29 March 2017
This past month, members of The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services team attended United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of New York City’s 70th Anniversary Gala, where they also announced their rebranding. UCP, which is now known as ADAPT Community Network, is currently expanding its outreach to not only serve individuals with Cerebral Palsy, but to expand their services to all people with disabilities. “ADAPT is an amazing organization that we’ve been working with for many years,” says Daniela D’Alessandro, a Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. “Everyone that works there is very passionate about their job and the individuals that they work with. It’s so touching to see how they change people’s lives, and we look forward to supporting them and their growth for many more years to come.” For more information about UCP rebranding as ADAPT, check out this press release.
29 March 2017
LinkedIn is a great tool for professionals who know how to use it to build connections with other top professionals and increase their influence within their industry. In addition to building a network of professionals you admire, you can also make yourself more visible to employers who may be using LinkedIn to search for talented employees. For those who can use this platform to their advantage, they have more opportunities available to them through their connections and visible influence on LinkedIn. However, if you’re new to the social networking site, it can be difficult to know how the elements of LinkedIn can be utilized to your advantage. On LinkedIn, the more active you are, the better—but, where do you start? To open up more opportunities for yourself, start with these steps to become more visible on LinkedIn: Keep your profile updated Once someone has found you on LinkedIn, you’ll want to be sure that you are representing your best self on your profile. For starters, your profile should have the most up-to-date and accurate information; this includes a new job, a promotion, or recent volunteer work. Plus, you can put your profile over the top by adding as many details as possible and going the extra mile to fill out your profile page. Continue adding new people To keep expanding your professional network, LinkedIn has some useful tools that can help you connect with the right people. To begin, make sure that you are always adding new people that you meet through your work or through networking events. Plus, when viewing another person’s profile, you can see if they have a common connection with you—a good opening, if you’d like to pick their brain or keep up with their career. Once you are connected on LinkedIn, you can keep up with each other’s posts, and eventually find a way to help each other out. Additionally, this increases the number of connections you have on LinkedIn, which can help show that you are an active user with a substantial professional network. Engage with other users On LinkedIn, any action you take shows up in the news feed of your connections, including liking or commenting on a post. By engaging in these small ways, not only do you stay top of mind in the news feed of your connections, but you can also engage with the larger LinkedIn community by commenting on posts and participating in a thoughtful dialogue. Post updates frequently In addition to engaging with other posts, be sure to share articles, videos or success stories that interest you as well. By sharing your thoughts on professional matters in your industry, you can present yourself as someone who is active and informed in their field, and people will begin to look to you for your opinions. Not only does this make you a thought leader in your industry, but you can also potentially help your connections by posting something that may be helpful to them. Write posts on the platform If you have an opinion or perspective on a professional matter, LinkedIn is a great place to share your thoughts. By publishing an article directly on the platform, you can increase the potential visibility to others who may not be connected with you on LinkedIn. If your post is shared enough, it may give you a lot more reach and potential connections. Additionally, when you publish a post on LinkedIn, your connections will get a notification, increasing the amount of people who will read it. Keep it professional No matter the issue at hand, be sure that you always keep it professional. In addition to the presentation of your profile and your tone when communicating with others, this also includes the subject matter of the content you engage with. Keep in mind that LinkedIn is not Facebook, and it is best to separate your activity on these different social platforms. For touchy subjects or heated debates, be sure that you avoid discussing such matters on this professional site, and stick to topics surrounding your career and your industry.
28 March 2017
Last week, members of The Execu|Search Group’s Parsippany, NJ office led a presentation for women enrolled in Morris County’s chapter of Dress for Success (DFS). To help the class of 40 women learn how they can transition back into the workforce, Execu|Search presented on the benefits of temporary work. “Sharing our insight with the DFS Professional Women’s Group was such a rewarding experience,” says Tricia Demosthene, a Technical Recruiter at The Execu|Search Group. “Many job seekers don’t realize that a temporary assignment can be more than just a job. This type of work can help you pick up new skills, diversify your experience, and in some cases, can even transition into a full-time opportunity.” Dress for Success is an international organization that aims to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To learn how you can get involved, please visit: http://www.dressforsuccess.org/home.aspx.
27 March 2017
During an interview, your interviewer has a finite amount of time to get to know you and assess whether you would be a good fit for the role at hand. Because of this, their questions during the interview are crafted in order to find out the most about your background and personality as possible. However, if you haven’t prepared for some of these common questions, your answers might hurt your chances of moving on in the process. In addition to answering the questions, you must also convey your personality and enthusiasm for the role in the process. Find out some of the most common interview questions, and how you can answer them to impress your interviewer in the infographic.
