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Wanted: Dental Temps! The Advantages and Disadvantages

September 12th, 2020 | By Dental Staffing | Blog

Dentist with her dental assistant.

Let’s face it, the daily practice of dentistry is hard work. I have heard older dentists state that their back and neck hurt, their shoulders are tired, and they often wonder if their eyes are as good as they used to be. I’ve met hygienists whose hands, neck and backs are sore and assistants who feel the same. The average person has no idea how physically taxing the day to day grind of dentistry really is.

This is when the practice owner hires an associate and slows down. Hygienists can still make a terrific income in a part-time position and I know assistants who tell their doctors they only want to work part-time. Our employee, Kim is one of those assistants. Kim is an extraordinary dental assistant. She recently told her doctor she wanted to cut back to a three-day week. She is so valuable, he agreed, but continues to hint at her return to a four-day week. It’s just not going to happen.

Maybe you’ve acquired a medical condition that has forced you to work less. Maybe you’re new to an area and want to get your feet wet before taking a permanent position. Maybe you want to work, but your kids come first, and you want to be there for them as they grow up. Whatever the reason, maybe you’re just tired and you want to slow down, so why work on a regular schedule at all?

Why not work just when you want to work? Why not try putting yourself out there as a dental temporary? Becoming a temporary has a lot of advantages, and some disadvantages, at least in the beginning. Here’s the deal: When you temp there’s an initial period when you’re not well known and not working as much. Know this going in and prepare for it. It’s a little like real estate; there are busy, lucrative times and quiet periods in the market. As time goes on, if you’re good at what you do, you’ll develop a rhythm that becomes comfortable.

But there are many advantages…

  • Sometimes (a lot of the time?!) there’s a lot of drama in dental offices. When you come in as a temporary you don’t have get caught up in the drama. You’ll come in, do your job, and go home.
  • You can name your fee and walk out at the end of your workday with a check.
  • If your day is planned and you get a call, you can decline. Work as little or as much as you want
  • You basically work for yourself, so there are tax advantages to temping.
  • You’ll work at a variety of practices and this works well for those who enjoy a variety.

But there are disadvantages as well…

  • You are essentially self-employed; make sure you are protected under the practice’s Worker’s Comp Insurance. If you’re not, you’ll need some.
  • If you are a Dental Hygienist, you will need your own Malpractice Insurance.
  • Work is not guaranteed; the good news is once you establish a sound reputation, calls will come.
  • You will still have calls to work in those difficult practices; the good news is you don’t have to take the work unless you need the income.
  • There are no benefits; remember, you’re self-employed!
  • You usually don’t form any permanent relationships because you’re not there everyday.

 

Let’s say you’re interested in temping, but you’re not sure where to start. You can start by placing your resume at https://dentalstaffing.org. Thanks for listening, and if you have any questions, contact us at info@dentalstaffing.org.

DentalStaffing.org has helped plenty of Job Seekers find employment in dental practices all over the country.

  • It’s free to post a resume!
  • It’s quick and easy to navigate
  • Access to tons of job listings
  • Access to comprehensive industry information

Submit your resume now and get your profile out there for dental offices to see. And be sure to read my blog on “Plan Ahead”.  Most dental practices don’t think about planning for a temp until it’s an emergency.

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“Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited”

-Napoleon Hill

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.”
-Babe Ruth

What Are The Advantages Of Working As A Dental Temporary?

February 7th, 2020 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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dental temporaryDid you know that in an ordinary week more than three million people work as temporary and contract workers in companies across the United States? These people are working in what’s known as freelance jobs or temporary positions. Many Dental Professionals love “temping” because it allows them to set their fees, choose when and where they want to work. 

 

For some, temping allows them to work a little during retirement. For others who have young families, it’s a way to bring home income until their  children are in school. And dental temping works both ways: while dental temps love the freedom it affords them, dental offices find it ideal to have someone on hand whenever someone at work goes on leave or calls in sick.  Presently, dental temporary staffing jobs welcome all dental professionals: dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, and dental laboratory technicians. 

