30 October 2014
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
Calling all Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Foreign MDs: The Execu|Search Group is hosting a Healthcare Effectiveness and Information Set (HEDIS)/Quality Assurance Reporting Requirements (QARR) training class, and you’re invited to attend! Upon completion of the training, you will become a viable candidate for consideration on all future HEDIS/QARR projects with the Execu|Search Group. If you work 40+ hours on a HEDIS/QARR project for the Execu|Search Group in 2014-2015, your training fee of $150.00 will be reimbursed. These projects will take place through Spring of 2015 and are located throughout all of New York City’s five boroughs, on Long Island, and in New Jersey. The class is available to RNs, LPNs, and Foreign MDs with managed care, quality improvement, performance improvement, case management, chart review, utilization review, and/or precertification experience. It will be held Wednesday, November 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Execu|Search Group, located at 675 Third Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Breakfast will be served and all candidates should arrive at 8:30 a.m. “Due to recent governmental regulations mandating the use of HEDIS/QARR reporting tools, the demand for candidates with these proficiencies and skills is heavily outweighing the supply,” says Amanda Bleakney, Senior Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. “It can be difficult to obtain this experience, so we offer this class to give our candidates ample opportunity to optimize their resumes and skillsets and secure projects.” To apply for the class, please email your resume to Amanda Bleakney (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line 2014 HEDIS/QARR class.
28 October 2014
Raise your hand if you dislike networking events. Don’t be shy – many professionals either try to get out of attending them, or avoid meeting new people when they do go. However, this isn’t because they think the topic of the event is dull and/or the quality of other attendees is poor, but rather because they are not confident in their own networking abilities. Unfortunately, letting your nerves get the best of you prevents you from reaping the benefits of any networking opportunity, regardless of whether or not it is at an actual networking event. Therefore, next time you consider skipping out on one, try to step out of your comfort zone and go. To help put you on the right track, here are 4 steps you can take to boost your self-confidence and get better at networking: Set goals: Prior to the event, take some time to really think about what you want to get out of it, and what type of person you’ll have to meet in order to accomplish that. Next, make it your goal to connect with approximately 3 fellow attendees. If you have access to the registration list, even better! You can do research on who is expected to attend in order to pinpoint the people you specifically want to meet. If you don’t have the list, use the reason why you are at the event to help guide your decision about who to engage in deeper conversations with. Note: Regardless of whether you have the list, it’s important to be strategic in choosing how many people to connect with. For example, setting a more reasonable goal of meeting 3-4 people is more efficient than simply handing your business card to 15 attendees. The smaller number will not only help keep you focused on making meaningful connections that you can utilize in the future, but will also make the event less overwhelming. Avoid small talk: The awkward silence that often results from small talk is one of the main reasons why professionals dislike networking. Therefore, rather than bringing up topics such as the weather, how tired you are, and your latest vacation, focus on conversation starters that are more relevant to the event. For example, asking more open-ended questions like, “what do you hope to learn today?” or “what is the most interesting aspect about your job?” can take you a long way in helping you establish a better rapport with the person you are speaking to. Show your value: If you want to build a meaningful, long-lasting connection with a new contact, you’re going to have to show them why you’re worth the initial investment. A common misconception is that in order to do this, you have to play up your skills and expertise. However, talking about one’s self at great length can not only feel unnatural and awkward, but also isolate the other people involved in the conversation. A better way to show your value is through your actions. In other words, how you can help your new contact with accomplishing some sort of professional goal. Whether that means making an introduction to someone in your network, or offering to review their resume, find a way to see or ask what you can do for them. Keep in touch: Not keeping in touch with new connections and only reaching out when you need something are two of the biggest networking mistakes you could make. The key to successful networking is consistent communication, and in this day and age, technology makes this easier than ever before. As a result, within one to two days of the event connect with your new contacts on LinkedIn with a personalized invitation that reminds them of who you are, where you met, and what you talked about. After making initial contact, some easy ways you can stay in touch with them include sending them articles they would find interesting, setting up meetings over coffee, or just calling them on the phone every once in a while to catch up. With these 4 tips in mind, you’ll be ready to take on any type of networking event!