24 March 2017
In an era when almost every organization utilizes technology to push business forward, IT professionals with varying specialty skills remain in high demand. As the technological landscape continues to evolve, staying up to date on the types of roles and sectors that are poised for the greatest growth can help you target prospective employers/projects more strategically throughout your job search. Lisa Samson, a Technical Recruiter within The Execu|Search Group’s Information Technology division, has experienced firsthand the growing needs of employers across multiple sectors. “To help IT professionals make the most informed career decisions, I first make sure they are educated on the latest industry trends as they relate to their overall career goals,” notes Lisa. “Having a better understanding of which employers are investing the most resources into their growth will put you in a better position to find the right opportunity.” Here are three sectors IT professionals should pay close attention to in 2017: Healthcare/Healthcare IT It should come as no surprise that healthcare is included on this list since this has been one industry that has evolved drastically as a result of new health mandates and technological advances. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare occupations (including tech-related roles) is projected to grow 19% from 2014 to 2024, much higher than other occupations. “As the population continues to age and technology continues to play a major role in how health providers administer reliable patient care, the demand for IT professionals with experience in the health domain will continue to increase,” highlights Lisa. For example, in recent years Healthcare IT has emerged to be a thriving segment within healthcare with the advent of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Personal Health Records (PHR). While it can be hard to transition into the healthcare industry without prior experience in the field, there are a number of ways to use transferable tech skills to your advantage. For example, IT professionals who have pharmaceutical experience as a Project Manager, typically have skills that could be used in the health domain as an Applications Analyst or Help Desk Support. Those who have experience with implementations can also be excellent candidates for these positions. Digital Ad Agencies As technology continues to impact the way consumers engage with a company’s products and services, building a strong online presence has become a big focus for many organizations looking to stay ahead of the curve. In today’s competitive job market, companies are investing more time and resources into finding ways to differentiate themselves through various digital initiatives. As a result, an increasing number of them are seeking guidance from digital ad agencies to devise and implement these types of creative solutions. “Putting yourself in a position to work with an employer that regularly implements new and emerging technologies into their solutions, like a digital ad agency, might be the way to go,” suggests Lisa. If you’re not an expert in specific technologies, the best way to remain competitive in the market is through proactive learning. “Organizing Meetups or participating in Dev bootcamps to learn new technologies is a solution many tech specialists resolve to in order to make themselves a more marketable candidate,” notes Lisa. “If you thrive in a fast-paced environment around creative minds, and you’re willing to put in the time and effort to learn technologies, becoming an Email Developer or Market Campaign Specialist are just two roles you could transition to in this growing sector. Tech Startups There’s no better place than a tech startup for an ambitious self-starter to be a part of a thriving sector. If you would like to be a part of the “next big thing,” tech startups present you with the perfect opportunity to build something from the ground up. Since startups typically tend to be smaller organizations with a heavy focus on innovation, this is a great work environment for IT professionals looking to take initiative as well as collaborate with others. “If you want to make an early, impactful contribution, tech startups continue to serve as a great option for success,” notes Lisa. As tech startups typically strive to expand their ideas to the masses, if you have the opportunity to break into this sector as a Data Scientist or Business Analyst now, the rewards could be endless.
23 March 2017
We’ve all been there before—no matter how many applications you’ve sent, you haven’t been able to land any serious interviews or job offers. This lack of opportunities can take a toll on your self-confidence, discouraging you from applying altogether. It can be easy to fall into this trap, but building up your confidence after this frustrating experience is the remedy to getting back on track. Having a clear head and a good attitude won’t just encourage you to keep moving forward, but it will also help you send out more high quality applications! Looking to grow your confidence as a job seeker? Consider these 5 tips: Take time to yourself The process of job searching can be grueling, which can lead you to a total burn out before you even hit your stride. In order to avoid a crash-and-burn situation that ultimately causes you to doubt yourself, make a promise to take at least an hour a day to do something you enjoy. At first, you may feel like this is time wasted, but remember that like any job, sending applications is a full-time commitment you should take breaks from. See yourself as a solution As you’re applying, try not to view a job offer or opportunity as something that solely benefits you. Instead, see yourself as the solution to a variety of issues a company needs to resolve. For example, if you’re an administrative professional who specializes in facilities management, imagine that a company is specifically looking for someone like you to make their processes more efficient. As a job seeker, the ability to visualize how you can help a company can not only build a lot of confidence, but will also improve the way you write your resume and cover letter! When you’re stressed and looking for a job, it’s understandable to fall into the trap of calling your professional and self-worth into question. But, if you actively make an effort to see yourself as a solution and not a risk, you’ll be much better off when you are choosing which opportunities will be right for you! Dress the part Even if you’re staying home all day while you apply to jobs, wake up in the morning and get ready as if you need to be in the office for the next several hours. It can be tempting to stay in your comfiest pajamas the whole day, but this can also curb productivity and motivation. Don’t feel pressure to wear your nicest business attire, but do make the effort to dress as if you were going to a casual meeting over coffee or lunch. It’ll help you focus and feel better about yourself during the process. Set an achievable goal each day If you approach job applications with a “cast a wide-net” mindset, you run the risk of creating a messy and disorganized process that makes it difficult to track your progress. Ultimately, this could cause you to lose confidence in yourself for foolish reasons. Instead of pushing yourself to your limits, commit to sending a set amount of really strong applications a day. If you decide to put all of your attention on only a couple of jobs per day, you’ll be much happier with the strength and the quality of the work you are able to produce. Recognize that some things are out of your control Before receiving a call back from a potential employer, the most you can do is submit your application and follow-up with someone at the company if their contact information is provided. There can be a variety of reasons why you didn’t receive a call to interview, and many of those are things you cannot do anything about. Instead of harping on what you could have done better, do a quick evaluation of your application materials and see if there’s anything you may want to tweak. What you can control, however, is how you react to set-backs and your ability to start over!
