As specialists in the dental recruitment market we’re always having conversations with clients here at Blue Sky People – keen to recruit talented, motivated dental nurses, support or practice management staff to their team.

 

It is fair to say that there is rarely a budget set aside for replacing a key member of staff in much the same way that there are rarely funds set aside for replacing high value capital dental surgery equipment when it fails.

 

If your sterilisation equipment for example needs replacing, it is unlikely that dental business owners search for hours for the lowest possible cost replacement on the internet, albeit they would clearly shop around the main agents. And yet, that is what so many will do when recruiting a key member of staff.

 

Most recently, one prospective client spent several weeks, looking through well over 150 CV’s they had confidently received through cheap online adverts, rejecting over 90% of them in the process. Of those that they did invite in for interview and by the time they had, three had already secured other jobs and two didn’t even bother to turn up for their interview.

 

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This is not a unique situation, we frequently see advice being given to “advertise on generalist job boards as you’ll get dozens of applications” – but do you really want to spend hours looking at irrelevant CV’s or schedule time out of your day to interview people who don’t bother to turn up?

 

As a specialist dental recruitment agency, we work through hundreds of CV’s every week – but then that is our job. We’re here to identify the gaps in CV’s, talk to the candidates and find out why they are moving or are out of a job. In short, we’re paid to sort through the less likely candidates, so that our clients don’t have to.

 

By no means am I suggesting that every time you need to recruit, you pick up the phone to a specialist recruiter such as ourselves (although it would be nice if we did hear from you), but certainly give sites such as the British Association of Dental Nurses job board a try first http://badn.dentaljobsgroup.co.uk

 

At least that way you are targeting people who work in the dental market and are likely to be interested in the CV’s you receive.

 

Value your time and that of your practice management staff when recruiting. It is easy to think you’ve recruited a member of staff for £50, but if you actually consider the wasted man-hours, that is rarely the case. Even more costly is the decision to recruit the wrong person, but that’s a conversation for another time!

 

Happy to continue this conversation in person, just email..

Paul Holborn

Director

Blue Sky People

paul@blueskypeople.co.uk