Monthly Archives: December 2015

Make a New Year’s Resolution for Your Professional Life, Too

resolutionsYesterday I found myself doing the annual end-of-the-year revamping of my resume and looking back at the year behind me. Going into each new year, I always want to make sure my resume includes everything that happened in the previous 12 months in case I find myself applying for a job in the next 12. And, boy, did I have a lot to update because 2015 was a big year for me. I moved to a new state, I picked up a couple new jobs (including writing for Dental Temps Professional Services), I got a few regular freelance writing gigs and I published a book.

The end of the year is an excellent time for reflection. We find ourselves thinking about the year behind us: our love lives, our spending, our decisions, our growth as individuals. After determining what we maybe didn’t particularly like so much about our actions in the last year, we create a New Year’s Resolution to better ourselves. Some of mine have included the typical work-out-more resolution, the don’t-eat-as-many-chips resolution, the clean-a-little-every-day resolution, etc. But have you ever considered making a work-related New Year’s Resolution? 

Before the first of the year, take the time to update your resume and look back on the last 365 days of employment. Think about what you liked and didn’t like about your personal performance. Think about your professional goals for the next year. Try to go into the coming year with the mindset of bettering your life in all facets of your life. Make a work resolution along with a personal resolution, and plan out ways to stick to them. 

Happy New Year, guys! I hope you’ll join me in trying to make 2016 the best yet. 

Entry Level Dental Professionals – Lend Me Your Ear


Don’t belittle your work history on your resume. I hear the same question over and over again: “Should I remove my experience at Home Depot from my resume? Does it look bad?” The answer is a resounding NO.

Prior to entering the dental industry, you probably held several service industry jobs at restaurants or retail stores. Maybe you held a job at Starbucks or Home Depot while in college. In high school perhaps you waited tables, worked at American Eagle or McDonalds.

Play up the customer service skills and training you gained during your tenure on the job. Were you responsible to open and/or close the store? Did your employer trust you to be a key holder? Perhaps you handled monies and were held accountable for making sure your register was balanced at the end of the shift?

Most brands are well known, and their number one focus is on the customer experience. Don’t take dental offices, dental labs, dental supply companies out of your business mindset—they are businesses too. If you have experience with the general public, handled customer complaints, solved problems, had responsibility and are able to share an experience where you showed empathy and compassion – BINGO! You have the interviewer’s attention. Your ability to deliver services to your patient with empathy and compassion is where the relationship between the business and patient is nurtured and fed long term. Trust and loyalty are two key words in any relationship with an employer. You can easily transition these soft skills from your previous work to your dental career.

Your work history is important, and the key is in the way you present it. This experience should be conveyed in your cover letter and at the interview. Here’s a great link with a list of 28 soft skills. Roll up your sleeves, and take a read. Every employer I have ever spoken with seeks employees with strong soft skills over technical skills. Let your inner strength and interpersonal effectiveness SHINE!  

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Employee Engagement Begins With Dreams

We all have a bucket list—that list of exciting things we want to do before we die. Why wait until the end to begin to live? How would you feel if someone helped you achieve one of your dreams or desires in 2016? I recently came across this inspiring article by Matt Mayberry for Entrepreneur. Mayberry writes that there are many reasons hindering an organization’s success, but one key area the majority of companies completely neglect or refuse to pay any attention to is their employees’ personal dreams and desires.

In the link below Mayberry mentions the book “The Dream Manager” by bestselling author Matthew Kelly, which inspired one small business manager to take action to become a Dream Manager. It’s a powerful read. One unique and powerful way to engage your people, create a healthy culture and get everyone working toward the organization’s grander vision is to care and help them achieve their persona dreams. After all, your company can only become as great as the people within it. In 2016, make a plan to help your employees grow and develop, and help them to achieve their personal dreams.

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Top Interview Questions You Must Know How To Answer

If you’ve been on several interviews lately, you may have noticed this common thread among interviewers: they generally ask the same five basic questions.

interview-question“Why are you leaving your current job?”

“Tell me about yourself.”

“What are your weaknesses?”

“What is your desired salary?”

“Tell me about a time when you _______.”

Dr Travis Bradberry addresses these five questions in the link below while providing tips on the best way to answer them. It’s always a good idea to be prepared and practice. This preparation allows you to be more relaxed and tap into your true authentic self. You will shine and stand out among the crowd, which will be the difference between you getting the job and someone else getting the job.

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