22 March 2017
As an administrative professional, you know that each role has a unique set of demands, and it can be difficult to keep your skills up to par. As a result, job seekers in the administrative field may feel as though they can learn on the job rather than proactively keeping their skills up to par. “Admins are often tested during an interview process, so it is crucial that job seekers invest in building their own skill set to open up more career opportunities for themselves,” says Lauren Pearce, a Senior Associate within The Execu|Search Group’s Office Support & Human Resources divisions. “If you don’t put in the effort ahead of time, you can severely limit your potential opportunities in the job market.” These more advanced technical skills can definitely give you a competitive edge in the job market, but you do need to put in the effort to brush up your skills. “Knowing your weaknesses and taking action on them are two different things,” says Lauren. “It is important that you invest in yourself by taking the time to learn something that can change your career path.” To boost your marketability as an administrative professional, be sure that you have command of these advanced technical skills: PowerPoint While many professionals have gone through school preparing PowerPoint presentations, keep in mind that software has evolved over the years. As a result, if you haven’t used it recently, you may need a refresher to ensure you can produce a professional-looking presentation. “Although many job seekers feel comfortable editing a PowerPoint presentation, they often don’t feel comfortable creating one from scratch,” says Lauren. “If you have created PowerPoint presentations in a professional setting, be sure to add some of those files to your portfolio. When doing so, be sure that you only save non-confidential information.” Additionally, Lauren suggests that you should be prepared to use your PowerPoint skills during the interview process; if it is important to your interviewer, they may ask you to create a sample presentation as a part of the interview. Excel Among the complex functionalities in Excel, Lauren says that these are the most requested by employers: Pivot Tables V-Lookups Formulas Macros Not only can these skills help businesses increase efficiency and productivity, but professionals who are competent in these areas will have more room for growth within an organization. “When you use these skills on a regular basis, you’ll also gain a better understanding of what a company can take away from the data,” says Lauren. “As many organizations require these skills for higher level executive assistant roles, you could open up more doors in your career.” QuickBooks/Concur While you may have used Excel for expenses in the past, employers will often specifically request that you have experience with QuickBooks or Concur instead. “In addition to online resources that can help you learn these programs, you could even track your own expenses to get in the habit of using the tools in the program,” suggests Lauren. Typing Speed Typing speed is an often overlooked technical skill given today’s digital culture, and as a result, many admins may assume that employers aren’t concerned about your typing speed anymore. However, typing speed and accuracy are still incredibly important to a functioning business. “The standard typing speed requested is about 60+ words per minute,” says Lauren. “If you’re unsure of what your typing speed is, you can take a test to find out. Additionally, if you discover that you’re below the acceptable number, you can utilize these same online tests to continue practicing.” If any of these skills feel unfamiliar to you, Lauren suggests utilizing online tools to help you learn. “Not only are there sites like Lynda.com where you can pick up any skill, but there are also free resources like YouTube tutorials and online forums that can assist you,” she says. For professionals who really want a competitive edge, it is also important that you can show employers that you have the advanced skills in your application. On your resume, you can highlight these skills by doing the following: Add it in the bullet points under a position: If you use these in your current or previous roles, be sure that this is highlighted underneath as a bulleted item. Add specifics in your Skills section: If you haven’t used the skill recently, but you are proficient, add it to your Skills section. “Be sure that you are specific, too,” says Lauren. “Rather than only writing ‘MS Office Suite,’ list out ‘Excel (Pivot Tables).’”
