Podcast: Simple tips for recruiting new dental team members

As we continue our six-part podcast series on the current hiring and staffing crisis in dentistry and what every dentist can do to lessen the effects of it in his or her practice, Dr. Roger P. Levin returned to give his thoughts on recruiting new team members and how the process can be improved.

Dr. Roger P. Levin.Dr. Roger P. Levin.

During our wide-ranging talk, which you can hear by clicking below, Dr. Levin highlighted the need for job descriptions and updating them regularly. He also discussed the limited pool of available candidates and the importance of considering factors like proximity to the office.

I believe this conversation provides valuable information for dental practices facing staffing challenges and is worth the just under 25 minutes required to hear Dr. Levin's thoughts. And, just a reminder, if you're currently trying to find a new team member for your practice, you aren't alone.

In recent data compiled by the ADA's Health Policy Institute, more than half of dentists surveyed said they wanted to add to their team, and 90% indicated they found hiring to be extremely or very challenging.

Podcast takeaways

  • Recruiting the right staff members is crucial for dental practices facing staffing shortages.
  • Building a great culture and team is essential for attracting and retaining talented staff.
  • Regularly updating job descriptions is important to ensure they accurately reflect the role and responsibilities.
  • Consider factors like proximity to the office when recruiting to avoid potential commuting issues.
  • Effective recruiting strategies involve using multiple channels and not relying solely on online ads.

Key quote from the episode

"We recruit by using multiple strategies. You know, if you simply put an ad dental assistant wanted online, you're not going to get the best candidates. You're not going to get a lot of attention. You're worse than boring. You're not even noticeable."

Catching up on other parts of the series with Dr. Levin

If you missed part one of the series that focused on the real reasons why dentistry is facing a staffing shortage, click here.

If you missed part two of the series that focused on the three ways to create longevity among your practice's team members, click here.

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