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  • 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
  • Filling in Résumé 'Gaps'

    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 you may not have considered. Usually when NPs who have been out of the workplace reach out ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on November 7, 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
  • Re-evaluating the ‘Dream Job’

    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 some other elements such as the patient population you will be serving, the number of ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on August 8, 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
  • You Know the Dos; Here are the Don'ts

    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 will tell you if you can't find a position you like or that suits your interests, ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on July 11, 2016
  • It's OK for New NPs to Need Guidance!

    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 and would ideally like to combine my extensive experience in diabetes education with an NP ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on June 15, 2016