28 October 2016
As a health services professional, you may not always consider a career path involving pediatrics. Like many others, you might prefer working with adults. However, due to the current market trends, there is a real opportunity to build a strong career in pediatric therapy. “It really is a booming time for pediatric therapy,” says Daniela D`Alessandro, a Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. “Among the most in-demand positions are occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists. The need has grown exponentially in just the last couple of years, and there aren’t enough available therapists to fill these roles.” Among several factors, Daniela attributes this increase in pediatric therapy opportunities to the rise in special education screenings. “As more children qualify for special education, the need for these professionals continues to grow,” says Daniela. Due to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), children who qualify for special education are guaranteed a Free Appropriate Public Education that prepares them for further education, employment, and independent living. “Each child has unique needs, and therapy services are absolutely necessary to the success of these children.” While there are several openings in pediatric therapy, most graduates are set on working with adults. However, the skills you learn in pediatrics can lend well to working with adults later. “Experience working in pediatrics supports your ability to work with the adult population as they re-gain skills lost due to illness or injury,” notes Mindy Booth, MA, OTR/L, a Senior Director of Clinical Services within The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. “Working with the pediatric population helps you develop creativity and a broad understanding of human development. You will have the opportunity to work with children to increase their cognitive, social-emotional, self-regulation, motor, and functional skills.” Many open positions can be found in public schools, but there are also several opportunities at nonprofit organizations or government facilities. “In addition to those, there are always programs that require staff when school is not in session,” says Daniela. “If you pursue temporary or per diem opportunities, the need is so great that you’ll most likely have consistent work.” For those interested in pursuing a position in pediatric therapy, Mindy suggests emphasizing a few key skills throughout the interview process. “A pediatric therapist requires sound reasoning, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work with professionals and families to explain therapeutic evaluation results,” she says. Additionally, because there is a high demand for therapists to work in a school-based setting, reviewing common terminology and educationally-based intervention fundamentals ensures you will be prepared for an interview. Mindy also recommends finding a strong mentor, which can help you stand out and assure a potential employer that you are motivated and prepared for a pediatric position. If you would like any additional guidance on your path to becoming a pediatric therapist, Daniela suggests partnering with a staffing firm. Not only can they assist you in finding the right position for your career goals, but they can also provide benefits during your assignment or even continuing education courses. “For example, The Execu|Search Group offers clinical mentorship and shadowing opportunities, as well as other benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, and educational programs,” says Daniela. While there are few barriers to entry, Daniela suggests that you may need a certification to successfully make the transition to this specialty. “For speech therapists, for example, you will need a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate,” she says. “I’ve even expedited this when a candidate lands a position quickly.” The future for the pediatric therapy field remains bright, as continued growth is projected. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational therapists are growing at a much faster rate than other professions, with growth projections from 21%-34% over the next 10 years. “It doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon,” says Daniela. “I look forward to working with more pediatric therapists and watching how their careers transform in the coming years!”
26 October 2016
Last week, The Execu|Search Group’s Creative & Digital division hosted Strategy Secrets: How Top Brands Succeed In Social Media, an event that brought together the best marketers in New York City to learn how to improve their own social media marketing practices. Held at the Ace Hotel, over 100 attendees gathered to engage in discussion with experts from Marina Maher Communications, RAPP, W2O Group, and WeWoreWhat. “It was an overwhelming success,” says Heather Cianchetti, a Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Creative & Digital division. “Our team really came together to provide a fun and educational event for some of the best digital marketing professionals out there. The audience was so engaged, and we really had a powerful discussion on how brands should approach social media.” In addition to a substantive conversation, everyone was able to unwind and connect with one another over food and drinks following the Q&A session. The Execu|Search Group’s Creative & Digital division is committed to providing educational resources for an ever-changing and fast-paced industry. To be sure that you don’t miss the next event, follow the Creative & Digital team on Instagram, and to learn about your next job, or your next great hire, check out our Creative & Digital site.
