Interviewing job candidates can sometimes feel like searching for a diamond in the rough. You know that your expectations are reasonable – but do you know how to find someone who fulfills them? Consider these top 10 interviewing tips as you go through the process, and remember: when it comes to dental team members, you […]
February is the month we think of romantic matches but your career match is just as important to your overall fulfillment. A 30 to 40 hour work week equates to a significant portion of your life. The people you work with and the culture of the environment can mean all the difference between waking up […]
When I graduated from dental school and established my private practice in 1978, it didn’t take me long to realize that I really didn’t know very much at all. Just keeping up with developments in materials and technology was a daunting task, let alone the fact that I knew absolutely nothing about running a business! Fortunately, […]
I’ve mentioned before that both times I’ve been to Necker Island as a guest of Sir Richard Branson, I soak up all kinds of knowledge. As amazing as every inch of Necker Island is, there’s one place there that’s almost sacred. Maybe that’s why it’s called a “Temple.” It’s The Elders Temple, a meeting place […]
I can hardly believe I went back to Necker Island! I was more excited this time than last time, because I knew how amazing the trip will be! We traveled from Atlanta to San Juan, Puerto Rico to Tortola, then to Necker by boat. A cooler full of refreshments was waiting for us at the […]
I can say, without a doubt, 2014 has been the greatest year of my life. My sweet twin girls turned 11, starting a new decade and new chapter of their lives. My business DentalPost ends the new year with great possibilities ahead. I’m excited that I gained a new perspective on balancing these parts of […]
“Success is peace of mind that is a direct result in knowing that you did your best to become the best you were capable of becoming.” – Coach John Wooden Becoming a rock star dental team member will provide you with the ultimate job security. Your current employer will fully appreciate you and if you […]
Let’s admit it, we’ve all experienced a breaking point at some point in our careers when we’ve wanted to submit a same day resignation letter, leave for lunch and never return or better yet march into our boss’s office and yell “I QUIT!” Although, sometimes enticing, don’t do it! Remember, we never want to burn bridges or […]
Without taking psychic abilities into account, it is nearly impossible to know what hiring managers are looking for in potential candidates. However, if you really want to put your best foot forward when job seeking all you have to do is think like the person who is hiring you. There are a lot of reasons people land […]
It goes without saying that we all want our patients to enjoy a positive experience with every visit, because “word of mouth” strengthens our practices. But what does it take to achieve that? Team From the first contact (practice web site and/or telephone call), to payment for the completion of services, the patient must be made […]
Everyone uses a different measuring stick to determine wages in a dental office. Figuring out what is important to your boss is essential when attempting to pull in the wage you want. Although this list could be more extensive, here are my top five tips for bringing in rock star wages: 1. Come to […]
Being a dental professional is about so much more than just ensuring day-to-day oral health. As we all know, the mouth acts as a window to the rest of the body and can tell us a LOT about a person’s overall health. The amount of time we spend with our patients grants us the opportunity to spare them […]
As the CEO of my own business, I’m on a plane a lot. But at the Entrepreneur Organization”s annual Thrive conference in Cleveland, I flew like I’ve never flown before! For me, this conference kicked off with a wild flight with Air Combat USA. I can tell you right now: It was the most awesome thing I […]
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.