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So You Think You Can Be a Dentist? Let’s Check You Out!

It’s the little things that count

You get into dental health for various reasons, but we all do the same things to stay relevant in the profession. If you are going to open your own practice, or work for someone else, you must remember that it is a business and you need to attract and retain clients for your practice otherwise, you will not be a dentist for very long.

So I came up with a list of things you need to do to be a great dentist. Some are relevant to the profession, others step out a little bit, but overall, they should steer you towards having and running a successful practice.

Think about the office

You may be so focused on getting the right equipment that you don’t pay attention to the ambience created in your office and reception areas. Get someone to do some interior design work for you that will put your patients at ease (they are already nervous anyway), and presents a great image for your practice.

What about your personality?

Try as much as you can to be empathetic and kind. The aim here is to, again, put the client at ease. Don’t be too severe and rush straight to the point, and don’t be too forward as to be misunderstood by your patient. Be professional and help your patient relax first before starting any work on them. It will certainly make the procedure easier for both you and the patient.

Hiring capable staff

Imagine the patient’s perception of your practice if you get an assistant who is making too many mistakes within a procedure. It can be pretty scary. So make sure you hire the most qualified dental assistant you can find. They should also be professional and kind to the patients. You can check out DDS connections to find one. And the same goes for everyone else on your staff.

Stay current

There will always be some new development or other that will come up and you need to be on top of it. Read up on the latest technologies and procedures to see which you can assimilate. Patients are also better informed nowadays so be ready to answer questions about these latest findings in oral health. It will certainly make you look good.

Talk to your patients

One of the tasks of any health professional is to educate the patient about proper health practices that will keep them healthier for longer. So you need to sharpen your communication skills so you can educate your patients on oral health in a simple, clear manner that they can understand. It also helps to tailor your tips to their situation, so get to know them a little bit so that your recommendations are feasible to them.

Good with your hands

You need to be good with your hands to work all those instruments in the small space that is your patient’s mouth. Make sure your skills are on point and that you have the stamina to concentrate through long, intricate procedures. You also need to be able to do ‘difficult’ procedures while causing as little discomfort as possible (you will get lots of recommendations for this). Think of it as a musical performance: every note must be perfect until the end of the song.

Is this your passion?

Do you love what you do? Does the thought of going to your office to treat people and educate them on oral health fill you with joy, most times anyway, or do you wish you were doing something else?

You see, even with state-of-the-art equipment and the best staff members, if you hate what you are doing, it is going to show in the quality of your work or at least in your attitude. On the other hand, if this is your passion, you may not have good equipment, but you will make it work and do a great job.

So like they say at weddings, this is not to be entered into unadvisedly. Be honest with yourself; do you really want to be a dentist?

Author Bio:

Michael Holmes is a Professor of Orthodontics and an owner of several dental practices across the country. He has been featured often on DDS connections.


3 Specific Tips You Should Know To Start a Career in Digital Signage

Digital signage is one of the branches of signage (the other being static signage). Signage is concerned with the use and design of symbols and signs in order to communicate a piece of information or a message to a target audience.

The main purpose of signage is for public information, promotion and marketing but there are several other user cases for signage.

A career in digital signage will get you involved in the software, hardware, maintenance and installation of equipment used

in digital media as well as creating and designing content that will be used on devices. The most common devices used are LED, LCD, projectors, mobile phones and even smart watches.

Below is a guideline of the necessary information that you will need to know as you begin a career in digital signage.

Necessary character traits

1. Passion

You will need more than just academic interest and a salary to motivate you to spend those necessary hours doing your own research, working on a concept or brainstorming session. Passion is very necessary for you to be able to survive in this industry that is ever changing and requires staying up to speed in order to be relevant.

For example, you need to find fun in concepts like SEO that have not yet become common in most academic programs.

2. Inquisitiveness and communication skills

You will need to be able to ask clients question tactfully in order to understand what they need and be able to implement it in digital signage.

3. Be a team player

It is very important to be a team player in this industry. Many skill sets are required in the industry that cannot all be mastered by an individual. This makes being a member of a synergistic team quite necessary.

