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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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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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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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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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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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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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Graduation Stress Relief Tips
May 21, 2009 8:41 AM by Lynn Schiff
For new graduates this time of year brings mixed emotions. Saying goodbye to old friends and hello to new opportunities and new colleagues is not always easy. Transition and change can be stressful no matter what the given circumstances are. Learning 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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