We all want busy practices and busy businesses. Or do we? Did you rush around today, frantically trying to get everything on your “To Do” list done, only to end your day with the realization that you didn’t even make a dent in it? Did your “To Do” list become more of a “Didn’t Do” […]
I recently returned from “EO Thrive 2014 Cleveland,” the annual gathering of Entrepreneur Organization members that re-energizes and inspires us to keep leading our organizations in the best and smartest ways possible. I’ll be touching on some of the themes I learned about, but one really resonated with me and I wanted to share it separately. […]
When I travel, I like to be organized. Having a family and a business, I need to make the most out of my time. I want to know that everything is going to run smoothly, so I make sure the details are taken care of. On my recent trip to New York, everything did not […]
Are you tired of seeing the same old dental stock photography on every website you visit? So are we! Since DentalPost.net is all about helping REAL dental professionals start, grow, and get more of of their careers, we’re collecting photos from offices around the country that show real people in real working environments. Submit yours […]
Inspired by an article claiming that the average salary for a Registered Dental Hyigenist in the United States is close to $70,000, we’ve spent the summer collecting, analyzing, and reporting on real salary data from dental professionals around the country. First, you saw our Dental Hygienist Salary Stack-Up; then, we shared the results of a […]
No matter how much we love our jobs and our patients, it’s still true: Our work is how we pay for our lives. So every now and then, it’s inevitable that we think about making more money. But asking for a raise can be one of the most awkward and intimidating things we do. If […]
Like many in our profession, I’ve had to dismiss a few less than sterling employees through the years. However, I’ve always recognized that a stable staff sends a message to our patient family: that the practice is a great place to work, and they can always count on seeing their favorite hygienist or other team […]
Ever wondered how much a Dental Assistant REALLY makes, how many hours per week they work, or even what percentage of them are parents? We did, and we’re excited to share our findings with you. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Dental Assistant is $34,500 per year. However, according […]
Have you ever thought about how you want to be remembered? What will those who know you best remember most about you? Perhaps you greet everyone with a smile and cheery hello, or maybe you look for the good in any situation. Whatever your gift may be, it is uniquely yours. It is your purpose. Robert F. Kennedy […]
As the Pankey Cross of Dentistry implores us: “Know Yourself, Know Your Work, Know Your Patient, Apply Your Knowledge, and you will experience both a Spiritual as well as a Material reward.” Clearly, taking time to establish a strong relationship with your patient family – one person and one procedure at a time – and […]
Google is developing driverless cars, the airlines are considering replacing pilots with robots, Amazon is planning for the use of delivery drones, and sophisticated websites like Zillow are reducing the need for realtors. In fact, many professions within the real estate industry face a “better than 85 percent chance of future job loss” according to […]
One of the biggest challenges for a business is that, as you grow, you often out-grow certain employees. Most large businesses have a human resources department, which handles hiring, reviewing, retraining and occasionally terminating employees. However, in most dental practices, these duties are typically handled either by the dentist or the office manager (along with […]
At DentalPost.net, it’s our job to have our finger on the pulse of the dental job market, and to share information about the past, present and future of that market with our users. When we shared an article earlier this year which claimed that the average salary for a Registered Dental Hygienist in the United […]
Any experienced dentist-employer knows that staff stability is critically important inmaintaining long-term patient relationships, and in reducing the overhead costs associated with employee turnover and training. Just as the business owner hopes to make a long-term hire, the potential employee hopes for employment stability as well! So what should a job seeker look for in […]
It’s completely normal to be nervous about job interviews. A lot is at stake and you want to make a good impression. But how do you do that? What kinds of things do hiring office managers and dentists consider when they first meet job candidates at an interview? The answer is: everything. Seriously. And depending […]
Article first published in The Progressive Dentist Magazine. dedicated to making a difference with dentistry Imagine sitting across from your new best friend – your oncologist – and finding out that the fight of your life is before you, and then finding out that before you can even begin your fight, you must take care […]
