As is the case with any other form of employment, it is important to think through the process of hiring a dentist carefully. With this done in the proper way, the chances of landing the ideal candidate increase, and this is important for your practice as well as the career growth of the dentist who will be joining. In most cases, as an employer, it is easy to underestimate the need for a detailed job listing, but this goes a long way in attracting and even guiding the best-suited candidate. It also makes the hiring process much easier for both parties. This post will offer basic guidelines on how best to present dentist job listings for your practice.
Experience and qualifications
It is essential to indicate any specific qualifications that you consider important and to make sure to indicate which skills and qualifications are required as opposed to simply preferred. If there is a specific type of experience (or length of experience) required, make sure to say so in the posting. With these expectations clearly laid out, candidates who do not qualify will more likely abstain from applying. As a result, there will be fewer applications from unqualified candidates to go through.
The job description
It is important for the job listing to explain the specifics of the position. With a clear description, the candidate knows whether the position is a good fit with their skills and credentials which can save you time during the recruiting process. Also, a detailed job description can help the new dentist, once hired, to gauge their performance against your expectations. So, it is important for you to do a thorough job creating a job description for the benefit of both the business and the new hire.
Be sure to include the type of dental work that they will be expected to perform. Does your practice only do general dentistry and refer out all specialty work or do you expect the new dentist to do some specialty work in-house?
Make sure to specify what days the new hire will be working and whether it will be full-time or part-time. Will there be any weekends or evenings involved?
When a dental association is hired typically it is made clear whether the position can lead to partnership or transition to ownership or whether the associate will be an employee of the owner. If the candidate is looking for ownership opportunities and you are looking for an employee, it would be important for both of you to know this about the other’s goals. In some cases there may not be a good match between your goals. In other situations it may be an excellent match. So knowing what the long term opportunity will be is critical. When this is included in dentist job listings, it leads to a win-win situation. Keep in mind that if this position does lead to a partnership or ownership it is important to get the practice valued prior to hiring the candidate and to put everything in writing.
Compensation and benefits
The rate of compensation and what benefits are associated with the position could be a deal breaker for many candidates. As a result, it is a good idea to know, and possibly state, what compensation will be and what benefits will be covered. For example will the new hire be paid a salary or a percentage of production? Who pays their lab expenses? Will they get paid vacation? Who pays for their Continuing Education? You want to be sure that you are competitive with other similar positions in your area, especially if you are in a competitive market.
Most people looking for dentist openings tend to search for “dentist hiring near me.” This lowers the number of opportunities outside the locations where they would prefer to work. As such, when preparing dentist job listings, it is important to include the location so as to attract the dentists near your practice or those who are willing to relocate. If the new hire will be expected to cover more than one location that should also be specified in the job listing. That is something that could be a deal breaker for some candidates.
The rate of employment for dentists is high, and it is being projected that from 2016 to 2026, the growth rate in employment for this industry will be 19%. This is actually the highest average among all occupations, and thus, hiring in this field is quite competitive. For you to find a highly qualified candidate, the dentist job listings also need to stand out and give compelling reasons why one would be interested in working with you.