Tonya Lanthier, RDH, began her career as a dental hygienist in 1995. Her love for dentistry was a driving force in the founding of DentalPost.net in 2005, as an easy-to-use platform to help dental professionals and dental practices connect. Tonya is a delegate for the Atlanta Dental Hygiene Society, serves on the planning committee for the Gala for Smiles, and volunteers for the Georgia Mission of Mercy and the Ben Mansell Clinic. Tonya lives in Atlanta and is the mother of twin girls.
Millions of women know what it is like to start again, whether it is moving on from a job that has become toxic, or boldly making a change in a family situation that is no longer fulfilling. For me, the struggle has been real over the past few years. Divorce can be a tangled combination […]
International Women’s Day gives us a chance to reflect on the advancements and successes of women across all professions and lifestyles, but as the percentage of female dentists in our industry continues to rise (32% as of 2018), it’s especially important to celebrate women’s achievements in the dental industry! While the dental field is (and […]
Firing someone is one of the hardest things a business owner or manager has to do. Yet, it’s so important to remove employees that are disruptive to your mission or goals. It is also a gift to the other person to give them a chance to find a place where they fit in better or […]
So… I’m sure you are wondering, “WHY a purple Christmas tree?” There are three reasons. One goes back to my childhood tradition; the other relates to my passion for dentistry; the last is about giving back to something bigger than ourselves. It is often said that our circumstances define our journeys. In my case, these […]
With Dental Hygiene Month upon us, I find myself fondly reflecting on my 23 years practicing as a registered dental hygienist. I have always considered it a gift to go to work every day, doing something I love by helping improve the lives of my patients. I flew head-first – quite literally – into my […]
Every few years I like to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone, to remind myself to live and feel fully. Today, as I land in Italy to embark on the Virgin STRIVE Challenge, I reflect on the journey that has led me to this opportunity to grow myself in new ways. You see, for […]
As our 7th annual “Go Jump In The Lake” fundraising campaign to benefit The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) comes to a close, we are elated to share that we have reached a milestone $10,000 donation made on behalf of our DentalPost team and community! The Foundation’s mission […]
I am honored, humbled – and thrilled (yay!) – to share the news that DentalPost has made the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America, marking the 4th consecutive year that we have received this special distinction. Out of the nearly seven million private companies moving our great economy forward every day, […]
A smile speaks all languages, and the world smiles with you. Yet, for some people, the simple act of smiling can be extremely hard and a constant reminder of the trauma they have endured. Imagine being embarrassed to go for a job interview, on a date, or even just to grin or laugh. Imagine not having […]
You’ve been through the right training, you’re comfortable with the instruments, and now you’re ready to interview for dental jobs. However, concrete dental skills are only half the battle here; hiring managers are looking for what sets you apart from your peers. So what skills will you make you shine? Here’s five that are in […]
Business is hard, relationships are hard, getting and staying fit is hard, and life is hard… that is what makes it all so worthwhile! Anyone who knows me knows I have never run from hard… I run to it. For so many of us, these experiences – with all their ups and downs – are […]
Our world is changing so fast. Making sense of this ever-evolving digital world is a challenge. Yes, even in dentistry digital labor will be a factor. The forecast is enough to make your head spin. The business process and computer intelligence has been converging. The jobs that were done by humans and business processes will […]
Have you ever felt this way when looking for a team member that fits in to your practice? Have you ever hired the wrong person? Or have you ever had lots of candidates apply but none seem to fit your culture? It’s the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One bowl of porridge is […]
It’s easy to assume when you work in the dental industry that one practice is pretty much the same as the next. I mean, we all do the same thing, right? We work to improve and maintain the dental health of our patients. So it stands to reason we all operate the same way. Well, nothing could be further from the truth.
I’ve had the opportunity to work in hundreds of dental offices over the course of my career. I have been full time, part time, temporary and everything in between. Working in a wide range of office cultures has provided me perspective in my role as a hiring consultant. I have seen the best of the best and the most toxic of work environments.
Meet Sally. Sally has been the office manager at a dental office for 10 years and has seen it all. The candidates Sally has interviewed during her tenure can be compared to the erratic personalities on the sitcom: The Office.
Are You Playing to Not Lose, or Are You Playing to Win?