Meeting Sir Richard Branson was a thrill – he exudes positive energy and enthusiasm. But it was also an amazing learning experience. He is a super-entrepreneur, so a lot of his advice was focused on running businesses. He gave us four rules to work (and live) by, and those can easily be applied to dental […]
The job market can be tough to navigate, but there are things YOU can do to distinguish yourself from the pack and increase your chances of landing that dream job! What sets you apart from the rest? The brutal truth: EVERYTHING. Clean up your social media. Up to one-third of hiring managers have admitted to […]
As I am on Necker Island to absorb as much as I can from Sir Richard Branson and several fellow entrepreneurs, the ideas are flying! All the people on this journey instantly and spontaneously became new friends. A few of us had come from a long way away: Australia and Canada. After getting acquainted, we […]
Right now, I have just arrived on Necker Island, the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands in the amazingly blue Caribbean. Now, before you get all mad at me for boasting about a fabulous vacation, I need to tell you I am here to work hard and learn. Well, work hard, play hard and learn. […]
Don’t mess up your chance of workplace happiness. No, seriously. You can be very happy at work. You just have to be in the right place with the right people. As a job seeker – looking for your first job or your next opportunity – or a hiring office manager, you can be intentional in […]
Applying for your first job out of school can be scary. You’ve spent a lot of time daydreaming about graduation and your first time working with a patient, and now it’s time to start making it happen. There are probably a lot of thoughts running through your head; what kind of practice do I want […]
In today’s challenging and competitive marketplace – coupled with typically high post-graduation debt – many new dental school grads are finding that they must plan for their initial work opportunity at least a year in advance. Although it’s easy to overlook the immediate future due to the significant demands of one’s final year as a […]
When you join a new dental office as a Registered Dental Hygienist, you want to add value to your practice immediately. Dr. Tanya Brown, DMD shares 3 big things to keep in mind that will help establish you as a team player from your first day on the job. Think Like a Dentist Your mission is […]
The DentalPost Facebook community is full of smart, talented dental professionals who live and work all over the country (and even the world!), and we love the unique perspectives they bring to the table every single week on our page. Recently, we shared an article that generated a LOT of buzz – some good, some […]
I recently received a phone call from one of my former dental hygiene students. She graduated almost a year ago and has yet to find a permanent position. To keep her skills up while she’s actively job seeking, she stays busy temping – a daunting work environment for a newbie right out of school. During […]
Congratulations! You’ve been offered a job. Now what? Are you going to be able to get the salary and perks you want? While you should never bring up compensation in a job interview, you’ll be in a better position to negotiate what you want once a job is offered if you use the interview to […]
Can metrics be used to help a practice more successfully hire the right employees? Is the old way of doing things strictly based on resumes, interviews and “gut feel” still the best way to find the best hire? Data helps a lot of companies scientifically become more resourceful and the human resources division is not independent of these opportunities. Our access to data is more prevalent than ever and now is the time to ask ourselves if our dental practices can benefit from it.
Letting an employee go is one of the most difficult aspects of running a business. And if you’re an employee, getting fired is always a shock, even if you might be expecting it. In either case it’s even more challenging for dental practices, as the team is generally close-knit, and often a friendship develops between […]
Tonya recently had the privilege of sitting down with Mark Hartley, editor of RDH Magazine, to talk about his career and RDH Magazine.
In the dental job market there are some rules to interviewing that previous to now were unwritten. Adhere to these to stay out of trouble.
A recent survey revealed how much time hiring managers spend looking over each resume that hits their desk. Surprisingly, the most common response was four to five minutes. Although, when a separate study by a major career matching site conducted their own eye-tracking report, they found something far more revealing.
Want to know the secret to creating a thriving hygiene department? Quality! It seems simplistic and cliché, but it’s true. Quality equals quantity. The higher the level of care delivered by your hygienists the more productive they will be. Not to mention the larger effect of healthier patients and a happier hygiene team.
In a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies, Nathan Mlot a Mechanical Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology published an article about fire ants. While a single fire ant struggles when exposed to water, a group of the same fire ants when working closely together can float effortlessly for days.