You could also leverage on the skill of dominant digital signage expertise that has substantial experience in all facets of this industry. A good place to look for such experience would be

Education available

The digital signage industry is relatively young and therefore not yet very well developed in most established academic institutions. However, more and more options are available to those who want to chart a direct course towards a digital signage career. Some of the paths are as follows:

  • Some suppliers of digital signage equipment provide technology or device centric training programs.
  • Some companies in the industry also provide training courses and educational programs.
  • Recently an online training program called the Digital Signage for Technology Managers Online has been unveiled. This course is from Infocomm International, an organization whose purpose is to grow and meet the need for digital signage education.
  • Training programs are also beginning to catch up among colleges. Few colleges now provide an associate degree in digital signage technology.

Certifications available

Once you have received your training from your choice digital signage program, it is essential to get an official certification. These certifications are mainly from an industry and design perspective. A number of certifications are available within this industry provided by the below associations including:

  • DSEG 
  • DSF 
  • ISA and
  • SEGD
Author Bio: 

Keith McFadden was in the static outdoors marketing industry for 14 years before he smoothly transitioned into the digital signage industry with the help of professionals from  He highly recommends them for any of your digital signage needs from both a consumer and user perspective. Visit his blog to find out more about his journey and recommendations.


Should You Settle On A Job?

In a speech peppered with quotable quotes, two words stood out in Steve Jobs’ fabled address to Stanford graduates: “Don’t settle.”

They have since become a guidepost for people at a crossroads in their careers, a map, if you may, toward self-realisation in 11 characters. But is idealism really a non-negotiable in the face of mounting bills? At the same time, are you willing to bypass your dream career for short-term gains?

Let’s weigh both sides of the struggle.

‘Effort aversion’

Recent research tells us that workers tend to settle for relatively uninteresting jobs if they find out that their seemingly interesting counterparts offer the same pay. Researchers from the Duke University - Fuqua School of Business named this phenomenon "effort aversion." To them, this could justify many workers’ willingness to put up with occupations beneath their qualifications.

Then again, keeping options open for a long time can drive workers mad. In matters of employment as in business, it’s all about the opportunity cost, or as some economists term it, “option value.” Settling could very well mean loss of option value, unfurling either feelings of regret or contentment down the road. Contentment is no doubt the higher ground, but it only compounds stress and anxiety if the occupation is inherently bad.

All too often, people settle on jobs because they don’t know their career goals yet. Less than 20 percent take time to write their goals down, which could have shed some light on their true calling.

When not to settle

When looking for a job, it’s important for your decision not to hinge on the size of the wage. Before anything, see if the situation on offer is a good fit in your values, talents and goals, and if it dangles opportunities for skills growth.

Making a conscious decision not to settle can be tricky though, especially if you always get an earful from friends, parents and relatives. “You are too idealistic.” “You should be grateful for any job in this economy.”  These could be well-meaning comments, but it’s essential to shut them out and follow your arrow. At least don’t use the economy as a pretext to blindly accepting a job.

Think of jobs as stepping stones toward your employment goal. In interviews, employers will nitpick on your job choices. If you accepted a job for the sake of it, your motive is not going to sit well with a prospective employer. Pressed for explanation, you may end up badmouthing and laying the blame on your previous employer, all because you did not like the job from the get-go.

Feeling that you’re just making do with a job sets a vicious cycle into motion. If you’re grappling with feelings of victimisation, you will at some point give up, prematurely.  Chances are, you will not have lined up a job, which means you will have to scrape by on your savings in the interim. That’s when you will feel tempted to get another wearisome job, and the cycle goes on.

What if a dream job turns out to be only outwardly interesting? You can suss the bad apples out during the interview portion. If for some reason the interview leaves a bad taste, e.g. HR is caustic to you, the workers appear lethargic, etc., then don’t try to be a hero. Move on to the next prospect.  You can’t change an entire organisation by your lonesome.