25 October 2016
A long, arduous job search can be exhausting and extremely time consuming. Throughout your search, you may occasionally find multiple positions open at one organization that interest you. However, it can be a gamble if you submit an application for more than one position at one company. While it could show your enthusiasm, it may also reveal to a hiring manager that you are too desperate for any job or that you didn’t read the job descriptions carefully. Furthermore, applying for more than two positions can immediately be a red flag to an employer. As a result, if you come across a few positions that catch your attention, it’s important to be careful and deliberate in your approach. Additionally, narrow your choices down to no more than two roles. If you’re unsure of whether you should apply for both positions, ask yourself these questions: Are you equally qualified for the roles? Be sure to thoroughly read the job descriptions, and carefully evaluate whether or not you are equally suited for both roles. If there is a difference, you should be aware of the gap and simply apply for the one position that is the best fit for you. A hiring manager will appreciate that you are aware of your strengths, and they can let you know if they feel you may be a fit for other positions. If you do apply for both even if you are underqualified for one, the hiring manager will most likely easily notice the discrepancy in your experience and question whether or not you read the job description carefully, or even whether you know what you’re qualified to do. After a thorough evaluation, if you still can’t decide which best applies to your skill set, you may want to consider applying for both roles, and let the hiring manager decide which position is the best fit for you. Does the company hold any special importance? Of course, every professional knows of a few companies they would do almost anything to work for. If this organization holds a special importance for you and you would truly love either position, your enthusiasm may mean a lot to a hiring manager. As a result, you may be identified as a good candidate because of your excitement and loyalty to the organization. However, this must be properly communicated in your application in order to truly show your passion for these roles. If you don’t feel that you possess this fervor, it may not show through in your application, subsequently portraying you as a less strategic job seeker. Can you submit the applications separately? If you’re planning to apply for two positions, be sure that you are able to submit two separate applications. Additionally, it is more important than ever to tailor both your resume and cover letter to the position. By approaching both applications with care, you may actually prove your attention to detail and counteract any feelings a hiring manager may have that you have a careless attitude. Be sure that you have enough time to devote for two high quality applications as well; if one submission is much better than the other, it may show that your work is inconsistent, which can also eliminate you from the running.
20 October 2016
In today’s market, millennials sometimes get a bad rap from more experienced professionals. Perhaps the most common complaint that hiring managers make about this generation is that they lack the skills to really succeed in a work environment. For example, Fast Company released a list of skills that are reported as the most deficient among new graduates. Because of this perception, even qualified millennials may have difficulties breaking this stereotype. However, there are simple ways to allude to the fact that you possess these skills even before you meet with a hiring manager. When writing your resume, you can use specific action words with concrete examples to prove that you have the skill set that an employer needs. Here are the top five in-demand soft skills for millennials and how you can showcase those abilities on your resume, without resorting to buzzwords: Critical thinking/problem-solving While you may be completely qualified to perform a job well, managers want to be sure that when a problem arises, you know how to handle the situation and work toward a solution. In order to show a hiring manager that you possess these skills, you’ll need to prove that you can think on your feet. Here are some verbs to apply to your own past experience: Resolved Identified Found Handled Attention to detail When hiring, an employer is most likely looking for someone who is somewhat self-sufficient. If a manager’s subordinate has attention to detail, they can worry less about something falling through the cracks. Here are some words you can use to show that you won’t let a mistake fly: Organized Diligently Audited Consistent Communication While communication may seem like the most obvious skill, it appears to be the most lacking among recent graduates. Hopefully, your cover letter can assist in portraying your ability to communicate, but you can also add specific words to your resume to do the same. Here are a few words to show that you know how to communicate in the workplace: Negotiated Corresponded Consulted Collaborated Liaised Ownership Many managers have noticed that millennials may be reluctant to take responsibility for their successes and failures. For some of your past experiences, it may be easier to communicate those in the interview process. However, you can still show that you’re proud of the work you’ve done through your resume. To show that you can take ownership of your work, use these verbs: Created Authored Contributed Leadership Of course, managers are looking for employees that can stay at the organization for a long time and eventually move into leadership roles themselves. As a result, they want to identify leadership skills, even if it isn’t needed for the current position. To show that you can command respect and get results from a team, use these words: Trained Advised Directed
