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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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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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...
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