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How Can I Land My First Dental Hygiene Job to Start Getting Experience?

Hi everyone, I just graduated last May and recently received my license. As I am looking for work I noticed that most dental offices are asking for 2-3 years of minimum experience. I have no dental background except for the experience i received throughout my education. How can I land that first dental hygiene job that way I can start gaining experience?



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Tempting is a great way to goin experience and sometimes even land that job.

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I agree with Sue, working for a temp agency is a great option. I started out at an office that had a high turn over rate for the work experience only. I knew going in that it would not be an office I would stay at forever. I’m happy I got the work experience in but it was a stressful environment. Not the best option for everyone. Good luck!

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After I graduated I went to every dental office in my town (it took about a half day)and handed them my resume in person. I went in with a happy smile to offices I even knew were not hiring! It helps if they can see you in person and see your wonderful personality!

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Im not sure a temp agency is the way to go…Being honest here but I’ve been practicing 28 years and offices use temp agencies as a last resort…many hygienists we experience thru an agency we are happy not to have often…when I relocated to another state I got my resume together with an intro letter…expressing my desire for permanent hours but offering myself as a call in for fill in, or even sick days…I instantly got part time hours and was called often by several of the offices happy not to have to use temps…spread your resume to all offices in your area…many offices need a few hours here and there and dont advertise…a foot in very often leads to more…temp yourself, no agency needed…in my 28 years I’ve always started part time and quickly moved to more hours if I wanted them…just gwt your name/number in their hands…good luck 🙂

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Temping is a great way to gain experience, confidence, and increase your speed. I only temped for 8 months after graduation and I ended up in a job from a temp gig. When almost everyday I worked was my first day at an office, I feel like I gained skills which helped me land the job I have now. Many places that say you must have X amount of experience is more of a suggestion and is not always set in stone.

Your first job out of college does not have to be the place you will stay at forever.

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