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Frequently Asked Questions

How to post a Job?

The first step is to create a dental clinic account.

How to search for work and bid on on Jobs?

The first step is to create an account.

The dental clinic's reply will be emailed and posted online.

What are your terms and fees when our dental clinic hires a relief dentist?

Learn more: our terms and success fee.

When should the dental clinic pay DentistRelief.com?

An invoice for our success fee will be sent to you AFTER the dentist works.

Am I restricted from accepting relief work or employment independently from DentistRelief.com?

No, our user agreement prohibits you from acting as a 'referral service', 'employment agency', or operate an 'employment message-like board' that provides dentists other than yourself to any dental clinic.
Learn more: our agreement.

What are the relief dentist's obligations to DentistRelief.com when additional work or employment is offered from a referred dental clinic?

Your main obligation is to inform and updated us when you schedule additional work at a dental clinic where we referred you. As a courtesy we will email you a reminder each month.
Learn more: our agreement.

Are dentists' references provided to the dental offices to assist their hiring decisions?

We provide contact information for up to five of our most recent referrals to assist your decision. In addition when dentists first register and when they return to the web site, we continually request that they update their dental clinical references.

My bid was accepted by a dental clinic. Should I confirm it by email or go to the web site to confirm?

Either way is fine. We prefer that you confirm via the web site whenever possible.

If I find that I don't like the dental clinic may I remove myself from other relief work dates?

First, don't do anything. Let us try and unwind the upcoming work dates. We will post a back-up job and try to find someone else. If we find another dentist there may be a difference in fees. You may be asked to make up the difference.

What do you suggest if after the first day we do not want the relief dentist back?

Relief dentists will turn down offered work to uphold their commitment to your dental clinic. To be fair you must assume some of the risk. Here's what we mean, confirm them for one trial day. Make it clear that you would like to hire them for more dates if everything goes as expected. In the meantime if they receive an offer for work elsewhere then they may accept that other work.

How much should a relief dentist charge?

To derive a reasonable introductory fee consider your interpersonal skills, your income generation abilities, experience, skills, and your professional demeanor. Pharmacies located in metropolitan areas pay more than those in rural zones but usually expect a dentist to upsell or generate more income. You should also consider whether the time period is during a peak relief season such as holidays, summer, or during a major conference.

How does a dental clinic confirm bids?

Login to your dental clinic's account. All the bids will be displayed. Click on the dentists' bids then post them a bid memo accepting their bids.

I bid for relief work but have not received a reply. How do you know if the job has already been covered? Who informs me if my bid is not accepted?

DentistRelief.com will follow-up and notify you of our progress and the outcome of your bid. In the meantime bid on other jobs. Do not wait for a reply! Locate the job using its id#. If it is still listed then it is considered an active job and still open to bids.

Are the relief dentists who bid on my job licensed to practice in my state?

Yes, the relief dentists that bid on your job claim to be licensed in your state. In addition the web site only displays jobs to dentists with compatible licensure.

My strategy is to bid my fee high to see if the dental clinic will negotiate.

You are not negotiating from a position of strength. You gain negotiating strength after youíve worked at the dental clinic and when they ask you to work there again. If you want to gain their attention and put your foot in their door give them your special introductory rate first.

Once a bid has been accepted can the employer change the dates?

Yes the dates can be changed and negotiations are re-opened. Meaning to say you are no longer bound to the original agreement and dates. When you and the dental clinic accept the changes then the agreement is in effect.

What is your advise when searching for relief work away from home?

Here's our recommendation for a traveling dentist: Well ahead of your travel plans bid on jobs. You may have to alert a dental clinic that your bid is conditioned upon you successfully scheduling a critical number of work dates. Once you've scheduled enough shifts traveling becomes economically feasible. Finally when new jobs are posted to the web site you may still bid on these newer jobs that compliment your confirmed schedule and travel plans.

Why hire a relief pharmacist for my dental clinic when I prefer to hire an associate?

There are many dentist-candidates searching for relief work which is key for meaningful introductions to employable dentists. For many dental offices hiring a relief dentist is the first step in filling a permanent associate position.

We are interested in hiring for our new dental clinic. What do you suggest?

Create an account and post your employment opportunity. Post a relief job to run concurrently with the permanent one to attract even more interested candidates.

We have three offices. Will the dentists work in the area on a day-to-day relief basis?