So the ADA meeting in New Orleans on Halloween was quite fitting with all the scary things going on that are changing the landscape of Dentistry.
Let’s say you have done your part to put together an awesome resume and made it through to the interview stage. A new fad in dental interview formats could mean your hard work is not yet over. With the rise in popularity of group interviews many dental practices are adopting this format over one-on-one interviews in attempts to save time, reduce turnover, and determine which of their candidates best fit into their office culture.
Many dental offices are now straying away from the customary approach of conducting one-on-one interviews and shifting to group interviews to get a sense of how employees will work in a team setting. These types of interview settings often have the candidates work together to solve problems, simulate a challenging work situation, involve the discussion of ideas or opinions, or test leadership skills.
You’re hiring again. You know, that often tedious process of finding the right person for your company that is qualified yet likable at the same time. A lot goes into the hiring process which also means there is a lot of room to hire the wrong person. One of the most effective ways to prevent this from happening is to write a job ad that speaks volumes about what your dental practice is really like. So what are we really talking about here?
Ever wonder why some employees excel at their job while others just do okay or even poorly? After all, they work in the same office and for the same employer. Why is one doing GREAT while the other is not?
Have you ever gone on a working interview and just assumed that you’d get paid for the time you spent at the office, from the moment you arrived until the time you left? When you got your money, did you discover that, in fact, you only got paid for five of the eight hours you were there? While this isn’t exactly common, it does happen, and anyone going on a working interview should take the following steps to ensure it doesn’t happen to them.
Every single day in your office there are opportunities for teamwork, from the morning huddle, to preparing for patients, to closing out the end of the day. Almost everyone engages in teamwork at some point in their day, and it’s highly unlikely society would function at without teamwork. It is also highly unlikely that people think about what teamwork is, and what their contribution means.
The 100th year celebration of dental hygiene as a profession has inspired me to write this article. It reminded me just how much I love my profession and colleagues. Dental hygiene is recognized as playing a crucial role in the overall health of our community; it can’t be stressed enough how important good dental hygiene is, and so many people rely on Registered Dental Hygienists to help stay healthy. It’s incredibly rewarding!
During your job interview, answering questions well is not just important, it is essential! When you face the challenges and fears of interview questions using a few basic guidelines, you can come across like a PRO!
Do you ever wonder how you can take your New Patient Experience to the next level? Do potential new patients call your office, but don’t schedule an appointment with your practice? Do you wish that you could help them make the decision to schedule? Since new patients are the “lifeblood of your practice”, the first […]
Looking for a dental job can be intimidating and you might rather have a root canal than look for a job. It is possible to make this pain free.
When looking for a position in the dental field, there are a few basic steps that can make the process easier and much more productive.
The culture of your practice is largely dependent on the personalities, capabilities, and attitudes of your team members. They help run the office efficiently and effectively while collaborating with you as partners to deliver a standard of excellent care to your patients. This level of Care Driven® Dentistry reflects why you get up every day, what you do for others, and how you will meet and/or exceed the needs of the others, whether leaders, team members, or patients.
For the majority of dentists, providing affordable treatment and Care-Driven® dentistry is their main priority. Proficient attention to the entrepreneurial aspects of a practice is imperative to that goal. Without an efficient and effective business plan and the promise of consistent growth, a dental practice business can become stagnate, struggle, and altogether fail.
Ask hygienists if they like to sharpen instruments. The answer will be a resounding “NO”! Ask dentists if they like to see their hygienist spending time sharpening instruments. No again, they want them producing or on the phone filling schedules in order to produce. Understandable. It’s a dilemma.
Hiring dental practice staff members is an investment in your team, the future of your practice, and the patient care you provide. Before you hire and then manage dental practice staff, it’s important to understand the practice culture in which you and your team are working. Then, it’s essential to ensure that dental practice staff and prospective hires have the talents and strengths required of their jobs and that align with your practice vision.
Almost everyone feels like they are in a pressure cooker when it comes to any type of bargaining, and salary negotiation is no exception. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A little knowledge can turn the heat down and give you confidence in this business discussion.