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
1. Treat Finding a Job as a Job
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
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
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
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
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.
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keep track of where you've applied, when, and how far along in the process you
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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
Talk With Your Supervisor
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
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.
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)
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.
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
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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.
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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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.
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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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
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
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
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
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.
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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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.”
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
Understand the Importance
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.
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
Pick the Right Sources
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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After getting your new job, keep them in mind for your employer’s exhibit
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 www.teacherinformation.org
to find more information about teacher salaries.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
5. Demonstrate Leadership through
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.
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.
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.
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
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
How Baby Boomers Can Choose the Right
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
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.
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
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
Opt for Quicker Training
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.
pharmacists may work as consultants or sales representatives for pharmaceutical
• 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.
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.
One of the most common fears among healthcare employees is the dreaded
performance review. No matter how well you perform your job, it is still
frightening to think of being observed and graded by a peer or supervisor.
Performance reviews become even more upsetting when they contain negative
information that can impact your job status, salary, or both.
Before you take any action about a bad performance review, it is important to
weigh your options. According to an article from the Wall
Street Journal, recommendations about handling a bad
performance review can be applied to healthcare as well as business situations.
Here are some tips for handling a bad performance review successfully and
possibly turning the negative into a positive.
Start at the Source
person who gave you the bad performance review is the first person to talk to,
if possible. This is a conversation that should be calm, cool and collected; do
not start out angry or negative. If the conversation threatens to get out of
control, walk away until you can cool down. It can be helpful to carefully jot
down your questions and concerns on a sheet of paper to organize your thoughts
before approaching the conversation. If you can communicate your position
clearly with the person who gave you the review, you may be able to change the
outcome. If not, you can get an idea of why that person gave you a negative
review. Regardless of your score, your supervisor should be able to communicate
areas of concern with you.
See it as a Chance to Improve
It is possible
that some points on a negative review are true. In most cases, the nursing
manager or supervisor is simply trying to offer helpful feedback and highlight
room for a nurse’s professional growth.
know you have a habit of being late to work, for example, it is important to
apologize, promise to be on time and then keep your word. If you know you
struggle with performing a certain procedure, ask a seasoned person to train
you in a new technique, or to oversee your work. Sometimes, all an employer
wants is to point out areas in which you can improve, so use this time as a
Go Through Channels
performance reviews are meant to simply offer feedback to healthcare workers,
in rare cases, a bad review may be issued unfairly.
believe that the negative performance review is unjust and that you deserve a
higher rating (and if you have previously spoken with the manager about your
concerns), it may be time to talk to another supervisor or request an
additional performance review. Be aware that by "going over the head"
of your evaluator or immediate supervisor, you may be creating ill will. This
should not stop you if you cannot communicate with your boss or if your
supervisor is being unfair or is discriminating against you. It is important to
stand up for your rights, especially if you are being asked to do something
illegal or unethical, and receive a bad review for your refusal.
documentation you have to support your position, the easier it will be to fight
a bad performance review. This means keeping careful records of your actions as
a healthcare employee. Maintain good files and back up your information
frequently on a separate drive if you are allowed to do so. Obviously, you
cannot violate patient confidentiality; however, information like your work
hours, how often you were absent and why, and your general job performance are
not covered by confidentiality clauses. Further, if you have any written
evidence from other employees or supervisors, it is a good idea to collect this
as support for your claim that your performance review is inaccurate.
Understand the Relative Consequences
be unpleasant to hear yourself described in negative terms, but you must also
weigh the likelihood that a negative review will affect your salary or job
status against the possible consequences of fighting your negative review.
Often, you may be better off swallowing your pride and chalking the negative
review up to a learning experience.
supervisor or your employer offers you no satisfaction or if you are the victim
of sexual or other types of harassment at work, you may need to take action
with a governing body. For healthcare workers, state boards of health are
generally the venue for appeals. The Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission handles charges of discrimination against employers
who refuse to address these concerns.
