31 May 2017
When it comes down to it, just about everyone experiences a bit of anxiety before an interview. From standing out against other candidates to acing tricky interview questions, the pressure of securing an offer can feel overwhelming at times. Unfortunately, letting your nerves go unchecked can cost you the opportunity. While these feelings are completely normal, displaying negative body language or stammering through your responses doesn’t exactly project confidence. Instead, these actions may raise some red flags about your ability to react to stress or communicate with leadership or external parties. That being said, there are several steps you can take to better manage your jitters. Here are 6 ways to walk into the room with confidence: Know your value: If you are being brought in for an interview, chances are that the employer already sees some of the value you can bring to the organization. Since you need to prove that their hunch is correct, you first need to believe it yourself. Do this by reviewing the job description to identify any challenges you can resolve and/or goals you can help the company accomplish. Not only will this provide you with the confidence you need for success, but also prepare talking points for (humbly) selling your skills. Anticipate the worst case scenario: Think about your biggest interview fear, and prepare for it. Whether it involves arriving late or getting stumped by an interview question, there are always ways for overcoming these challenges. Being proactive and thinking ahead will help ensure that you’ll be ready for any curveball thrown your way. Have a mock interview: Another great way to ease your nerves is to ask a close friend or industry insider to “interview” you. They will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses, as well as point out any nonverbal cues you may need to address. Knowing that you made improvements to your performance can help reduce your stress for the actual interview. Get ready the night before: Pick out your outfit, have a nutritional breakfast (or lunch) planned, print out any materials you might need, and read up on the company. Have everything available to go in the morning so you can keep your mind focused on the task at hand: impressing your interviewer and assessing the company you’re interviewing with. Get there early: If you’re well-prepared, this should be easy enough. Getting to your destination 10-15 minutes early will give you time to sit, breathe, and calm your nerves before your interview. Try to avoid running through possible scenarios or memorizing responses, as this can contribute to any pre-interview jitters you may be experiencing. Instead, get a cup of water, sip on it slowly, and remind yourself that you’re here because you’ve already impressed someone. Remember, an interview is a two-way street: Though you want to make the best possible impression, it’s helpful to remember that your interview isn’t simply an audition on your part; you need to ensure that a company is also a great cultural fit for you, too. One of the best ways to do so is to ask the interviewer questions at the conclusion of your interview. Having these questions prepared beforehand will keep you confident and on-track, and will increase the likeliness that you get the most out of your time there.
30 May 2017
When interviewing for an administrative position, the employer will be assessing two key factors that could determine your success at the organization: your technical skills and personality traits. To do this, hiring managers often have a range of questions at their disposal. While some may be trickier than others, many office support professionals find themselves stumped by some of the most commonly asked interview questions. “Since interviews can be predictable to a degree, job seekers tend to overlook the importance of preparing well-thought out responses to commonly asked questions,” explains Lauren Pearce, a Senior Associate within The Execu|Search Group’s Office Support division. “This is a mistake because these questions aren’t as straightforward as they may sound. Rather than looking for a definitive answer, the interviewer is trying to gauge whether or not you plan on being a long-term hire, how accurate a fit you are for their team, and what your overall career goals and ambitions look like.” As a result, not answering these types of questions effectively can prevent you from moving forward in the process. While it’s difficult to anticipate every specific question, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll be faced with at least one of the following. Here’s how to craft a response the employer is looking for: The Question: Can you tell me about a challenge you’ve faced in the workplace? As an administrative professional, you may be responsible for resolving problems on a daily basis. Whether they are as small as a scheduling mix-up or as large as a flight cancellation, the interviewer needs to ensure you can be prepared for any situation. As a result, your response to this question needs to highlight your approach to overcoming challenges or conflicts. Prove you have strong problem solving and critical thinking skills by discussing a challenge you faced, and how you reacted to address the issue to reach a positive outcome. The Question: What would you say is your biggest weakness? This is a question that’s easy to be stumped by, and it’s all too easy to fall back on a cliché answer like “I’m a perfectionist.” However, there is no reason to reference a true character flaw. “You don’t want to bring attention to anything that the employer can’t see on your resume,” warns Lauren. “Instead, review the company as well as the job description to identify and address any concerns they may have about your background.” If you don’t have any industry experience, for example, that’s your answer. Just be able to assure the employer that you are a quick learner and can get yourself quickly up to speed. Alternatively, you can identify a required technical skill that you need to become more proficient in. When doing so, be sure to explain how you plan on doing this. The Question: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Employers typically ask this question to assess your career goals, specifically whether your plan involves working with the company in the long run. While it might be tempting to impress the interviewer with your lofty career aspirations, it’s important to keep yourself grounded by focusing on the opportunity at hand. “You don’t want to imply that you only see this job as a stepping stone,” advises Lauren. “A good response touches upon the reasons why you are a great long term fit for the position. This can help prove that you are looking for an opportunity to build your skills with the right employer over time.” The Question: Why are you interested in working here? To answer this question successfully, you first need to do some research on the company. Learning more about the company’s history, mission, and plans for the future will help you identify the reasons why you’re the person the company is looking for. “When responding, demonstrate your passion for the organization by citing any recent accomplishments or company attributes that you admire,” says Lauren. “You should also be prepared to discuss how your background, transferable skills, and personality make you a strong cultural fit.” Remember, the hiring manager’s intent is to determine your level of interest in the role, while assessing whether your goals align with those of the company.