 

Skills and Characteristics That Will Get You Noticed As A Dental Temp

 

Although technical level skills vary, there are soft skills that can be more important than your technical skills. Excellent communication skills are a huge asset; interacting with patients and the ability to effectively communicate with the entire dental team is something that can’t be overlooked. Attention to detail, dexterity, compassion for patients, and a genuine passion for the work will certainly get you noticed. A can- do attitude accompanying a professional appearance and the ability to work well with others will certainly get you called back at a future date. 

 

Why Should I Consider Dental Temping Position?

 

Temporary work is a big part of America’s employment landscape. According to industry stats, every year almost 17 million workers are hired through temporary staffing agencies. The number of people taking on temp work, including dental temp jobs, is expected to go higher by 2025. 

 

If you’re concerned about age, don’t be. Temp work is evenly distributed around different age groups, with people from the mid-20’s to the early 40’s, demonstrating the majority. However, there are still plenty of people doing temporary work at 55 and older. Obviously, temping isn’t for everyone, but some people thrive in it so much that temping as a Dental Professionals has become an attractive alternative to full-time work. Their motivations? Read on. 

 

1. You can make your own schedule 

You can work whenever it’s convenient for you. If you’re a parent with young children, you can choose to work when your kids are at school. Perhaps you’re working toward an advanced degree and need a schedule that allows you to attend your classes and time to study. If you have your whole day planned, 

you can decline a work call if it has not been agreed upon previously. Temp jobs also allow you to take vacations and travel without needing to align your plans with the dental office’s vacation schedule.

 

2. You can work where you want to 

Maybe you’re planning to relocate; dental temp jobs allow you to scout new workplaces and determine where you want to work/live. Think of temping as test driving a practice; it gives you a peek into how each office and community works.  Does their work ethic align with yours? Do they practice proper policies and protocols? Dental temping offers you control over where you choose to practice.

 

3. You can build confidence 

Having access to different offices will expose you to a lot of dental practice knowledge, which in turn will build your confidence in your abilities. You’ll also become more accustomed to meeting new people and interacting with them. As a bonus, you can add ‘adaptable’ to the list of soft skills you use to describe your professional self.

 

4. You can demand higher rates 

Dental offices in need of a temporary need extra hands to meet the demand of the days schedule/production. To reschedule patients because of a team member’s illness, pregnancy or personal emergency is not a favorable outcome for any dental practice. Further, a full-time position typically includes benefits such as  health, dental, and job security. For these reasons, dental temporaries can set higher fees as they are undoubtedly preserving production goals for the dental practice. 

 

Are You Concerned About the Unpredictability?  Use Temping to Get Hired Full-Time!

 

There’s freedom and flexibility in dental temporary staffing work, but, there’s a downside too —unpredictable income. Since the work is part-time, each assignment will only last for days up to several weeks. If you’re not a good money manager, income can be unpredictable. If you have decided to leave temping behind and go entirely on board, check these steps below that will help you turn that dental temporary staffing work to a full-time one.

 

1. List your accomplishments

To make sure you stand out to potential employers, ensure that your resume is fully updated and polished. Include all the certifications and licenses you have and any extra continuing dental  education you’ve taken. Employers love dental professionals who never stop learning.

 

2. Demonstrate unwavering reliability

This means getting to work on time, delivering consistent quality work, and commitment to the job. Step up when needed and work as a team player.

 

3. Take your temporary dental position seriously

Treat your position as if you’re already a regular employee with the Dental Office. This means that you don’t only do what you’re told, you anticipate your boss’s or co-worker’s needs. By taking a proactive approach, you are showing your employer that you are interested and invested in the dental practice.

 

4. Share your knowledge 

If you know of a way to make a system more efficient, don’t be afraid to speak up. Diplomatically contribute ideas and suggestions and if you can, take an active approach to implementing improvement. Keep in mind, however, my experience has shown me that dental assistants can be very resistant to change.

 

5. Build friendships 

Get to know the people around you, even if you were contracted for a short period of time. Colleagues can be a great source of information about job openings. Networking is an important skill when leaving a dental temping position and moving into a full-time dental professional position. 

 

6. Blend in

Different dental offices have different work cultures. In a more casual culture, you can be laid back. However, in a more business culture behave in a more disciplined manner. As a dental temporary, you need to adapt to the culture of the temporary position. If you’re looking for a full-time dental position, consider the culture when deciding if the dental office is the right fit for you. 

