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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Why Do You Want To Work Here?
November 26, 2014 11:21 AM by Renee Dahring
Careful -- how you answer this could make or break your job prospects. Obviously, if you are looking for a new job you have put a great deal of thought into your decision. I'm sure if I asked you to list your reasons you would have plenty. But will a 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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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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