Moving to a new state is exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time! There are so many questions to answer: Where will you live? How will you make new friends? Where will you work? If you’re a dental assistant, then that last question can be a bit complicated because dental assisting requirements, allowable functions and job titles are different among the states. Read on for advice from the dental assisting school in Tempe on how to land the perfect job out-of-state.
Know a State’s Requirements
Before you even begin to search for a job, be sure you understand the requirements for dental assistants in the state you are about to call home. For example, we know of one dental assistant that has worked in Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. Each of those states has different laws and requirements. Therefore, you need to do your homework in order to know what duties you can and cannot legally perform.
Fortunately, DANB has a search-by-state map that offers a quick rundown of specific laws. Don’t forget to check into the requirements for continuing dental education, too.
DANB Exams and Certification
The state that you are moving to may require and recognize specific DANB exams. Take them and pass!
Also, you may want to consider earning and maintaining DANB certification. There are 39 states, the District of Columbia the U. S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs that recognize or require DANB exams and certifications. Therefore, passing DANB exams or having certification can make meeting requirements easier in your new state. In fact, having DANB certification is valuable even if you’re not planning to move soon. You never know what tomorrow will bring!
Begin Your Job Search
There are a number of reliable ways to look for a dental assistant position with an out-of-state practice. Here are a few:
- Online job sites such as LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Monster and Indeed are just a few places to begin your search from the convenience of your computer. You can even customize your search for the type of position you want and your ideal location. Chances are you’ll be able to upload your resume, too, so recruiters can find you.
- Word-of-mouth among your social and professional connections is another great way to find a new job. If you know someone who lives in the city you’re moving to, ask them who their dentist is and if they’re hiring.
- Look at the websites of dental offices near your new home. They may list job openings on the site or on their social media pages. Of course, you can always pick up the phone and give them a call, too.
If you’ve recently gotten a job out-of-state and would like to share your experience, the dental assisting program in Tempe would love to hear from you!
MEET THE A-Z DENTAL ASSISTING TEAM
At A-Z School of Dental Assisting & Front Office, we train skilled dental staff members who are the backbone of a thriving dentistry practice. If you’re interested in learning more about the exciting field of dental assisting or dentistry office management, contact our team. We offer a wide range of dental assistant and front office training programs to help you jump-start a successful career in dentistry.