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Working as a Dental Temp – Our Dental Checklist for Success

July 6th, 2020 | By Dental Staffing | Blog

Many dental professionals have found temp work an appealing option because of the numerous benefits it offers, including flexibility, diversity of work experiences gained, and the chance to learn new skills. When deciding on temping, you can either work for a temping service, or create your own company and work for yourself. If you’re new to dental temping or you’re considering taking that leap, use this checklist to set yourself up for success. These tips will keep you foremost in their mind and keep them calling you back.

1. Have a positive attitude: We know that working long hours can be difficult, particularly if there is a long list of patients coming in one right after the other. However, treating co-workers and patients with a pleasant attitude can help improve the way people view you. Positivity is infectious and your welcome smile may just rub off on others to alter the mood in the office.

If that hasn’t convinced you, then maybe this will: Employees with a positive outlook tend to be more successful than those who tend to lean towards pessimism. Some studies show that positive people are more likely to get promoted and earn more.

2. Show professional integrity: People who follow moral and ethical principles in the workplace are highly valued by employers. These individuals are called to temp first because they can be trusted. They show up on time and dress professionally, they take responsibility for their actions, they’re respectful of patients and other team members and they produce high-quality work.

3. Be dedicated to your work: Dedication means giving your all to a task even when the situation is less than ideal. Employees who show dedication to their job are often characterized by exemplary work and employers often seek them out for work because they’ve proven to get things done well.

4. Show flexibility: The dental workplace, especially when you’re temping, can have shifting dynamics that you’ll need to be able to respond to quickly. Each dental office is different and the ability to adapt to changes makes you a more valuable member of the team.

5. Stay organized: It’s easy to forget schedules and systems when you’re temping in more than one dental office. Create and follow a work calendar and keep track of the work you do at each office. Always ask to review the emergency office plan and know where the first-aid kit, oxygen and AED are kept.

Call in advance of the scheduled position to confirm the date, time, and proposed compensation for the appointment. If you decide to become your own boss, clarify your rules regarding compensation and when that compensation is due with the dental practice before the assignment. Record your hours of service and confirm them daily with the office manager.

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“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
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What It Takes to Land An Administrative Dental Position

October 10th, 2019 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

administrative dental positionThe Dental field is an ever-growing industry, and the average monthly revenue for Dental practices continues to climb steadily every year. Working as a Dental Professional provides a certain degree of job security if you can get your foot in the door and prove yourself to be a capable employee. We aren’t just discussing licensed and certified Dental Professionals — the benefits of working in the Dental industry involve front office Dental Staffing positions as well.

If you’re ready to start a rewarding career working in an Administrative Dental position, keep on reading while we fill you in on some of the steps you can take to land your dream job!

 

What Positions are Included in a Dental Administrative Role (The Gatekeepers)?

Depending on the size of the practice (whether it’s a solo private practice, multiple doctor private practice or a corporation), the various Administrative positions can be held by a single employee or be designated to several individual employees. 

  • Receptionist: this is the primary individual answering the phone and greeting patients and making appointments.
  • Insurance Coordinator: this position involves entering and verifying all dental insurance companies as they pertain to the patients.
  • Treatment Coordinator: this position entails the explanation of the treatment planned for the patients. This position works closely with the Insurance Coordinator to ensure the patient fully understands the presented treatment, what their insurance will/will not cover and gain a signature demonstrating the patient fully understands.
  • Office Manager: this position oversees all the above and rises to the employee in closest communication to the Owner Dentist or Corporation


What Certification Is Needed for an Administrative Dental Job?

The convenient thing about working in an Administrative Dental position, is that you’re usually not required to have a higher education. But make no mistake, the Gatekeepers have the toughest job inside the four walls of the dental practice. The one skill that can almost guarantee an interview is years of experience in a clinical setting, usually as a Dental Assistant.

 

What Is Required?

Although you’re not required to have a special license, certification, or diploma for an Dental Administrative position, there are skills that will be vital to making your career choice a success. Naturally, these skills are useful in any job situation, but they’re especially important at the front desk of the dental office. 