How do I close my account?

Login and click on the My Account menu. Select Email Setting, click on Edit then click on Unsubscribe.

I was a temporary dentist. Now own a dental clinic. What do I have to do to hire a relief dentist?

Create a new account for your dental clinic. Click on Create an Account. The web site will walk you through registering your dental clinic and posting a job to hire a relief pharmacist.

What can DentistRelief.com offer me?

Employment that may compliment your life-style. Relief work depends upon where you are licensed, your availability, interpersonal relations, income generation capabilities, and skills. To get started create an account. There is no obligation to do so.

How to conduct relief work as a business?

Learn more: download the Relief Pharmacist handbook

When I login an agreement page appears.

The first time you login you'll be presented with our agreement. Read it. To accept our agreement click the checkbox and then click on the I accept button. The next time you login the page will no longer appear.

Do you have a mobile or cell phone accessible website?

Not yet.

How do I contact you?

In small print at the bottom of each web page click on the 'contact us' hyperlink.

What is my login name and password? Do I have to login to download the Relief Dentist Manual?

Email us your last name. We will email your login name and a temporary password. It is not necessary to login to download a copy of the Relief Dentist Handbook.

How do I find previously confirmed bids?

Login to your account. Select the Bids and Schedule menu then click on View Past Schedule.

I don't see any relief job listings in my area.

You are not seeing any jobs because there are none currently posted in your area.

Once my dental clinic accepts a relief dentist's bid how do we know if they are still available?

When you accepted the dentist's bid, the relief dentist was notified to reaffirm his/her acceptance. Until they acknowledge your acceptance your job remains active and open to bids from other dentists.

What is the difference between a bid and a job?

Dental offices post jobs, dentists bid on the jobs. Each dental clinic job consists of needed relief dates. Each dentist's bid consists of their available dates and fee. As such a posted job may exist without an assoicated bid, however a bid cannot exist without being associated to a job.

Why are there a bid id# and a job id #?

When dental offices post their jobs, each job consists of desired relief dates. Each job is assigned a sequential job ID number. When a dentist bids to work one or more of the dates the bid is assigned a sequential Bid ID.

What is this going to cost?

There is no charge to register, post jobs or bid on jobs, meet and interview with each other.
Both dentist and dental offices pay/owe a part of our success fee but only if they successfully negotiate employment. Remember to budget our success fee into your negotiations.

Learn more dental clinic: our terms and success fee.

Learn more dentist: our terms and success fee.

How do I determine what to charge a dental clinic for relief work?

To derive a reasonable INTRODUCTORY fee the main consideratons are your interpersonal skills, upselling or income generation capabilities, experience, skills, as well as your professional demeanor. Secondarily you may want to factor-in if the relief coverage is needed during vacation or holiday seasons or a major conference.

Can I withdrawn my bid for relief work before the dental clinic replies?

Yes, and you may bid on other jobs. When one of your bids is accepted, the conflicting bids will be automatically notified and withdrawn.

Before I bid on a job what kind of neighborhood it is and am I going to be alone at anytime?

When you bid on a job we provide a general comments section in the bid form. Enter your prerequisite questions regarding the job or dental clinic. Also we encourage you to visit a dental clinic during the bid/acceptance period to further evaluate its suitability. [ top ]

If I hire a relief dentist and then our vacation plans are disrupted, may I cancel the dentist?

Thankfully, cancellations occur infrequently. They are handled on a case per case basis. Here is our position: good faith cancellations are a cost of doing business. Good faith cancellations made two months or more prior to the first work date should not pose a problem. A good faith cancellation made one month prior should fall under a 'no harm no foul' rule. Meaning to say if the canceled relief date(s) can be offered or recaptured somewhere else, then no other special consideration is required (no harm no foul). A good faith cancellation made prior to weeks or last minute should receive some re-numeration. This is especially relevant when relief work offered by another dental clinic was turned down to honor committed dates.

The dental clinic just called and cancelled me. What recourse do I have?

Call or send them an itemized invoice explaining any expenses you've incurred to uphold your committment. If you have turned down other work ASK for some renumeration. If no response or a good-faith offer is not forthcoming you may have to resort to small claims court for recourse.

What happens if a dental clinic cancels me or the job? How will I know?

Use the website to check a bid's status. When DentistRelief.com is notified of a cancelation at minimum we will immediately post a message and email you a cancelation alert.

