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5 Benefits of an Unpaid Internship 08 September 14 12:49 PM postedby Maria Senior

In this struggling economy, finding a job has become increasingly difficult. In so many fields, and in healthcare especially, one cannot get a job without work experience. However, work experience only comes from having a job, a conundrum with which many recent graduates are struggling. College graduates are forced to move back in with mom and dad to get by while they search for whatever jobs may be available, and healthcare facilities are wary of hiring applicants without on-the-job experience. So if grads can't get hired due to lack of experience, how should that experience be gained? Unpaid internships have taken a beating in the media in recent years, but before you dismiss them entirely, consider all the benefits that accompany such opportunities.

Paying To Learn

Learning in a classroom setting provides valuable information, techniques and skills to make the transition from student to professional. In the classroom setting, the student pays for the privilege. Since this is the accepted mode of things, why do so many people expect to be paid for the next step in their training process? Take into consideration the risks involved with hiring an employee without any job experience. Not only do inexperienced hires need extensive training, but the company pays the employee to be trained. Few healthcare facilities are willing to take on that kind of responsibility. Unpaid internships are, essentially, another step in the training process.

Four years, often more, of college classes amount to a great deal of knowledge gained, but those years cannot provide the experience that an unpaid internship can. All of the papers, the hours of research, and the time spent in lectures or labs can't prepare a healthcare worker for the daily reality of their profession, especially when compared to a few hours a week in a hospital or care facility setting, learning firsthand from professionals in the field.

Earning Valuable Recommendations

In addition to experience, unpaid internships can earn you a shining recommendation for more than your first job. Getting hired in a new position is about more than just nailing the interview. Before many healthcare facilities even call to set up an interview, they spend time reviewing and considering the strength of candidates based on their letters of recommendation. The word of a former employer speaks volumes, and an excellent recommendation from your unpaid internship could very well be the deciding factor in your job hunt.

Not only are internships helpful for job hunting, they can also give students a leg up in being admitted into a master's or medical program. Many universities require so many hours of volunteer work or in-the-field training in order for a candidate to be accepted. Recommendations from employers not only prove such work was done, but they can speak to the student's work ethic and their drive to succeed.

Learning Time Management

Unpaid internships, while certainly advantageous, can be messy. Most often, they are granted to students, either undergraduates or those looking to be admitted into a master's program. As interns are unpaid, the work they perform does not generate income that can go toward rent or utility bills. With a full- or part-time job, a load of college classes, and the hours spent on the internship, time management is essential. Learning how to juggle responsibilities is another benefit to accepting such an opportunity.

The advantages of unpaid internships far outweigh the disadvantages. With benefits such as recommendations, on-the-job experience, free training, and learning valuable life skills, how can there be any argument against them? Many healthcare facilities leave spots open to keep some interns on once the contracted time period has passed, making them a full employee. The situation creates a win-win outcome for all involved.

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How Many Years of Work Experience Should Be on a Resume? 11 August 14 03:36 PM postedby Maria Senior

It's tempting to add your entire work history to your resume when searching for a job. However, it may not be the most effective option to help increase your chances of making a positive impression. Sometimes, less really is more. Including too much on your resume may be a bad idea, for a number of reasons. So what's the ideal amount of work history to include on a resume?

How Far Back Should You Go?

A good rule of thumb is to list only the last 10 years of relevant work experience, unless the work you did before that time period pertains directly to the job for which you're applying. In addition to being less overwhelming for a potential employer to read, this approach can actually work in the favor of older candidates. Although it's illegal to discriminate based on age, potential employers are looking for a candidate who has up-to-date skills and isn't set in his or her ways, so keeping your resume short may help avoid the impression that you're too old for the position. In addition, if you include your entire work history, a hiring manager may assume you are overqualified for the position and pass you by.

An overly lengthy resume could even make your work experience seem outdated, particularly if it involved extensive use of equipment that is now considered obsolete or has been replaced. By limiting your resume experience to the last decade, your most recent positions and achievements will get the most attention and make your application seem better suited to the position. Just show what you're capable of with a short and sweet—but effective—resume.

Highlight Achievements

While experts agree that 10 years of experience is sufficient to list on a resume, it's important to highlight any achievements you've made in that time. For example, if you've worked in the same hospital or clinic for several years, by all means, list the many positions you've held there. This will show your many job titles and provide a snapshot of how you've advanced steadily over the years. This shows commitment, dedication and loyalty on your part and can only help you look good in the employer's eyes.

Be sure to highlight particular skills that pertain to the job for which you're applying. And if the job description calls for 20 years of experience in your field, don't hesitate to include all 20 years of your history. Alternatively, if you think an employer will view you as too old for the position, you can move your skills out in front of your work history and into a special "Skills" section of your resume. If you're a young nurse just getting started in the business, add as much work experience as you can, even if you don't think it pertains to the new job. Even working as a waitress over the summer shows strong teamwork and deadline adherence skills. Once you build up more experience, you can get rid of those early jobs and replace them with more relevant ones.

Trim the Fat

If you can't seem to get your resume under two pages, consider shortening each job description to just the essentials. No one wants to read a lengthy resume, not even a hiring manager. Employers wants to see highlights, not a thorough enumeration of your many duties. Add bullets instead of paragraphs where possible, to make it easier to skim. Pepper them with keywords relevant to each job you apply for. Remove specific dates where you can. Unless you're a recent college or nursing school grad, there's no need to list the exact dates of your schooling on the resume. Also, listing the amount of years at each place of employment is sufficient. Again, there's no need for specific dates unless you were there for less than a year. You'll have a chance to expand on your healthcare work experience in more detail when and if you get called in for an interview. 

