Having a good team is one of the most important factors when you are building a dental practice. Your practice can’t grow without productivity, and you can’t have productivity without teamwork.
After all, how can you find a patient lead, schedule an appointment with them, give them treatment, and follow up with them to continue to build a relationship without cooperation between multiple team members?
Finding great team members is a challenge for many dental practices, though. In the Nifty Thrifty Dentists Facebook group, one member initiated a poll to see where the best places to find team members are. After dozens of responses, these four places stood out above the rest.
Indeed.com was voted first, with thirty members saying it was where they look and post when they are looking to hire a team member.
Some dentists in the Nifty Thrifty Dentists Facebook group expressed reservations about Indeed because it can be pricey. But it doesn’t have to be. There is a free version, but some dentists think Indeed works best when you post a sponsored job posting where you pay every time a job seeker clicks on your listing. Sponsoring a job posting ensures it will be seen more.
Sponsored job postings on Indeed start at $5 per day. That might not sound like too much, but remember, it’s pay-per-click, and that budget is per day. The more your ad is clicked on, the more you pay. If you set your budget to $5 per day and run it for 30 days, that one posting will cost you $150. And not every click will lead to an application. Many people will click your post and leave.
Dental Post was voted second, with sixteen members saying it was where they look and post when they are looking to hire a team member.
Unlike Indeed, which is not tailored to the dental industry, Dental Post is focused specifically on the dental industry. Thus, applications you will receive using Dental Post will be from people who are specifically looking to advance their career in the dental industry. On Indeed, you might get applications from people who have never worked in the dental industry.
Unlike Indeed, Dental Post does not have a free posting option. You can find their current pricing for job postings and other services here.
Facebook Group(s) were voted third, with eight dentists saying it was where they look and post when they are looking to hire a team member.
There are millions of Facebook groups out there. While it might not yield much to post a job ad on your timeline, if you post in the right dental Facebook group, there are bound to be many candidates in there. Some will respond directly on your post. Others will reach out privately out of concern that their current colleagues could see them interested in other jobs.
The beauty of these candidates is you can connect with them directly through Facebook, Messenger, or email. You do not have to go through an agency. And you can search the Facebook group to get a sense of how they interact with others.
You might find a great candidate on Indeed or Dental Post, but they might not get in contact with you for days or weeks. People on Facebook tend to be more responsive, and the conversation will be more intimate as you can put a face to their name and talk with them directly. You’ll be able to build relationships with these candidates that go deeper than their résumés before inviting them in for an interview.
Referrals from Team Members
Getting referrals from team members was voted fourth, with four members saying it was how they find team members to add to their practice. Getting referrals from team members can be great if you trust your team members enough to recommend someone who will fill your job vacancy well. After all, your team members know your practice culture and could refer people they think will be a good fit.
That said, team members won’t always refer people they believe to be a good fit. If a friend needs a job they could refer them to your practice just to help them out. That can make it very difficult for practice leaders because your existing team member could feel hurt if you don’t hire their friend. If you do and have to let the person go, it could also damage your relationships with your team member.
How do you find team members?
What do you use to find team members? Let us know in the comments below! Also, join the discussion with dental professionals around the world in the Nifty Thrifty Dentists Facebook group today!