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Non-traditional or New Practices
September 19, 2014 2:01 PM by Renee Dahring
Proceed carefully when considering a position with a new clinic or practice that is not yet open or established, especially if the clinic is embarking on a "non-traditional" or "new healthcare model." Jobs like these can turn out to be the best thing Read More...
Let's Do Lunch
April 23, 2014 8:26 AM by Renee Dahring
Today I am going to discuss an interview type that can make many job seekers a little uncomfortable: the lunch or dinner invitation. You have applied for a job, and the practice has invited you to a restaurant. The invite might occur early in the process Read More...
Selling Your Salary
February 19, 2014 4:40 PM by Renee Dahring
I usually conduct a brief survey when I speak to groups about job searching. I ask participants to rank a list of topics to indicate where they feel they need the most assistance. The choices are: resumes, cover letters, finding job openings, negotiating Read More...
Privacy and Confidentiality
October 16, 2013 3:16 PM by Renee Dahring
I don't know about you, but there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have some sort of umm.... interesting experience at work. I understand how awfully tempting it is to jump on Facebook or Twitter and share the events of my day with all 100+ or so Read More...
Manners and Offers
July 17, 2013 2:00 PM by Renee Dahring
The market has come a long way from a year ago. The ratio of job seekers who are concerned because they are unable to find even one suitable position to those who have found multiple job openings has definitely shifted towards the latter. This improved Read More...
The First of Your Kind
July 3, 2013 3:25 PM by Renee Dahring
What if you are the first of your kind? We are all encouraged and excited to see an employer make the decision to hire their first NP or PA. The economy, coupled with the changes due to healthcare reform, has certainly worked to our advantage; this year Read More...
Physicians and Us
May 1, 2013 4:07 PM by Renee Dahring
I'm not a doctor basher. In fact I'm actually quite the contrary. Over the course of my career I have worked with some great docs. They have been encouraging, helpful and generally treated me as a peer. During my education I had physician preceptors and Read More...
February 20, 2013 3:20 PM by Renee Dahring
Have you received a job offer but you just aren't sure you are ready to accept? Maybe you feel a little rushed, maybe you didn't get all your questions answered. This happens more often than you think. I always tell job seekers that getting a job offer Read More...
Clinicals and Your First Job
October 17, 2012 4:11 PM by Renee Dahring
I was recently speaking with a group of students who will be graduating this year about their current clinical rotations and how things are going. Many of the students had been at at least one of their clinical sites since beginning their programs and Read More...
The Many Benefits of Networking
August 16, 2012 8:10 AM by Renee Dahring
I have always recommended "networking" as a great tool for employment. On a job search level, networking remains the No. 1 method for finding a new job. If you have ever wondered why you don't see certain highly desirable jobs posted, it's because they Read More...
Broken Promises at a New Job
July 18, 2012 2:54 PM by Renee Dahring
Dear Career Coach: I have been in practice since 2011. I recently relocated to another state due to my spouse's job, and I started a new position here a couple months ago. Since I was hired, several things have happened. The director was just asked to Read More...
Tips for Customizing Your Resume
April 4, 2012 1:09 PM by Renee Dahring
Whenever I remind job seekers that they should create a new resume to match each job opening they apply for, I swear I can hear their eyes rolling. Creating one resume seems daunting enough, and now here I am telling them they must do it again and again Read More...
Writing Your Cover Letter
March 21, 2012 1:07 PM by Renee Dahring
We need to talk about cover letters. For several years now I have been preaching the importance of a cover letter, but it occurred to me that I have never told you how to write one! It's time for some cover letter basics. Cover letters serve as an introduction. Read More...
When More Is Less
February 15, 2012 8:13 AM by Renee Dahring
When it comes to resumes, more is less -- less effectiveness that is. I have noticed that when it comes to creating a resume, most people just can't seem to say enough about themselves. They continue to add more and more content. The vast majority of Read More...
An Unorthodox Approach to Getting an Interview
February 1, 2012 3:31 PM by Renee Dahring
Are you applying for out-of-state jobs and finding it difficult to get an interview or even a call back? It's no secret that jobs are still competitive. Tight market conditions have led to more and more clinicians broadening their searches to include Read More...


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    Setting: correctional healthcare/career consulting/teaching
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