5 Tips for Getting a Job When You Are Unemployed 18 July 14 03:59 PM postedby Maria Senior

Searching for a job is always difficult, but it seems to be even harder when you're unemployed. Even if you find yourself without a job through no fault of your own, not being employed somehow works against you and can prevent you from finding another job, especially in healthcare. It's easy to get discouraged when you're unemployed, but there are still things you can do to improve your situation.

1. Treat Finding a Job as a Job in Itself

Finding a job when you don't have one is all about being proactive. In today's competitive job market, finding employment takes a lot of hard work, so you should treat your job search like a job in itself. This means getting up early, taking a shower and getting dressed just like you were getting ready for work. Even if you have no plans to do anything but look at job boards, this will help keep you in the right mindset and keep you productive throughout the day. Once you're awake and alert, spend the day looking for jobs. Call employers, send out resumes, speak to any contacts you may have and visit employers in person whenever possible. Do whatever you need to do to find work.

2. Keep Your Skills Sharp

Although the best way to gain work experience is to work, you can still do things in your downtime to keep your skills sharp. Part of the reason why people who have been unemployed for an extended period of time struggle to get hired is because they let their most marketable skills become rusty. Between applying for jobs and researching employers, do your best to sharpen any skills you may have, especially if you are a healthcare professional. Technology is always evolving, so you should do plenty of research to make sure that you are comfortable with the latest pieces of equipment, software and operating systems, and any new procedures that are being developed.

3. Take Plenty of Notes and Learn from Your Mistakes

There is no shame in getting an interview question wrong once, but you should never let it happen again. If you're at a loss for words when an interviewer asks you a problem-solving question, take plenty of notes and find out a better way to answer the question in case it comes up again. Even the most successful people in the world fail and make mistakes, but what makes them so successful is that they learn from their mistakes. The next time you're asked what your weaknesses are in an interview, you should have an answer ready.

4. Avoid Coming Off as Desperate

Being unemployed can be scary. It's easy to feel desperate, but you cannot let that show during interviews and networking events. Employers aren't looking to help someone in a desperate situation; they are looking for people who will benefit them. Show that you are one of these people by talking up your skills and experience, not the fact that you need a job. Mention any accomplishments or particularly helpful habits from your last job, and make sure to talk up your reliability and work ethic.

5. Don't Give Up

Yes, it is a cliché, but the best advice anybody can give to a job seeker is to not give up. You will get rejected by employers, your resume will be ignored, and there will be days when you cannot find a good job prospect. All this means is that you have to keep looking. Just about everyone has been in your situation at least once, and even those who have great jobs had to work hard for them. No matter what happens, keep looking for work.

This article was contributed by Alexis Thompson, a recent grad who's just as eager to find a job as you are. When you're hunting for a job, Alexis recommends using a checklist like the ones at to keep track of where you've applied, when, and how far along in the process you are.  

How to Get a Job When a Company Isn't Hiring 14 July 14 01:39 PM postedby Maria Senior

In today’s economy, it can be extremely difficult to land a job. Many companies claim that they are not hiring new employees or do not advertise when they are, which can be discouraging to people looking for work. Even doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals have difficulties finding stable employment. Thankfully, there are ways to woo potential employers, even when they say they are not looking to hire. By following the tips below, you might change their minds about whether or not they need a new member on their staff.

Make Your Resume Immaculate and Beautiful

Potential employers can be easily influenced. An immaculate resume can make all the difference, even the difference between an employer not intending to make a hire and an employer realizing that you would be a valuable addition to their team. A crisp, clear resume will quickly get the attention of any employer, whether they are looking to hire or not. Make your resume the best it can be, then have multiple people check it over to make sure it is error-free, aesthetically pleasing, and impressive to any and all future employers.

Be Persistent

One of the best ways to get a job is to simply be persistent. After you talk with a human resources representative, or anyone else who interviews you, make sure to follow up. If you don't hear back about a job opportunity, get back in touch with them. Don't sound pushy, just enthusiastic about the position and the work opportunity. Furthermore, if you are trying to get a job interview and haven't landed one yet, don't be afraid to ask multiple times. As long as you are respectful, it never hurts to be persistent when searching for a job. In addition to being persistent, make sure that each time you follow up, you mention a new way you can help and make a positive contribution to the workplace.

Make Social Media Work Accounts

In this day and age, job opportunities are transitioning toward networking. As a result, professional networking sites like LinkedIn are important if you're searching for a new job. Having your resume and connections online can make it far easier for you to find interested employers, and for needy employers to find you when they are looking. Many companies that are looking for employers will look to people that they already know and trust before they start a full-fledged job search, thus giving you the inside edge if you are already connected with companies and potential employers on social media.

A Good Cover Letter

Never underestimate the importance of a good cover letter. A good cover letter can make all the difference when it comes to convincing a potential employer that you would improve their business. Use this space to let the employer know how much experience you have with the types of medical equipment they use, or which procedures you're particularly adept at performing. Even if a company doesn't think that they need to hire, you can use a cover letter to convince them that they do.



5 Tips For Video Interviews 27 June 14 11:47 AM postedby Maria Senior

The job interview that occurs across a desk in an office is becoming increasingly antiquated. In this day and age, the most popular job interview takes place in front of a screen, by way of a video chat. Regardless of your position in the healthcare field, there is high probability that you may have to earn your next job with a video interview. If that is the case, don't fear: Video interviews are actually quite easy and don't have to be stressful experiences. However, there are a few things to take into consideration before you sit in front of your webcam and try to woo a potential employer. Here are five tips for how to nail your next video interview.