30 May 2017
If you’re a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, you know that a healthcare career can be challenging. However, there are many options to give you a more flexible working environment that fits your needs. Whether you’re looking for a more flexible schedule, looking to explore different healthcare settings, or if you’re nearing the end of your professional career, locum tenens work may be the best fit for you. Learn more about locum tenens in the video below:
24 May 2017
Regardless of how long you have been with your current employer, you most likely remember your first day on the job. It’s a feeling that can usually be described as a mix of anxious excitement and varying levels of nervousness. Similar to your first day of school, it is difficult to predict how well you’ll mesh in a new environment with people you’ll spend a significant amount of your time with. So, when it comes time to welcome a new person to the office, you definitely want to make sure that any unease your new coworker may feel is mitigated before they fully dive in. As someone who has already been with the company for some time, you’re in a valuable position to help your coworker get situated so they can start contributing early in their tenure. Welcoming a new coworker soon? Here are four ways to ease their transition into their new role: Give them a tour of the office There’s a good chance that part of your new coworker’s orientation includes a tour of the office, but you’ll still want to provide them with your own version. By giving your personal version of a tour, you can introduce them to people outside of your team that you’re friendly with. While they may be spending most of their time with you and the other members of your team, you still want to foster an open and welcoming environment. This includes encouraging collaborative and friendly relationships with a variety of people throughout the company. Make Yourself Available Before your new coworker begins their first day, you’ll want to make sure you have a relatively clear calendar during their first week. No matter how experienced or proficient they are, they are bound to have questions and be in need of some guidance before they completely settle into their responsibilities and routine. In order for them to feel welcome, it’s important for them to know that you’re accessible and more than willing to give them guidance should they need it. Have something for them to do right away When bringing a new hire up to speed, it’s tempting to give them a very minimal amount of work. While you may have good intentions, giving a new employee nothing to do can make them feel awkward and unproductive. To prevent this from happening, have them read up on company materials, or give them a small task that may help out another member of the team. Helping them make small accomplishments early on will help them adjust more quickly and make them feel part of the team. Plan a team outing At some point during your new coworker’s first week, plan an outing for them to get to know the team on a more casual level outside of the office. Whether that is a group lunch or a happy hour, making them feel welcome and valuable to the team early on will set the tone for their entire employment experience. It’s an excellent opportunity for you to get to know them on a more personal level and encourage company cohesion not just for them, bur for your whole team as well.
24 May 2017
With the demand for technological solutions rising, so too is the demand for experienced IT professionals. While the need for specialists to work in full-time positions is growing, employers are also looking for tech consultants and contract-based employees as well. Why? This strategy provides employers with the flexibility they need to adapt to evolving project requirements, assess long term fit, and address various project phases that require different skillsets. As a result, tech professionals who pursue these opportunities are in a unique position to explore new employers, while building on their experience. However, those unfamiliar with contract and consultant-based work might have some apprehension before pursuing these opportunities. “When we discuss potential contract and consulting roles with job seekers, they sometimes present concerns about making the transition,” says Bryant Vargas, a Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Information Technology division. “When you don’t know what to expect, it can be easy to believe unfounded claims about these types of roles.” Looking to separate fact from fiction when it comes to IT consultant work? Start here: Myth 1: Steady work is not an option When professionals hear the words “temp” or “contract employee,” they might be discouraged by the finite nature of the role. However, contract-based roles do sometimes provide professionals with opportunities to continue work past their original project. “While this is a normal concern, many employers will find ways to keep contractors they really like on staff,” says John Carey, a Senior Technical Recruiter within The Execu|Search Group’s Information Technology division. “Whether that’s building on the current project or shifting your focus to something new, there is a strong chance you’ll get to extend your time with the company.” Should your time with your employer end when your original project ends, there are plenty of new opportunities to move onto. Myth 2: As a temp, I’ll be treated differently When taking on a temp assignment for the first time, you may be nervous you won’t be as respected as others by colleagues and managers. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. “An IT contractor is expected to produce the same level of work as their full-time counterparts,” explains Bryant. “As a result, you are going to be provided with all the tools you need for success. This includes technology and access to leadership.” Additionally, IT contractors are usually entitled to the same perks as full-time employees, and employers do put in the extra effort to make them feel like a welcomed part of the team. Myth 3: Contract roles are short and have a set end time “When people hear the term ‘contract role,’ they have a tendency to get nervous because they believe that they’ll have to restart their search in a couple of weeks,” says Bryant. “However, contract roles can last between 3 months to multiple years. As a result, you do have a good chance of being with one employer for a considerable amount of time.” To explore this path, talk with your supervisor or the hiring manager to see how you fit into their timeline of work. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask about future opportunities! Myth 4: It will be difficult to transition into a permanent role You may be hesitant to make the transition to temp or consulting work due to a fear of becoming less marketable for full-time opportunities. However, working as a contractor can make you more attractive as a candidate for a full-time role. “Contract work can actually provide a ton of career benefits,” explains John. “Not only does it allow you to diversify your skills, but it also shows employers that you can quickly adapt to new environments and make an impact on the organization.” In other words, listing temp roles on your resume can increase your chances of landing a longer-term opportunity down the line. In some cases, a temp role can even become a full-time position if you impress the employer, and they determine that you are a great long-term fit!
