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Make the Most of Your Summer Job Hunt

SpineSearch wants all of its candidates to not give up on their job hunt. In order to do this candidates must keep in mind that just because they’re going on vacation for a week or two does not mean that employers stop looking for people to hire. Don’t fall victim to the lazy days of summer; SpineSearch wants to help you succeed at your next job interview. Here are some reminders to help you during your summer job hunt:
1) Ask Questions During the Interview
You should always do your research on a company before you go on an interview, and when an employer asks you if you have any questions don’t come up empty handed. Ask questions about the culture in the office and if there is a sense of community. Ask the employer well-thought questions that show you care about the company and what your role would be there.
2) Don’t Use an Inappropriate Email Address
If you have to question whether or not your email is appropriate, then it probably isn’t fit for your resume. You can easily make an email address that is specifically for your resume; make it simple and suitable for a potential employer to see.
3) Have Concrete Examples of Prior Work
When an employer asks you about a time when you solved a problem or took a leadership role at your last job, you should be able to site clear examples without hesitation. If you hesitate for too long the employer could think you are making the story up. Before you go on a job interview think about what potential questions an employer might ask and rehearse them with someone.
4) Improve Your Resume
Summer is the perfect time to refresh your resume; SpineSearch offers exclusive help to their candidates to create a resume that will impress any employer. Your Resume should represent a well-organized example of your work history.

How Body Language Plays a Key Role in an Interview

Candidates often do not think about how their non-verbal communication during an interview could put them at a disadvantage. Subconsciously we are all aware of what body language makes us feel comfortable with a person or sends us the wrong message. This explains one reason why employers choose one candidate over another. In order to better understand why body language is so important in an interview, a candidate has to understand what signals are sending the wrong message. Here are three body language mistakes many people make during an interview:
1) Slouching in a chair
This could be a huge red flag to an employer, because it signifies that you are disinterested in what he or she is saying.
2) Fidgeting
Whether you’re twirling your hair or cracking your knuckles, fidgeting shows that you are nervous and uncomfortable and that signifies to the employer that you might not be the right fit for the position you are applying for.
3) Shifty eyes
If you are in an interview and have your eyes darting all over the room it signifies that you either have something to hide and you can’t be trusted. Obviously, no person wants to come across this way in an interview. A potential employer wants you to make genuine eye contact, not staring them down, showing that you are actively engaged in the conversation.
If you become more aware of what your body language is saying then you will be even more prepared for your next interview.
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Interview Tips for New Grads

New Graduates have to deal with the stress of finding a job, and a lot of that stress pertains to the interview process. Here at SpineSearch, we want to give candidates the best possible chance at finding a job they love. In order to nail an interview, new grads have to put their best foot forward.
The first step in being prepared for an interview is gathering information about the company. The more you know about the company, the better chance you have at giving a great interview. Doing your research can have huge benefits because you will have a better understanding of the company as a whole, and you will know what the employer is looking for in his or her employees.
Another factor to consider is: practice. Practicing for an interview is crucial. You want to make sure you have some understanding of how to answer interview questions properly and accurately. An employer wants to see that you know what you’re talking about;you must have a general understanding of what type of questions you will be asked.
Remembering to bring multiple copies of your resume and professional references to an interview is also crucial. Your resume gives the employer a brief history of your education and employment. Your job is to give the employer an idea of who you are as a person and what your personality is like. As a new grad, if you prepare and take steps to making yourself a great candidate, you will reap the benefits of all your hard work.
Contact SpineSearch today to help you find your dream job!

Becker’s ASC Conference

SpineSearch will be attending the Becker’s ASC Conference, June 14-16th.The Becker’s ASC Conference is an orthopedic, spine and pain management driven ASC conference. SpineSearch will be located at booth #60. Stop by to speak with Nicola Hawkinson about SpineSearch and our exciting new opportunities. We’re eager to see you all there!
Important dates:
August 2012:
August 13-15th: 2012 Hospital O.R. and Surgery Center Conference, St. Louis MO
August 25th: Spine Specialty Day, St. Louis MO (RN and NP)