Keep Gesticulation to a Minimum

In an in-person interview, it can be a huge positive to use your body language to convey what you're feeling while you're answering questions. In a video interview, however, it can actually be detrimental. The main problem with gesticulating during a video interview is that, if your interviewer's internet connection is not fast enough, it will slow things down and make you look like a blur. On a small screen, using your hands to convey your emotions can be distracting, and it can ultimately detract from the point you are trying to make.

Wear Solid Colors

It's important to wear solid colors when you're taking part in a video job interview, because patterns can be distracting on screen. Choose a neutral color (but not white, which could interfere with your webcam's ability to tell light from dark and throw off the white balance of the video), and make it solid, or no more than simple pattern. Avoid logos, pictures and over-the-top patterns. Even if you already have them from a previous position, avoid wearing scrubs, which might be viewed as too casual.

Stay on Task

Many people make the mistake of thinking that, just because their interview is online, they can act more casual than in a traditional job interview. This isn't a casual chat with friends; it's an interview. RNs, nurses and doctors can't be so easily distracted at work, and demonstrating focus in an interview is important. Just because an interview is done through a computer doesn't mean it is any less formal than if it were in person. So forget you're on a computer, and treat the video interview as though it is in person.

Stay Somewhere Quiet

People often partake in casual video chats in coffee shops or other public places. Don’t do that when you're engaged in a job interview. Furthermore, if you have roommates, let them know that you'll be in a job interview, and ask them to either remain silent or leave for a while. Either way, make sure that you are in a quiet spot for your video interview, and that you won't be interrupted.

Make Sure Lighting Is Good

Job interviewers are always influenced by a positive image. Good lighting will make your video appear more professional and aesthetically appealing, which will make you look better in your interview. If you can, try to sit near a source of natural light.

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How to Get Noticed by Employers 04 June 14 09:33 AM postedby Maria Senior

Because the healthcare industry is so rewarding and so high paying, it can also be very competitive, with many people applying for the same job. This means those who want to get hired must stand out and get noticed. Here are some tips for how to get noticed by employers. 

Be Mindful of the Competition

The competition in the healthcare industry is greatly dependent on where you live as well as the type of jobs for which you are qualified. While big cities may be overwhelmed with nursing applicants, rural areas may be very understaffed and suffer from a shortage of qualified RNs.

Another factor in competition, particularly when it comes to physicians, is related to specialties: Some fields are sparsely populated, while others are filled. For example, the fields of plastic surgery and dermatology have become increasingly competitive, making a job in those areas more difficult to obtain.                

Play to Your Strengths

Potential employers want to know what makes you the best candidate for the job to which you've applied. In your cover letter and in your interview, it pays to talk yourself up a little. It's important not to brag, but make sure to highlight areas in which you excel and achievements you've earned. In healthcare, where lives are literally on the line, your technical skills are often the deciding factor in whether or not you're hired. If you're a heart surgeon, for example, a hospital will not hire you if you aren't proficient at thoracic surgery. Make sure that you make your skills known. 

Healthcare is undergoing constant change: Cures are found, tests are invented, and new procedures are always being created. Thus, you need to be willing to learn and adapt, and do it quickly. If you can't keep up with the changing face of healthcare, the odds are less likely an employer will try to keep up with you. Your ability to adapt to change is important to address.

Your ability to lead is another point to mention in an interview. When working with people who are sick (particularly in emergency medicine) there is little time to doubt yourself. You must be confident in your abilities and willing to lead others. Employers will be impressed by a candidate who demonstrates the ability and a willingness to lead. On the other hand, humility is also important. Yes, employers want you to be confident, but they also want you to accept the decisions of your superiors. You must be able to admit when you're wrong, take direction from others, and be a team player. 

Your passion for your job is your biggest asset. The final thing employers look for is passion: Are you truly passionate about helping heal people who are ailing? Do you go the extra mile for your patients and have a good bedside manner? Do you see your job as being more than just a job? Answering yes to these questions helps employers know you are dedicated to medicine, a field that often requires a great amount of sacrifice and loyalty. 

Although the competition in the healthcare field is fierce, using these tips will help you stand out to potential employers. Good luck!

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Strategies to Make Work More Rewarding 04 June 14 09:30 AM postedby Maria Senior

You may have noticed that as time goes by in your healthcare job, your day-to-day responsibilities become somewhat monotonous and the rewarding nature of your work may diminish. If you are struggling to recall the positive impact of your contributions, or are lacking in motivation, consider the strategies below to help get yourself back on track.                             

Focus On What You Enjoy Most

It is easy to focus on the negative parts of your daily routine at work and forget the positive. Focusing on the things about your job that trigger negative reactions, however, can consume your day and leave you feeling completely exhausted by the time 5 p.m. rolls around.

Instead, challenge yourself to spend more time thinking about what you enjoy doing, instead of dreading the things you like least. Everyone has to deal with the occasionally difficult customer or patient, or boring stacks of paperwork. Think about the parts of your job that you enjoy. Finding more chances to perform these tasks can make your job feel more rewarding. For instance, if your favorite part of the day is interacting with or educating patients, try to find more opportunities to take on these tasks by volunteering time as a patient advocate. 