Like most of us in this industry, I have one foot in dentistry and one foot in “real life.” One of my biggest goals is to keep balanced, so I don’t lose my footing in either world. Each world is busy, so I’m always on the balls of my feet, it seems. I’m the mother […]
Streamlined, faster app gives users an improved on-the-go experience ATLANTA, GA (August 8, 2017) – DentalPost, the dental industry’s premier job board and community, announced today the release of its new mobile app. Available for iOS and Android devices, the app is a newer, faster version of the original DentalPost app which allows dental professionals […]
There is no doubt about it. Job interviews can be scary and nerve-wracking. You are anxious and working hard to sell yourself so this dental office will hire you. While we might dread them, the interview is a crucial time to determine what kind of office it is and if you can see yourself working […]
After we sent out the questionnaire looking for the Top Dental Practices of 2017, we were amazed at the responses that we received from professionals across the country. It’s inspiring to know that dental practices are passionately focused on putting their employee’s and patient’s needs first (though we really expected nothing less from the DentalPost […]
It will come as no surprise to you that in the 23 years I’ve worked as a dental hygienist, most of my coworkers have been, and still are, women. I’ve encountered teams that run like clockwork, and teams that are like cheap alarm clocks that constantly blink 12:00 and are just plain stuck.
It’s more than a job, it’s finding work-life balance. Build a career that allows you to spend more time with your family. Designing your life with the never-ending shift in balance can be tough, but we are here to help. Our profession is one of the best out there if you ask me. We are able […]
I’ve worked in a lot of different dental offices throughout my career. I temped in over 100 offices while I was trying to start a family, so I have certainly seen my share of dental teams. The best, most productive teams have one thing in common: great leadership. Since we know leadership starts at the […]
The facts on employee retention are sobering at best. Nearly one-third of all employees are actively disengaged, and more than half see themselves jumping ship within a year of starting a new job.
Remember the class you took in dental school all about interviewing and hiring terrific team members? No? Of course not! Chances are there wasn’t one. It is no wonder that dental teams are frustrated with the process of interviewing and hiring.
There are some professions are dominated by one gender. Dentistry is one of them. Traditionally, the dental office has been a female-dominated industry. According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, 98 percent of the nation’s dental hygienists are female. The front desk staff and office managers lean toward the female side. Although the dentist position […]
Some people will resist change at all costs. Throughout my career – and my whole life, really – I’ve learned change is inevitable. Mostly, I embrace it. But sometimes change can be the hardest thing we can go through. I’ve learned that, too. You have to just put your head down and brave the headwinds […]
The DentalPost team has been busy traveling to different dental shows across the country. Most recently, we were in our home city, Atlanta, attending the Hinman Dental Meeting. While we were there, our CEO and founder, Tonya, spoke about how to use social media to grow your practice. Then we hopped on a plane and flew […]
DentalPost is made up of a tight-knit, passionate team of A-players who work and play hard. We work diligently to improve lives. We show up every day energized and excited because we love our job and want to make your lives easier so you can focus on what you do best – providing excellent patient […]
In this edition of Leaders in Dentistry, we had the chance to interview with our friend, Anne Duffy, RDH. Anne has been busy launching a magazine, while traveling around the country to different conferences! Here’s what she shared with us: It was great seeing you at the Hinman Dental Meeting! What other meetings are you […]
In this edition of Leaders in Dentistry, we had the chance to interview with our friend and DentalPost education partner, Leslie Canham, RDA. Leslie has been busy traveling around the country, visiting dental conferences and educating the dental industry. Here’s what she shared with us: Tell us what the rest of your 2017 looks like, what […]
5 Interview Questions to Help You Hire Right (and Save Time and Money!) Are you going bananas because of hiring? You are not alone. Hiring is hard work and can be a long and expensive process. However, when it’s done right you will save time and money. Finding someone with the right skills and experience […]
I believe there are many topics that are taboo in dentistry. In my 23 years as a dental hygienist, I have worked alongside mostly women. I have experienced many different situations and office cultures. I have seen teams that work seamlessly together like a pair of Spanx pulling it together high and tight. I have […]
Cultural fit is a buzzword for hiring we often hear. Phrases like, hire beyond skills; make sure your core values align. You’ve heard this song and dance I’m sure. It’s not just a trend though. It is here to stay! According to an article from Forbes and Roundpegg, 89% of hiring failures are due to […]
In this edition of Leaders in Dentistry, we had the chance to interview with our friend and DentalPost education partner, Patti DiGangi, RDH. Patti has been busy traveling to conferences, educating the dental industry on some exciting new coding changes. Here’s what she shared with us: Tell us about your plans for 2017, what dental shows will […]
Happy New Year, dental family! I hope you had an incredible holiday season spent with family and friends and filled with gratitude and love. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! At DentalPost, we had a fantastic year! Thank you for your continued support. I credit all of our success to you, […]
A few weeks ago, I received a wonderful invitation to attend the Country Music Awards in Nashville. Unfortunately, it was the same day I was supposed to fly to Punta Cana for my annual girl’s trip. I had a decision to make. As I was trying to decide what to do, I remembered it was […]
Have you ever hired the wrong person? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. According to the Harvard Business Review, 80% of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions. So where is the break down? Often, hiring managers mistakenly hire for skills and fire for culture.
