To graduate in the year 2020 was every optometry student’s dream, but it has become anything but a dream. Until now, clinical externships have been cut short, convocations have cancelled or gone virtual, and board exams have been postponed.
Fortunately, you can still use your down time to land your first job!
1. Networking Opportunities!
Network, Network, Network! Don’t be afraid to look up those old business cards you got from conferences and reach out to people you have networked with. Ask if they know of any opportunities or if they are looking to hire…many optometrists looking for an associate may not advertise publicly.
Sometimes, it may even be possible to bring a CV and walk in to a clinic you’re interested in and ask the receptionist if it’s possible to speak with the OD owner. But, be respectful! They might be super busy and may not be able to accommodate you.
2. National Job Boards
You may be familiar with your local chapter of CAOS at your school, but the Canadian Association of Optometry Students also provides a site for job postings from employers specifically looking for new grads!
3. Provincial Association Boards
4. Optometry Company Sites
FYidoctors is an optometrist-owned company with over 500 optometrists across 250+ clinics from coast to coast. They operate under the Visique brand in Quebec. Their job site has dozens of optometry opportunities that provides full-scope care.