19 October 2016
When it comes to job searching, there is certainly a lot of advice out there! This is especially true in today’s digital age where anything, ranging from resume templates to networking tips, can be available with a simple tap of your keyboard. As a result, you may often run into conflicting advice from various “career resources”—something that can make it difficult to discern the difference between a best practice and a myth that can hold you back from potential opportunities. So, how do you sift through this information and determine what “advice” you’re better off avoiding? Start by crossing these 5 common myths off your list: Myth 1: Hiring managers don’t read cover letters Whether you are asked—or have the option—to submit a cover letter with your application, this is an important step that you shouldn’t skip. While it may be true that a cover letter doesn’t hold as much weight as a resume, it can definitely serve as the extra thing you need to stand out from your competition. For instance, a well-written cover letter can let you expand on relevant experiences when your resume can’t, or even help you highlight your unique personality. Myth 2: You will only find your next job by applying online Though the internet can be a great resource for opportunities, solely relying on the web as a job search tool can potentially limit your options. Since not all jobs are published online (and the ones that are can receive hundreds of applications for a single posting), networking should be a key part of your strategy. Uncover this “hidden job market” by reaching out to your alumni network, connecting with likeminded professionals on LinkedIn, and leveraging your network for job leads. Myth 3: Your resume will speak for your skills and professionalism on its own As a job seeker, you know the importance of an organized and cleanly formatted resume. However, your resume can only take you so far in this digital age where hiring managers are utilizing social media to not only search for candidates, but also ensure they are hiring the most professional applicants. That being said, you’ll want to make sure your social presence is up to par before applying to jobs. Start by updating your LinkedIn, but don’t forget to double check your privacy settings on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Remember, if there is any question that your content (i.e. status updates, pictures, etc.) might raise some red flags about your professional credibility, it’s best to simply remove it. Myth 4: References don’t really matter Too many job seekers make the mistake of treating references as a formality. Contrary to the popular belief that the reference check is something that companies only complete right before they extend an offer, your references can hold a lot of weight in an employer’s final decision. As a result, it’s important to be strategic in how you approach this process. To start, you’ll at least want to make sure you are selecting references who can speak to your skills and how they relate to the job at hand. Myth 5: There are certain months where it doesn’t pay to look for a job It’s a common misconception that hiring tends to slow down during certain times of the year such as the summer and holiday season. However, it is exactly this myth that can actually help you get a leg up on your competition. In today’s market where hiring is on a steady incline, the reality is that employers are constantly on the lookout for top talent. If you apply during a perceived “slow” time of year, you may find a new job much quicker than you originally expected!
18 October 2016
Last month, The Execu|Search Group participated in the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) Dress for Success event. Lisa Carver, a Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Temporary division, is a co-chair of the nonprofit organization, and she assisted in organizing the event. “Every month, we invite a keynote speaker to discuss a specific topic. In September, we featured a panel of executives from Bayer Pharma who shared their career journeys with the women in attendance,” says Lisa. With over 40 attendees, there was an excellent conversation about how women can find their next job and advocate for themselves in the workplace. “We wanted to inspire women to network with each other and put in the work in order to move up in their career,” says Lisa. “Plus, we wanted to encourage these professionals to go above and beyond in their own office and take calculated risks in order to get ahead.” Through the question and answer session, Lisa says that she could see the connections forming in the room. Dress for Success is an international nonprofit organization focused on empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing them with the tools they need. Since launching in 1997, they have expanded to 145 cities and have helped more than 925,000 women work toward self-sufficiency.