Likewise, bail out from an existing situation if superiors and colleagues are bullying you. Yes, you need to acknowledge that bullying happens in the adult world as it does in high school. Depression arising from workplace bullying has been a notorious suicide trigger. In fact, hit the road if your depression is tied to an integral aspect of your job. It’s better to be jobless than dead meat, so to speak.

There is no perfect job but that is often the rallying cry of the mediocre. There has to be a job out there somewhere that fits you to a T. If this means hopping from one job to another in search of that, then do so. If anything, your prospective employer will appreciate your versatility.

When to settle

Steve was one to talk though. In this eye-opening feature, the Apple founder is depicted as one whose primary goals in life involved teaching and alternative medicine. He didn’t really seek out his hallowed place in information technology, but rather saw himself just getting by with jobs in this field. As we all know by now, he ended up holding court in it.

In this light, settling is not so bad after all. It causes you to make out career paths you may have never considered before. Many times it’s not really an issue of settling than using a job as a means to an end. A prospect may be below your qualifications, but look closer: It might help you hone in-demand skills. Or it can be a source of income decent enough to pay for your college expenses. If a less-than-ideal position can put you on track in the long run, then by all means take it.

Settling on a job can also be a matter of life and death. If you’re starving, if you don’t have rent to pay, if you direly need money for the bare necessities, then of course it’s time to lower your bar. You don’t have to be penniless to uphold your ideals.

Don’t stand still 

But be careful not to settle on a job ‘temporarily,’ only to find yourself in the same post 28 years later. A stepping stone is just that: a way to cross over to the other side. Don’t stand still, lest you’ll get swept away with the tide.

These stones will not always be in a straight line though. Sometimes you may think you’re derailed, but looking back, you’ll see that it’s the path your talents and passions have compelled you to take.

Choosing the right job entails lots of tenacity as well as the willingness to be honest with yourself. You will need the wisdom to know when to hold on and when to give up with grace.

Either way, just move forward.

Author Bio:

This is a guest article by Sharon Freeman, a freelance writer from Andrew May, a performance coaching site. She lives in Australia and has been a passionate writer and blogger. Feel free to contact her at shfreeman 89 @

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Four ways to a successful job search in your career

Everyone wants to find a great job, whether they have recently graduated or are experienced enough. Finding the best job is what everyone assumes and aspires to do. However, in reality, this effort takes longer and can be stressful or worrisome at times. People in search for good jobs, often forget the meaning of actually finding a good job and then fail to get any.

In order to be successful in your job search, follow the following practices that can really help you in managing everything efficiently, as well as find a job which is perfect as per your requirement.

Keep your resume smart and with you all the time

The first step to finding a good job and being successful at it is to have a really good resume. By good resume we mean that your resume should be smart enough. This means that you should have a really good template followed along with relevant work experiences. Your resume should also be result oriented rather than subjective. Define your roles in a way that it allows your potential employer to judge your success rate by just reading the words. Always have a support of a really interesting cover letter with your resume. Finally, keep your resume with you all the time, you never know what opportunity you might come across and it is good enough.

Look for recruiters or professional network

Networking and recruiters help you find some amazing opportunities. Always develop a network of professional people, who can help you guide in the right places. You can also take advantage of strong recruiters by sending them your portfolio or resumes and they will then tag you up with a suitable opportunity. Social media platforms that are professionally sound, are another great way to network with top people, who can help you direct to the right opportunity and lead you to the right way.

Do not apply for every job

Every job you come across is not for you. Do not blindly apply for jobs, make sure you apply for the role you are passionate about as this will make your application sound strong automatically. Look for the perfect position that you always thought of and then carefully align your application accordingly.

Be smarter during the recruitment process

During your recruitment process, you should be your A game. Make sure your phone conversations with the HR and your interviews are top of the mark. Do not make silly mistakes during your interview, which can hamper the chances of your progression.

Decide your industry

Last but not the least, stick to your industry, make sure you find the job in the industry you fit incorrectly and for which you have studied for. If you keep changing industries, your career growth will slow down and your job will have serious implications. Never switch industry or career paths, stick to one and be very loyal to the company as well as show passion, this will make you successful at a job.