Premier Breakthroughs Conference 2012

Premier Breakthroughs Conference 2012
SpineSearch will be attending the Premier Breakthroughs Conference, June 5-7th. Premier Breakthroughs is a knowledge sharing event sponsored by Premier healthcare alliance. Premier brings people, ideas and innovations organized to transform healthcare. SpineSearch is looking forward to sharing new ideas with colleagues and expanding our knowledge of the spine industry. Come visit us at Booth #1008. We hope to see you all there!
SpineSearch will be joining a number of conferences during summer 2012. Here are some important dates to remember:
June 2012:
June 14-16th: Beckers ASC, Chicago, IL
August 2012:
August 13-15th: 2012 Hospital O.R. and Surgery Center Conference, St. Louis MO
August 25th: Spine Specialty Day, St. Louis MO (RN and NP)

SpineSearch LLC Awarded Physician Recruiting Agreement with the Premier Healthcare Alliance

SpineSearch LLC Awarded Physician Recruiting Agreement with the Premier Healthcare Alliance
Dateline February 01, 2012 SpineSearch LLC announced today that it has been awarded a 18-month group purchasing agreement with the Premier healthcare alliance, for its Physician Recruiting. February 01, the new agreement allows Premier members, at their discretion, to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for Physician Recruiting.

“SpineSearch LLC is honored to have the opportunity to work with one of the finest GPOs, Premier, and its members on Physician Staffing,” said SpineSearch LLC CEO & Founder Nicola Hawkinson. This will allow Premier and SpineSearch to better serve the healthcare providers throughout the United States

SpineSearch will be offering Premier alliance members the ability to tap into our network of Physicians. SpineSearch’s ability to place qualified candidates to specific institutions comes from the clinical backgrounds and qualifications of the SpineSearch team, along with a substantial database of prescreened candidates. CEO and Founder, Nicola Hawkinson, uses her clinical background to expertly find and place candidates for potential employers. SpineSearch has a database filled with thousands of applicants that have pre-screening interviews with a member of the SpineSearch team, and continue on to potential employers. This selection process is what differentiates SpineSearch from other recruitment agencies. Premier members will have the means to pick Physicians that are competent leaders in their field in a seamless process without the worries of negotiating terms and or pricing because of their relationship with Premier.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 81,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation’s most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Supplier SpineSearch LLC
The SpineSearch mission is steadfast in providing a superior network between highly qualified healthcare professionals, medical specialists, and healthcare facilities. Our vision is to provide a cutting edge network within the medical field and its professionals. We are focused exclusively to the healthcare field and offer a unique level of expertise in the industry. SpineSearch is led by experts in the industry who are knowledgeable about every dimension of the field. We invoke a commitment to those employed in the industry, offering continued education and career building symposiums, focusing on job satisfaction and decreased turnover. A community network of medical professionals dedicated to the future of healthcare. SpineSearch is certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US. We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by corporations and government agencies today, and we can add diversity to your supply chain. http://www.spine-search.com/ Stay in touch with SpineSearch LLC on FaceBook, Twitter and .. Linkedin

SpineSearch receives national certification as Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Presidents’ Educational Organization

PRESS RELEASE

Date August 4, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Nicola Hawkinson
Office: 646-794-8656
Fax: 212-208-3084
Nicola@spine-search.com

New York, NY – August 4, 2011 – SpineSearch LLC, a business specializing in, recruitment, educational, and marketing services for spine practices, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization – New York Certification Committee, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization – New York Certification Committee is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations, and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.

To learn more about SpineSearch LLC, please visit www.spine-search.com

About SpineSearch LLC
The SpineSearch mission is steadfast in providing a superior network between highly qualified healthcare professionals, spine specialists, and healthcare facilities. Our vision is to provide a cutting edge network within the spine field and its professionals. We are focused exclusively to the field of spine medicine and offer a unique level of expertise in the spine industry.
SpineSearch is an organization that provides recruitment, educational, and marketing services for spine practices. SpineSearch is led by experts in the industry who are knowledgeable about every dimension of the field. We invoke a commitment to those employed in the industry, offering continued education and career building symposiums, focusing on job satisfaction and decreased turnover. A community network of spine professionals dedicated to the future of spine, truly a revolutionary “way of spine”.

About WBENC
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs.

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Q & A on How to ensure your practice can compete in the competitive physician recruiting landscape

Hiring a new physician for your practice is more complicated than it used to be

How does the current physician shortage affect medical practices?

Currently employed physicians are working longer hours and have to cover call more frequently — This all equates to higher compensation for recruited physicians, both senior and new.

How many calls does the average graduating resident receive and how does a hiring group compete for those new graduates?

