prior to this. They started me full time 9-5 mon-fri at $15/hr plus benefits. The only thing I had going for me was 1 year completed in a general studies program at a community college and previous retail experience. If you work at a specialist as opposed to a general dentist you have a better chance because they know all their new employees will need training. You don't get specialty training in dental assistant school, and you make more money at a specialist.

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lea in Swampscott, Massachusetts

39 months ago

Congratulations!I don't now where do you live, but here you don't see too many adds that don't require experience. If you dontt know somebody that can recommend you, chances are slim

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endoassistant in Germantown, Maryland

39 months ago

I live right outside of Washington DC

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Chan in Burlington, ONT in Burlington, Ontario

38 months ago

I'm 32, graduated last year Level 2 DA I have 3 kids and I do get my foot in the door but they never keep me long enough to improve on my skills, they keep saying I'm too slow but after 1 and a half months with constant improving how do they expect you to be perfect. Am I in the wrong career?? It's not my personality because they usually say they like me very much. How do I keep my job long enough to perfect my skills??

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DentalGURU2009 in Richmond, Illinois

38 months ago

Chan in Burlington, ONT in Burlington, Ontario said: I'm 32, graduated last year Level 2 DA I have 3 kids and I do get my foot in the door but they never keep me long enough to improve on my skills, they keep saying I'm too slow but after 1 and a half months with constant improving how do they expect you to be perfect. Am I in the wrong career?? It's not my personality because they usually say they like me very much. How do I keep my job long enough to perfect my skills??

Dont feel bad. If you worked like a high speed robot - it still wouldn't be fast ENOUGH. The docs like things done before its humanly possible. Unless , of course if it pertains to them. I would never recommend my daughter to EVER go into dental assisting. I would never want her to endure we me and other girs endured. So my advice for you would be the same. DOn't do it.

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lea in Swampscott, Massachusetts

38 months ago

Don't feel bad. I lasted only one day. I felt Dr's anger when she was grabing instruments out of my hands, or if I directed the suction not the right way, I could feel her anger. She knew that I didn't have any experience, I didn't have a chance to observe the other assistant because she left for a month vacation, even to memorize in which draw everything is, takes time, but they don't care. It is there loss, because they could gain dedicated, loyal people, that are willing to learn and work for a crappy pay.

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jodi in Portland, Oregon

38 months ago

I started a dental assistant program ,but had to withdraw from the program because at the time I had too much going on in my personnal life to focus on school. I am currently unemployed and need training in something to be employable. I am considering going back to school for dental assisting, but I have a few concerns..my age:43, the job market doesn't look to promising for DA's right now, my own teeth are clean and white,but not too straight. My sister works in a dental office, and she said the sometimes the dentist will help you fix your teeth. I am very insecure about my teeth, but would love to work with in the dental field. Also, there is a 18 month program in my area offering an associates degree in dental assisting. The program isn't yet ADA accredited yet, but they said they teach the skills I would need to take all of the exam, and could take them after graduation. Should I check out other schools? Any suggestions on my teeth situation and this school would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Toya in Marietta, Georgia

37 months ago

I graduated in November of 2008 from a technical school in Dental Assistant and I am expanded function certified. I haven't found a job yet. Everybody say they want you to have 1-2 years of experience which is not fair to us graduates. I really wish someone in the Atlanta/Maritta Ga area would at least let me work part-time or even volunteer in their office. By the time someone decides to even interview me I would have probably forgotten everything I have learned. Its sad cause I really was excited about this job and never got a chance to enjoy it.....

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labnjab in Rochester, New Hampshire

37 months ago

Im in the same boat I graduated back in Jan of 2010 and still haven't been able to find a job.

How do they expect us to get experience unless we actually have the opportunity to work.

Most offices want x-ray certified and experience neither of which I have. So everytime I apply somewhere I dont even really get my hopes up anymore due to the fact that I know I wont be what they want.

Is there anything I can do to get a job. I have wanted a job in the career since I was 3, I am 25 now and just want to enjoy what I do for a living.

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careercabinet in United Kingdom

37 months ago

Please send your CV to info@careercabinet.com.

Thanks.

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careercabinet in United Kingdom

37 months ago

Please send your CV to info@careercabinet.com

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andrea in Indianapolis, Indiana

36 months ago

I too have recently finished a year long training program for dental assisting. Unless you go to the Dental School, or a program that I know of that offers a six week course, most schools do not have the Expanded Duty training that general dentists seem to want.
Then you have to deal with the lack of experience issue. So when you get out of school, you have two strikes against you. My program required two internships for a total of 300 hours with a GP and a specialty. I am interested in working for an Oral Surgeon, but as I have found they only want experienced assts. How do you get experience, if you can't get hired in the first place? To my knowledge, there is no school that offers training for specialties.
You have to start somewhere, so how does that happen? I feel I have received enough training to start out somewhere, but I have learned what you learn in school is the most basic info and every practice has it's own ways of doing things. Much of what I learned from books is not done the same way things are done in an actual practice. There is no set way any practice will do proceedures. You have to learn the way they do things. They are all different.
I have my RHS/ICE and CPR certification, of which the RHS is required, but I know there are assistants that are working that are taking x-rays without the certification. I guess there is no X-ray police out there. It is really frustrating and I have just started trying to find a job. Some of my classmates were lucky enough to get hired from the intern sites they trained in. It does happen, but I wasn't that lucky.

