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It’s tempting for dental offices that are hiring to post their dental assistant jobs, dental hygienist jobs and other available positions on Craigslist. After all, the service is inexpensive. It’s also local and global at the same time, helping you to reach your target audience wherever they are. But Craigslist has a mixed reputation. Here’s what you face when you post your dental assisting, dental hygiene and other job openings on Craigslist:

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What’s wrong with Craigslist?

You may have heard horror stories about scammers or low-quality help being hired through Craigslist. You may have heard that another practice owner hired the best part-time dental assistant she’s ever had through the site. You might get a fantastic candidate—a true helper at heart who you want to hire right away. On the other hand, you could get lots of things you don’t want. Here are some problems you might face when hiring through Craigslist.

Unqualified applicants for your dental jobs

Craigslist is huge. (The Statistic Brain Research Institute reports that one million job openings are posted on Craigslist every month.) Because Craigslist isn’t specific to dentistry, you’re likely to hear from many unqualified applicants. There are many serial job applicants who apply to anything and everything. They don’t realize (or don’t care) that dental hygienists, dental nurses and dental assistants need credentials to practice. It’s hard enough choosing from among the many qualified applicants who inquire about your job openings.

If you want to hear only from qualified candidates, the best thing to do is use a service that’s specifically for dentistry. Of course, there are dental job boards and dental temp agencies that meet this requirement, but they may not be the best places to fill your dental staffing needs (more on that below). You’ll need to go where the talent is, and the best dental workers are using Cloud Dentistry.

A bottom-of-the-barrel reputation among dental assistants, hygienists and dentists

Many job applicants see Craigslist as a place where low-quality employers look for cheap labor. It’s also rife with scam artists. Because of the site’s poor reputation, the best candidates simply don’t look for work there. Someone who has been working for years in a dental assistant career wants better. They don’t want to fall victim to scams, and they don’t want the hassle of applying to a job only to find an employer who will take advantage of them.

When you post your job on Craigslist, you run the risk of being associated with the bottom of the barrel. It’s a waste of time, and it could actually damage your reputation in the long run.

A low-tech tool for dental staffing in a high-tech world

Think about it—Craigslist isn’t much more than an enormous job board. There are much more powerful tools out there. When you post your ad on a job board or on Craigslist, you don’t get any support to help you follow through.

We live in the twenty-first century, and hiring tools should assist the dental operator in actually filling vacancies, not just in posting messages online. Today’s premier dental hiring solution, Cloud Dentistry, has a number of powerful tools designed for assisting you in your candidate search. Full professional profiles, booking calendars, real-time messaging and a review system all help you find the right person for your dental job.

A word of advice: dental job boards and placement agencies are just as low-tech as Craigslist. They may even be worse. The right system uses technology to put control in your hands. It doesn’t make sense to hand that control over to a staffing agency—and pay for the privilege—when you can hire quality professionals in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost.

Where can you turn for dental staffing?

If Craigslist is risky and job placement agencies are a money drain, what’s the best place to hire dental professionals? You need a tool that uses technology to save you time, has a good reputation among dental professionals and is dentistry-specific. That’s where Cloud Dentistry comes in, helping you to truly harness the power of technology in hiring.

Craigslist is just a website, but Cloud Dentistry takes full advantage of cloud technology. By searching and browsing the profiles of qualified dental professionals, you can get exactly what you need quickly. For example, if you need someone with experience in assisting the dentist with pediatric patients, you can get a list of candidates that meet your requirements instantly. The cloud-based platform saves you even more time by letting you see each candidate's’ rates, qualifications, availability and reviews.

Cloud Dentistry is, of course, specific to dentistry. If you need a dental assistant, you’ll get in touch with qualified professionals who know that working as a dental assistant requires training and certification. You won’t hear from applicants who are looking for any old job. The platform also has a great reputation for assisting dental professionals in finding work. Because of that reputation, the people who meet your job requirements have created their profiles and are looking for work on Cloud Dentistry.

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Craigslist isn’t the right place for dental staffing. Cloud Dentistry is.

Craigslist isn’t dentistry-specific, it doesn’t have a great reputation and it doesn’t provide the full benefits of today’s cloud technology. Dental practices who want to hire workers without wasting time and money can find what they need with Cloud Dentistry. The platform has a history of connecting dental practices with dental workers, assisting both in finding exactly what they need. Real time messaging, searchable profiles and online scheduling make it easy to fill staffing gaps in no time.