Talk With Your Supervisor

Sometimes it's not the job itself that leaves us feeling weighed down, but the seemingly endless volume of work. If you are feeling frustrated with or weighed down by your workload, talk with your supervisor. While approaching your boss can seem intimidating, think of it this way: if your supervisor is unaware of the challenges you are facing, he or she will be unable to address your concerns. Not only will sharing your concerns help you find a solution to your problem, but your supervisor will be impressed that you took the initiative to think of a solution to an issue that was impeding your performance. Just make sure to bring the problem up in a professional manner, and have a solution ready to offer. 

Make New Friends

Although you may interact with a steady stream of new patients on a daily basis, you likely have a group of friends and colleagues you socialize with during or after work. While you don't want to abandon a group you have built a relationship with, it never hurts to branch out and make new friends. You can start by inviting someone you don't know well to coffee, to lunch, or by making an effort to socialize more with others in general.

If you are someone who tries to keep your professional life fairly separate from your personal life, it is still important to remember the importance of being part of a team at work, especially in the healthcare field. While you may not make best friends at work, you want to have people you can turn to when your workload is weighing you down or when you need assistance learning a new skill. While you can discuss the stresses of your job with friends and family, there is no one who understands it better than the people who work directly with you. 


In healthcare, there is a fine line between becoming too emotionally involved and maintaining the appropriate level of compassion. One way to make your job more rewarding is to spend an extra minute or two each day with each of your patients, trying to connect with them on a personal level. This will help ease their nerves and comfort them, and the connection you develop will help you get you back that sense of reward that you may be missing. 

Remember the Positive (and Learn to Accept a Compliment)                              

When your days begin to feel monotonous, it can be easy to forget the positive impact that you make in each of your patients' lives. To help remember the difference you make, take the time to accept gratitude. This can be achieved by reading the letters and cards that patients send to your department, really listening when a patient calls on the phone to thank you, and connecting with your patients when they express their gratitude in person. As you know well, there are a variety of reasons why many patients will not take the time to thank you. However, as a healthcare professional it is important to celebrate the change that your work is making in your patients' lives, and to acknowledge the support you are offering them on a daily basis.

By focusing on these strategies, you can change your outlook and approach to once again celebrate the rewarding nature of the invaluable work you do as a healthcare professional.

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Salary Negotiation Tactics That Work 19 May 14 09:40 AM postedby Maria Senior
Whether you are accepting a new job or discussing your annual raise, it is important to walk into your meeting with a few salary negotiation tactics in mind. While negotiating your salary may not be particularly comfortable, it can be the difference between you making that couple extra hundred per month that will allow you to achieve your financial goals with less stress. Before you walk into your final interview for your new dream job in the healthcare field, or for your annual review, take the time to prepare by keeping the following salary negotiation tactics in mind.

Always Ask For More

Always remember that it never hurts to ask for more. The worst thing that can happen is that you are told no, and the best thing that could happen is that you receive more. More often than not, your employer comes to the table with a number in mind, in which they have left room for negotiation. Even if the number they deliver exceeds your expectations, they are likely willing to negotiate more. As a medical professional, you train hard, you work hard, and your skills are invaluable. Avoid allowing yourself to feel guilty when you consider negotiating your salary.

Instead, remind yourself of your level of commitment, dedication and extreme attention to detail.

Ask For More Than You Desire

Just as an employer is likely coming to the table with an offer that is lower than what they are willing to pay, you as the employee should come to the table with an offer higher than what you would like to achieve. This will give your employer room to negotiate down to a lower dollar amount. For example, if you would like an 8% raise this year, ask for a 10% raise to give adequate room for negotiation.

Manage Your Body Language

As uncomfortable as it may be to negotiate your salary, managing your body language is imperative. Even if your heart is racing and your palms are sweating, you need to look as if you are confident and comfortable on the outside. Practice negotiating your salary with a friend or family member. Focus on eliminating fidgeting, looking the person you are speaking to directly in the eye, speaking in a confident tone, using well ­structured sentences, and sitting up tall and straight.

Come Prepared

Arriving prepared is essential when negotiating your salary, particularly during an annual review. You need to back up your request for a pay increase with specific examples of your achievements. You can do this by taking time out once a month to type out a record of your notable achievements, and then transfer them to a well ­organized document that you present to your manager during your annual review. These examples can include new skills learned, management experience, and patient reviews.

Consider Non­Monetary Benefits

While financial gain may be your primary focus when negotiating your salary, don't forget that you can negotiate other benefits that will add value to your personal and professional life. This could be anything from transportation reimbursement to a designated parking spot to more paid time off or the ability to travel for work or work from home. While working from home is not always feasible in the medical profession, certain tasks can be performed remotely.

Don't Be Discouraged If They Say No

Even the most prepared and most confident negotiators may walk out of their negotiation with a “no.” However, it is important not to be discouraged by the outcome of your negotiation. If the answer is no, simply suggest alternatives such as revisiting the topic in a few months. Ask what you can do to improve your performance—and in turn your salary. Also consider how your preparedness and confidence will give your manager a clear expectation of your financial goals and expectations.
While the idea of negotiating your salary may seem unpleasant or intimidating, you will avoid regret by asking for what you feel you deserve, and each time you negotiate, the process will become less uncomfortable.

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5 Nonclinical Jobs for Nurses 19 May 14 09:26 AM postedby Maria Senior

As a current or aspiring nurse, you may imagine yourself working in a clinical setting for the rest

of your career in healthcare. If, however, you are looking to move away from a clinical setting but

want to continue working as a nurse, appealing options are available. Here are the top five

nonclinical jobs for nurses that might provide you with the employment you truly desire.