17 October 2016
As an accounting or finance professional with 2017 in the back of your mind, you may already be thinking about your next career opportunity. And while there is a lot of work and effort you want to put into your resume and portfolio before you even send out an application, there is one area of preparation you may want to get a head start on. “If you’re in accounting or finance, researching a company before an interview is imperative to your success” says Michael Bennett, a Senior Account Executive within the Execu|Search Group’s Accounting and Finance division, “If you put in the time to not only familiarize yourself with the company, but other factors as well, you can really set yourself apart from your competition and leave a strong impression on the hiring manager.” Before going in for an interview, here are four areas you’ll want to study: The company website At the very least, you’ll want to go into the interview with a strong understanding of the company, its history, and any information about them that may have recently been in the news. Before your interview, make sure that you dedicate some time to researching the company’s website. Start off by reading the company’s “About” section and “Leadership Page” and seeing whether or not they have recently been featured in the news. Have they been recognized as a firm in the industry? Has anyone on their staff presented at a respected conference recently? Having an idea of what the company has been doing recently will make you stand out! Your professional contacts Since there are plenty of opportunities to network within the finance industry, there is a solid chance that one of your professional contacts has some sort of connection to the company you’re applying to. If you’re looking to gain some insight into how the company functions or what the overall professional atmosphere is like, reach out to one of your peers and see if they can answer any questions you may have. If you don’t know someone who has directly worked for the company, you may know someone who does. Don’t be shy about reaching out to someone and asking them for the contact information of someone they know who works there; doing so can provide you with valuable information that can help you during the interview! Your interviewer Michael says that once you have scheduled an interview, it’s a great idea to put some time into researching the interviewer and their past work history. “By showing the interviewer that you’ve taken the time to learn about their background, you’re demonstrating that you are interested in more than just working for the company; you’re also interested in getting to know your potential co-workers too.” Before the interview, be sure to look up the interviewer on any professional and networking sites where their work information is listed. Take some time going over their LinkedIn profile so you can have an idea of what their work history is like and whether or not there are parallels between yours and their career trajectories. And, if it’s there, see if the company’s website has a bio listed for the interviewer; it could give you some additional information about what they have recently contributed to the company that may not be listed on their LinkedIn. The company’s competitors According to Michael, what can impress a hiring manager the most about a candidate isn’t necessarily how much they know about the company they’re applying for; sometimes, what is most impressive is how much that candidate knows about the company’s industry as a whole. “I would strongly encourage anyone interviewing for a job to research the competitors of the company that they’re interviewing for,” Michael emphasizes. “It can show a company that’s interested in hiring you that you’re extremely knowledgeable about the industry and where the company fits in among the industry. Any way you can show the depth of your knowledge to an interviewer can serve as a huge asset in your favor.”
14 October 2016
When starting any new job, there will usually be a learning curve to get adjusted to the environment, team members, and daily responsibilities. Although you’re not always expected to hit the ground running on day 1, your performance during the first few weeks is crucial as it will show your manager that they made the right or wrong decision to hire you. Whether you’re just entering the workforce, or starting a career in a different industry, you should avoid making certain mistakes that might speak negatively to your professionalism. Therefore, in order to make a strong first impression on your new employer, avoid making the following mistakes: Being habitually late As a new hire, you always want to put your best foot forward by arriving on time and meeting deadlines for assignments. However, even repeatedly arriving a few minutes late during the early stages of a new job can eventually lead you to develop other bad work habits. In other words, once you become comfortable arriving a few minutes late, this behavior has the potential to affect other areas of your productivity. Along the same lines, asking for extensions on projects or missing deadlines altogether can raise red flags to your manager about your time management skills and dependability as a team member. As a result, avoid this route altogether by arriving on time and regularly beating deadlines. Dressing unprofessionally While it’s obvious that you should dress appropriately at work, at some organizations, there is a fine line between ‘relaxed’ and unprofessional attire. Depending on your company’s dress code policies, you might be able to dress in a manner that shows off a bit of your personality. However, since you’re in a professional setting, you don’t want your presentation to distract your manager and colleagues from your skills and hard work. As a general rule of thumb, you should dress more conservatively at first and take cues from your coworkers to know what proper attire is. Using technology inappropriately If you find yourself in a cubicle for long periods at a time in front of a computer, it can be tempting to peruse social media during working hours. While reading articles relevant to your job might be okay, messaging on Facebook, posting to your Twitter, or chatting on Google are just a few ways of using technology inappropriately. Therefore, you should be cognizant of how your technology usage throughout the day can affect your ability to stay focused. Waiting to be told what to do Effective communication is an important aspect of getting accustomed to working with a new team. Therefore, it’s important that you take proactive steps during the early stages of your new job to ensure you understand the best process for proactively getting work done. Instead of waiting to be told what to do, regularly asking for feedback is one way to get a better understanding of what you’re doing right and what could be improved upon. Along the same lines, engaging with your manager and team members to learn the best ways to deliver updates or collaborate on certain types of projects will save you time down the road. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help! If you don’t, it can only hurt your ability to do your job better in the long run. Taking constructive criticism personally When learning anything new, you are bound to make mistakes at some point. Unfortunately, as a young or new employee it can be easy to confuse constructive criticism with a personal attack against you. As a result, it’s important to remember that you were hired based on the work you would be able to produce. When your manager gives you feedback on ways to improve, you should take this as an opportunity to learn and grow.
