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5 Ways to Respond to Dental Job Postings to Get You Hired

June 22nd, 2020 | By Dental Staffing | Blog

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Coming right out of any dental education is an exhilarating experience. Your dreams are about to start, and there’s a whole new world to embark upon — starting your professional career. If you’ve been working in a dental practice before this, then you already have a head start on your fellow new graduates. But if you haven’t, these tips may help you land that dental position.

1. Use a professional voice.

The tone of your voice is important, whether you are writing a cover letter introducing yourself, or you are in a face-to-face interview. A confident professional tone will communicate you are a competent individual that is able to handle all the requirements of the dental position being filled. Be confident in your answers, and if you can, back up all statements with facts.

Don’t forget to let a bit of your personality come through. In the case of cover letters, hiring managers use it to get a feel of your attitude and not just your skills. Show a bit of enthusiasm and sell yourself in an engaging way. Keep it from sounding too dry and boring.

2. Clearly respond to the direct needs of the job.

Don’t send a generic response. Generic cover letters usually don’t provide answers to the specific requirements of the job. Further, it makes the practice manager feel like you haven’t given enough time and thought to your application.

Make sure to address the points that have been laid out in the job ad and clearly convey what you can do for the practice. Don’t make it too long because many recruiters go through volumes of applications a day. Keep the letter short and succinct, and stick to one page of text only.

3. Provide an up-to-date, professional resume.

Ensure that all your achievements and accomplishments are well-documented before you send your CV. You’re supposed to pitch yourself as the best candidate for the role, and you need to back it up with facts and figures to support your claims.

4. Include soft skills to show you’re a good fit for the position.

While top notch technical skills are extremely crucial in the field of dentistry, soft skills are equally important because these are much harder to learn. Since dentistry is a very interpersonal business, strong soft skills, particularly in communication, listening, and collaboration, can be a great asset to the practice. They are personal attributes that show interviewers how well you can assimilate with the team, do your job, and help the dental practice thrive.

5. Follow up with a phone call.

A follow-up phone call will not only remind the recruiter of your candidacy, it will also show your interest in the position. Ready a list of the subjects you want to cover (but keep it brief), and be clear about your purpose for calling. Affirm they’ve received your application, or if you’ve been interviewed, ask for a possible date when you can expect a decision.

Don’t want to browse through dozens of dental job postings?

Dental Staffing will post your profile at no cost and Dental Practices can request your resume once they purchase a membership. Get found by the right people when you’re seen throughout the entire United States. Setting it up is easy and can be done through a computer or mobile device.

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“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
-Steve Martin

8 Tips to Assemble A Great Dental Team

May 15th, 2020 | By Dental Staffing | Blog

Assembling the perfect dental team is the dream of any practice owner. However, choosing the right people for the job needs careful attention and is one of the most important systems you can develop for success. This is not about just finding a warm body with a heartbeat. It takes time, patience and consideration and here are eight tips to keep in mind.

 

 1.  Give yourself time

Do not rush to hire a dental employee just because you want to keep the practice going without interruption or because you are determined to open your new practice as early as possible. Take the time to go through the resumes to avoid missing out on that one superb employee.

 

2.  Be detailed with your job descriptions.

Create clear job descriptions where you outline the various responsibilities required of the perspective candidates. Include everything from measurable performance targets, the hours you expect them to work (if the practice operates outside of regular business hours), and required skills. It’s helpful for you to speak about your practice’s work culture. Dental Staffing encourages you to explore the blog on “Define Your Office Culture”.

3.  Express your vision and goals and share them with your team.

Your team cannot help you move forward if they do not understand exactly what it is you are striving to achieve. Be clear about your vision so that everyone is aligned with your goals and will come together to align with them.

 

4.  Don’t forget to include soft skills in your checklist.

While technical skills are needed in any great business, excellence in soft skills such as communication, attitude, and ethics are equally, if not more important. Technical skills can be learned but soft skills are harder to teach. These influence how well a person interacts with others, be it team members or patients. In fact, patients want soft skills, and your patients will make or break your business.

 

5.  Offer competitive rates.

In the field of dentistry, staff turnover is quite common and places an unnecessary financial burden on the practice. To help avoid turnover, compensate your people well. In the long run, you will pay more for loss of production whenever a person on your team quits than if you paid them competitive rates from the beginning or at the end of a probationary period.

 

6.  Encourage strong communication.

Communication reduces the risk of misunderstanding. Provide feedback and encouragement to your team whenever possible and open lines for your staff to approach you whenever the need arises. An unapproachable boss or supervisor only deters a business from thriving.

If you are of the personality that does not handle this well, hire an Office Manager you can partner with who can be the approachable one. Strong communication creates trust and unity amongst the Team and provides you with more insight about the practice from another person’s perspective.

 

7.  Provide continuous training.

So many Doctors leave their practice for exciting continuing education and forget to take the Team. The number one reason employees leave any job is lack of appreciation. Show your appreciation by investing in your people, and reap the rewards. No one wants to remain stagnant and a practice that offers growth and learning is a place that has happy employees and superior performers.

 

8.  Consider a dental staffing job board.

As much as you would like to take your time with job applications, there are times when you need help finding candidates. A Dental Staffing job board can provide you with skilled and highly experienced professionals. Post your ads at www.dentalstaffing.org, our online dental job board, to start building your Dental Team today.