1. Oil and Gas Industry

More than 100,000 men and women work for companies involved in oil and gas extraction, with

more than 60 nurses involved in the field at any given time. Of course, this ratio of nurses to

regular employees is rather minimal, but these specific healthcare workers earn on average over

$80,000 a year.

And though the small potential for job vacancy in this industry may deter you, it has a big

advantage that might make it worth your wait. In many cases, these nurses are required to work six

months on the oil rig and are subsequently given a six­month break. To accommodate the time off,

the nurses work 12­hour shifts but are allowed to go wherever they want during their half a year of


2. Personal Care

For countless people across the country, a live­in or visiting nurse is a requirement in order to

perform most of the basic functions in life. Some personal care nurses must work with their

patients for rehabilitative purposes, while others simply care for patients who need permanent

assistance. And while the work may sound taxing and difficult, those employed in this sector can

expect to earn over $80,000 a year, well over the average made by nurses in a clinical setting.

3. Nurse Education

You know how important it is to have high­quality nurse educators to perpetuate a standard of

excellence in the nursing profession. Becoming a nurse educator might be the right path for you.

Nurse educators are required to create, manipulate, evaluate and implement specific academic

lessons and materials, and are responsible for the quality of information delivered to students. With

this rigorous position comes a generous salary: the average nurse educator earns over $70,000.

4. Researcher

Nurse researchers gather information from hospitals, clinics and other healthcare settings to assist

in research studies and experiments. These nurses play key roles in the evolution of healthcare

practices and are often compensated with salaries well over $90,000.

5. Legal Nurse Consultant

Although a certified legal nurse consultant work sin the legal field, it is generally not required that

they have a law degree. Nurses in this position generally work with legal experts in a variety of

capacities, from helping with discoveries and analysis to locating witnesses pertinent to a specific

lawsuit. This is an interactive and dynamic position for any nurse seeking a position outside the

clinical setting. Legal nurse consultants are generally well compensated with a salary of around


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Top 5 Specialties for Physician Assistants 08 April 14 09:16 AM postedby Maria Senior

As a current or aspiring physician assistant, you may be satisfied with the path your career has taken. But while you may enjoy your current position and work setting, it is important to realize that there are multiple specialties you could pursue in order to secure a salary that you truly deserve. This post looks at the top five specialties that might get you the salary you desire.

1. Urgent Care

Because urgent care PAs deal almost entirely with walk-in patients, they must be extremely well-versed in all possible aspects of their job, and must be comfortable entering into a situation entirely unprepared. The average salary for a PA in this field starts at around $50,000. This job is perfect for someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment and enjoys change.

2. Emergency Medicine

Similar to their brethren in urgent care, emergency medicine PAs must also be willing to work in a constantly changing atmosphere. The average emergency medicine PA makes around $87,000 per year.

3. Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery physician assistants, medical professionals tasked with assisting in operations on the brain and spinal cord, have an understanding of most or all of the conditions that come through the door. And while these individuals are not required to perform surgery themselves, they must have a strong grasp of neurological functions that may be pertinent during a surgical procedure. Neurosurgery PAs are well compensated, averaging around $100,000, depending location.

4. Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic surgery PAs work in a similar environment to those assisting neurosurgeons, and are required to perform all of the necessary tasks and functions when aiding a surgeon. Cardiothoracic surgery PAs can expect to live comfortably, with an average salary around $115,000 a year, depending on location.

5. Dermatology

PAs in dermatology are among the highest paid. Earning on average of $104,000 per year, they make more than most of their peers. Thanks to a growing demand for skin services and a lack of qualified dermatologists, the field of dermatology certainly boasts a bright future for PAs, notes one study.

Find the Right Specialty for You

There is no reason to settle on a specific PA specialty if you don't feel it is right. Consider one of these top five specialties—all of which provide good benefits and interesting work environments—as the next place you move as you advance along your career.

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How to Select the Best Job References 06 March 14 11:05 AM postedby Maria Senior

When searching for a new job in the healthcare field, securing the best job reference possible is imperative to your success in your career search. In fact, according to Shawn Vanderziel, vice president for human resources at the Field Museum in Chicago, “a good reference can seal the deal for a candidate.”

But unless you know where and how to select the people to give you a recommendation, you may instead wind up with something that ends up detracting from your overall presentation, rather than one that highlights your attributes and skills. If you are looking to advance your career as a healthcare worker, follow these few easy steps to get the reference you really want.

Understand the Importance

Before you begin asking around for a reference, it is important that you first understand the position you’re applying for, and how the reference may help. Most employers and recruiters first scour the sections of your résumé that include your work experience, education and skills and specializations, before even glancing at the page that contains a reference from a former boss or colleague. This means that as the reader begins to look at your references, he or she will already have manufactured a relative idea of you as an applicant, and are only looking for additional laud to raise you above the rest.

With this in mind, it is tantamount that you work as diligently as possible to claim the reference that you truly deserve—and make sure the rest of your résumé is flawless.

Pick the Right Sources

Now that you understand the importance of a reference, it is time for you to select the person or people who will give you a referral. In this case, some believe that it is acceptable to select colleagues and peers with whom you worked closely on an equal level (a fellow nurse, for instance), since they will have great insight into your work life, skills and attributes.

While including a reference from a colleague may yield you an extremely positive review, it may not be as impressive in the eyes of a potential employer. Instead, try to enlist the help of a current or former boss. They will have the most comprehensive knowledge of how you act and perform as an employee of the company. Make sure to choose someone with whom you had a good relationship. While former employers may not be able to say anything negative about you, having a former supervisor mention that you were excellent with patients or were quick to pick up new skills can go a long way.

