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Let's Do Lunch
April 23, 2014 8:26 AM by Renee Dahring
Today I am going to discuss an interview type that can make many job seekers a little uncomfortable: the lunch or dinner invitation. You have applied for a job, and the practice has invited you to a restaurant. The invite might occur early in the process Read More...
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The Way Healthcare Used to Be
April 2, 2014 5:01 PM by Renee Dahring
I find myself thinking quite a bit about how much healthcare has changed since I was young and trying to figure out how it is that we have come to find ourselves in our current situation. I just want to state, for the record, that I am not that old. I Read More...
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Selling Your Salary
February 19, 2014 4:40 PM by Renee Dahring
I usually conduct a brief survey when I speak to groups about job searching. I ask participants to rank a list of topics to indicate where they feel they need the most assistance. The choices are: resumes, cover letters, finding job openings, negotiating Read More...
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Interviewing Attitude
January 15, 2014 2:54 PM by Renee Dahring
During the course of interviewing for a new job you are sure to be asked for the reason you are leaving your current job. How you answer this question is important. Let me guide you through a little exercise to assist you in formulating your response. Read More...
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The Twelve Steps of Rejection, Part 2
December 18, 2013 3:57 PM by Renee Dahring
This week I am finishing up with the last half of my list of the 12 reasons why your resume may have been rejected. 6. Too generic. You submitted a one-size-fits-all resume. Job seekers often fall into the trap of thinking that they only need to create Read More...
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The Key to Your Next Job
November 20, 2013 2:19 PM by Renee Dahring
Historically, employers often have had some confusion when it comes to our professions. I'm sure you have all become quite accustomed to the question "What is the difference between a PA and an NP?" And even more likely, you are quite well versed in explaining Read More...
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Bad Resume Advice
November 6, 2013 9:29 AM by Renee Dahring
I read a lot of resume advice. I like to keep up with what others are telling you to do. I realized even when I was a new graduate NP that much of the resume guidance I was receiving was not particularly helpful. I could sense that it wasn't geared toward Read More...
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Privacy and Confidentiality
October 16, 2013 3:16 PM by Renee Dahring
I don't know about you, but there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have some sort of umm.... interesting experience at work. I understand how awfully tempting it is to jump on Facebook or Twitter and share the events of my day with all 100+ or so Read More...
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Email Etiquette
September 18, 2013 3:22 PM by Renee Dahring
Today, it is inevitable that at some point during your job search you will be communicating with your potential employer via email. Email by nature tends to feel less formal than more traditional forms of communication and that can be a problem. Here Read More...
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Networking
August 21, 2013 2:48 PM by Renee Dahring
One of the most frequent questions I get when counseling job seekers is "How do I network? I don't think I really understand how to go about it." Networking sounds like one of those outdated buzzwords from the 1990s but I can assure you it is still relevant Read More...
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The Importance of Cover Letters
August 7, 2013 2:12 PM by Renee Dahring
Don't underestimate the importance of a cover letter. Recruiters and hiring managers are far more likely to take note of your application when you include a cover letter. And it's imperative that you be noticed. Because, if you are not noticed you won't Read More...
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Manners and Offers
July 17, 2013 2:00 PM by Renee Dahring
The market has come a long way from a year ago. The ratio of job seekers who are concerned because they are unable to find even one suitable position to those who have found multiple job openings has definitely shifted towards the latter. This improved Read More...
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The First of Your Kind
July 3, 2013 3:25 PM by Renee Dahring
What if you are the first of your kind? We are all encouraged and excited to see an employer make the decision to hire their first NP or PA. The economy, coupled with the changes due to healthcare reform, has certainly worked to our advantage; this year Read More...
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Employee vs. Contractor Status
May 15, 2013 4:56 PM by Renee Dahring
Since there are quite a few jobs out there and it's likely that many of you are contemplating offers this spring, I thought it might be time to revisit employee vs. contractor status. Here is the short notes version of what you should know! What is the Read More...
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Physicians and Us
May 1, 2013 4:07 PM by Renee Dahring
I'm not a doctor basher. In fact I'm actually quite the contrary. Over the course of my career I have worked with some great docs. They have been encouraging, helpful and generally treated me as a peer. During my education I had physician preceptors and Read More...
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