13 October 2016
Due to high demand, The Execu|Search Group is offering three more Healthcare Effectiveness and Information Set (HEDIS) classes throughout the month of November! Upon completion of the class, you will be an eligible candidate for all of our future HEDIS projects, which start this fall and are available in all NYC boroughs as well as on Long Island and in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida through Spring of 2017. Continue reading to learn more about the classes we will be offering: Class 1 On Wednesday, November 2nd from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, we will be holding our first class for non-clinical professionals! This general overview of HEDIS will be held online via skype. To be eligible for this intro class, you must: Have experience with one of the following areas: Customer Service, Call Centers, Medical Records/Charts, Claims, Insurance Companies, Case or Care Management, Pre-certifications/authorizations, Provider Relations, Research, or Informatics Have the technological capabilities to participate in a Skype video call The training fee for the class costs $100/person, which will be reimbursed if you complete 200 hours of HEDIS project work through The Execu|Search Group. To apply, please email your resume to HEDISQARR@execu-search.com with the subject line: November HEDIS non-clinical skype class. Space is limited. Class 2 From November 2nd to 3rd, we will be offering our first online class for clinical candidates! This two-part class will be held over two nights from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Night one will include an intro to HEDIS while the second will be a practicum. To be eligible for the class, you must: Be a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Foreign MD Have experience with: Managed Care, Quality Improvement, Performance Improvement, Case Management, Chart Review, Utilization Review, Precertification/Authorization, and/or Informatics Have the technological capabilities to participate in a Skype video call The training fee for the class costs $200/person, which will be reimbursed if you complete 200 hours of HEDIS project work through The Execu|Search Group. To apply, please email your resume to HEDISQARR@execu-search.com with the subject line: November HEDIS clinical skype class. Class 3 On Wednesday, November 16th, we will be holding additional in-person training for Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Foreign MDs. The class will be held from 8:30am-5:30pm at The Execu|Search Group’s corporate headquarters located at: 675 3rd Avenue (5th floor), New York, NY 10017. Breakfast will be served and all participants should arrive at 8:30 am. The training fee for the class costs $200/person, which will be reimbursed if you complete 200 hours of HEDIS project work through The Execu|Search Group. To be eligible for the class, you must: Be a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Foreign MD Have experience with: Managed Care, Quality Improvement, Performance Improvement, Case Management, Chart Review, Utilization Review, Precertification/Authorization, and/or Informatics To apply, please email your resume to HEDISQARR@execu-search.com with the subject line November HEDIS class. Refund Policy For All Classes: Each class has limited availability, so your deposit reserves your spot. The fee covers costs for our trainers, class preparation, materials, IT logistics, and refreshments (if attending the in-person class). Your deposit is non-refundable. Please ensure you are committed to attending before making the payment. If you have an emergency the day of the class, we will apply the deposit as credit toward a future class.