24 October 2014
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
When looking for a new job, there are a number of job searching best practices that can help you make the best choice possible. Possibly the most important of these practices is researching the company to gauge their culture and, therefore, how well you may possibly fit with them. However, there is one major tool not enough job seekers are using, one that can drastically improve the process for employee and candidate alike if utilized properly: the personality test. Reputable personality tests like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which assesses personality through four letters determined by the test taker’s answers to behavioral questions, can reveal a lot about a person’s strengths, weaknesses, and skills. In the case of the Myers-Briggs test, a job seeker can more easily determine if they are an extrovert or introvert, whether they rely on sensory input or intuition to come to conclusions, whether they make decisions based on their thoughts or their feelings, and if their opinions are based on judgment or perception. Each of these four categories provide a deeper layer into one’s personality and, therefore, how he or she would hypothetically handle a situation. This is especially the case with soft skills, which are becoming increasingly in-demand for all levels across industries. For example, if you’re looking for a job and happen to be extroverted, a sales-oriented position may be a great fit for you. If you’re sensory-oriented, you’re likely a great problem solver with the information you’re given and could do well in an analytical field. Knowing this ahead of time could not only help you determine a strategy for your job search, it can also provide a unique talking point for future interviews when your strengths and weaknesses are called into question, ultimately separating you from other candidates who may have provided more clichéd answers. For instance, a great response to the tricky question of your greatest weakness for a candidate who rates high on the “perceiving” side of perceiving vs. judgment could include something about a tendency to work close to deadlines. Those who rate high on “perceiving” are typically “stimulated by approaching deadlines,” according to the Myers-Briggs site, and therefore sometimes save work until the last minute. In terms of cultural fit, knowing whether or not these personality factors match up with the professional environment of the company you’re targeting—or of a certain field as a whole—could help you make the right match and avoid any miscalculations. While thinkers are detail-oriented and logical, for example, they may not make the best fit for a situation that requires a certain level of the compassion and communication skills typically associated with feelers. It also helps to be familiar with and prepared for these tests, as some employers are now requiring candidates to complete such quizzes on-the-spot during interviews. Of course, while none of these areas are directly black or white, they do offer helpful insight that a candidate and employer can work with during the hiring process. However, the Myers-Briggs test, while one of the most reputable, is only one of many personality tests that can do the job—so those looking for a deeper insight into their skills, or who simply want to be prepared for any type of question or testing requirement during an interview, would do well to research and take other accessible tests. One great resource is http://personality-testing.info/, which lists the Myers-Briggs test amongst other reputable quizzes to begin with.
23 October 2014
MAOT’s PromOTing Resilience – On November 7th, 2014, The Execu|Search Group’s Bridge Travel Healthcare division will be attending the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy’s (MAOT) annual symposium, “PromOTing Resilience.” The event will provide an opportunity for occupational therapy practitioners, students, and health & rehabilitation professionals to explore the different facets of healthcare and the OT practice. Topics of the event will include: Effective strategies for occupational therapy Emerging areas of practice in occupational therapy Issues and trends influencing occupational therapy and practice today Best practice and the application of evidence based research in occupational therapy Learn more about this event, here. APTAMA’s Annual Conference Following MAOT’s symposium, Bridge Travel Healthcare will be attending the American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts (APTAMA) Annual Conference on November 8th. At the event, a number of key experts who have influenced the practice of physical therapy will present on a variety of educational clinical tracks that are essential to the physical therapy practice. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow peers along with leaders of the industry. If you are interested in this event, you can register here. Jason Niad and Robert Palermo of The Execu|Search Group’s Bridge Travel Healthcare Division will be in attendance at both events, and will be available to speak to attendees about our healthcare staffing services, which include per-diem, part-time, full-time and travel therapy opportunities not only in Massachusetts, but also throughout the United States. “These events are excellent continuing education and networking opportunities for all OT and PT professionals who want to expand their knowledge-base and keep up-to-date on the latest industry trends,” says Jason Niad, Managing Director of the Bridge Travel Healthcare Division. “We look forward to seeing you there. “
22 October 2014
