10 September 2014
If you are an administrative professional, you know that attention to detail is an integral part of your job. For example, if you were typing an email on behalf of the executive you support, you would proofread it before sending, correct? If so, the same sense of conscientiousness should be applied to the interview process. “When you are interviewing for a job, especially in an office support capacity, the employer is going to be looking out for any potential red flags throughout the interview process,” says Kim Caruso, a Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Office Support division. “Believe it or not, even your thank you note counts! In fact, I’ve had candidates miss out on opportunities because of typos, when they would have otherwise received an offer.” In other words, a great interview, followed by a less than stellar thank you note can be a deal breaker. To prevent careless thank you note blunders from affecting your job prospects, here is Kim’s checklist for success: Ask a friend or your recruiter to proofread: It’s always helpful to have another pair of eyes review your writing – they’ll catch any typos or grammatical mistakes you may have missed! Keep it short and to the point: A thank you note should be a paragraph, at max. “As a general guideline, I typically advise my candidates to include a sentence thanking the interviewer for their time, a statement about their interest in the opportunity, and a concluding sentence highlighting why they are a fit for the role,” says Kim. Personalize it: Sending your interviewer a generic thank you note that can be applied to any position at any company is a bad idea that can cost you the job. “Remember that the hiring manager took time out of their day to meet with you,” warns Kim. “The least you can do to return the favor is to thank them with a more personalized note.” In order to do this, Kim advises her candidates to briefly reference something about the role or company that came up during the interview. If you interviewed with more than one person, this concept should also be applied. “Take the time to write separate thank you notes for each person you met with, and don’t simply copy and paste their names into the document,” Kim advises. “Put in the effort towards tailoring each note to the individual person you are addressing.” Be timely: Since office support and other administrative roles move quickly, a delayed thank you can mean a missed opportunity. As a result, sending your thank you within 24 hours of the interview by email is considered a best practice. Email not only expedites the delivery process, but also helps keep you top of mind for the interviewer. Differentiate yourself: An easy way to differentiate yourself from other candidates is to follow up your thank you email with a handwritten or typed letter sent through the mail. If the employer is still in the process of making their hiring decision, a well-written letter that reiterates your gratitude and reminds them of who you are can make all the difference. The thank you note is your last chance to leave a lasting impression with an employer, so make every word count!
10 September 2014
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
As predicted last year, behavioral health is quickly becoming one of the hottest fields in the already booming healthcare industry. This is largely due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s initiative to extend mental health coverage and the subsequent influx of 62 million newly-insured Americans, which has resulted in a sudden strain on the current level of available behavioral health services. In addition, issues related to mental health are becoming more mainstream concerns than they once were, resulting in even more patients utilizing the mental health benefits in their healthcare plans. To keep up with this demand, many healthcare facilities are now ramping up their hiring strategies for behavioral health professionals. The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division has been observing exponential growth in hiring at all levels, within both healthcare and social work, from clinical to non-clinical roles. From physicians to paraprofessionals, behavioral health professionals are vital needs throughout the industry. “We’ve seen a significant increase in the number employers looking for help with their open psychiatry searches,” says Barbara Tamberlane, The Execu|Search Group’s Managing Director of Physician Recruitment. “It’s not just major hospitals employing mental health practitioners anymore; all types of organizations are making a push to provide full-service care and incorporate mental health into their diagnostic, treatment, and referral plans.” As a result, those with psychology, social work, or general behavioral health experience—even if it’s just a few months of indirect experience from a temporary assignment—should consider pursuing the field further and emphasizing this experience in an interview. “The need for professionals with these skills is so great that any prior work experience in the area can make a big difference in a candidate’s marketability,” says Amanda Bleakney, Senior Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. “For example, if you’re a Registered Nurse who’s had prior experience with the developmentally disabled population, it can be extremely helpful to mention this when on an interview to set yourself apart from other candidates.” Prior work with substance abuse can also be helpful, as many of the needs are located in underserved areas. For those who have already specialized in the field and have been considering starting a job search, this is an excellent time to make a move. Specifically, our recruiters are noticing an influx in job orders for: Psychiatrists Nurse Practitioners Licensed Master Social Workers Licensed Clinical Social Workers Registered Nurses Even paraprofessionals, who are hired by schools to work with children who possess a range of emotional or developmental issues, are now in high demand with any kind of related experience. “Ultimately, there is a major push occurring to implement greater behavioral health services at many institutions,” says Barbara. “Jobs are opening up that haven’t been available before and progressive institutions are working to find unique ways to challenge talented people. It’s a good time to be in the behavioral health field.”