Author Bio:

Jenny Gunn is a manager at a top multinational in the UK. Her contribution on the Assignment Done Writing Service UK website has been amazing. She always is there to provide networking insights and advices to fresh graduates or users on the website. For more detail contact her at Facebook|Twitter.

4 Ways to Write Modern Cover Letters and Impress Your Employer

Cover letters are boring and a daunting task.  Gone are the days when job applicants wanted to spend time on their cover letters, now they simply just want to get over with it. Since everything is given on the resume, applicants feel that writing a cover letter, just does not justify the time and also from the employer’s perspective, it can be time wasting reading two similar things is that the cover letter and the resume itself.

However, where cover letters might be growing old, it might be a surprise that their importance still matters. Employers wish to read a brief introduction from candidates as part of their job application and this is what they call a cover letter. Simply sending a resume in a blank or two line email means there is some sort of incompleteness within the application. Cover letters compliment, the job application with the resume.

Introduction sets you apart

Cover letters usually begin with a brief introduction that says your name and education. However, writing an introduction that sets you apart from the rest, is what will make cover letter unique and interesting to read. Rather, you can use your introduction, to spark a great interest by writing about a particular job skill that you recently learnt and it perfectly applies to your job application or the role you are applying for. You can also start your cover letter with a statement, which engages your reader instantly.

To write a good introduction that sets you apart, you can start with a good quotation or a startling achievement related to the job you are applying for.

An experience description that is impossible to avoid

Most conventionally sound cover letter will talk about the experience and job related work. Their body consists of relevant work experience and showing off what you have achieved in the previous roles and positions. However, modern and different cover letters offer much more depth and passion. It creates a write up that will allow the employer, to find result oriented achievements and key skills that perfectly matches the job a candidate is applying for.

The body of your cover letter should focus on the skills you have learnt pas part of your job description and the roles that you have performed, but from the perspective of the results that you have achieved and not just a vague description of the role. For example, if you are a sales manager, write about the percentage increase in revenue that you were able to bring during your job.

Perfect Closure

Finally, once you are done with the initial sections of your letter, give your letter a perfect closure. You can show the kind of passion and zeal you have for the work and role as well as how can you help the organization. Solve a particular problem. For that you will need to research on the topic and the organization. A good closure to the cover letter will allow your employer to be pleased and impressed with the entire write up and will read your resume with even more interest.

Author Bio:

John Kelly, is a specialist recruiter in the field of business and digital media. His contributions on Get Essay Done have been going on for three years. His specialist advice on cover letter and resume have helped people around the world land amazing jobs.

What would the world be like if careers in lawsuit funding companies didn’t exist?

If careers in lawsuit funding didn't exist, the world would be a pretty unfair place to be. You may have heard a lot of things about lawsuit funding companies, but have you thought for a moment, what if all the careers in lawsuit funding did not exist? What if lawsuit loans didn't exist?

Some of the careers in lawsuit funding include financial analysts, financial services coordinators, investigators and investigative analysts, dispute analysts and so on. If these key people didn't exist to support the lawsuit funding industry, the world would not be a better place.

If careers with lawsuit funding companies didn't exist:

1. Many law firms would not exist

Law firms have to get financed for some of the very high risk activities that they engage in. For example, law firms take a lot of risk by agreeing to represent clients without receiving payment from them first.

Such a law firm would get funding from a lawsuit funding company to finance their working capital to ensure that they can run their operations smoothly and therefore represent their clients the best way that they can without financial constraints.

2. Many Plaintiffs wouldn't be able to access litigation

The most basic thing that lawsuit funding companies do is to finance plaintiffs with the expectation that the damages/settlement from the case will pay back the “loan” and the risk for giving the loan.

The financing to plaintiffs could be granted before a court case, or during a court case, especially if the case is bogged down by appeals and other procedural delays that are inherent in the justice system.

If the plaintiff did not have access to these funds, he/she would be forced to settle for much less.