23 May 2017
As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, an increasing number of healthcare providers are investing more resources into new technology to improve patient care. As a result, an industry that historically relied on paper-based documentation, has slowly transitioned to utilizing Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems to store, share, and analyze health information. While these Health IT mandates are still being implemented by healthcare facilities across the nation, this has had a direct impact on the types of technical skills employers need in prospective candidates. Amanda Cruse, Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division, has witnessed firsthand the shift in client demand, particularly for health professionals that possess strong working knowledge of various computer programs and EMR systems. “One of the best ways to avoid falling behind the evolution of healthcare technology and increase your marketability in today’s digital age is to take the initiative to improve your computer skills,” says Amanda. “Whether you are brushing up on Microsoft Excel, or simply learning how to type faster, anything that can help you provide better patient care with increased speed and efficiency using technology, may help to separate yourself from competition.” Just a few short years ago, it wasn’t necessary for clinical or non-clinical roles to possess an aptitude for using certain programs and systems. Today, however, it is almost critical for long-term success. For example, some of the most widely used EMR systems include: Epic, Siemens, QuadraMed, or Allscripts. For those looking to get noticed by prospective employers, it’s important that you keep track of what you use and highlight these EMR systems on your resume. “Including these skills on your resume not only helps your professional image on paper, but it also increases your chances of getting a call back if you’re applying to a facility that uses the EMR system you have experience with,” highlights Amanda. Since both clinical and non-clinical roles need to be computer savvy, you need to ensure you’re comfortable using a variety of technologies. For example, Home Health Care Nurses should be comfortable using iPads and iPhones to input patient information. Along similar lines, RNs should familiarize themselves with the different types of “codes” that exist for various medical situations and how to respond accordingly. “As healthcare providers continue to move with the flow of technology, brushing up on your computer skills is key to excelling in today’s market,” notes Amanda. While it can be easy to assume that everyone is computer savvy today, there are still some that generally struggle with technology. If you find yourself in this crowd, the best thing you can do for yourself is start with the basics. To do this, Amanda suggests looking into a certification course, pursuing per diem work with organizations that use EMRs, or asking your current employer if you can gain some experience with the system they use. In the end, whether you’ve been out of work for 2-3 years or want to find new ways to set yourself up for long-term success in the healthcare industry, be sure to proactively invest in sharpening your computer skills.
