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Career Coach

How I Became the Career Coach

Published December 19, 2012 2:33 PM by Renee Dahring

As I sit down to write my final blog for the year 2012 I was struggling to come up with an appropriate topic to mark the occasion. I was thinking back to when I first began writing this blog in 2009 and it occurred to me that maybe I should tell you how it all started and how I came to be the Career Coach.

Three years ago I was still part of a small but rapidly growing staffing agency for NPs and PAs - an agency that in fact was NP owned and operated. For almost 5 years I was doing recruiting for temporary and permanent positions in addition to my own clinical practice. During that time I reviewed countless resumes, arranged multitudes of interviews and became the proud parent of more than a few successful job placements. 

I came to understand that as a recruiter I occupied what I like to call a very unique "matchmaking" position. On one side I had the NPs and PAs coming to me seeking jobs and on the other I had employers looking to fill jobs. In order to be successful as a recruiter, I quickly learned it was necessary to understand the needs and wants of both parties. 

I also learned that some of the best clinicians can produce some of the worst resumes! We may be great at healthcare but our job seeking skills were on life support. Then I thought back to the job search advice I had received when I was a student and realized it wasn't - well - very good advice at all. Most instructors have little insight into what a hiring manager wants from an applicant. Professional resume writers and career counselors are not especially helpful either since they have little to no understanding of our professions or their advice is geared toward the non-clinical job seekers. 

I wanted to share the inside information I had with my NP and PA colleagues to help them conduct a more successful job search. I took a chance, pitched an idea and ADVANCE generously offered me a forum to share my knowledge with you on a bi-weekly basis. And so, "Career Coach" was born. 

Many of you have written or called me with questions and suggestions over the last 3 years. My goal is to provide you with helpful information and I would very much love to hear from you. Please take a minute and visit my website  or Facebook  and share with me any ideas or topics you would like to see featured in my future blogs or columns. 

Season's greetings and best wishes for a happy New Year!

Thanks for reading,



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    Occupation: Nurse Practitioners and NP Recruiters
    Setting: correctional healthcare/career consulting/teaching
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