How To Create A Dental Hygienist Job Description

Looking to hire a new dental hygienist? Job description-writing can actually be fun!

After a popular dental hygienist left your practice for retirement, you were undoubtedly happy for them — and terrified about finding someone to fill his or her shoes. Now, you’ve been tasked with writing a dental hygienist job description that will attract the “perfect” candidate for your practice.

If you’re like most dental office managers, you probably went digging around in your files for an old job description and couldn’t find a darn thing. Or, you did find a job description that was horribly outdated and lacking any true detail.

It’s okay — it’s all for the best. You’re going to write a new job description for a dental hygienist, and it’s going to ensure your inbox fills up with resumes from qualified individuals who will hopefully be a good fit within your practice.

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Before writing a dental hygienist job description: brainstorm!

You were assigned to write the job description, but that doesn’t mean the entire process needs to fall on your shoulders. A new hire affects the whole office, so start by getting input from everyone you work with.

If you have regular staff meetings, set aside five minutes in the schedule to talk about the dental hygienist opening. Tell the crew this is their chance to help you hire the right person for the job. Ask them questions like “What do you think are important tasks a dental hygienist in our office needs to complete on a regular basis?” and “How would you describe our work environment to a person who doesn’t work here?” Open the floor to allow everyone to voice their opinions. Listen well, and take a lot of notes.

Alternatively, if your office isn’t great about planning staff meetings, you could send out a simple e-mail to the group asking the same types of questions. Collect the answers and use them to kickstart the writing process.

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You don’t need to reinvent the wheel

When writing a job description, you don’t want to forget any key bullet points. Luckily, many other individuals and organizations have already done some of the leg work for you. Do a Google search for phrases like “dental hygienist job description” and see what comes up in the results. If you find examples of job descriptions that you like, take the portions you’re fond of and piece them together to form a your own hygienist job description. Some helpful websites might be:

The basic services that dental hygienists perform are the same nearly everywhere, so looking at sample job descriptions can help ensure your new job description is on the right path.

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Infuse some personality into your dental hygienist job description

You did your homework, and you’ve got a basic job description put together for your dental practice’s future hygienist. Now, you need to figure out how to give that job description a little bit of personality.

Why do you need to go beyond a typical dental hygienist job description? There are a few different reasons:

  • Yes, it’s up to the job candidate to impress you with their resume and interview. However, before they ever apply, it’s up to you to make them want to apply. What makes your office so special that they would want to work there?
  • A job description is an underrated marketing tool. The one you create is going to be a reflection of your business, and it’s important that anyone who sees it — whether they work in the dental industry or not — walks away with a favorable impression. They may not be your future employee, but they could be a future patient.
  • Don’t you want to hire the right person that will integrate seamlessly into your office’s culture? By being clear about the personality of your dental practice, and what type of person would be a good fit, you are more likely to find that person. Choosing the wrong person can be costly, especially for a small dental office. Be honest and clear the first time around and everyone will be a lot happier.

When you are beefing up the job description with a little more detail, don’t forget to consult your notes from the rest of the staff. They will undoubtedly offer some helpful insights you hadn’t previously considered.

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Releasing your dental hygienist job description out into the world

After all the time and effort you’ve put into creating the ultimate job description, you’re probably more than ready to publish it online and start finding candidates. However, before you do that, make sure you do one more thing — let a couple of people read it.

Is there an employee in your office who excels at writing, spelling, and grammar? Let them give the job description a once-over to ensure it is error-free and a good representation of your practice’s professionalism.

And finally, get the final approval from the practice owner. At the end of the day, it is their practice, and they will be paying this employee. He or she needs to know who you are ultimately trying to attract, how their practice will be perceived by the public, and of course, how much work you put in to creating the perfect dental hygienist job description.

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Does your dental practice do things differently when creating job descriptions? Any tips for others? Share your advice in the comments below!

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