3. The rich would always win

If an injustice is done by a wealthy individual, or by a large corporation, on another individual, the services provided by lawsuit funding firms become very valuable to such a plaintiff/defendant.

The constraints of financing will not be a factor to the plaintiff/defendant that would allow a miscarriage of justice due to not collecting proper evidence or paying for a team of lawyers that will be necessary to win a high profile case.

4. Benefits to all stakeholders

With litigation financing, the justice system is actually strengthened because

  • The playing field is levelled between parties with enough resources to pay for good litigation and those without. 
  • Law firms also get financed, which means that they can afford to use more resources in the pursuit of justice.
  • Since investors derive benefit by providing financing, they are invested in supporting the justice system. 
Plaintiffs have always found ways to pay their legal bills, either through banks, borrowing from friends and family or agreeing on a contingency cost with their lawyers-basically a loan from the lawyer.

Lawsuit funding companies and the people who work in this industry have brought in more options into the realm of lawsuits by introducing financing with much deeper pockets and on a non-recourse basis. The points above highlight some of the realities we would miss if careers in lawsuit financing didn't exist.

About the author

Charles Moore is an accomplished lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in his profession. He specializes in personal injury litigation and has a lot of insight to offer on lawsuit funding. You can visit his site to read more on lawsuit funding companies and other related topics.

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Your High School Guide on How to Determine Your Dream Career

Dreaming about your future while in high school is a completely normal phenomenon. In fact, younger people are avid dreamers. They dream almost about anything – they dream about their future family, their future house, their would-be cars, their upcoming adventures, and their future jobs. As such, you should never hesitate dreaming about what you want to be in the future, as this is generally normal and may even be regarded by some as something that is healthy.

However, unlike plans, dreams are oftentimes unorganized. It is therefore important that young as you are, you may be able to convert these dreams into plans, and then translate these plans into actions. For you to be able to convert your dreams into plans, you may consider reading this post further.

First, you have to distinguish whether you want to do something that you really love, or you want to do something that you believe you are really good at.

To help you make better decisions, check out the following career planning articles to get you started:

How to Choose A Career
Career Planning during high school?

Doing something that you really love

The things that you love and the things that you are perfectly good at do not necessarily have to be the same. Maybe you like theatre so much but are not presently good in acting. Maybe you love being in the stage as part of a rock band, but do not have any idea how to sing or play a musical instrument at all. If so, you don’t have to worry. As I have said, loving the activities that you love doesn’t necessarily mean knowing how to perform them.

But what makes it different from any other activities that do not interest you is that your love gives you the drive, the energy, and the enthusiasm to learn about them. Your extreme love for animals, for instance, may help you study and learn more about them. Your extreme affinity towards cars could also give you the reason to develop your technical and professional skills along the way to land a job in the car industry.

To help you sort things out, we have listed some of the most common interests people like you might get fascinated with, and the possible jobs offered in each field:

  • Acting and performing (Broadcast, media, performers)
  • Animals (Veterinarian, animal advocate)
  • Armed forces (Uniformed personnel, army soldier)
  • Arts and design (Illustrator, painter)
  • Cars (Automotive specialist)
  • Computer games (Developer, game blogger)
  • Computers and IT (Systems analyst)
  • Cookery (Chef, catering manager)
  • Crafts (Upholsterer)
  • Fashion (Tailor, designer)
  • Music (Instrumentalist, singer)
  • Outdoors (Recreation coach, tour guide)
  • Photography (Photographer)
  • Sports (Sports coach, sports nutritionist)
  • Tattoos and piercing (Tattoo artist)
  • Writing (Creative writer, blogger)

Doing something that you are already good at

Some high school students are fascinated doing the things that they know the most. Some individuals excel in certain academic subjects, such as math and science, while some find history and literature very interesting. Some students enjoy technical subjects a lot, while others naturally excel on sports and other outdoor activities.