Starting in the early days of September, if you are an avid football lover, much of your free time leading up to the season opener was probably spent meticulously analyzing and putting together a strategy to draft the best fantasy football team possible. According to a CNBC article, fantasy football has become a $15 billion industry and there seems to be more about this “hobby” than meets the eye. With all the planning, analyzing, and strategizing that goes into putting together a fantasy football team, one can’t be surprised to find out that there are many facets of our professional careers where we can employ a similar strategy. “If you are an accounting professional looking for your next opportunity, you should be putting as much planning into your career goals as you are your fantasy teams,” says Michael Cooke, Executive President of The Execu|Search Group’s Accounting/Finance division. “As the QB of your professional career, you want to make sure you are making the right decisions regarding the jobs you take, the skills you acquire, and the networking you do in order to ensure you have a successful accounting career.” Keep reading to find out how to apply some of your fantasy team strategy to planning out your accounting career goals: Be prepared for the long haul Every week is different in the fantasy realm, and as a result, you must always be ready to pick up a player from the waiver wire, utilize one of your bench players, or make a trade. In such an unpredictable league, without thinking about the big picture from the beginning, you risk making short-term impulsive decisions that could negatively impact your team in the long run. In terms of your career, you first need to identify what your long-term goals are and create a well-thought out plan to achieve them. For instance, if you are a CPA with extensive experience working at public accounting firms, who ultimately wants to transition to internal audit, you have to make sure you are building the skills and experience you need to pursue your dream. “You want to ensure that you are proactively building your skills and education from the start with the right certifications, degrees, and experience that will help you to excel in your career,” says Michael. Thinking about the bigger picture when making career decisions and not getting blindsided by short-term gains, such as taking a role that offers a higher salary or more vacation days, over a job that you are more interested in, will be the best way to stay on track to reach your long-term goals. Looking at the bigger picture also gives you the opportunity to take a step back and figure out if you need another partner, such as a mentor or recruiter that could compliment your efforts to reach your career goals. Just like balancing your fantasy team with strong players is a wise route to take, as you consider the next step(s) in your career, be sure to balance all aspects of your career to help reach your long-term goals before making decisions solely based on one factor. Understand your strengths and weaknesses As a fantasy football team owner, you should know that the best way to make it into the playoffs is to have a well-balanced team by making sure to cover all angles with solid picks. While you don’t always have the opportunity to get the best person for every position, you should understand the players/teams strengths and weaknesses that will best help your end goal (i.e., earning the most fantasy points, becoming the league champion, etc.). By the same token, in order to take the right steps in your professional development it’s important to understand your own professional strengths and weaknesses. “The more capable you are of understanding your strengths and improving upon your weaknesses, the easier it will be to identify where you want to end up and what you need to learn in order to get there,” says Michael. Additionally, employers are interested in knowing why they should hire you, so your ability to confidently explain what you can professionally bring to the table to not only the hiring manager, but also to yourself, will take you far in your job search and will be integral to achieving your long-term career goals. Stay up-to-date on current/evolving trends Only you know the amount of countless hours of research you put into scouring sports websites or Fantasy apps to stay up-to-date on player injuries, trades, and off-field incidences in the league. In the fantasy world you rely on these news sources to stay educated in order to know what will impact your current lineup. “This same concept can be applied to your professional career,” says Michael. “The more educated you are on what’s happening in your industry, the better equipped you will be to manage your long-term career goals and expectations.” In other words, you should stay up-to-date on industry specific news and follow relevant thought leaders, as this will help you to be a more informed professional that can easily answer industry-related questions during interviews, or talk about current events at networking opportunities. It will also help you gain a better understanding of trends you need to educate yourself on in order to keep your skills up-to-date and prevent your career growth from becoming stagnant.
20 October 2014
16 October 2014
In today’s world, first impressions are everything. After all, first impressions, specifically negative ones, are always hard to forget. This concept holds true in your job search as well. When applying to jobs, your resume acts as the first point of contact between you and your recruiter, which is why it holds a significant amount of weight. According to a study conducted by The Ladders, recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds looking at any given resume to decide whether or not a candidate is fit for a job. This means you have very little time to convince a hiring manager that you’re worth bringing in for an interview. With such a small window of opportunity, you can’t afford to make any of the following careless resume mistakes: Too Lengthy You want the person reviewing your resume to get a clear idea of who you are and what you professionally bring to the table – something a lengthy resume makes difficult to do. In addition, as many hiring managers typically go through hundreds of resumes before selecting candidates, too long of a resume may automatically land your application in the no pile. As a result, it’s considered a best practice to keep your resume as concise as possible. For a general guideline, professionals with 10 years of experience or less should keep their resume to one page, while professionals with 10+ years of experience can stretch it to two. Just remember, keep it short and to the point. Heavy text Heavy blocks of text can make your resume look disorganized and difficult to read. Instead, use bullet points to highlight important skills and experiences, and