  • The ability to be “on at all times” is paramount! In any given situation, whomever is speaking to that patient needs to be in an upbeat, “on” mood 8-5.
  • Warmth, and a soothing tone of voice.
  • Solid understanding of the computer software scheduling system. Often you will see a resume indicating “strong skills in EagleSoft, Dentrix, etc.”
  • Strong organizational skills, as well as knowledge of time management and prioritization.
  • Strong communication skills, especially under pressure; no one should ever know they’re under duress.
  • The ability to be flexible and when they need to research a patient question and they make a promise to call the patient back, they must follow through.
  • The willingness to learn and to take criticism gracefully.

 

Start Looking For Your Administrative Dental Job

You may have experienced the frustration of sending out dozens of resumes, and not getting any response in return. The key to a sound job search in Dental Administration is making targeted connections. 

When writing your resume, provide a summary of skills that can set you apart from your competition. If you have front office experience, discuss your background. If you’ve managed schedules and teams of people, if you’ve worked in the dental field, make sure you elaborate these strengths on your resume or your application! Hiring managers are looking for people who are willing to take the time and initiative to make sure they stand out from the crowd. 

After your first interview, make sure you follow up. To cement a lasting impression, nothing is more powerful than being diligent to follow up. You’re building a relationship and presenting yourself as a friendly, organized, and professional individual.  It’s marketing yourself by putting a voice and a personality behind the name on your resume. This builds trust, creates a personal connection, and can land you the administrative position of your dreams! 

 

Dental Staffing is an easy to use job board where you can post your resume at no cost to you. Once you’ve registered and posted your resume, you can search for jobs, or fill out an application. Give us a try at www.dentalstaffing.org

 

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

-Arthur Ashe



 

The Dental Hygiene Job: An Exciting and Rewarding Career

July 2nd, 2018 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog, Dental Jobs

Dental Hygiene JobWe as Dental Professionals know how important oral health is to our overall health. Unfortunately, the greater percentage of medical professionals don’t recognize the treatment of dental disease as having anything to do with the remainder of the human body. As the need for dental providers increases, dentistry has expanded the function of the Dental Hygienist’s job to keep up with the demand.

When dentistry does become more recognized as an arm of medicine (and I believe it will, just not in my time), there will undoubtedly be an increased need for Dental Hygienists to fill Dental Hygiene jobs. Further, as the need to fill Dental Hygiene jobs increases, Dental Hygienists will need to expand their skills to appropriately fill those jobs.

In 1974 when I graduated from Dental Hygiene, I had been trained to clean teeth. Period. And knowing what I know today, I wasn’t very good at it. It was a repetitive, thankless job. Today, the job of Dental Hygiene is vastly expanding to include the administration of anesthesia, writing prescriptions, disease assessment, filling teeth prepped by the Doctor and (depending on the state in which you practice) even restoring teeth including the preparation and placing of filling material.

I worked in a private practice where the four Dental Hygienists had the job of anesthetizing all the patients for two dentists. This allowed each of us to see two extra patients a day, adding significant dollars to our bottom line. Imagine the possibilities if the job of the Dental Hygienist was to come in and fill a prepped tooth, allowing the dentist to move on to their next patient, who was already anesthetized.

Or, if an emergency presented and the dentist could diagnose the problem and the Dental Hygienist’s job was to take over, administer a long-acting anesthesia and write the appropriate prescription to treat infection and pain. Imagine the number of patients that could be treated in a practice offering a job to a Dental Hygienist trained to do these skills.

I have worked in a military facility, preparing soldiers for deployment. On the days we treated disease, the dentists were to prep the teeth and the expanded function dental assistant filled the teeth. The number of soldiers we could treat in a day was astounding. Although this was the military facility utilizing assistants, it was very successful in a setting that needed to provide care for volumes of patients.

If you’re interested in acquiring a job as a Dental Hygienist, you’ll need to be prepared for some very intense training. Once you complete your studies and pass your boards, you’ll need to get out there and gain some experience. Although administration of anesthesia is now a skill trained in all Dental Hygiene schools, expanded skills such as prescription writing, disease assessment and simple fillings requires study beyond the usual curriculum of the Dental Hygienist.

In world where there is so much dental disease in need of treatment, today’s Dental Hygiene job is a rewarding and exciting career than can add exponential value to any dental setting. And imagine a time when dentistry and medicine work together…even under one roof. Where the Dental Hygiene job is on the same level in dentistry as the job of the nurse practitioner is in medicine. I believe it’s just a matter of time.

“The future depends on what you do today.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

 

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