Recruiters and HR managers have the important job of building and maintaining well-oiled company cultures. As your organization grows, you’ll need to add new members who will complement the vibe of your tribe. I know this can seem overwhelming. Luckily, you won’t have to carry the responsibility alone. Your tribe can be your greatest hiring asset.
The strongest, most disruptive companies have leaders who drive innovation by creating a culture that encourages curiosity, facilitates growth and inspires self-improvement. Company leaders set the tone, but they can’t do it alone. As HR professionals, you play an important role in building a vibrant culture. Hiring the right people is key to nurturing a culture.
To most patients, dental hygiene means flossing more or using a fluoride rinse at home, but to hygienists, it means a dedication to the needs of each patient. We asked our Facebook community what hygiene means to them and we received a multitude of heartfelt responses: “It means educating my patients, not only on oral […]
The year is quickly coming to a close- and what a wonderful one it has been! This year, we’ve been busy adding new people to our DentalPost family, so we thought you would like to meet everyone! With the holidays on our minds, we asked all of our team members what they are most thankful for […]
I’ve been lucky enough to call the dental industry my home for the past 20 years. I’ve worked in over 100 dental offices. I’ve been temporary and permanent. I’ve seen offices that were successful and the employees worked well together and I’ve seen some that were lacking efficiency and did not work as a team. […]
In this edition of Leaders in Dentistry, we had the chance to interview with our friend, Lois Banta, CEO, President and Founder of Banta Consulting. Lois has been involved in dentistry for more than 30 years, working to help take practices from mediocrity to excellence. Here’s what she shared with us: What have you been […]
In this edition of Leaders in Dentistry, we had the chance to interview our friend, Dr. Wayne Kerr. Sharing thirty six years of clinical and business experience with the dental profession, Dr. Kerr earned a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, and was honored by the Academy in 2011 with its presentation of the […]
I’ve learned throughout my journey that it takes a tribe to do what I do.
I was lucky enough to watch my grandmother Hazel work in the family business while spending time with her family. I also had the opportunity to learn from a female dentist who ran her office, family and a side business. I realized quickly that it took her whole office working together to achieve success.
Congrats! If you are bringing someone in for an interview, you are one step closer to making a hire! The hard work is not over yet though- the interview is an important part of the hiring process. Meeting with the candidate will tell you information that isn’t found on their resume. Use these tips on your […]
Job interviews are stressful- I get that! There is a lot on the line and you want to make a good impression. We’ve all been there before. You practice questions, research the practice, but you’re still anxious on the way to the interview. Take a deep breath (or 10) and try and relax. Both you […]
As you might have noticed- DentalPost is growing! We’ve added a lot of new team members around here! Knowing this, I knew it was time to tighten up our core values. This attracts the right ones and repels the wrong. Core values drive and develop our brand, culture, and business strategies. After lots of collaboration […]
As a training professional, you know the information new employees need to be successful in their positions. You train people to answer phones, speak to clients and complete tasks in ways that align with your company philosophy. However, if you have been in the business long enough, you have encountered new hires that just don’t fit. They interviewed well and picked up skills easily, yet they aren’t meeting their goals and are always away from their desk. Their managers look to the training department to resolve the conflict.