For those of you who find joy in doing things that you are good at, determining your dream job would not be a very difficult task. However, this can be quite challenging for others who are multi-talented and share the same fascination to almost all of his/her interests. To determine the field that interests you the most, try measuring how excellent you are in all your curricular and extra-curricular activities. The greater your achievements are, the more interested you are in that certain field.

To help you in this crucial process of differentiation, below is a list of some of the most common school subjects and their corresponding career opportunities:

  • Design technology, art (Fine arts, sculpting, art therapy)
  • Combined sciences (Healthcare, education, medicine)
  • Business (Analyst, banking, management)
  • English (Literature, education, speech therapy)
  • Math (Accountancy, financial management, engineering)
  • Humanities (Education, research)
  • Information and communications technology (Web design, programming)
  • Modern languages (Translation, international trade, diplomatic services)
  • Physical education (Coach, education, sports development)
What if I don’t have any idea about the things that I love or the activities that I am good at?

Do not worry! Not knowing about the things that interest you is also a completely normal phenomenon. Maybe you are just overwhelmed with all the options available for you. Do not rush. After all, dreams come naturally, and you don’t want to frustrate yourself by forcing you to have a dream job. Make this process of thinking about your dream career as natural and as enjoyable as you can.

Try getting a rough idea about your likes, dislikes, interests, and values. You may also want to talk with your school counselor about the possible career options that you may want to consider aiming in the near future. Talk with your family and friends about how they foresee you in your working years. Just remember to take this process slowly and blissfully.

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Do You Need a Job Urgently? We’ll Show You How You Can Get It in Just 7 Days (For Real!)

If you have ever looked for a job (and who hasn’t right?) then you know that it is hard work. In fact, I think it can be fair to say that looking for a job is a full time job. So you need to be ready to put in the work to find some work (see what I did right there?).

What we have here is a seven day plan guaranteed to get you a job at the end of those seven days. It’s a summary but you can see more details at

The seven-day plan

Day One: Make a plan

This is the planning day. You need to think about what you want, and how you think you can get it. Think about the kind of industry or industries you would be interested in working in, think about some specific companies you would want to apply to and draw out a rough plan on how exactly you will get this done. This is crucial because it will direct the rest of your week.

Day Two: What do you have?

This is the reflective day. You need to analyze yourself honestly and see what you can bring to a particular organization in terms of skills and natural aptitude. The first place to start is with your resume and previous employment evaluations. See what your strengths and weaknesses are and what could give you an edge over the competition. You’ll need this for the interview.

Day Three: Networking

This is where you get family and friends involved (I sure hope you have a lot of them). You will need this network to help you find out about upcoming opportunities in your industry of interest and about the requirements for your job of choice. Insider information will give you an advantage when it comes to applying for the job and preparing for the interview. Just make sure you aren’t canvassing because you could get penalized. Make sure to use online resources as well to help you find these opportunities

Day Four: Fixing the Resume

Your resume is the next best thing to you showing up at an office and talking about yourself. It needs to speak for you and to the employer effectively. Different employers like different templates, different jobs may need different contents; just make sure that your resume is relevant to the position and to you.

Day Five: Apply, Apply, Apply

You have the resume ready and you know what opportunities are available out there so now you can send the applications. Remember to send the right kind of resume for the right job and to the right company. Make sure to check on the application requirements so that your application is not thrown out on a technicality.

Day Six: Follow-up and Prepare

Now, we wait and get ready for the interviews. Follow up your applications to find out if you were successful and when the interview dates are. Meanwhile, prepare well for each company you have applied to and for each of the roles.

Day Seven: Interview Day

You should have some responses on your applications along with some interviews scheduled. Get ready for these specific interviews and put your best foot forward on interview day.

Remember to be diligent and positive in the entire process. One rejection letter doesn’t mean you have failed, it just means that wasn’t the one for you. So keep trying, okay? All the best!

Author Bio: Charlie Brown is a free lancer content writer. He has good experience in the field of writing. Charlie has written many informative articles on education, jobs, interviews etc. Through this article, he has given some tips to the students on how to get dream job urgently and within seven days. In his free time, he loves to collect more information about new trend of education.

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