15 March 2017
If you are ready to make a career move, you might be eager to start your search. While it can be tempting to dive right in, taking the extra time to set goals and get organized is well worth the effort. After all, failing to prepare sufficiently can only leave room for embarrassing and unprofessional mistakes. Submitting an outdated resume, applying to the wrong job, forgetting which jobs you applied to, and being caught off-guard when you do get a call, are just a few faux pas that can hurt your job prospects. To avoid this, it’s important to get organized before you start applying. In the end, this will help you stay focused on the main task at hand—to land a position that aligns with your values and overall career goals. Here are 4 ways to manage this process: Update your resume: Setting aside an hour to bring your resume up-to-date is not only a great way to ease into the job search process, but also identify the types of roles you’d want to apply to. In today’s candidate-driven market, there can be an overwhelming number of open jobs—making it easy to become distracted by positions that ultimately aren’t the right fit for you. Ensuring your resume is current before you start searching allows you to keep your goals top of mind. Whether this involves developing a new skill or gaining experience in a different industry, this refreshed resume can help guide your search. Develop a strategy (and stick to it): It’s all too easy to open up a search engine, apply to a few jobs, and then take a week-long break in the hopes that you’ll hear back from at least one employer. Doing so can actually prolong your search, so it’s important to have goals to speed up the process—and make sure you don’t miss any opportunities along the way. That being said, it’s a good idea to set aside a certain time each day to browse job forums, apply, and network. Regardless of how you choose to search for jobs, setting goals for each session is a great way to stay on track. Whether that means applying to a specified number of jobs each day or reaching out to a set number of contacts per week, having them will keep you working more efficiently. Improve your personal brand: Social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook have changed the way we connect after networking events, meetings, and interviews. As a result, evaluating and improving the way your brand is portrayed on these sites is a vital step in preparing for your job search. Your brand can be what others—employers, clients, and network connections—identify you as an expert in, so these social networking platforms are some of the best ways to market your skills, achievements, and industry expertise. For more on building and maintaining a marketable professional image, check out our eBook, Building Your Online Brand. Keep a master list: To be as organized as possible, create a spreadsheet that contains a row for each job you apply for. It should be as detailed as possible, including columns for: the date you applied; the company; the contact; the position for which you applied; how you applied; if, when, and with whom you interviewed; when you should next follow up or what your next steps are; and the current status of the application. It may also be helpful to create separate tabs for open, pending, and closed applications. Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets are wonderful tools for this because they make it easy to move rows around and reorganize them depending on the type of information you are looking for. For instance, you can sort your list by company to ensure you don’t accidentally apply for the same position twice.
15 March 2017
The evolving healthcare landscape has created ample opportunities for nursing and allied health professionals to explore travel opportunities. Due to a general rise in demand for health services magnified by other factors such as staff shortages, seasonal projects, and changes to departmental alignments, healthcare professionals who take on these travel assignment are in a unique position to explore new cities while building upon their experience and professional marketability. However, those unfamiliar with this type of work might experience some apprehension. “Due to various misconceptions of what travel entails, many often express concerns about making the transition,” says Anida Fregjaj, a Senior Account Manager within The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. “Without fully knowing what to expect, there’s a tendency to rely on unfounded information about this kind of work.” If you’re considering pursuing a travel role in the future, don’t fall victim to these 5 myths: “Travel jobs have no stability” Due to the nature of travel roles, where assignments are a standard of 13 weeks, it’s normal for candidates to be nervous about job security and the possibility of having to constantly look for new opportunities. In reality, it’s quite the opposite. “For in-demand allied professionals and nurses, there is no shortage of facilities that need additional help,” says Anida. “Many travelers are asked to extend their time or return to the facility in the future.” “If I travel, I have to go alone” “When we talk to candidates about potential travel opportunities, they often raise concerns about leaving their families or pets behind,” says Anida. “However, most staffing firms have established relationships with housing vendors that understand these challenges and offer the option to bring others along.” The decision often lies with the job seeker and whether or not they want to go through the process of moving to a new area. “Travel assignments look bad on a resume” It is a common misconception that having numerous positions within a short time span can deter you from landing future jobs. However, due to the unique nature of travel positions, multiple short assignments can actually serve as a benefit. In the eyes of a hiring manager, numerous travel healthcare opportunities signify diverse experience, comfort with handling multiple responsibilities, and the ability to adapt to various settings quickly and efficiently. While job-hopping was frowned upon in the past, employers currently seeking out travel candidates prefer to see a variety of roles on a resume. “There are few options in terms of job setting” The majority of healthcare roles posted on job boards and other social media platforms are advertised within hospitals and other large settings, which leads to the misunderstanding that these are the only facilities looking for travelers. However, almost every healthcare setting, including skilled nursing facilities, schools, home care companies, and outpatient clinics have needs for travel professionals. Travel assignments provide a wide array of options and professionals are encouraged to branch out and compound on their clinical experience by working in multiple settings through the course of their career. “Having to obtain multiple state licensures is time-consuming and expensive” Unfortunately, licensures for nursing and allied positions are not a one-size-fits-all type of situation. Depending on where you travel to, you will most likely need to obtain a new license to legally work in the state. However, there are endless resources available to job seekers looking for assistance from staffing firms who specialize in these types of placements. “Many of these firms provide reimbursement for travelers looking to gain new state-specific licenses,” says Anida. “They will also actively look to find employment for travelers in a state where they already have a license while they’re working on obtaining another.”