Attending a dental conference is an incredibly valuable experience for dental professionals and a way to get the credits you need to keep up. Whether you run your own practice or work with colleagues at a dental practice, it’s nice to tap into your network of dental professionals and grow your skills personally and professionally.
If you ask a thousand different business owners why they’ve hosted charity events, you’ll probably get a thousand different reasons. The causes they support are diverse and the needs they fulfill are great. Entrepreneurs are unique individuals with stories and connections that influence their causes. As humans, we are drawn to causes that are important to us or impacted us or those we love.
If you ask a thousand different business owners why they’ve hosted charity events, you’ll probably get a thousand different reasons. The causes they support are diverse and the needs they fulfill are great. Entrepreneurs are unique individuals with stories and connections that influence their causes. As humans, we are drawn to causes that are important to us or impacted us or those we love.
“Growth happens when you step outside of your comfort zone. Magic happens when you do it with others.” The past 12 days were a powerful and magical journey for me. When I decided to hike the Alps with Richard, Sam and Holly Branson, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My Entrepreneur […]
Have you ever been told you can’t do something? It won’t work? You can’t do that? Are you crazy? Well this August, we pulled off the ultimate dental meeting! Not only did DentalPost, Fortune Management and The Progressive Dentist partner with Siroworld, we did it in August in Orlando, holy humidity! (with the Zika Virus […]
Before I started DentalPost, I found myself temping in multiple dental offices, which gave me great insight into the world of hiring. One thing I noticed was the lack of consideration for the candidate’s core values, personality or how they will fit into the office culture. I thought if they would analyze those aspects as […]
If I were to walk into your office and ask to meet someone who truly embodied your company’s values, who would you point to? Would you direct me to an offsite manager? Would you point me to the HR office? Probably not.
I would expect you would walk from desk to desk introducing me to your team, or what I like to refer to at DentalPost.net as your tribe. Your tribe members are those who are connected to one another, a leader and an idea.
Have you ever seen a plateau? Well, just in case you were taking a nap in geography class, it is an area of high ground, with a flat terrain. I know what you are thinking, what does a plateau have to do with the dental industry? When we stop learning, we become a plateau. We […]
Being a dental professional is one of the most gratifying careers. We all have the incredible opportunity to positively impact our patient’s health every single day by sharing our gift. Dentistry is continuing to grow and has become one of the most popular career choices. Dental hygiene was recently ranked one of the 25 Most […]
ATLANTA, GA (June 30, 2016) – DentalPost, the dental industry’s premier job board and community, announced today its selection as the official job board provider of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA). The partnership will help association members find a job or hire staff via a targeted online job feed. Together, DentalPost and CDHA will […]
As you may have seen before, DentalPost is extremely involved in a program called Give Back a Smile. This program works to provide pro bono dental work to survivors of domestic violence who have lost their smiles. We at DentalPost feel passionately that no victim should have to live with the constant reminder of such […]
Remember those manners you were taught as a child? They probably seemed annoying at the time, but they are more important than you might think. Manners are a huge part of how employers perceive you. Make sure you are putting your best foot forward by utilizing DentalPost’s professional etiquette tips. Resume profile status. Once you […]
People who are looking for romance have relied on matchmakers to set them up with someone special since the dawn of civilization. Matchmakers could be friends or relatives or, in some cases, a professional who specializes in putting together the perfect pair. Times have changed, but the need for a cupid remains and today digital matchmaking sites serve a similar purpose.
When spring arrives, we often find ourselves looking to spruce up and refresh. From cleaning out closets, to washing windows, organizing offices or even scrubbing social media profiles, we all look for a fresh start each spring. However, we often overlook an important item that should be cleaned up and updated regularly. You guessed it, […]
If you admire Silicon Valley powerhouses like Google or Facebook for their ability to attract top talent you are not alone. HR managers would give anything to be able to offer perks like cafe’s, generous vacation packages and on-site childcare. While the fancy office space and comfy chairs are enticing and may initially help attract potential hires, it’s not the high-end perks that make these companies successful.
Summertime sunshine brings both excitement and overstretching for many of us. As an entrepreneur and busy mom of twin girls there are a few lessons about the work-life balancing act I have learned along the way. One of the most critical is that achieving a work-life balance does not mean my work and my personal life each get 50% of my time and attention at all times.
