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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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Social Media: A Job Hunting Wildcard
December 12, 2016 1:01 PM by Renee Dahring
You might be surprised what impressions an employer may form about you just by looking at your social media postings. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that your employer (or potential employer) is even looking at your online postings at all. Checking Read More...
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Enjoying Your NP School Years
October 24, 2016 8:39 AM by Renee Dahring
NP students frequently ask me if there is anything they can do before graduation to help prepare for their first job . I assume they are looking for the usual "job-search advice," because they seem somewhat surprised when I tell them what they are doing Read More...
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The Power of the Résumé
October 10, 2016 9:49 AM by Renee Dahring
A potential employer is the only audience your résumé needs to impress. Not your instructors, not your colleagues, and not your mother. If your résumé doesn't pass this test, it has not been written properly, and improperly written résumés don't get interviews. 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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Ups and Downs of an Online Program
July 26, 2016 8:10 AM by Renee Dahring
A large and reputable healthcare organization in our community has recently added a footnote to all posted NP job openings, declaring they will no longer hire new grads from "certain programs." The excluded programs are not named, but you will find a Read More...
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You Know the Dos; Here are the Don'ts
July 11, 2016 2:20 PM by Renee Dahring
There are some things you just shouldn't do during your interview. Negotiating is at the top of the list. If there is anything that will make you radioactive, it would be trying to pre-negotiate the duties or terms of the open position. Some career advisors Read More...
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It's OK for New NPs to Need Guidance!
June 15, 2016 12:27 PM by Renee Dahring
Dear Career Coach: I need some coaching to help me find the right NP job. I graduated with my MSN in 2012 and am currently working, but I am having difficulty due to not getting what I needed in my graduate program. I am also a certified diabetes educator Read More...
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Thinking Bigger
June 1, 2016 8:21 AM by Renee Dahring
As I follow legislative and policy issues I see a theme. I call it the "I'll have what they are having!" approach. In addition to working toward full practice authority, we put a great deal of effort into making sure that existing policy law is inclusive Read More...
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Taking the Job: Yes or No?
March 16, 2016 8:18 AM by Renee Dahring
The answer is "a definite maybe." I was approached after a resume writing talk I gave by a soon-to-be graduate. Seems he had a dilemma. He told me he had applied for a job and was fairly certain he would be offered the position. Right about now you are Read More...
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5 Tips for Cover Letters
February 24, 2016 8:43 AM by Renee Dahring
Dear NP Career Coach: I am having difficulty with my cover letter. I am an NP who graduated in 2007 and became ANCC certified in 2013. As a nurse I have worked in many care environments and I have also held several leadership jobs such as nurse manager Read More...
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Identifying Your References
January 27, 2016 9:25 AM by Renee Dahring
Are you graduating this spring? Now is the time to identify your references. Before you begin your search for your first job, fill out an application or send out your first resume you should know by now who you plan to use as your references. Actually, Read More...
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The Gap After Graduation
December 16, 2015 8:53 AM by Renee Dahring
If you are looking for your first job you are probably wondering how much time will elapse from the time you graduate until you receive your first paycheck. Like most students you likely haven't been generating much income during your graduate program Read More...
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