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labnjab in Rochester, New Hampshire

36 months ago

andrea in Indianapolis, Indiana said: I too have recently finished a year long training program for dental assisting. Unless you go to the Dental School, or a program that I know of that offers a six week course, most schools do not have the Expanded Duty training that general dentists seem to want.
Then you have to deal with the lack of experience issue. So when you get out of school, you have two strikes against you. My program required two internships for a total of 300 hours with a GP and a specialty. I am interested in working for an Oral Surgeon, but as I have found they only want experienced assts. How do you get experience, if you can't get hired in the first place? To my knowledge, there is no school that offers training for specialties.
You have to start somewhere, so how does that happen? I feel I have received enough training to start out somewhere, but I have learned what you learn in school is the most basic info and every practice has it's own ways of doing things. Much of what I learned from books is not done the same way things are done in an actual practice. There is no set way any practice will do proceedures. You have to learn the way they do things. They are all different.
I have my RHS/ICE and CPR certification, of which the RHS is required, but I know there are assistants that are working that are taking x-rays without the certification. I guess there is no X-ray police out there. It is really frustrating and I have just started trying to find a job. Some of my classmates were lucky enough to get hired from the intern sites they trained in. It does happen, but I wasn't that lucky.

I am wondering this as welll

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labnjab in Rochester, New Hampshire

36 months ago

well*

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emily in Portland, Oregon

35 months ago

im about to go to community and take a 2 year dential assistant program but i dont know if i will get a job after...should i take somethingels or just spend the money and take the class

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Tiffany in Los Angeles, California

33 months ago

I graduated from my dental assisting program 4 months back and currently certified but no one wants to hire me since I'm not 1 to 2 years experienced. I'm thinking of going back to school and getting a degree. Is this a waste of my time since I'm already certified?

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christine in Mcallen, Texas

33 months ago

Tasha Smithson in Hillsboro, Ohio said: I just finished dental assisting school in November (a 10 week Class) and I live in a small town and only being 19 no one will give me a second look. I would like to stay close to home and work in a small practice even start at the front as a front desk coordinator. How do I get started?

Hi my name is christine and i would like to know more infromation of where you went to school,and how much does it cost and further infromation. Please e-mail me at munizchristine@aol.com
Thank you
Christine

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dentalgeek in Round Lake, Illinois

33 months ago

volunteer at local dental clinic and
attend dental society meetings.

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Susie in Harrisonburg, Virginia

24 months ago

Kayle in Conroe, Texas said: I am now 20, but graduated DA school HDAS at 19 like you...I have been a RDA for two years. I looked for a job for six months, no luck. I did have the choice (Advice from teachers from school) to volunteer at the community clinic for free. I thought it would be a waste of time, so I didn't follow through with it. All dentists want someone with experience, no matter where they got it. If I could go back two years ago, I would have volunteered for free in a heartbeat! It would have saved me so much time and stress, and I would have been given a great opportunity for experience. Now I have a six month old baby, and don't have the desire to work for awhile... but when I do, I am going to get experience (work at the free clinic) and get a job. I know this would be worth your while to do if there is any sort of clinic in your area that offers internships. Good luck!

I volunteered for a free clinic for almost 2 years and still it didn't help me to get a dental assistant job! I graduated from dental assisting in 2010 and I'm still looking!

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Toya in Atlanta, Georgia

24 months ago

I emailed the dentist where I was interning when I was in school. He contacted the regional board of dentistry and emailed my resume which I didn't have experience and they sent my resume to offices. That same week I had 4 interviews but I only went to one because the other ones was too far from my house. I am currently working at a Pediatric dentist. So you guys don't give up someone will give u a try

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marion

22 months ago

My name is Marion and I just graduated from dental school. I finish with honors in the top of my class. I'm having a hard time trying to find a office to get my foot in the door. I'm 34 years old with a son trying to provide a better life for him. I'm willinh

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marion

22 months ago

My name is Marion and I just graduated from dental school. I finish with honors in the top of my class. I'm having a hard time trying to find a office to get my foot in the door. I'm 34 years old with a son trying to provide a better life for him. I'm willing to do what ever to get my foot in the door with the chance to show the skills I have to be utilize. Thanks in advance a struggling mother looking for a job. HElP

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Dew in Wickliffe, Ohio

22 months ago

Tasha Smithson in Hillsboro, Ohio said: I just finished dental assisting school in November (a 10 week Class) and I live in a small town and only being 19 no one will give me a second look. I would like to stay close to home and work in a small practice even start at the front as a front desk coordinator . How do I get started?

and 2 & 1/2 month course probably isn't enough to GET someone to give you a second look because that's not a real education. It's a fly-by course probably from a mill looking to get your money. Your best bet is forget looking for a DA job and apply at the offices for an admin position, noting that you are somewhat familiar with the dental setting because of a brief course you took.

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Angie in Suitland, Maryland

6 months ago

DI in Pulaski, Tennessee said: To: Tasha Smithson,
I was in your situation still kinda. Went to a 6 month night class during h/s. 18 @ the time. School bites, teacher read to us basically. Not the smartest person but i can read to myself. Well, took the Boards 3 times pass radiology but not chairside. Anyways while trying to pass state boards went D/A job hunting. Went to 26 Offices. 1 interview. NO LUCK. decided to volunteer/observed @ a local office while taking an online class (CHEAP). Now I'm 20 and i only have a part-time job starting next week in the same office. Seems like im going nowhere slowly. Hope you have better luck than me.

Yes I feel the same going No Where Slowly trying to be hired as a Dental Assistant straight out of school

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