 

7. Ask for a permanent role 

Some employers won’t hesitate to ask you if you can take on a permanent position if they like your work. Since they may not know that you are interested in a full-time position, don’t be afraid to ask! 

 

Are you a Dental Assistant who’s taken a break from work and now you’re ready to get back to it?  Are you having a difficult time finding full-time job openings? Or, maybe you’re a new grad and have no idea where to start? We’ve got an answer for you —temp work. Post your profile on dentalstaffing.org and don’t forget to post on the temp board!  You may find just what you need to enter the workforce and enjoy the benefits that temporary work has to offer. 

 

For more information go to:

Plan Ahead for Temporary Staffing

Wanted: Temps!!  What are the Advantages and Disadvantages  

 

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Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path

 unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost.

-Ellen DeGeneres

 

3 Keys to Performing as An Incredible Dental Temp

September 23rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marynak | Blog

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Working as a Dental Temp can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. As a temporary Dental Professional, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a variety of other dental professionals, network in numerous dental office settings, and possibly form relationships that could lead to future employment. 

 

If you’re the personality type that likes the status quo and dislikes constant change, temping my not be for you. However, there are personality types who enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and stepping into different offices on a regular basis.


What is Required of a Dental Temporary?

If you’re accepting a position as a Dental Temp, whether you’re a Hygienist, Dental Assistant, or Laboratory Technician, you will be required to be knowledgeable in your field and have the appropriate certifications for your position. It’s illegal for a dental office to hire a temporary Dental Professional and require them to perform duties that require certification, without those credentials.


While you’re in the office, there are a few things you can do to make your interim employers happy and willing to give you a great reference, or even hire you on permanently!

 

1. Preparedness

As a Dental Temp, you may travel to many different locations throughout the week so make sure you’re prepared:

  • Have all the necessary paperwork ready to confirm your certifications upon arrival.
  • Know the location of the office ahead of time, when patient care begins, and how long it will take for you to arrive.
  • Arrive to the position a few minutes early in order to familiarize yourself with the office, the team, the equipment and protocols. 
  • Make a call to the Dental Office Manager in advance of your work date commitment. This enables you to ask questions such as the attire they expect, how many hours you will be working, and to confirm your expected hourly rate.

2. Professionalism

Professionalism as a must cannot be overstated. As a Dental Temp, it’s more important than if you’re a regular employee. Everyone has good and bad days, but as a temp, your best first impression is paramount to your ongoing referrals. 

    • Arrive early; this is all about being prepared.
    • Dress the part; having discussed this in advance with the OM, arrive in the expected attire.
    • Be courteous to all you meet: the Doctor, the Team and the patients.
    • If your patient should be ‘no show’, volunteer to perform other duties.
    • Demonstrate your skill and ability to your interim employer.
    • Make sure all patients are receiving the highest possible standard of care.

 

3. Be Personable

 

Building positive relationships with people is a huge part of any job, but as we’ve stated before, customer service is the #1 reason a patient stays or leaves a Dental Practice.

  • Establish sound relationships with the Dentist, team and patients. 
  • Remember, the best reviews come from satisfied customers, so make sure you’re investing everything you have into your time with patients. 
  • At all times you must remember you’re making an impression, so make it a good one. 

 

 

The Up-Side of Working as a Dental Temporary

  • You do not need to work for a temp agency you can be your own boss. You can post your resume on https://www.dentalstaffing.org/dental-temps/
  • Further, you can design, print and distribute your own brochure in your area.
  • You can be flexible and set your own schedule. If you have other functions planned, all that is required when you are contacted for a position, is to report you are already scheduled for that day.
  • You can set your own salary. Most offices contact a temporary during an unexpected illness and need immediate help. As a temp, your fees are usually higher than someone in a permanent position.
  • As a newly graduated Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist, you’re getting experience and references from working as an interim employee. Dental Temp positions can provide references that speak to your ability or become permanent positions. 
  • Many Dental Temps have found that being a full-time Dental Temp can be a satisfying position, even preferable to a permanent, full-time dental staff position. 

How to Get Hired as a Dental Temp

It’s FREE to register and post your resume to our directory at https://www.dentalstaffing.org/dental-temps/ .  

 

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-Theodore Roosevelt

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