Get a Referral for a Specific Job

It is fairly easy for a current or former boss of yours to send out a general job reference—one that highlights your skills as a worker and discusses how your abilities could be highly utilized at any future company. While that may project you in a positive light, a more detailed referral may raise your chances for landing a specific job (one that depends on your knowledge of specific skills). To match this specification then, send those giving you a reference a copy of a job description, or even a general outline of the tasks required and the nature of the work. With this information in hand, they will be able to craft a detailed reference that points out your suitability for the job in question.

Keep in Contact

Because the person who gave you a reference was at one point in time a vital part of your career, make sure to keep in contact with them on a regular basis and share with them the new developments in your work life. It is a common courtesy to show your appreciation through this simple act, and as an added bonus it keeps them in your professional network should you ever need a new referral in the future.

Additionally, while you maintain connections with your former colleagues, make sure to spend time creating new connections with those at your current place of work. You never know when an opportunity may open, and having a solid list of possible references will prepare you for anything. As a courtesy, be sure ask permission before listing anyone as a reference, and notify them afterward if you’ve decided to do so.  

Finally, an article published in Newsday recommends that you make sure your contact information for all references is up-to-date. If a potential employer can’t get a hold of one of your former employers, it could reflect poorly on you as a candidate.

Move Up in Your Career

Having a solid reference is one of the easiest ways to help advance yourself in your industry of choice. If you are ready to move up in your career, use these simple tips to get the reference you want and get the job you desire.

This article was written on behalf of Excalibur Exhibits. After getting your new job, keep them in mind for your employer’s exhibit needs.






Top 5 Mobile Apps for Your Job Search 17 February 14 01:33 PM postedby Maria Senior

Searching for a new job in healthcare can be a tedious and often unpleasant experience. From scouring the newspaper classifieds to hoping for word-of-mouth references, there are a variety of usual processes that often feel ineffective.

If this is the case, why not consider changing your approach to job hunting? If you would like to search for employment in the healthcare field while on-the-go, or stay updated with current job postings, turning to mobile applications and gadgets can help you elicit the results you need. Next time you visit the app store, consider adding one (or all) of these five great mobile apps to aid in the quest for your dream healthcare job:

Pocket CV

Since landing the job you truly want first depends on your presentation, it is important that you have a CV or résumé that highlights your employment history and accomplishments. Pocket CV, a new app, can do just that by dividing your résumé into seven separate sections and letting you fill in all of the information that you deem necessary. If you would rather let your device do the work, you can simply let the app import data from your LinkedIn profile while you search for the right employer. Additionally, Pocket CV allows you to e-mail your newly composed CV and résumé to prospective healthcare employers immediately, or save it to DropBox for future editing.


Most people are familiar with this Internet search tool, yet few realize that it has its own personalized app that can be used for those job-hunting on the go. The CareerBuilder mobile app can use your location to help you search for healthcare positions in your area; calculate the amount of applicants there are as competition; or even use GPS to display your potential commute to a specific job. This app is perfect for a day of traveling from location to location.


Unless you use the services of a healthcare job recruiter, you may find yourself sifting through countless hospital job listings in hope of finding one that fits your profile. TheLadders, a new mobile job-hunting app, streamlines the process by allowing you to search for jobs in your area based on your qualifications, industry, specializations, desired salary and more. You can also sort through a list of people who recently applied and compare your résumé against their skills and expertise. While this app doesn't allow you to apply to the job through its system, it will actively send you a reminder e-mail to submit a résumé when you get a chance.


Although many people view Twitter as simply a social connectivity and social media website, its uses are versatile in many ways—including being an effective tool for job seekers. Because recruiters at specific companies and hospitals want to reach as many broad pools possible, they often use Twitter as their megaphone, in hopes of reaching someone in the virtual realm that is interested in the job. Following your dream employers on Twitter can help you land a job there once a position finally opens up.


If you are searching for a new job in the medical field, LinkedIn can act as one of the most valuable tools in your entire resource cache. Even if you are only connected to 10 doctors, nurses or other workers on this site, it will often show you their subsequent connections, putting you in a pool of unlimited potential based on the knowledge of your peers and colleagues. The LinkedIn app will let you spot individuals that work at your desired company, and connect with them in hopes of using your new acquaintances as recommendations. As an added benefit, LinkedIn boasts a number of useful healthcare networks that may offer more information on current or upcoming job vacancies (as well as general information about healthcare issues). The top groups include the American Nurses Association, the Healthcare Executives Network, and the RN (Registered Nurse) Network.

Finding a Job in the Medical Field

Searching for a new job in the medical field can be an arduous process, leaving you flustered and even irritated by the effort involved. To help you find your dream job quickly and easily, try one of these great mobile job-hunting apps to put the power in the palm of your hand.

Chad Fisher knows how difficult it can be for any new graduate, especially those in the healthcare field, to find a career in a tough job market. In addition to using these mobile apps, Fisher recommends staying up-to-date with salary and job information so you can remain a competitive candidate. For instance, those looking for a career as an educator should utilize online resources like to find more information about teacher salaries.





