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Become More Searchable to Future Employers
January 23, 2017 12:37 PM by Renee Dahring
Every day there are new employers who are searching for you online . Yes, even right now they are looking for someone with your skills and experience. If you are actively searching for a new job everyday online or you belong to the vast majority of NPs 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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Filling in Résumé 'Gaps'
November 7, 2016 8:31 AM by Renee Dahring
Dear Career Coach: I am an NP, but I have not worked in 2 years. How can I get back into the workforce ? Dear Reader: You are not alone! Your question is one that I am asked with some regularity. I have a number of thoughts and a few points to share that Read More...
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The Importance of Joining Organizations
September 12, 2016 9:36 AM by Renee Dahring
Labor Day seems like an appropriate time to take stock of the current state of where we are as a profession. During the last few years, we have made great strides. Nurse practitioners have full practice authority in almost half the states in the US. Not 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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You're Fired! Now What?
November 12, 2014 3:31 PM by Renee Dahring
Just to be clear, I don't mean a layoff due to restructuring or downsizing. Many employers have been faced with making some hard staffing decisions in this economy so if you were terminated because of something out of your control a prospective employer Read More...
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Beware: Social Media
October 15, 2014 11:54 AM by Renee Dahring
CAUTION! You could be one status update or tweet away from losing your job. Now that I have your attention, I would like to remind everyone that what you choose to share on social media can have a negative impact on your employment. We live in an age Read More...
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Dear "Supervising/Collaborating" Physician
September 3, 2014 1:07 PM by Renee Dahring
Dear "Supervising/Collaborating" Physician, Our relationship has to change. It's not you, it's me. I have changed. I have grown and matured. I am not the same nurse practitioner I was when we first met. I have been around awhile now; I am no longer a Read More...
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Employers & References
August 6, 2014 1:24 PM by Renee Dahring
References can make or break a job offer so it is important you understand how to choose the right references. You need to be sure that the persons you name as your references have DIRECT knowledge of your work performance. Choosing folks that think highly Read More...
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Job Interviews & Food Allergies
July 16, 2014 11:01 AM by Renee Dahring
Dear Career Coach: I am a new grad NP with celiac disease and I am unable to eat at restaurants due to potential cross-contamination that inevitably leaves me ill for a week. What suggestions do you have to handle not being able to eat at a restaurant, Read More...
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Job Hunt Pointers
July 2, 2014 8:26 AM by Renee Dahring
If you are about to look for your first job or you are just thinking about making a change, I have a couple pointers for you: Job searching requires a plan. Before you send out your first resume or application, you should have an idea of what it is you Read More...
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NPs: Continue to Educate and Demand Respect
June 18, 2014 9:35 AM by Renee Dahring
A funny thing happened on the way to full practice authority... We have been working hard for years on passage of a bill to update the nurse practice act and free APRNs of outdated and restrictive practice agreements. In fact we have been focused for Read More...
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Working on Your Resume? Remember the ‘Big 3'
May 21, 2014 8:11 AM by Renee Dahring
Dear Career Coach : I think I need a professional to write my resume. I have a resume right now that is 8 pages long and so boring it puts me to sleep. I'm sure there is a ton of overkill in it but I'm a nurse practitioner, not a resume writer. I'm not Read More...
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