Episode 632

Hiring Quality Team Members from Outside of Dentistry

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: February 21, 2024 | Listening Time: 0:47:42

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How do you find the right fit for your practice in today’s competitive job market? Hiring quality team members, particularly those from outside the dentistry field, can be challenging, but it’s crucial to the success of your practice. 

Gary shares his insights and experiences on intentional hiring, identifying and attracting candidates who align with your practice’s vision and values, and the untapped potential of individuals in customer-facing roles. He provides actionable insights on how dental practices can attract and retain top talent by rethinking job descriptions, advertising strategies, and engagement with potential candidates.

Whether you are experienced or new to the field, this episode provides insights on hiring and finding the right fit in today’s job market.

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    • 00:01:05 – Introduction
    • 00:01:45 – Announcements regarding upcoming events

    Clinical Tip

    • 00:03:01 – History of dentistry – EP06

    Coaching in Action

    • 00:04:42 – Introduction to the topic: Hiring quality team members from outside of dentistry.
    • 00:05:35 – Recognizing the challenge of hiring in dentistry and the need for new approaches.
    • 00:07:39 – Discussing the current state of hiring in various industries, including dentistry.
    • 00:08:18 – Emphasizing the importance of intentional hiring for building a high-performance team.
    • 00:09:30 – Highlighting the critical role of a high-performance team in achieving practice goals.
    • 00:10:02 – Discussing the need for intentional hiring and avoiding desperation hires.
    • 00:11:35 – Exploring the trend of nurses transitioning to careers in dental hygiene.
    • 00:12:37 – Considering the potential of former nurses as valuable additions to dental teams.
    • 00:17:02 – Exploring alternative sources for hiring, such as customer service and retail sectors.
    • 00:21:00 – Suggesting a proactive approach to job ads to attract candidates from diverse backgrounds.

    Q&A segment

    • 00:25:57 – Question 01 – 1. I like your idea of looking outside of dentistry for potential new team members. What is the best way to train these team members?
    • 00:32:16 –  Question 02 – You talked a little bit about where to find potential team members outside of dentistry in the coaching in-action segment. Any other ideas of where we might find these people?
    • 00:38:30 –  Question 03 -What have you found to be the most effective job board sites to post an opening?
    • 00:41:40 –  Question 04 – I am considering hiring a patient of mine for a position in our practice. How can I set positive expectations right from the beginning?


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    Gary Takacs

    Gary Takacs Gary became a successful practice owner by purchasing a fixer-upper practice and developing it into a world-class dental practice. He is passionate about sharing his hard-earned insights and experiences with dental practices across the globe.

    As a dental practice coach, Gary provides guidance for dental professionals on how to create a healthier practice style that lets them deliver excellent patient care while reducing depending on insurance.

    More importantly, Gary’s insights are not just based on theory – as a co-owner of a dental practice, he has first-hand experience in making this transformation from a high-volume and low-fee insurance model to a fee-for-service approach that is more sustainable and promotes a patient-centric and financially healthy dental practice, and he is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with other dental practitioners via the popular Thriving Dentist Show!
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