08 November 2013
Here at The Execu|Search Group, we both attend and host career fairs for candidates of all experience levels. We understand that, should you be conducting a job search or simply scoping out your industry, such fairs are great networking tools and useful opportunities to market yourself as a jobseeker and a professional. However, many make the mistake of treating career fairs too casually. To be taken seriously by recruiters and prospective employers, you have to make it clear that you’re taking the fair seriously, not browsing it as one would the racks at a local department store. Here’s how you can take advantage of this opportunity and make it a success: Pre-register. Many job fairs are now offering, and sometimes requiring, pre-registration for jobseekers. Whether it’s required or not, take advantage of the opportunity and submit your resume/CV if the option is available. This will give you a jump start on other candidates and ensure that your resume is available to those recruiters who want a first look at the fair’s attendees. Pre-registering where it is not a necessity will also show that you’re a proactive and eager candidate. Prepare. If possible, get a list of the companies who will be there and create a cheat sheet for the companies you want to meet with. This way, you’ll have a refresher you can review prior to interviewing. Include any information you can: what positions are open, the company’s mission statement, a brief history of the organization, etc. The more informed you are, the more confident you will be and the better your interview answers will be tailored to each position. Prior to the fair, prepare and collect your necessities: a stack of resumes, your portfolio, and a professional outfit fit for an interview. You will be much more calm and collected if you prepare these things the night before so you can focus on rehearsing your approaches the day of. Make sure to carry a professional bag with enough room to fit your resumes and any literature, business cards, and free give-away items like pens and highlighters. Keep these things organized and safe from wrinkling or ripping. Develop a strategy. Career fairs give jobseekers one important opportunity they don’t usually get in the digitized world: a chance to make an impression and shine through the stack of resumes. With most job applications submitted online, it can be hard to stand out as an individual amongst the other applicants. Job fairs give you that opportunity through one-on-one contact with recruiters and employers. Therefore, it’s important to have a plan. Know which companies you want to meet with and which will likely have the biggest lines. Keep a list of those that are top priority and those that fall second in case time falls short. As with any interview, know how you would respond to common questions (the biggest probably being, “Why are you here today?”) and make a list of questions you’d like to ask, yourself. Just be sure to do your research beforehand and know what information is already available on the company’s website and literature. Also be prepared to be cut short. In most cases, candidates will only be given a short time slot to advertise themselves and answer a few questions. To maximize your potential, develop an “elevator pitch”—an introduction about who you are, what you can offer, and why you’d fit well into the company you’re interviewing with that’s short enough to be given in the span of an elevator ride—that you can give recruiters when you first meet. Everything after that can consist of your pre-planned questions and answers. Follow up. Conclude your interviews and meetings with the questions “How can I go about securing another interview?” and “When would be best to follow up with you?” Then make sure to take down the recruiter’s information, in front of him or her if possible, and keep a list of those you met with or gave your resume to so you can follow up later. Make sure to do so politely and so on time. Network. This may seem like the point of a job fair, but don’t only network with representatives and recruiters. Talk to your fellow jobseekers. You’ll be surprised at how many leads and tips you can obtain and how many people you can meet in your industry. Share advice and experiences and be cordial. As with any event, professional or otherwise, you never know who you may wind up meeting.
07 November 2013
Registered Nurses and Care Coordinators in the Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) field may be seeing changes in patient assessment requirements in the near future. As a part of the New York State Medicaid Redesign Effort, another step toward a more effective accountable care model, many MLTC organizations will be converting from older assessment tools to a newer version. This new tool, the Uniform Assessment System (UAS), will also become the standard tool for other organizations such as Long Term Home Health Centers, Adult Day Programs, and other Medicaid programs in the industry in order to unify these organizations under one set type of assessment. As a result, RNs and similar home healthcare professionals should be open to adding this new tool to their skillsets in order to be the best possible candidates for all home care organizations in the future. “Some of our clients have already started to make this transition to the Uniform Assessment System and we anticipate that many more will in the near future,” says David Marks, Staffing Manager within The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services Staffing Division. “Since the UAS is so new and companies are offering training, now is the time to start thinking about gaining some hands-on experience with the tool, because as it continues to gain speed, we predict that companies will be hiring for these skills in the near future.” As with any industry, it’s important to keep up with trends to stay abreast of the competition. Because of this new change, candidates that were top of the line this year may have some learning to do and experience to gain to remain top picks for future positions. Therefore, as a Managed Care Professional, you may be used to other standard assessment tools such as the Semi-Annual Assessment of Members (SAAM)—but you should still familiarize yourself with the UAS. The New York Department of Health offers a comprehensive list of informative documents, Project Updates, and Presentations and Webinars for healthcare professionals and organizations to do so with. There will be some aspects of the assessment process that remain unchanged, so adapting to the new tool should only take a bit of flexibility. For instance, use of the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data set will remained unchanged—so nursing professionals looking for work should still remain up-to-date on OASIS knowledge and experience. The UAS tool comes with an integrated training environment with online courses and tutorials to train staff in the new software, so if you have an opportunity to work with a company that’s using the new model of patient assessment, consider taking it for the excellent experience you’ll be afforded. Gaining experience while the tool is still new will not only put you ahead of the game; it will show initiative, flexibility, and a dedication to remaining up-to-date in the industry. In addition, it could be an excellent answer to any interview questions that ask about a challenge you had to overcome in your career.