Why You Should Include Mock Interviews in Your Job Search 04 February 14 03:11 PM postedby Maria Senior

Finding a healthcare job requires careful consideration throughout the application process. At this point, you have likely polished your resume and perfected your cover letter. However, it is also important to prepare for the next step by practicing your interview skills. During your interview with a prospective employer, the person you meet with will be assessing your communication skills as well as your level of experience. It is critical that you make a memorable impression that demonstrates your confidence and expertise. Although the idea of an interview makes many people nervous, it is possible to prepare and perfect your communication skills through participation in a mock interview. This post outlines the benefits of mock interviews and provides information on how to include one in your job search so that you put the best foot forward when meeting with a potential employer.

Benefits of a Mock Interview
A mock interview is designed to provide job seekers with a way to practice their interviewing skills in a low-pressure environment. According to the Illinois School of Health Careers, one of the benefits a person can receive from a mock interview is greater self-confidence. Although it is normal to feel some anxiety during a formal interview, nervousness can make it appear as though you lack confidence in your skills. By practicing your answers to common questions offered by employers in your field, you will be able communicate more effectively while eliminating the jitters that accompany participation in a job interview.

Choose a Career-Specific Interview
Any time you practice your interviewing skills, you will benefit. However, people who are pursuing a career in healthcare should be prepared for questions that are specific to their field. For example, a nursing candidate may be provided with questions about common scenarios he or she may come across during a typical work day. Questions such as “describe a problem you’ve faced on a clinical rotation” or “what would you do if a supervising physician questioned your work?” can be expected here. These types of behavioral-based questions can be challenging for those who have not experienced them in prior interviews. When you set up your mock interview, make sure that the questions asked will be tailored to fit your desired career. 

What to Expect During the Session
A mock interview should be conducted in a setting that is as close as possible to the actual environment you will be in during a real-life interview. Therefore, you can expect to begin your mock interview with a brief introduction and handshake. After introducing yourself, you will then sit down and begin the next portion of your interview by answering questions. Typically, a mock interview will last for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, but it may go longer if your chosen career requires extensive or challenging questioning styles. During your mock interview, the interviewer may take notes or ask you to expand further on your answers. Remember that it is important to focus on providing the same level of answers that you will provide to an actual employer. Following your interview, ask for a critique of your skills and feedback about any areas in which you may need to improve. 

Methods of Recording Feedback
Depending on the type of mock interview you schedule, you may receive several different types of feedback. A videotaped session is one of the most popular methods of recording a mock interview because it provides a way to see how your physical mannerisms and body language come across to a prospective employer. Although projecting confidence through well-planned answers is important, nervous habits such as biting your nails may create a negative image to a prospective employer. In addition to a video, you may also receive an evaluation form with notes that the interviewer made regarding your body language and answers. 

Prepare for the Mock Interview
To get the most out of your mock interview, it is important to treat it as though it were real. Before your interview, practice going over some answers to questions you may encounter when searching for a job. According to the University of Montana, it is important to avoid memorizing answers. Instead, you should focus on remembering past experiences that you may use to demonstrate your knowledge. For example, you may have come across one of the experiences described in situational questions during your internship or clinical rotations while in school. On the day of your interview, dress appropriately and arrive on time just as you would for an actual meeting with a prospective employer.

How to Implement Strategies from the Critique
After your interview, you will want to allow for some time to go over the lessons gleaned from your critique. The mock interviewer (or your friend, family member or colleague) will often suggest strategies that you can implement to perfect your skills. Take this information and continue to practice your communication skills. If you feel the need to further practice, then you can also schedule a second mock interview after you have had some time to implement the strategies you learned during your feedback session.
As with any skill, practice will make you stand out among the competition during the interview process of your job search. It is normal to feel some nervousness when you are interviewing for your preferred position; however, much of your anxiety will be alleviated when you know you have come to the interview prepared. By participating in a mock interview, you can greet your prospective employer and answer their questions with full confidence that you will come across as the best candidate for the position.

This article was written by Sadie Gillespie, a medical student preparing for that not-so-distant job hunt. If you're like Sadie, scrambling to strengthen your interview skills, try utilizing your iPad for interview prep, presentations and note taking, along with the help of any of the Kensington iPad covers.

5 Ways to Get Promoted 18 November 13 02:46 PM postedby Maria Senior

A healthcare career comes with many rewards, and among these, opportunities for career advancement is at the top of the list. Whether a person begins his or her career as a nursing assistant or a licensed physician, there is always room for professional growth and development. However, a promotion is only in reach for people who position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities that exist to develop their skills through practical and educational experiences. Leaders in healthcare can demonstrate their expertise while maintaining an edge on the competition by utilizing the following five tips for earning a promotion.

1. Create a Personal Mission Statement

Effective leaders always have their eye on the next step toward promotion, and developing a step-by-step plan to achieve your goal is one of the best ways to achieve this. Create a personal mission statement that outlines how your strengths can be utilized to further the goals of a healthcare organization. Then, be ready to present your personal mission statement during interviews and other opportunities to convince potential employers that your skills and professional experience are the perfect match for a specific position. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your personal statement in front of others, consider outlining your goals and tracking your progress yourself. According to an article posted by the University of California-Berkley, goal setting can help with motivation and self-confidence, and there are a number of “visioning exercises” you can do to help clarify and outline your goals and track your progress.

2. Join a Professional Association

At every level of a healthcare career, professional associations can offer a wide range of benefits. Among these are education and training opportunities that can keep you informed of the most recent research-based medical techniques and procedures. Consider signing up for a class to advance a skillset, or even work toward earning an advanced degree (required for many managerial positions). By becoming a member of a professional organization, you can also demonstrate your dedication to providing quality healthcare services that will make you stand out as the right candidate for an advanced position within an organization.

