“Nothing in life is free.” It’s an old adage, but one that still carries much merit even today, especially for optometry practice owners. Being proficient at managing your practice’s daily, weekly, monthly, and annual costs is a necessary skill for any owner wishing to sustain a successful optometry practice, and budgeting plays a critical role in this management process. When it comes to finding a new associate, many owners will designate a budget for internet, newspaper, or magazine job ads and simply hope for the best. In many cases, this budget can quickly dry up before any qualified candidates apply (assuming any apply at all), leaving the owner with only one or two qualified candidates to interview and wasting a considerable number of hours screening out unqualified applicants on their own time. It’s not unreasonable for an owner to have to invest 50+ hours in a job search for a new associate, and even if job ads return a qualified candidate, differences in practice philosophy, personality, or career goals can often mean they’re not a good long-term fit with the staff or practice. With so few qualified candidates to choose from, the owner is either forced to hire someone who is not a good fit and risk the future of their practice (and the morale of their team) or start the candidate search over again, wasting still more time and effort.
Time and time again, we’ve seen practice owners and hiring managers caught in this vicious cycle. Rather than waste countless hours and financial resources on traditional methods that simply don’t work anymore, why not consider hiring a professional vision recruiter to cut costs and do the leg work for you? A quality vision recruiter will screen every candidate extensively prior to sending them your way to ensure his or her skill set, practice philosophy, personality, short-term and long term career goals, lifestyle, and even personal goals are in-line with your unique opportunity to ensure a long-term fit. That way, your time is only spent interviewing qualified candidates, many of whom would have never seen your job ad and were only made aware of your opportunity through the extensive reach of your optometry recruiter.
There’s another old adage: “a picture is worth 1000 words,” and that one carries merit today as well. Below we’ve put together an infographic detailing some key advantages of working with an optometry recruiter to hire your next associate, and the costs we’ve seen many owners run into who try to do so on their own. If you’re looking for an associate, partner, or buyer for your optometry practice, don’t hesitate to contact us today and let us do the work for you!