Dental Elite: Specialist recruitment expertise

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Dental Elite’s Luke Arnold says successful recruitment requires you to “Access all areas

As an employer you want to hire the best talent available for your role and organisation. That means looking at the entire ‘candidate universe’ i.e. everyone who is suitably qualified and experienced to do the job, whether they are active or not. Only by looking at the whole market can you adequately appoint the best person.

Targeting passive job seekers, in other words those not actively looking for a job, can provide a crucial source of hidden talent. Indeed, just because an applicant isn’t diligently on the hunt for a new role, doesn't mean they couldn't be tempted to change jobs if the offer was attractive enough. At least that’s the case of 71 per cent of workers according to a study conducted by job site, Indeed [1].

As such, if you have the resources to target 100 per cent of the potential talent pool, why not do so? Not only would you have the advantage of more choice, but your chances of finding the perfect candidate who ticks all the boxes would be greatly improved. After all, just because someone isn’t looking for a job, doesn't mean they wouldn't be perfect for it. In fact, it is often the case that some of the best candidates are those who aren’t actively looking, as high performers tend to be recognised, looked after and developed by their employers.

Bear in mind, however, that 52 per cent of those who participated in Indeed’s talent attraction poll thought that they would be more successful in a job they found on their own versus one they got from a recruiter or company that contacted them. Moreover, 78 per cent said that if a recruiter or friend proactively contacted them about a position, they would still consider other job options [1].

Then again, when you consider that 75 per cent of UK HR professionals have reported recruitment difficulties this year [2], due in part to Brexit, as well as the fact there have been ongoing problems with recruiting dental associates for some time now and for many other reasons, it is no longer enough to wait for candidates to come to you. Action must be taken otherwise you risk missing out on talent; or worse – not filling the post at all.

Tailored job alerts and social media updates are a great way of engaging with all manner of candidates, as is enrolling the help of a well-connected recruiter with a vast database of talented candidates. Dental Elite works solely with the dental profession to help practices find suitable candidates by using its extensive network of contacts. With its unrivalled connections, years of experience and market knowledge, the recruitment agency is well placed to help access both passive and active applicants, ensuring you find the perfect candidate, every time.

Luke Arnold is the Director of Recruitment Services for Dental Elite and has more than 10 years’ experience working in the recruitment sector. He has developed his skills specifically within the dental industry since joining the team at Dental Elite in 2011. For more information, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01788 545 900


1] Indeed. Talent Attraction Study: What Matters to the Modern Candidate. Accessed online 12 October 2017 at 

2] Chartered Institute for People and Development: Organisations urged to future-proof their recruitment strategies for 2017 and beyond. Published 28 June 2017. Accessed online 12 October 2017 at