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3 Tips to Build the Perfect Résumé
January 10, 2017 3:15 PM by Renee Dahring
Have you ever wondered what qualities make a résumé great versus good enough? Submitting a "good" résumé is a gamble; you hope maybe it will be noticed while risking the chance it will be overlooked. Most job seekers would like a bit better odds than Read More...
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Negotiating the Employment Contract
December 19, 2016 11:15 AM by Renee Dahring
Negotiating an employment contract doesn't have to be a battle. If you feel as if you are about to engage in an adversarial process, then you are approaching it all wrong. Employment contracts shouldn't be viewed from a perspective that leads to a winner Read More...
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The Evolution of the Job Search
September 26, 2016 8:58 AM by Renee Dahring
Job searching has evolved. Where we go to find a new job is not the same as it was even a year ago. It's tough to keep up with the trends. If you haven't changed jobs for several years, you're going to find out that the strategy you used to find your Read More...
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How to Find the Right Job for You
August 22, 2016 8:37 AM by Renee Dahring
No one wants their dream job to turn into a nightmare. My recruiting days were spent listening to NPs who were frustrated and wanted out of their current position. Salary and benefits weren't the problem; the problem was literally the workplace itself. Read More...
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Re-evaluating the ‘Dream Job’
August 8, 2016 8:55 AM by Renee Dahring
What's the first thing that comes in to your mind when I say the words "dream job?" I would venture to say your initial thoughts will go in the direction of pay, hours or perhaps location. If I gave you a few minutes more to ponder, you would likely add Read More...
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Interview Questions
December 11, 2014 3:31 PM by Renee Dahring
I've conducted many interviews over the years and can tell you that nothing sinks an otherwise successful interview faster than the candidate who asks no questions. Many candidates seem to feel it is acceptable when asked if they have questions to answer Read More...
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Recording Dates
October 29, 2014 3:11 PM by Renee Dahring
Time flies and memory fades. Remember that Seinfeld episode where the character lost one old piece of information in order to make room for every new piece of information learned? At least I think it was Seinfeld, I can't remember for sure... I'm sure Read More...
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Five Strategies to Sabotage Your Next Job
October 8, 2014 1:12 PM by Renee Dahring
Here are some sure ways to sabotage your next position while job hunting: Applying for a new job until you are clear about what it would take for you to leave your present job. Employers hate fishing expeditions. Before you start sending out applications Read More...
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Precept to Perm
August 20, 2014 2:05 PM by Renee Dahring
I'm seeing a new trend taking hold - it's called "precept to perm." It is hardly a new idea, but it has been given an official name, causing it to trend and become more common. If you are a student, you might have already encountered this phenomenon. Read More...
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Advice for New Grads
May 2, 2012 12:52 PM by Renee Dahring
The past few weeks I have been traveling around and speaking to a number of advanced practice clinicians who will be graduating this spring and launching their first job search. During these sessions we cover a lot of ground. We talk about resume writing, Read More...
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Employers Take Note
July 20, 2011 9:52 AM by Renee Dahring
By Renee Dahring, MSN, NP If you read my blog regularly, you know that I often write about the importance of a clear, concise resume that contains all the critical elements employers want to see. That is your responsibility as a job seeker. If employers Read More...
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Your Attitude Matters to Your Job Search
December 30, 2010 12:21 PM by Renee Dahring
Here we are at the end of 2010. I heard on the news the other day that we have now had the longest period of high unemployment since the end of the World War II. As a nation we now have a new chronic condition - chronic unemployment. Generally those of Read More...
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Salary Negotiation Etiquette
March 24, 2009 11:50 AM by Renee Dahring
"Dear Career Coach, I have been offered my first NP job. I have to admit I am a little disappointed with the salary ($34.78/ hr). The average salary in my area is $85,000. My questions are: What would be a fair salary? Should I counter? The position is Read More...
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