Going through the recruiting process can be time consuming and exhausting. Starting with a solid job ad will help make the hiring process easier and attract the right culture and top talent. Here are 5 tips that can help you attract top talent to your job ad. Update your Job Description. Before you begin writing […]
Interviewing a new hire can be a lot like a blind date. You show up with very little information about the person and rely on your gut to tell you whether to stay and finish dinner or escape when they go to the bathroom. Like blind dates, most managers rely on small bits of information from potential hires: previous work experience, resume, and schooling then make a decision based on a gut feeling during the interview.
If you are thinking of starting your own business, you are not alone. Many hygienists are exploring unconventional business models that allow them the flexibility and freedom of being their own boss. Before you hang out a shingle, be sure that it is permitted in the state that you live in; currently, there are only […]
Tonya Lanthier, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member from Atlanta, is the founder of DentalPost.net, a nationwide mobile job board for dental professionals with solutions and methods for better hiring. We asked Tonya about her experiences diving into entrepreneurship and what she has learned along the way.
A culture fit is that missing piece, the person who fills certain roles, thinks in certain ways, and whose skills and personality will complement, not duplicate, those of your existing team. That means that culture fit will look different for each position, or even for the same position at different points in time. To hire well for culture fit, do some serious groundwork before you even post the position.
Last month, we were so excited to be with our dental family and peers at the Hinman Dental Convention in Atlanta, Georgia (which is my hometown and where DentalPost was born)! We are always listening to our dental tribe on how we can make DentalPost better. We also loved listening to everyone suggestions and great […]
One of the most important tools you have as a hiring manager is writing job posts that communicate your company culture. If done well, you can appeal to your tribe while weeding out the rest. You sit in the drivers seat; use these expert tips when writing job posts and watch as you build a tribe that changes the world.
The world’s biggest taxi company, Uber, owns no cars. The world’s premier media outlet, Facebook, creates no content. And the worlds largest accommodation provider, Airbnb, owns no real estate. It is an interesting time we live in, this so-called sharing economy, and we do this in the dental world as well. A majority […]
Sometimes, life comes at you fast. Opportunities can fly by and you regret not grabbing them when you had the chance. Well, I have NO REGRETS, because when the opportunity came up to go to Jamaica to help build a school for underprivileged children, I grabbed it! I had no idea when I made another […]
Stepping outside the comfort zone of college life to knock on the door of a new career can feel daunting. You’ve probably heard the saying ‘experience itself is the best teacher’, so despite extensive preparation, study, and courage, the uncertainty that accompanies a dive into the dental field can feel like a heavy load in […]
I admit it. I’ve always been a rule-breaker. From the time I was a child and hated to hear that tired phrase little girls don’t do that, right up to this day, I have believed in breaking rules and asking why. Why does it have to be this way? Why do we have to do […]
Let’s be honest; there are many things to love about working in the dental field. From helping young patients overcome dental fears to restoring a long lost smile – and all the little things in between – dentistry is an important and life-changing field. Recently, we asked our Facebook community to share why they love being […]
During this week of Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the things I am thankful for this year. Our perception plays a huge role in if we choose to look through the eyes of an abundant heart or one of scarcity. Regardless of who you are, there is always something to […]
At DentalPost.net, we know a lot about work-life balance. Heck, our company was founded because I wanted a better way for dental professionals – and at the time, specifically hygienists – to be able to find more flexible jobs. Work-life balance is important, after all, we all have our lives outside of work and our careers […]
In 2007, business mogul and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson created a movement for business owners called Capitalism 24902 to be a force for good in the world. In an article for Time Magazine titled Why We Must Reinvent Capitalism, Branson writes: “We at Virgin Unite, the non-profit arm of the Virgin Group, call this approach […]
All of the aspects that positively affect the psychology of a person’s well-being -purpose, meaning, identity, fulfillment, creativity – are absent in the average job. Seventy percent of Americans do not feel engaged in their current job. Seventy percent – that scares me. Fortunately, I believe that number is much lower in dentistry, because it’s a profession that […]
It seemed fitting that the CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration would happen in the biggest party town in the country, Las Vegas. CEREC 30 included rich learning opportunities around the latest technology for practices, and continuing education credits, and it was definitely a party! With Sirona and DENTSPLY merging to form a company with $3.8 billion […]