23 May 2017
Over the course of your career, you will undoubtedly learn new ways to approach your job search. Whether you are just entering the job market or you are a seasoned professional looking to take the next step up the corporate ladder, you may employ a different strategy to find your next job. While every job seeker is different, most successful job seekers follow a handful of best practices to ensure their search is effective and ultimately leads to a job offer. Before you embark on your next job search, consider the following tactics in order to be a highly effective job seeker: Be well organized Planning out your approach before beginning your job search can play a major role in how efficient you will be. For example, some job seekers make the mistake of blindly sending their resume to companies with the hopes of getting a call back. Unfortunately, taking this approach can prove to be very ineffective. On the other hand, a more successful job seeker plans and prioritizes the types of roles and companies they are most interested in working with. How? They might create an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of the companies they’ve already applied to, or target a number of employers within a specific industry. In the long run, the more organized you are, the easier it will be to identify strategies that work, as well as what improvements need to be made. Be a savvy marketer Being a savvy marketer doesn’t mean you take an unconventional approach to getting the attention of employers. Instead, a savvy marketer understands the importance of having a well-tailored resume for each role they apply to. Along the same lines, a highly effective job seeker understands how to strategically include ‘keywords’ throughout their resume (or cover letter) to get it noticed by employers. Instead of using the same resume for every job you apply to, be sure to construct different resumes that highlight your strengths as they relate to the role/company. Be emotionally intelligent It can be discouraging if you haven’t been able to land a role after months of job hunting. After some time, this can begin to wear on your mental state. While some job seekers take these missteps to heart and allow them to impact their ability to interview well, successful job seekers will maintain a better outlook throughout their job search. For example, they will maintain enthusiasm throughout their interviews, they are patient as they await responses, and remain diligent in their job search. Don’t allow a few setbacks to prevent you from getting the job you deserve! Be a strategic networker One of the most common things job seekers tend to overlook (or avoid) throughout their job search is their network. It is more than simply connecting with people on LinkedIn, but being strategic about who you connect with. Instead of only trying to connect with people on LinkedIn, attend an upcoming meetup or networking mixer with likeminded professionals in your field. These are practical solutions you can use to get in front of the right person. Be prepared There’s no better feeling than being prepared for what’s to come. Whether you are preparing questions and responses for interview questions or researching a company thoroughly before an interview, a highly effective job seeker will be prepared for each stage of the job process. While there can be a lot of moving parts during a job search, anticipating what may be asked of you by prospective employers is one of the best ways to stay ahead of your competition. Be a good communicator Strong written and verbal communication skills are important for almost every professional. That’s why a failure to communicate properly throughout your job search can hurt your chances of being hired. For example, a good communicator has a strong attention to detail as well as follows instructions thoroughly. This means that their emails are free of typos, they respond promptly to requests, or ask detailed questions if they need more information.
23 May 2017
With all of the tools that LinkedIn has to offer, using it strategically can help step up your job search and increase your marketability. Because LinkedIn is a common tool for employers and recruiters looking for qualified candidates, your activity can significantly affect whether or not you’ll be approached for positions that may interest you. As a result, you need to be strategic about how you present yourself. To get started on boosting your credibility and influence, use these steps in the infographic here.
22 May 2017
Congrats, your hard work has paid off! After all of the effort you put into updating your resume, perfecting your portfolio, and applying to jobs, you finally land an interview with a company you’re excited about. Now comes the most critical part; proving to the hiring manager why you’re the best choice for the position. “Landing an interview is definitely an accomplishment, but you still have a lot of work to do if you want to walk away with a job offer,” says Anjelica Jones, a Staffing Manager within The Execu|Search Group’s Creative/Digital division. “You only get one chance to make a strong impression on a prospective employer, so the interview is not the time to wing it. If you want to make it to the next step in the process, you need to lay the ground work for a successful meeting.” For those in need of a quick check list for success, here are 6 ways to prepare for every stage of the interview process: Before the interview… Do your homework: To learn more about a company’s origins, growth over time, and outlook for the future, a company’s website is always a great place to start. However, you can take your research a step further by searching for the latest company news, reading online reviews, and perusing social media profiles. Not only will you get a better feel for their reputation and current portfolio of work, but you’ll also have a better sense of whether you fit into the company’s culture. Look up your interviewer on LinkedIn: In addition to researching the company, you’ll want to utilize LinkedIn to learn more about the people you are meeting with. “It’s always helpful to have a sense of your interviewer’s background and how their role fits in with the company, but also look out for shared interests,” advises Anjelica. “If you have a skill or connection in common, you can leverage it to leave a more lasting impression.” Know your work/portfolio: To ensure you can position yourself as the best candidate for the opportunity, you need to have a strong understanding of the role before you walk into the meeting. “An inability to articulate your work and how it relates to the opportunity at hand can significantly hinder your chances of receiving an offer,” warns Anjelica. “Avoid this faux pas by taking the time to review your resume and/or portfolio, and selecting a handful of skills and experiences that relate to the job. These examples can serve as talking points for proving you are the right fit.” If applicable, you’ll also want to bring a pdf backup of your portfolio to the interview. This will ensure you still have something to show the hiring manager if any unanticipated technical glitches arise. The day of the interview… Arrive 10-15 minutes early: When mapping out your travel route, plan on arriving 10-15 minutes ahead of schedule. Not only will this give you an extra moment to collect your thoughts and get organized, but it also shows that you are respectful of your interviewer’s time. Stay on track: In the early stages of the interview process, try to keep your focus on proving you are the right fit for the role as well as the company culture. Comments or questions about compensation, benefits, and, if relevant, assignment length should be saved for later on in the process, or when you receive an offer. Ask questions: Asking questions not only shows your interviewer that you are engaged in the conversation, but also gives you the opportunity to evaluate your level of interest in the position. “Remember, an interview is a two-way street,” advises Anjelica. “As you do your company research, prepare a few questions pertaining to the specific position and the company culture.”