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Set Reasonable Expectations for Your First Dental Job (and Whatever Comes Next)

Posted by Betsy Krekling, ADA Advisor on 2/3/21 9:15 AM

Rounding the corner into your last year or semester of dental school? If you’re on the job hunt, you’re probably wondering what that first job might look like.

Just like in every other field, you may not find the “perfect” forever job right out of the gate. It often takes a few years of working in a few different scenarios before you can learn what type of practice is right for you.

Some people love a bustling, busy practice with a dozen doctors working side by side, each focused on a couple specific treatments. Others prefer to do a little bit of everything and work solo. There’s no right or wrong – it’s a matter of preference.

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Topics: incoming dentist, looking for a job

How Long Does a Practice Transition Take?

Posted by Betsy Krekling, ADA Advisor on 1/26/21 9:00 AM

As dentists begin their practice transitions, nearly all have the same question on their minds: how long do you think this is going to take?

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Topics: looking for a job, purchase a practice, selling a practice

Feeling Stuck? Take Control of Your Dental Destiny

Posted by Betsy Krekling, ADA Advisor on 1/19/21 8:45 AM

As an ADA Advisor helping dentists navigate their practice transitions, I talk to many dentists who say they feel “stuck.” When someone says this, I always try to better understand what they mean. Their answers tend to fall into one of a few categories:

  • They have been in their current practice for a few years and feel like there’s no room for advancement. The owner isn’t retiring any time soon and doesn’t want to share patients or responsibility.
  • They are in a corporate practice and like the stability, but feel burned out.
  • They want to buy but aren’t sure how they can afford it, or don’t feel quite ready. (And they know there’s a lot they don’t know.)
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Topics: looking for a job

Prepare & Prioritize: How to Negotiate with Confidence

Does the thought of negotiating keeping you up at night?

It’s perfectly normal to be nervous about negotiations. After all, the stakes can be high – especially when you really want something to work out.

At ADA Practice Transitions, we act as facilitators, not negotiators. That means that we help you prepare to negotiate and offer tips to protect your interests.

We have found that a bit of preparation can go a long way towards making the experience smoother and more successful. Even if you haven’t yet found your perfect match (and if you haven’t – create your free profile to get started!), it’s smart to start thinking about what you want achieve from your upcoming transition. If you understand what you want and what you need to move forward, you will be coming to the negotiating table with clear goals that can pave the way.

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Topics: looking for a job

5 Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Relocating

Have you found the practice of your dreams? Could it be the practice of your partner’s dreams too?

If it is in a new town or state, what would it take for you and your family to make the move?

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Topics: looking for a job, purchase a practice

Big Decisions Demand Family Input: Your Guide to Starting the Conversation

Now is a great time to have some important conversations with your family about how your career affects your collective future. Most of you have never been allowed this kind of focused time to evaluate your true priorities as a family.  

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Topics: looking for a job, purchase a practice, selling a practice, expanding my practice

This Week Only: Sign Up for a Free 3-Month Trial of ADA Practice Transitions

Posted by Bree Simmers on 2/24/20 8:30 AM

ADA Practice Transitions will find you the right practice or dentist to help you take the next step in your dental career.

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Topics: looking for a job, purchase a practice, "find an associateship"

Should You Take the Money? The True Cost of a Signing Bonus

Posted by Bill Robinson, ADAPT President & CEO on 1/20/20 9:27 AM

If you ask a dentist about “corporate dentistry,” you may get a strong reaction. Opinions range from “corporate dentistry is destroying the profession” to “corporate dentistry is ideal – it allows a dentist to focus on dentistry rather than running a business,” with many flavors in between.

In particular, I have heard a number of established dentists lament how many new graduates choose the corporate dentistry route for their first job. Whenever I encounter someone who is disappointed with a new graduate’s choice outside of independent dentistry, I often have the following conversation:

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Topics: looking for a job

Resolve to Start a Successful Practice Transition in 2020

Happy New Year! Many people look at the new year (or new decade) as a time to make changes. If the fresh calendar has you thinking about your own dental practice transition, review my lessons learned in 2019 and then read on for tips to make 2020 your year.

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Topics: incoming dentist, looking for a job

Talk Less, Listen More: 10 Tips for a Better Interview

Posted by Bill Robinson, ADAPT President & CEO on 11/21/19 10:00 AM

Whether you are hiring someone or looking to be hired, an interview is the traditional way to assess whether or not a person or situation is a good fit. At ADA Practice Transitions, the interview is typically the first time that two dentists get to discuss their goals and weigh how strong a potential match may be.

Anything with high stakes – such as a practice transition – merits some preparation. Don’t go into an interview cold. Instead, keep these tips in mind when preparing for and managing an interview.

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Topics: owner, looking for a job

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