Monthly Archives: January 2016

8 Tips To Help Bring Your Career To The Next Level

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It’s a new year and a time of reflection. Want to take your career to the next level? Take pen to paper and make note of where you are today and where you want to be next year at this time. The next step is to take action.

Here are 8 tips to help you move up in your career and achieve your goals.

1. Show up to work on time. Don’t stay up all night watching a documentary on Netflix and then not be able to get up in the morning, making you late for work and drag around all day because you are tired.

2. Go above and beyond. Don’t simply stick to the minimum work load to just get by. Jump in and give it all you’ve got. Go the extra mile. Participating in after work activities with your co-workers shows genuine interest and reflects you’re a team player.

3. Take action. Don’t sit back and wait… wait… wait… for someone to reach out to you, to guide and lead you to the next step in your career. Only YOU can make it happen.

4. Ask for help. You don’t have to go it alone. This is the hardest thing for people to do, ask for help. Hold your head up, put your shoulders back, look people in the eye and ask for help. You’ll be surprised how many will be honored to support and guide you.

5. Follow through. If you say you are going to do something, do it. Failure to deliver on your word will tarnish your advancement.

6. Share. Share your dreams and plans with others. It helps you be accountable for them and opens an opportunity for them to help you. You never know when key connections will be right in front, in turn, assisting you to move up, and closer to your goals.

7. Get out of your comfort zone. Take on tasks you are not sure you can handle. Advancement in your career will take you out of your comfort zone. You will be on a learning curve, so you will want to be prepared.

8. Action. Failing to take action ensures you’ll stay right were are, killing your upward momentum. Dream, believe, take action and you will achieve!

Things to NOT do in an interview

In the past, we’ve written a lot about interviews because they are one of the most important steps to landing a job. This week, I will be interviewing for a news job, and, let me tell you, I am nervous. In order to prepare, I’ve been researching what to do and what not to do in an interview, and I found this excellent list of nine things you should try really hard not to ever do when interviewing for a job. “Please Don’t Do These  9 Things In An Interview,” which  is written by Erika Andersen and appears on Forbes.com, goes into a lot of great detail on what you shouldn’t do and why. “There are some actions I want to steer you away from when you’re doing a job interview, things that – trust me – will not create the impression you want to create,” Andersen writes. “Of course, some approaches are a matter of taste and style –  certain interviewers will like them while others won’t – but there are also ways of behaving that are pretty universally not a good idea.” Andersen goes on to write about freezing up, being sloppy, throwing people under the bus, focusing more on the perks than the job, being self-aggrandizing, dominating, stretching the truth, not having opinions and not knowing anything about the company you’re interviewing for. Check out what Andersen has to say in the link below. I promise it will definitely be worth your time! 

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The 12 Weirdest Things Job Seekers Have Tried

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We over at Dental Temps Professional Services have been cracking up over a post we found this week on the CalChamber’s Employment Law Blog. Picture this: You’re sitting at your desk getting ready to go interview a candidate when you receive a phone call from a little girl thanking you for giving her dad a job. But the thing is, you haven’t given her dad a job. In fact, you haven’t even interviewed him yet. That story, along with 11 other similarly hilarious examples, is what one job candidate pulled when he had his daughter call the hiring manager before the interview to thank the manager for hiring her dad. In January 2015,  CareerBuilder asked more than 2,000 hiring managers to name the most unusual methods job seekers used to get their attention, although maybe not the job, and they listed their interesting experiences. Take a look at the others that made the list of job seekers’ strange stunts by clicking the link below.

http://hrwatchdog.calchamber.com/2015/07/job-seekers-strange-stunts/ 

Most Popular Facebook Posts of 2015

When you have a blog, one of the most important tasks is making sure you’re connecting with your audience. In order to do this, you have to determine what it is your readers most want to learn, what is most interesting to them. One way we can track that is by figuring out our most popular posts on our Dental Temps Professional Services Facebook Page and finding similar articles and blogs to share with those who follow us. Now that we have an entire year behind us, we decided to go through all of our posts from last year to see what you guys liked the most.

So, here it is, folks! Our top three most liked posts of 2015:

The third most popular was “Dental Dog Calms Young Patients,” which is about a certified therapy dog named Bailey. Bailey, a 7-year-old Goldendoodle, is from Fond du Lac, WI, and works at Boudry Dentistry with his owner, dentist Tammy Boudry. Boudry said Bailey calms patients and is often requested by parents to sit next to their children when they are in her chair. In order to legal allow Bailey into the office, which opened in May 2014, Boudry needed the proper licensing and approval from the Wisconsin Dental Association. According to the fdlreporter.com article, Bailey may be the first dentist office therapy dog. “They had to write an insurance policy just for me,” she said in the article. “There are lots of extra precautions and rules I follow to maintain a clean and safe environment.”

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The second most popular article was “I was 26 and Healthy. Here’s How a Routine Dentist Visit Saved My Life,” written from a first-person perspective by Brooke Vitense for Mind Body Green. Vitense writes that she was a healthy college student engaged to be married when she notices white spots on the underside of her tongue when brushing one day. A few months later, she went to her routine dentist appointment, and her dentist suggested they be biopsied. Two weeks later she got the call that changed her life. The spots were precancerous. After oral surgery, she found out the spots were cancerous, and she needed more surgery. The article chronicles her journey into oral cancer and warns that anyone could be at risk, which is why routine dental appointments are so important.

The first most popular post on our Facebook page was the Business Insider article “The 27 jobs that are most damaging to your health.” Though occupations in the dental field have been topping the best jobs lists for the last several years, Business Insider names dentists, dental surgeons and dental assistants as the number one most damaging job to your health. Dental professions receive the highest percentages in the three categories used to measure health-damaging jobs: exposure to contaminants, exposure to disease and infections, and time spent sitting. These jobs scored an 84 percent for exposure to contaminants, a 75 percent for exposure to disease and infections, and a 67 percent for time spent sitting. Yikes!

We promise that we will continue to check up on what you guys are reading every now and again and we’ll make sure we’re always bringing you the top industry news as well as interesting feature articles for you to enjoy. Happy 2016 everyone!