06 November 2013
05 November 2013
If you’re an IT professional looking to take the next step in your career, it might be time to consider venturing into security—specifically, cloud security. According to a recent report by Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, cloud security is expected to be a $3.1 billion market by 2015. That’s an increase of almost 50% over this year’s $2.1 billion market and, as a result, will be creating an abundance of new opportunities. As more and more companies have begun to rely on big data and cloud technology to store and analyze sensitive information, the demand for security professionals who can protect this information has subsequently risen, opening many opportunities for professionals with the right credentials. But what are these credentials? If you’re looking to break into the thriving security market, you should make sure you have the following skills in your proverbial toolbox, as they’re likely to show up on many of the job listings you come across: Familiarity with data encryption techniques and best practices Experience and/or proficiency with such Cloud Computing platforms as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google App Engine, and Hadoop Understanding of the Software as a Service (SaaS) model Project management skills Network administration and engineering skills To take your qualifications a step further, consider obtaining any of the following helpful certifications, all geared toward systems and cloud security expertise: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) “Here at The Execu|Search Group, we’re observing a strong uptick in client demand for candidates who can help solidify their security systems,” says Bradley Sona, Managing Director of our Information Technology staffing division. “Many companies, across all verticals, are starting to assess their security and put initiatives in place that didn’t exist a few years ago, as there is a greater need to keep their data secure and protected at all costs. In many instances, we have had firms ask us to find them an IT security professional such as a Certified Ethical Hacker, who can test the weak spots of the company’s information system and help patch up any loopholes.” While many Software as a Service (SaaS) applications and cloud software offer security features in a variety of formats, it’s important for businesses with highly sensitive and/or confidential information to strengthen that pre-existing shield to mitigate risks to infrastructure and data. The best way to do so is with the addition of one or multiple security professionals—and many employers are beginning to realize that. So take advantage of the growing market; you could find yourself in a new, rewarding branch of your career you never expected!
04 November 2013
The Execu|Search Group is pleased to announce the recipient of our 4th annual Master’s of Science in Nursing Scholarship. In conjunction with the Greater New York Association of Healthcare Recruiters, we have awarded Igdalia Lopez-Vazquez of Staten Island, NY with a scholarship of $1,500 to use towards educational expenses. Lopez-Vazquez is not only a student studying to receive her M.S in Nursing, but also a Nurse Manager of Med/Surg and the IV Team at Lutheran Medical Center who has impressively maintained a 4.0 GPA while working full-time. Lopez-Vazquez was selected for the scholarship based on her education, work background, personal essay, and a letter of reference. In addition to her professional and academic credentials, Lopez-Vazquez is a dedicated member of her community, a mother of two, and a motivated individual who, after 21 years of nursing, is still dedicated to furthering her education in healthcare leadership and management. “The Execu|Search Group and the Greater New York Association of Healthcare Recruiters are honored that we have this opportunity to support our nursing leaders in their quest for continued education,” said Kelly Mattice, Vice President of The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. “We congratulate Igdalia Lopez-Vazquez on this well-deserved recognition and wish her the best of luck in achieving her goals.” The Execu|Search Group’s Master’s of Science in Nursing Scholarship was created to offer a student enrolled in an accredited Master’s of Science in Nursing program $1,500 to use toward educational expenses. The scholarship was open to Tri-State area residents who are currently enrolled in an accredited Master’s of Science in Nursing program and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Featured in picture from left to right: Ellen M. Heasley RN, BSN, MPA, President of GNYAHR; Igdalia Lopez-Vazquez, RN, BSN; Kelly Mattice, Vice President of The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division
01 November 2013
This is the final installment in our social media series! If you’re curious about how to harness Facebook and Twitter to enhance your professional presence online, please click through to the beginning of the series. Though less conventional than the first two platforms we discussed, Tumblr can be an extremely helpful tool for your job search. Since the explosion of blogging in recent years, blogs have been talked up as great portfolio tools and examples of your activity within the field, but Tumblr has yet to get much credit in the recruiting field. Still, don’t be fooled—Tumblr is just as effective, if not more so than, a traditional blog. Regardless of which you prefer, in order to use either of these platforms to your advantage, make sure to… Follow relevant Tumblrs/blogs. Just like Twitter, finding others in your industry with Tumblrs or blogs is a great way of staying informed and striking up conversations. Follow them and repost or quote information from them that you find useful. Comment on their posts. Link to theirs in one of your own, and further their thoughts with your own analytical thinking. At the very least, these posts will look impressive to recruiters who research you, and will speak to your level of involvement in your field. Post original content. Whether it’s your own personal thoughts on a new innovation in your field or an update on your job search status, be sure to stay active and post your own original content. Simply rehashing others’ work may make you seem lazy or lacking in original ideas and creativity; while it’s important to give credit where credit is due, every blog needs at least some output of original work to stay relevant. Use it as an online portfolio. Whether you’re using Tumblr or a traditional blog, this is where compiling links to and lists of your accomplishments comes in handy. Treat the site as your own personal portfolio, and upload any relevant information, such as resumes, work samples, and a bio. Post your progress on current projects and initiatives if confidentiality policies allow it. Ultimately, the aim is to show that you are active, engaged, and interested in the work you’re doing. Though each platform has its own unique uses, there are certain rules to abide by with all social media: be active and contribute, upload professional photos only, and keep your bios short and informative. One helpful way to make sure that your profiles are all on the same page, so to speak, is to cross-sync them. For example, Twitter has options to automatically post all tweets to Facebook, and vice-versa. These are just some of the many ways you can use social media to market and network in your field, and the longer you use these sites, the more tactics you will eventually learn. So start networking!