Understanding and Evaluating Associateship Opportunities
Suggestions for Recruiting Associates

Course Author(s): David G. Dunning, MA, PhD; Robert D. Madden, DDS, MBA

Suggestions for Recruiting Associates

The owner(s) of a practice are best served by having already developed a clear practice mission and philosophy to communicate to the would-be associate. The owner(s) should also be thinking about both short and longer term plans, including facilities and strategic financial targets into the future. Having provided such a foundation makes for a clearer framework for hiring an associate.

Here are some suggestions for recruiting associates:

  1. Network with colleagues in dental education, particularly those from your alma mater.
  2. Post the opportunity through dental schools. This is often free or a nominal fee.
  3. Advertise through your state dental association newsletters/websites.
  4. Leverage newer web-based recruiting methods, such as Zip Recruiter which has the capability of advertising through social media.
  5. List your opening with brokers, such as ADS Transitions and other websites such as Nationwide Dental Opportunities (Schein’s on-line list of openings for dentists).
  6. Network with vendors, especially dental supplier representatives.