I am excited to announce that we will be having a new guest blogger writing about her experience in Dental School. Abby Halpern – pictured here at her recent White Coat Ceremony -is a second year dental student at Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine in Augusta, Georgia. She is also a legislative coordinator […]
That’s right, culture is everything. Culture involves our core values and is at the heart and soul of our success. Creating a culture starts with the leader of the tribe – even offices form tribes. This is why assessing cultural fit is so important when finding a new employee. Just like in the Stone Ages, if […]
After the recent stock market scare, Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz sent an email to all Starbucks employees reminding them to be sensitive to their customers, given how they may be feeling with the stressful situation at the forefront of their minds. He wrote: “Our customers are likely to experience an increased level of anxiety and […]
The word “tribe” has been used a lot lately. It’s become a cultural phenomenon, this idea of finding a tribe. Perhaps it’s a result of being a bit too connected, a consequence of social media in the digital age, but we’re starting to look for where we really belong, trying to find people with similar […]
Can you imagine what it’s like to be so embarrassed about your teeth that you don’t ever want to smile? I can. When I was eight years old, I had a life-changing bicycle wreck. It knocked out my permanent front tooth (#8) and required many trips to the ER, dentists and oral surgeons. The dental […]
At DentalPost, we believe there’s a dream job out there for everyone, and that the shortest path to that dream job is paved with knowledge. Through the comprehensive assortment of tests and assessments we provide to analyze things like your values and personality, employers and job seekers alike can find great matches and make career-changing […]
Think back to your first day of high school. Did you have butterflies in your stomach? Were you worried about finding your classrooms, making new friends, or forgetting your locker combination? Now think about what it’s like to be a new employee facing their first day of work at a dental practice. They may have […]
We make decisions every day. Sometimes, they don’t matter much (chocolate or vanilla?). Sometimes, they do (You are now pronounced husband and wife). Let’s take a step back for a moment and look at how we make these decisions. Consulting others. (Do these jeans make my butt look fat?) Looking into what the experts say. […]
Many factors affect how long it will take to find the perfect job in dentistry – everything from the current economy to flexibility in terms of hours or pay. While there’s not much you can do about the economy, there are many ways to ensure a more successful job search! Here are a few tips from […]
This spring I had the opportunity to attend GrowCo, a conference sponsored by Inc. magazine designed to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. The whole time I was listening carefully to stories from amazing businesspeople in all sorts of industries – from fashion to travel. I wondered how their experiences in business could apply to […]
The Complainer. The Bully. The Slacker. The Gossip. The Slob. The Flirt. The Drama Queen. Sound like the cast of characters from Glee or Mean Girls? Unfortunately, these personality types don’t only exist in TV-land or in the movies; you’ve probably run across at least one of them working in a dental practice. Working in […]
This spring at the Hinman Dental Meeting, I found myself reflecting on the many times I had attended the convention, seeing it through different eyes each time. First as a student, then as a dental professional, next an exhibitor, and this year as a speaker. This profession has given me so much joy, knowledge, and happiness at every […]
Do you know how your employees see you? Not as a friend or a person, but as their boss the person they rely on to help build a successful business, a key decision-maker, a leader? Finding out how others truly perceive you can be insightful, sometimes even hurtful, but it can always help you be a better manager.
It’s a special year for DentalPost.net. 2015 marks our 10th anniversary – that’s one amazing decade of helping thousands of dental professionals make great career moves! Of course, the dental profession is much older than us, but we’re thrilled to be contributing to its growth and momentum here and now. And while we were building the […]
Dentistry has been a tremendous blessing for me. I see our profession not just as a job, but also as a calling. I have had some great mentors who have shared, taught, and guided me. I will be forever grateful. I feel so privileged to be able to serve my patients. Over the years I […]
Sometimes a career finds you. I started with the objective I still work to achieve every day: to help people. And, as it turns out, in helping people, I have built a business. When I was a child, I had a dental emergency and was cared for by a warm, compassionate team of people who worked […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
DentalPost, the dental industry’s premier online and mobile job board, announces that Stuart O’Day, previously with AT&T, will join the DentalPost team as lead software developer. O’Day will work in conjunction with DentalPost’s Chief Technology Officer, Christopher Wilkenloh, driving new feature development and enhancing current product functionality for 2014 and beyond. O’Day brings a strong […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.