 

Dental Staffing will take care of looking for qualified employees, leaving you more time to focus on your business. We take care to send only carefully screened, highly skilled applicants who will hopefully meet your requirements.

 

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“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”

– Ralph Marston

Are You An Excellent Communicator

February 10th, 2017 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

By Dr. Deborah Marynak

Communication. It’s a big word in more than one way. It affects your relationship with yourself, your family, friends and co-workers. Our focus today will be on its role in the Dental office, whether you’re the owner/Dentist or employee/Team. No real success in Dentistry will happen without clear, open, honest communication; without communication an office suffers high turnover, unresolved problems and frustration felt by the entire Staff and the patients.

According to Joseph DeVito in his book The Interpersonal Communication Book, there are 5 characteristics in becoming an effective communicator. These 5 issues are openness, empathy, supportiveness, positivity, and equality.

Openness: Doctors need to be approachable for the Staff to feel comfortable in bringing problems to his or her attention. Sharing outside interests or hobbies in speaking with the Staff as one person to another (rather than as boss to employee) helps the Team to see them as a ‘regular person.’

Employees should be approachable as well; daily casual conversation should be open and friendly. Employees shouldn’t openly share personal problems in the workplace. If personal problems could potentially affect job performance, an open conversation with your boss is appropriate.

Empathy: Empathy is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as: “mental entrance into the spirit of another person or thing; appreciative perception or understanding.” In a professional setting, this can be difficult, but necessary. It allows you to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and helps you to understand how they’re feeling.

Supportiveness: An individual in a position of power needs to be understanding rather than judgmental. This can be difficult when an owner Dentist has his or her mind set on the productivity of the day. That said, productivity will prevail in an atmosphere of support. If criticism rears its ugly head, everyone pulls back in spirit and productivity will suffer.

Positivity: This is big. No one wants to come to work when the individual in charge is constantly negative. It’s important to keep a positive attitude, appreciate the things going well in the workday and properly address the issues not going well. A positive attitude will make the day easier, more satisfying and you’ll go home feeling better.

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Equality: Peter Gopal put this so well, I’ve decided to quote his article: “This is essential for sharing of information and effective teamwork. It indicates mutual respect. While it is understood that the dentist owner often has more schooling and years of experience, they need to value input from all employees at all levels and work with them as peers.”

Listening: This step in communication should really be listed as number one. Listening effectively is the most important component of communication we do every waking hour. A common downfall to communication entails too much talking and a lack of focus while listening. When we become passive listeners, we can miss important details and this can lead to misinterpretation of the message. Other factors to effective listening include body posture, facial expressions, averting eyes and head; all of these are indications of disinterest and unimportance both to what’s being said and who’s saying it.

Communication Part 2 coming next: Communication Problems in the Dental Office

“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.”

– Brian Tracy, author of The Psychology of Achievement

Bring a Great Attitude To Work!

January 17th, 2017 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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By Dr. Deborah Marynak

I’ve been working in the field of Dentistry a very long time and if I’ve discovered one truth, it’s that Dentistry is very hard work. It doesn’t really matter if you’re an entry level Dental Assistant, Hygienist, Office Manager, the Associate Dentist or the Owner Dentist; a day spent treating Dental Patients is just plain arduous work.

In an effort to make your day in the Dental Office a little easier, I’d like to share an article I found written by
Rose Leadem entitled: The 8 Morning Secrets of Successful People.

1. Get plenty of Sleep! Sleep helps your body and your brain repair itself from the stresses of the day. It also helps prepare you for the workday ahead, how you learn and how you react to stress and problems of the day to come. Sleep is vital when trying to lose weight and generally speaking, lack of sleep can lead to other health problems.

2. Starting the day with a Positive Attitude can make the difference between having a successful day or a stressful day. A positive attitude creates determination and boosts your problem-solving skills. An optimistic outlook creates a trickle-down effect and can be felt by the whole Team. This habit is the most important for all leaders as when you walk into the office, it sets the tone for the entire day.

3. Exercise! Rose reports that morning exercise boosts brain endorphins, which leads to a more positive mood. She goes on to say that “morning exercise boosts creativity, energy, productivity and decreases stress”

4. Don’t neglect to Eat Breakfast! I try to eat more protein and less carbohydrates, because I think it sticks with me longer. When I follow this rule, I don’t find myself getting hungry until we’re much closer to lunch. A good breakfast helps the body run better and gives us more energy to do our jobs better.

Jessica Ennis Hill, the British track and field athlete said “The only one who will tell you you can’t win is you and you don’t have to listen”. You can’t stay on top of a busy day without breakfast!

5. After you wake up, exercise and while you’re eating breakfast, start Planning your “to do” list. Your positive attitude will help you attain your goals to the greatest of your ability. Richard Branson, an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist said: “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”

6. Declutter. Personally, I cannot work in chaos. I can maintain a good attitude and significantly reduce stress if I declutter. If fact, if clutter increases to a tipping point, I have to stop and declutter in order to continue with a more productive day. Lose any and all inessentials!

7. Motivation is essential. In order to stay ahead of competition (on any level!) we need to get a good early start to our day.

8. The early morning is the Quiet time of the day. And while the world is quiet, tasks that require focus and concentration can be easily accomplished.

“Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference.”

– Winston Churchill

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