According to MGMA over half of graduating residents receive between 51-100 solicitations. If you work with a hiring firm such as SpineSearch it will bring your practice more attention. SpineSearch attends many national events geared at Residents & Fellows and when they are looking for candidates with a retained job in hand your practice has very good exposure in this competitive, physician, hiring landscape.

Who can a medical group partner with to help cover recruitment costs?

The recruitment arrangement exception allows practices to seek assistance from a hospital under the Stark Laws prohibiting physician self-referral. This allows your medical group to seek assistance, when hiring physicians and offering competitive packages which may include medical school debt repayment assistance, guaranteed salary, paying recruitment firm fees, or continuing education allowances.

What are some ways to separate yourself from all the others competing for the tight physician pool?

New Physicians are not only looking for a job but also to see the total package that will help them succeed in their new practice

1. Offer guidance in new methods of patient acquisition such as social media (FaceBook, Twitter, Patient Blogs….)

2. Offer guidance in new methods to work with referring physicians using new media (LinkedIn, Physician facing Blogs, writing for online patient facing websites & peer review websites …)

3. Provide some assistance with the groups general marketing practices….One of the scariest things to new physicians is how to gain a patient base that will substantiate their pay

Keep in mind when hiring new physicians
It’s not always easy

Selecting the right physician candidate for your practice is never easy, and there’s always an element of the surprise. Taking this into consideration you can increase your odds for success by carefully evaluating each candidate in relationship to the needs of the practice and the specific position you have to offer.

One example: Work-life balance has been cited numerous times, by many publications, as one of the most important considerations among young physicians. According to multiple surveys the number of physicians who choose to work part-time and or flex time has increased dramatically in recent years. More doctors are likely to be women who, historically and statistically, will be more likely to seek part-time or flex-time working environments. These women are talented doctors and just because they are looking for flex time shouldn’t mean to ignore them. This actually presents a very interesting hiring tool when trying to effecentiely and economically staff your practice. The industry has an ever increasing gender shift and medical practices have to remember new physicians are planning families.

Tips for keeping your medical staff HAPPY!

Tips for keeping your medical employees HAPPY!

1. Clearly defined job descriptions and clearly defined chain of command

Many medical practices often delegate responsibilities in a very informal manner/process. This is a recipe for disaster in any large practice and or growing practice. Consider listing project priorities for your practice that are receiving attention because you’re working around staff that haven’t previously had defined job rolls and or responsibilities. SpineSearch recommends creating an organizational chart and chain of command diagram and a job description for every roll within your office.

2.Establishment of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

A formal system includes employee goals, assessments of substantive accomplishments and behaviors, peer reviews, goals and prioritities, support needed from our staff. KPIs are important so employees know, before undertaking the job or project, exactly what is needed to be done and what an acceptable outcome is.

3. Reward those who go above and beyond
Reward those that work extra hours, are extremely resourceful, and or go outside of their job description to complete tasks for the office. Monetary rewards are not always the most successful. Try giving half days, dinner on the office, peer recognition…and don’t limit the rewards to individuals. Your office should also have team goals/descriptions — these groups can and should be rewarded.

4. Continuing education / opportunity for self improvement & advancement

In this era of health care reform it is extremely challenging to keep up with changing laws, regulations, reimbursement guidelines, daily operations and daily practice demands. By keeping employees current in each of their individual fields it helps to ensure the entire office is up to par with changes. This process also helps let employees know that you are investing in them and the betterment of their individual careers. Don’t just focus on clinical or required education. Look for education on customer service, disaster planning, patient flow, time management….

5. Have Fun!

FUN in the job place can go a lot longer than most administrators would think. Celebrate events such as birthdays, anniversaries, child birth, holidays and office specific accomplishments. If you are undergoing a big task, such as converting to an EMR system, order food for the office, give a small gift to each member of the team before the process begins (thanking them for their committing to the successful accomplishment of the task), or go out for an office dinner/drinks as a FUN event.

Retention Management in the Era of Health Care Reform

Retention Management in the Era of Health Care Reform

Press Release: SpineSearch is looking forward to an interactive discussion with fellow colleagues at this week’s Becker’s conference in Chicago where we will discuss common challenges in staff retention. SpineSearch would like to Thank Scott Becker and Jessica Cole for the opportunity to present this discussion.
http://www.beckersasc.com/conferences/june-2011-asc-conference.html