If my bid has been accepted can the dental clinic cancel me after the first work day?

The answer is complicated and beyond the scope of these faqs. First off it depends upon your employment relationship. It is important that the employment status is defined clearly ahead of time. If you are hired as an employee then you may be terminated 'at will'. If you are hired as an independent contractor then you may seek recourse through small claims court.

A dental clinic wants me to work permanent part time. What should I do?

Negotiate their employment offer. During their search for permanent part-time associates, pharmacies may hire relief dentists to fill their scheduling gaps. It is also common for relief dentists to accept additional work as well as a permanent position through their relief contacts. You agree to notify us of any new arrangement and schedule with this dental clinic.
Learn more: our agreement.

Our dental clinic received a bid at the last minute. Are we obligated to accept this bid? Do we owe DentistRelief.com for finding someone?

You are not obligated to accept the bid. You do not incur a charge from DentistRelief.com until you hire someone. Consequently, there would be no charge.

Does DentistRelief.com screen the dentists?

On request, we gladly provide any feedback that we may have on file.
It may be helpful to your cause discuss a list of criteria based upon your expectations and past experiences. Quiz each candidate to your satisfaction prior to confirming someone. You are not obligated to accept anyone, and the candidates are not obligated either. Once both parties agree do we confirm the relationship.

What is my obligation to DentistRelief.com for a dentist who we've used before that bid on our posted job?

Maintain your own contacts to call first if you don't want to pay our success fee. Once we use our resources to locate candidates for you to hire, we have supplied a service for which we expect to be paid if you hire our referral.
Learn more: our terms and success fee.

What is the difference between a relief dentist and a part time associate?

There is big difference between a relief pharmacist who is treated like an independent contractor and a part time associate, your employee. Under regulatory scrutiny be certain that a relief dentist is not reclassified as a your employee.
Learn more: download the Relief Pharmacist handbook

How much do you charge when my dental clinic hires a relief dentist? How much do you charge when my dental clinic hires the relief dentist as an associate?

Our success fee for either employment arrangement is the same. In addition our success fee is accrued regardless of mediating conditions like which party instigated the arrangement, the terms of hire or employment, if there was a prior existing relationship between you, or even if they buy-in to your practice and an equity relationship ensues.
Learn more: our terms and success fee.

Our dental clinic accepted a dentist's bid but can not find the bid.

Login and go to the Bids and Schedule menu. Click on View pending bids or enter the Bid id#.

May I modify or withdraw my bid?

Yes, you may modify or withdraw a pending bid. Simply post a bid memo. [ top ]

When should I notify the dental clinic of my personal policies for doing relief work?

When you create a bid enter your provisions into the comments section of the bid form.

Is a relief dentist obligated to work if my bid is accepted?

Until a dental clinic responds to your bid, you are free bid on other jobs. Once a dental clinic accepts your bid, then yes you are obligated and agreements are drawn confirming the bid. [ top ]

Does a relief dentist need a business license?

The requirements for a business license vary from town to town. Check the web site of your town. A business license should be a deductible expense for you doing business as a relief dentist. [ top

What guaranty does the relief dentist have to get paid?

There are no guarantees. However, we provide written contracts stating the specifics of your agreement: fees, work dates, when and where payment is to be sent. In addition an invoice is prepared in your name and presented on your behalf to the dental clinic.

When is the relief dentist paid?

Payment of fees should be discussed after a bid is accepted and before the first work date. When you first initiate contact with the dental clinic during the course of that conversation a well-timed' when may I expect payment?' should be all that is required.
It should be noted that if you bid an hourly rate leave behind an invoice that includes your hours and the total amount owed. Also provide the dental clinic with a W-9 form.
Lear more: W-9 form

Our dental clinic received a bid from a dentist who has worked here before. We don't want to hire them again.

Reply to their bid with a simple 'no thank you'.

I just bid on a job where I already work part time.

If you withdraw your bid and then work the date inform us. However you should leave your bid as-is based on the fact that you learned of the opening from our website,

Do you have any dentists in my area?

Probably, but to increase the number of candidates willing to work in your area, we recommend that you post a relief job and a permanent one.

How to attract more bids to a dental clinic's relief job?

If accommodations are available offer them. The one sure-fire way to attract interested dentists is to offer a monetary incentive.