We recently came across a blog that was commenting on how difficult the market was out there for Hygienists, but I feel that this may be the case for many clinicians and office members. Therefore, I have included our response to these representatives plight. Remember, this can apply to anyone looking for employment, not just a Hygienist.
It does seem like it is a tough market out there for many clinicians, especially Hygienists in many of the metropolitan and suburban areas. Therefore, you have to begin thinking outside of the box.
Heather (a woman who also previously commented suggesting each person volunteer some of their time), I like your idea of volunteering; you never know what avenues that can open up for you.
I would also suggest looking for work a day at a time. What I mean by that is simple, contact your local dental offices and see if they are looking to add hygiene hours, not a Hygienist. Often times, offices wish they could add more hygiene hours, but the office cannot afford to, nor can the Hygienist afford to come aboard more than 6-10 hours a week. If you find 2-3 of these opportunities in a consecutive week, you will have almost a full week. I would also recommend that you contact some of the Group Practices in your area. Groups are always looking to add or fill Hygiene hours and they many be able to enroll you into 3-4 of their practices a week or in lieu of vacation and other schedules.
Who knows, you may find your permanent office for the remainder of your career providing you do an exceptional job and the patients appreciate you. Or you may find that you love being part of a number of clinics. Good luck!
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