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.