Hiring in 2019
It was a chilly January evening and the room was bursting with optimism as prideful families watched teary eyed as students became graduates. Among the group were your future and very eager Dental Assistants & Dental Hygienists ready to join the work force. I was fortunate to be sitting on stage alongside the faculty and staff of a prominent career college that had invited me to deliver the commencement speech. I spoke about perseverance and strategies for the job hunt ahead of them. But while writing my speech it occurred to me that these new graduates will have a fairly easy time finding work. For the last few years, the unemployment rate in the dental field has been extremely low, with more jobs available than candidates to fill them. With that being said, I decided to share with the graduating class of 2019 some advice on landing the right job. So in fairness I would like to share with employers some insight on hiring the right candidates for your dental practice in 2019.
1) Confirm you are compliant with the lawEmployment laws in California have recently changed and dental professionals know it. Make sure you are up to date on these laws. We advise you work with your attorney or CPA to confirm compliance related to employment law and 1099 vs W2.
2) Make sure your pay & benefits package is competitiveThe best way to get people to apply to your job is to be transparent about your pay and benefits in the job posting. Here is a short guideline that we use at Direct Dental Staffing to advise our clients on starting pay range.
- Dental Assistants: $15 to $18/hr
- RDAs: $19 to $26/hr
- RDHs: $45 to $55/hr
- Dental Receptionist: $15 to $22/hr
- Office Manager: $22 to $32/hr