21 March 2017
In today’s job market, employees are learning that they may be able to find other opportunities that fit their career goals. Unless they feel completely satisfied in their current position, your employees may be likely to test the waters for themselves. As a result, employers must step up their retention efforts in order to hold onto talented professionals. While this could mean a myriad of different strategies, todays candidates rank professional development as one of the most important factors in their satisfaction at their job, and even though this isn’t news to most employers, it is often easier said than done. At first glance, professional development usually comes in the form of a promotion. However, more often than not, there isn’t a promotion available for every employee who deserves it. If you’re not in a position to extend a promotion or a raise, it can be difficult to go about offering meaningful professional development opportunities for your employees. If you have a top performer who needs professional development, but you’re unsure of what would be enticing enough for them to stay, go through these steps to show that you’re invested in their growth, regardless of whether a title change is available. Listen Always keep in mind that every employee has different needs regarding professional development, and you can’t treat them all the same. In order to give each employee an opportunity that is meaningful to them, you have to practice keen observation and listening. By being open to ideas and discovering what each employee seeks to learn, you can better adapt your approach to offering them something they really want. Let them take charge of their professional development Once you find out what they’re looking to learn, ask them how they want to go about it. By giving them the responsibility to decide how they learn, they’ll be more empowered to actually complete a course or a new project. So long as they understand the budget you’re working within, they’ll be able to find something that works for the both of you—and they won’t feel like they’re taking on a chore that you’ve assigned. If you don’t agree with a class or project they’ve selected, be sure that you clearly explain why. If the cost is too high, or if you can’t see how it benefits the organization in the long run, they can adjust their goals accordingly if they understand your reasoning. Give them more responsibility While you may not be able to give them the title bump they deserve, you can increase their responsibility to allow them to cultivate some new skills on the job. At the end of the day, professionals will care less about their job title and more about the work they’re actually doing. Once they complete some projects successfully, you can use this as bargaining power if you need to convince your own superior that they are ready for a promotion. Be honest While offering hands-on work and new courses to brush up on skills is still valuable, at some point, your employee will still want to know what that means in regards to a promotion or a raise. Not only is it important to be honest about where they stand in terms of moving up, but it’s important to be honest about how you feel about them being promoted and what might be standing in their way. If it’s something that may not happen for a while, but your employee knows that you are pushing for it, they will appreciate your faith in them, and they’ll be more likely to stay simply because they know that you value the work that they do. Additionally, if you see an obstacle standing in their way, be sure to tell them how they can potentially rectify the situation. For example, if their work is good, but they need to improve their communication skills before they’re ready, be sure that they understand this. Continue fighting for them While there may be only so much you can do, continue trying to offer them what they may be seeking and keep other decision makers in the loop. If you see the value in retaining this employee, express to those decision makers why it is imperative that this employee stays satisfied at the organization. In addition to that, be sure that your employee knows that you’re fighting for them. Once again, simply knowing that you value their work can go a long way.
21 March 2017
It has become clear over the past eight years that the healthcare industry is not only growing, but evolving as well. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the industry will in fact have the fastest employment growth through 2024, it isn’t necessarily in the areas that one would traditionally expect. For example, the BLS projects that employment at hospitals will grow at a slower rate than hiring at outpatient care centers as well as nursing and residential care facilities. According to Greta Haskel, a Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division, this presents clinical nurses with new opportunities to diversify their experience. “Both new grads and seasoned nurses tend to aim toward the ‘coveted’ med-surge, hospital position without understanding the full scope of opportunities available to them,” she says. “While that is an excellent role, there are a number of different areas that can make you just as, if not more, marketable as a registered nurse. If your goal is to ultimately land a position in a hospital, in many cases, working within different settings can help you gain the experience and develop the clinical skills you need to successfully make the transition.” Here are a few different areas worth exploring: Adult day habilitation: Working at an adult day habilitation center where you could be responsible for a wide range of clinical care, from administering medication to monitoring each participant’s health, can be a great stepping stone in your career. Ambulatory care: From family medicine practices to offices that specialize in dermatology, gastroenterology, or other specific areas, there is a lot of room to explore different specialties. Because this setting allows you to take a very active role in patient care and see a variety of cases, most nurses can leverage this experience to eventually land a position in a specialty of their choosing. Detox/substance abuse centers: Since this is an inpatient setting, this type of role can help nurses develop a strong foundation of clinical skills. Nurses who work at these centers are responsible for everything from intake to medicine management to triage, so this type of experience can transfer well to a hospital position. Residential group homes: Pursuing an opportunity in a group home setting is an excellent way to position yourself for future opportunities with a similar patient population. For example, working in a foster care home where residents need chronic management can be a stepping stone for nurses with an interest in pediatrics. Similarly, taking an opportunity in a rehab facility can help you build experience with an adult population in an inpatient setting. This scenario is particularly similar to the experience you’d gain at a hospital since you’d be part of a multi-disciplinary care team, working in a clinical and care management capacity. Schools: Regardless of whether or not you’ve considered a career in pediatrics, experience in school nursing can help you stand out amongst your peers. Creating a learning environment that meets the physical, mental, and emotional needs of students requires an individual to have strong clinical, organizational, and communication skills—3 qualities that are indicative of a well-rounded RN.