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  • 3 Tips to Build the Perfect Résumé

    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 ''maybe.'' The difference is that good résumés seek attention while great résumés demand the ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on January 10, 2017
  • Negotiating the Employment Contract

    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 and a loser. In fact, the hallmark of a successful negotiation is that neither party will ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on December 19, 2016
  • Social Media: A Job Hunting Wildcard

    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 social media has become a fairly routine part of the hiring ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on December 12, 2016
  • Enjoying Your NP School Years

    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 now—in school—is the best preparation. I don't actively encourage students to start job ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 24, 2016
  • The Power of the Résumé

    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. No interview = no job. Poorly written résumés generally share a few key ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 10, 2016
  • How to Find the Right Job for You

    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. They told me stories of toxic workplace cultures, horrendous work expectations and miserable ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on August 22, 2016
  • Ups and Downs of an Online Program

    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 very short statement that refers to ''proprietary online'' schools this employer feels do not ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on July 26, 2016
  • Interview Questions

    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 with ''no, I think you answered them all''. Really? You want to commit to spending most of ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on December 11, 2014
  • Eat Your Young Or Teach Your Young?

    Last weekend I went to a fantastic pediatric conference and one of the talks was on preceptoring and how to be successful as a preceptor. During this talk they also gave a plethora of encouragement for NPs to become preceptors and asked those that had been preceptors to raise their hand...only about a quarter of the room raised their hand. This ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on November 26, 2014
  • Recording Dates

    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 you have all had the experience of filling out a job application and found yourself struggling ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 29, 2014
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