It’s important to remember that a bad performance review does not necessarily
mean the end of your healthcare career. In fact, you should simply view it as useful
feedback. After receiving a bad review, carefully assess whether there are
areas that you need to improve upon. It can be helpful to prepare for a nursing
performance review year-round, so that when the review day comes, you are
familiar with the categories in which you
will be evaluated. Ultimately, if you feel that you were unjustly issued
a poor review, utilize all methods to address the situation.
Terry Montrose is a
writer who shares experiences from her time in the corporate medical world, and
she has seen countless people rise above a poor performance review to achieve
their executive goals. For anyone seeking to boost their executive presence,
she recommends utilizing the corporate trainers at PB Talent.
are a couple interview questions every candidate dreads hearing. These
questions are feared not because they require quick analytical skills or
problem solving on the spot. Rather, these questions stump candidates because
there doesn’t seem to be a right answer. One of the most popular — and most nerve-wracking
— interview questions is: “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
a worker in the healthcare field (or, an employee in any field), pointing out
your weaknesses seems counterproductive. Your job interview is your time to
highlight your strong history of employment and your many accomplishments. When
faced with this question, candidates often worry that they may hurt their
chances by divulging information about their weaknesses. Instead, they try to
spin the question by turning it into something positive: saying that they “work
too hard,” for instance. If there is one bit of advice that can be
bestowed upon healthcare workers facing this interview question, it’s this: Be
Honesty is Key
is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. As such, you can expect
HR department heads and supervisors have heard just about every answer when it
comes to interviews. According
to CNN, employers don’t want to hear literal responses (or, weaknesses you
may have in your personal life) or generic
responses like “I’m too detail-oriented.” CareerBuilder writer Rachel Zupek
advises candidates to be honest about their weaknesses. This may involve a bit
of self-reflection (see below for tips on how to identify your weaknesses), but
you should always address an actual area of concern. The key to making your
answer work in your favor is to talk about either how you’ve worked on
addressing your weakness or how you plan to improve. One possible answer to
“what are your strengths and weaknesses?” would be:
believe my strengths lie in clinical skills and charting. I’ve always been a
quick learner and very detail oriented, so these are areas I typically excel
in. One of my biggest weaknesses is that I sometimes struggle and get
overwhelmed when working under pressure. However, I’ve gotten much better at
handling myself in stressful situations over time, and I think working at a
larger hospital such as yours would give me a chance to further improve.”
Identify Your Strengths
candidates are stumped when they hear this difficult interview question not
because they aren’t willing to answer honestly, but because they haven’t taken
the time to actually identify their strengths and weaknesses. Preparation is
essential for any interview.
an interview with Forbes,
author David Parnell breaks it down by stating simply, “A workplace strength is any ability that is enjoyable, applicable, and
that you are better at than most of your colleagues.” Parnell suggests paying
close attention to your feelings when carrying out certain tasks to determine
whether or not they are strengths for you. For instance, when working with
patient advocacy and communication, do you feel frustrated, flustered or
confused? If so, your strengths may lie elsewhere. Likewise, if you feel happy,
fulfilled and confident when working directly with patients, this may be an
area in which you excel.
Just as you wouldn’t want to be too generic with your response
about weaknesses, nor do you want to be generic with your response about your
strengths. The best way to avoid being too generic is to provide an example. If
you excel at leadership, give a quick explanation that supports your claim. Did
you supervise a team of nurses? Train team members on new technology?
The best way to prepare for this question is to work on
identifying and routinely improving your strengths and weaknesses. Many people
find it helpful to create a list of their strengths and weaknesses, along with
a separate column that details ways to improve.
While this question can be a pain to answer, it prompts candidates
to develop an important trait: self-reflection. The best way to improve as an
employee is to continually work on correcting your weaknesses and building on
your strengths. Lily Whiteman of The
Washington Post writes
that interviewers ask this question not because they’re expecting applicants to
be completely transparent, but because they like to know that a candidate
possesses “key qualities such as
self-awareness, humility, sincerity, zest and skill in managing shortcomings
and mistakes.” Displaying these
characteristics not only in your answer to this question, but in your work
ethic as an employee afterward, will help you find success in the healthcare
field long after the interview has concluded.
is an engineering student who also blogs about a wide range of topics related
to employment and job hunting.