It’s A Tale of Two Hygienists’ student roundtable episode, which means Andrew and Michelle have invited a roster of guests to educate student listeners on a chosen topic. Today, Michelle and Andrew have invited Teresa and Pete, two professionals with a vast amount of recruiting experience both within and beyond the dental field, to join them for this month’s discussion regarding recruiting in the dental hygiene practice.
In this episode, Teresa and Pete begin by sharing how they got into recruiting, different niches in which they have worked, why they prefer to hire new graduates, and the importance of having both new graduates and established hygienists in an organization. They also discuss attributes which recruiters like to see in candidates, some recruitment practices, the impact of the pandemic on the dental hygiene space, and their advice on how to set up your resume for your next job application.
Interview starts: 5:31
– Teresa and Pete share some of their background
– New graduates vs established hygienists
– Why new graduates?
– The importance of having both new grads and established hygienists in an organization
– Having an open mind and willingness to learn
– Why flexibility is important
– Social media recruiting vs job sourcing sites
– Tips for setting up your information on job sourcing sites
– The effects of the pandemic on hygiene opportunities for dental practices
– Video interviews vs in-person interviews – benefits, pros and cons, and success rates
– Scrubs vs business attire
– Why you shouldn’t put a headshot on your resume
– How important is your resume?
– CV vs resume for hygienists
“The return on the investment was extremely positive because they were able to understand the business, understand what their role would be, and what they’re actually going to school for.”
“By starting with the new grads, you’re, you’re molding that hygienist the way you want them to be.”
“The hard piece that we have, as recruiters, is level-setting them to reality, versus what the school is wanting them to try to find and accept, and then what they’re looking for, especially.”
“It really is about your attitude towards the profession, the attitude towards your patients. It’s your willingness to learn, willingness to kind of just continue to evolve as a professional because it’s not going to be static ever.”
“The more flexible you are, the easier your professional development is going to be.”
“That shows you the power of social media, but yet, we’re not harnessing the power in the right direction.”
“Since the pandemic, somebody just went in and just flipped the switch, and nobody wants to work.”
“Everybody’s nervous when they go to an interview, no matter what kind of interview it is.”