About the Event:

The Orthodontic Career Fair brings together organizations with available practice opportunities, such as associateships or practices for sale, with individuals who are actively seeking opportunities. Employers can showcase their opportunities and potentially engage with hundreds of AAO members, ranging from current residents and recent graduates ready to begin their careers to seasoned practitioners seeking new opportunities.

Who Should Attend:

  • Employers from all practice types with available orthodontic opportunities who wish to enhance their brand, fill their candidate pipeline, and hire top talent
  • Orthodontists seeking new career opportunities or exploring career options
  • Recent or expected orthodontic residency graduates who are ready to begin their careers
  • Orthodontists seeking to learn more about various nationwide opportunities
Employer Information

Practices and organizations with available orthodontic opportunities (e.g., associateships, practices for sale, etc.) are encouraged to register. Your registration will include a booth reservation to represent your practice/organization and interact with prospective candidates during an open networking period between 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. If you already have a few candidates in your pipeline, you can also access your booth before the event to schedule on-site interviews. Please note that employers will be responsible for scheduling all interviews.

To begin the recruitment process, exhibitors are also encouraged to post available opportunities on the AAO Career Center prior to the event.

Registration includes:

  • Booth with 6’ skirted table and 3 chairs
  • Sign with company name
  • Electricity (by request) and wireless internet
  • Dedicated time to schedule on-site interviews (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – optional)
  • Open networking with prospective candidates (2:00 – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Company profile and available opportunities shared with prospective attendees prior to event
  • Optional for non-member registration: Discounted job posting on the AAO Career Center and access to seeker resume database

Registration costs:  

AAO-member orthodontist
(practices owned by an AAO-member orthodontist)
Complimentary with Annual Session registration
Non-member exhibitor
(practices not owned by an AAO-member orthodontist, as well as dental support organizations and consultants)
$500.00 + 20% discount to post an opportunity on the AAO Career Center

Register soon! Spaces are limited and the placement of your booth is contingent upon the order in which you register. Registration closes on Friday, April 5, 2019.

Event logistics:

  • The event is located at the JW Marriott Los Angeles in Diamond Ballrooms 5-10 on the fourth floor of the conference center. Directions and parking information can be found here
  • You can arrive and begin preparing your booth space at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 5th.
  • Event maps will be placed at the front entrance to help you locate your booth. Each booth will also have a sign with the organization’s name.
  • You are free to use your booth space to conduct in-person interviews between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • The open networking period will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. Please have your booth ready prior to this time and be mindful of those who may be conducting interviews.
  • You are welcome to bring portable electronic devices such as a laptop or tablet, as well as fliers and other materials. Displays are permitted as long as they are within the confines of your booth space.

What to bring:

  • Name tags
  • Business cards
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Signup sheet or other check-in method (for follow-up calls or emails)
  • Promotional materials with information about your organization/practice and available opportunities (e.g., fliers, brochures, photos, videos)


If you choose to send your booth items ahead of time, please print this show site label in color, write your organization’s name and booth number, and attach on the outside of your package(s) along with your shipping label(s). This is to inform Freeman (event logistics company) where the items should go and will be available to you in the event space during set-up (Diamond Ballroom). Please note that your items must arrive after Tuesday, April 30th. 

Your shipments will be delivered to your booth on Sunday morning (May 5) between 10:00-10:30 a.m. If your shipment is not available in your booth, please call the AAO Show Office at (213) 743-6404.

If you need to ship items back to your office from the event, please come prepared with pre-paid outgoing shipping labels. Click here for directions on how to create pre-paid shipping labels with FedEx. Staff from the JW Marriott will arrive at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (May 5) to assist with your outgoing shipments.

Hotel reservations:

If you need to make hotel arrangements, please use the following link and select “exhibitor”: https://compass.onpeak.com/e/66AAO19/

Check out these resources to help you prepare for the event:

Job Seeker Information

Residents and orthodontists at Annual Session are welcome to attend this open-networking event to engage face-to-face with employer representatives and discuss available opportunities (tickets are not required for job seekers).

Event Map & Information About Participating Organizations

It is best to be prepared when attending a career fair, so be sure to do the following prior to the event:

  1. Ensure your curriculum vitae/résumé is accurate and up-to-date.The American Student Dental Association offers a great resource with CV/résumé tips. Don’t forget to bring plenty of copies with you as well as business cards if you have them. It is easiest to store these items in a portfolio briefcase.
  2. Learn about participating practices/organizations and their available opportunities. This will help you identify and prioritize which booths to visit and how to plan your conversations with representatives. Click to view event map and list of participating organizations.
  3. After learning about each practice/organization, prepare a list of specific and focused questions you would like to ask.You may want to reference this list before visiting each booth. For example, are you interested in learning about their hiring process, continuing education opportunities, or the community in which they practice? Did you learn something interesting about their practice that you would like to know more about?
  4. Develop and practice an elevator pitch.This is a brief introduction (about 30 seconds) that summarizes who you are, your career interests, and what you have to offer prospective employers such as relevant skills, accomplishments, and experiences. Always greet representatives with a firm handshake, smile, and positive attitude!
  5. Dress professionally and appropriately to deliver a positive first impression.
  6. Allow yourself enough time to visit as many booths as you can.Again, you may want to prioritize the practices/organizations you want to visit the most; however, keep an open mind and visit booths that aren’t on your list as well. You might be surprised!
  7. Bring something with you to take notes.You may want to make note of contact information, conversations you had with representatives, and information you want to remember about each practice/organization.
  8. Ask representatives for their business cards/contact information and follow up with them after the event.This is an opportunity to thank representatives for taking the time to speak with you and to reference your conversation, express interest in an opportunity, and remind them of your qualifications. This will foster communication beyond the event. 

What to bring:

  • Padfolio or portfolio briefcase
  • Copies of CV/résumé
  • Business cards
  • List of organizations/questions
  • Elevator speech
  • Professional attire
  • Notepad or other device
Directions & Parking

Click here for directions and parking information. 

Participating Practices & Organizations:


Should you have any questions, please contact Lauren Carr at lcarr@aaortho.org or (800) 424-2841 (ext. 587).