How Dental Teams Can Prepare if Their Practice is Sold

Posted by on Aug 30, 2023 9:48:53 AM

It's hard to know how to feel or what to do if your dental practice is sold. Often, these things happen quickly and staff aren't informed until the time of sale or even after. 

Here's how you can prepare.


Processing Emotions After Selling a Dental Practice

It's normal to experience a wide variety of emotions after learning that your dental practice was or will be sold

It's important to acknowledge and process both "good" and "bad" emotions as you move forward. Don't buy into the idea that it's "just" a job change. It's well-known that career changes — along with moving, divorces, and the death of a loved one — are significant life events that can deeply impact a person's emotions.

Negative Emotions

Negative emotions are often prevalent after learning that you may no longer have secure employment. You may be worried, frightened, angry, frustrated, sad, and anything in between. Allow yourself to experience these negative emotions and acknowledge that they are part of a difficult situation you're in. 

If you continue to struggle or you have difficulty getting your stride back, consider talking to a trusted friend about what you're feeling or even working with a counselor.

Positive Emotions

There may be some positive emotions as well. If you were previously struggling at your job, a part of you might be relieved that you will no longer be working in that environment. You may be excited about looking for better dental jobs, especially if you enjoy the challenge of learning new things and growing in your career. You should experience the positives, too, and allow them to bring balance to your emotions about selling a dental practice.


Talk to HR About the Transition

Talk to your employer or the human resources department of your dental practice (if one exists) about how the sale will affect staff. Is the ownership simply transferring? Or was the business liquidated? If so, will you be offered a severance package or other benefits? How will your 401k be transferred? These questions should be answered by someone on staff at your practice who can let you know what to expect as a result of the sale. If you don’t have an HR department, speak to the owner(s) or practice manager.


Begin the Search for New Dental Jobs

You know your dental practice is going to be sold, or perhaps the sale is already final. Find out what your own employment situation may look like - perhaps there is an opportunity for growth or advancement. If you don’t intend on sticking around, or are unsure if you’ll get the opportunity to stay, now is the time to start searching for new dental opportunities. Whether you stay or go, it’s always good to have a sense for your marketability.

Sharpen Your Resume

It's best practice to give your resume a once over — or a complete overhaul — when you leave one job and begin looking for another. If your resume is mostly up-to-date, you may just need to add your most recent work experience. If your resume is really lacking, polish your resume up yourself or consider working with a skilled resume writer.

Apply Where You Want To Work

While your first inclination may be to search various dental-related publications for dental job opportunities, don't miss potential opportunities with dental practices that aren't advertising an opening. 

Submit your resume to practices that you'd like to work at and follow up once or twice to check if they're interested. In many cases, dental practices may be looking for someone but haven't had the chance to advertise the position yet. Or, they may like you enough to create a position for you.


Practice Interviewing

There are few people to whom interviewing comes naturally, so it's important to practice before you schedule a slew of face-to-face meetings with potential employers. Practice answering common interview questions with friends, ideally ones who also work in the dental field and can ask industry-specific questions.

Get comfortable coming up with good answers on the fly — you never know what the person interviewing you is going to ask. You don't want to get flustered, so instead of trying to prepare an answer for every single possible question, learn how to compose solid responses quickly under pressure.


Was Your Dental Practice Sold? Keep Your Head Down and Your Chin Up

If your dental practice was sold and you don’t have an opportunity to work with the new management, acknowledge your feelings first, then make a commitment to find a new opportunity that is an even better fit for you. Start by making sure you review the transition with HR and that you're ready to tackle even the most difficult interviews.

If you decide to start your own practice, download our complimentary eBook Managing People in Your Dental Practice to get started on the right foot.

About Treloar & Heisel

Treloar & Heisel, an EPIC Company, is a premier financial services provider to dental and medical professionals across the country. We assist thousands of clients from residency to practice and through retirement with a comprehensive suite of financial services, custom-tailored advice, and a strong national network focused on delivering the highest level of service.  

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