3. Pursue Higher Education

One of the fastest tracks for career advancement is to pursue opportunities to refine your skills through a higher education degree or certification. Depending on your area of specialization, earning an advanced degree, specialized certification or an additional license can demonstrate competence and expert knowledge that may be required before you can be eligible for a promotion.

An example of this can be found in the career advancement opportunities available in the nursing field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurses can advance their careers by gaining experience and graduate education. Those who have a membership in a professional association can often find educational opportunities along with the personal and financial support that can assist a person through the educational program.

4. Increase Visibility by Networking

Networking is an essential component of advancing in any career. Taking part in corporate functions such as seminars and meetings is one way to gain visibility. Additionally, taking continuing education courses and joining professional associations will put you in touch with other healthcare professionals, who can offer insight into new opportunities for advancement. Social media platforms like LinkedIn can also be used to highlight your accomplishments while allowing you to keep an eye out for new jobs and to interact with people in management level positions that can offer their recommendation for your promotion.

5. Demonstrate Leadership through Volunteering

Candidates for promotion often undergo a screening process that includes the decisions of several people on the management team. Standing out among a group of eligible candidates will require you to establish yourself as a leader in your field, and one of the most effective ways to demonstrate leadership is to volunteer a solution to a problem. Once a solution has been offered, you can then initiate the process of leading a team to handle the project.

Volunteering for projects that pertain to your desired position can also show off your skills and professional expertise—something that will be noticed by higher management. As an added benefit, this practical experience can be included on your resume and discussed during the interview process.

Before you seek a promotion within your field, it is essential that you develop a clear idea of the direction for your career. Using this as a guide, you can then develop a plan that will serve as your personal mission. Due to the high level of responsibility that leaders in the healthcare field hold in their roles, higher education and training are essential for most leadership positions within any organization. Therefore, taking advantage of opportunities to develop your skill set (while tackling higher-level roles) is the most effective way to stand out from your peers. It is sure to pay off through promotions and other opportunities for career advancement. 

This article was contributed on behalf of The Veterans Law Group, which specializes in representing people affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Career Change Tips for Baby Boomers 05 November 13 12:05 PM postedby Maria Senior

More people than ever are changing jobs, particularly in light of layoffs and industry closures. While some people who were once involved in the healthcare industry are taking the opportunity to move into new jobs, given that healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, many more baby boomers are looking for a way to break into the field or move up the career ladder. 

The assumption that most baby boomers are retiring and staying at home is a flawed one; in fact, an article in US News and World Report stated that the number of college students between the ages of 40 and 64 has “jumped by almost 20%, to nearly 2 million in the past decade.” Whether it be for love of education, to earn a degree for the first time, or to help them qualify for another position in the healthcare field, one thing is clear: Personal and professional exploration doesn’t need to stop at age 55. 

Baby Boomers Affected by Low Job Levels
Baby boomers are among those most affected by the recent unemployment epidemic. People in this age group may be less likely to lose their jobs than younger workers overall, but they are more likely to be forced into early retirement and are less likely to find new jobs if they become unemployed, according to recent Bureau of Labor findings.
This means that baby boomers who are looking for work may need to change job fields altogether. Because training for many healthcare jobs can be completed in two years or less, those in the 55-and-over age bracket may be finding themselves back in the classroom and quickly moving into new jobs in the healthcare industry.

How Baby Boomers Can Choose the Right Healthcare Job 
Choosing the right job at age 55 or older is an important decision. If you are considering entering the healthcare field at a more advanced age, you have little time to try out different jobs before finding the right one for you. Likewise, if you are considering switching positions within the healthcare field, you must also factor in training time before you can begin work. 
Here are some tips for choosing the right healthcare job if you are searching for a new career after working in another field for many years.

Think About Your Strengths

By now you should know what you enjoy doing and are good at. Of course, you may not have had much opportunity to exercise those skills in your younger years, but now you may find you have the chance. If you already know you are good at dealing with the public, you may want to choose a job that brings you into contact with others. On the other hand, if you have had your fill of dealing with crowds, you may want to seek a more isolated job, such as a lab position.

For people already in healthcare, switching careers within the field is also an option. Many aging healthcare workers find that they enjoy working in less stressful healthcare positions, such as social worker, school nurse, or homecare aide.

Consider Your Own Health

If you do not think you can spend long hours on your feet, a desk job might be more appropriate than a nursing or EMT position. Further, if you have special health issues such as diabetes, be sure that your job will accommodate your condition. 

Opt for Quicker Training

Some jobs have options for how quickly you can complete your training, depending on the level of education you desire. For example, you can take a full four-year college degree to become a registered nurse, but there are also technical school two-year programs. These degrees will often give you access to the same jobs as a four-year degree but do not support promotion to a higher job level. In the case of a late-life career change, you may not be worried about promotion as much as securing a job quickly.

What If I Want To Leave Healthcare?
Many of the same tips apply to leaving the healthcare field and moving into a new field. In addition to the above tips, healthcare professionals may want to consider the following when changing jobs late in life:
• Use your previous experience in another field. Healthcare professionals can often find jobs easily in fields that have some common ground with healthcare. For example, many former nurses make great teachers for healthcare classes at high schools or community colleges.

Former pharmacists may work as consultants or sales representatives for pharmaceutical companies.
• Save money if possible. Most career transitions are costly, so be prepared to live lean for a bit until you are established in your new career. It helps if you can save some money prior to changing careers.

People who want to make a late-in-life career change may find that healthcare is a great way to start a second career. For those who have been working in healthcare for many years, taking it slow and using prior experience can make the transition much easier.


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