make sure you create enough space in between sections so it’s easy for recruiters to scan. Doing this will make it much easier for hiring managers to digest the information in your resume, and you therefore may find yourself landing more interviews. After all, your resume is not a novel, so it doesn’t need to be written like one. Including pictures, graphs, and elaborate fonts Unless you work in a creative/digital capacity, stay away from embellishing your resume with pictures, graphs, and elaborate fonts. Although it may seem tempting to include them with the hopes of standing out from your competition, stay away as it looks unprofessional and may cause technical issues when someone tries to open the file. Keep your resume clean and simple, and save any fancy graphics for your social media profiles. Not including relevant keywords In order to narrow down the candidate pool and maximize their chances of finding candidates who are a match, hiring managers now use screening tools that let them search certain keywords specific to the job in question. Therefore, in order to be found in these search results, it’s important to tailor your resume to each job you’re applying to by using certain keywords found in the job’s description and required skills section. On a related note, be careful about using too many keywords – it can make your resume read awkwardly. Using the same uniform resume In the same vein, one size does not fit all when it comes to applying to jobs. Though more than one job may share some common skill requirements, it’s rare that two job descriptions are identical. Therefore, rather than sending the same uniform resume for every job you apply to, create a master resume that you can use as a template to reference when customizing your resume. Spending 15-30 minutes tailoring your resume to each job you apply to can mean the difference between receiving a call from a hiring manager, or not. Typos and grammatical errors Typos and grammatical errors are some of the most common resume mistakes. Unfortunately, they can cost you the job! Why? Typos and grammatical errors indicate a lack of attention to detail which can raise a major red flag to hiring managers. Spell check is a helpful tool, but getting a second pair of eyes to review your resume for errors is even better. Don’t let something as simple as a typo rule you out as a viable candidate.
15 October 2014
In today’s technological world, social media plays a large role in many people’s lives. From reconnecting with old friends, to sharing pictures, to staying informed of current events, many people find a reason to use it, one way or another.
14 October 2014
As the new year swiftly approaches, many of you will resolve to do a lot of things in 2015. While some will pledge to save money or hit the gym more often, others will be determined to find a new job. However, if you are an accounting professional, should you really wait until next year to start your job search, or at least begin exploring your options? “The demand from our clients for qualified accounting candidates, particularly in the private sector, is currently at a six-year high,” explains Jonathan Silverman, a Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Accounting/Finance division. “As a result, now, while we are still in the fourth quarter is the time to be thinking about your next career move.” Why? For one reason, with many accountants waiting until January or February to start applying to jobs, competition is lower than it will be during those months. This means that the earlier you start educating yourself on market trends and checking out new opportunities, the higher your chances are of landing the job you want. “Being proactive doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to make a move if you aren’t ready to,” advises Jonathan. “It does, however, allow you to understand your value – a key aspect of remaining competitive in today’s marketplace, regardless of whether or not you are actively looking for a job.” To be more proactive about learning about market trends, Jonathan recommends building a relationship with a recruiter you can trust, early on in the process. After all, if you wait too long into the new year to get on the radar of various hiring managers, you risk becoming an indistinguishable candidate stuck in a pile of resumes. According to Lisa Gootman Yudico, an Executive Recruiter within the Accounting/Finance division, starting a new job in quarter four, rather than waiting until the next fiscal year, is a reason in and of itself to make a move now. “One of the best ways to get to know your new employer is by going through the year-end close and sitting down with auditors as they do the external audit,” says Lisa. “Doing this will allow you to hit the ground running on your first day – the best type of on-the-job training!” For those of you who do not believe that the benefits of starting your job search now do not outweigh the cost of missing out on your year-end bonus, you may want to reconsider. “If you are 75% vested in your bonus and are waiting to receive the rest, you may think it is a suboptimal time in the year to look for a new job,” says Jonathan. “However, the demand for accountants in the private industry is so strong that employers are coming up with creative ways to make top talent whole on their bonuses.” To do this, many organizations will buy candidates out of their bonuses, or offer a delayed start date, so new hires can start after they collect their year-end bonus. As a result, the risk of looking for a new job in the private sector this quarter is actually very minimal. In fact, not kick-starting your job search, or at least getting all your ducks in a row before the new year, can do more harm than good since you risk becoming complacent in your role or not being able to find the job you want when competition picks up. “There’s a lot of activity in the market right now, which is reflected in the unprecedented number of jobs we have available,” concludes Jonathan. “With all of these new opportunities, do not let your bonus get in the way of professional growth. The strength of the job market for professionals with your skillset will allow you to negotiate better terms to satisfy both your short-term and long-term needs.”