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Healthcare Cover Letters: Why They’re Important

A cover letter is just as important as your resume. As a candidate, you are introducing yourself to the employer and letting them know why you should be considered for the position. This week we are focusing on how to write a great cover letter that will impress any employer.

First, you must evaluate what you should write in your cover letter. A cover letter is not the same as your resume; it gives the employer the opportunity to understand how your previous work and education have made you the right fit for their job. A cover letter does not need to be lengthy, but it must be clear and concise. Here are some steps to remember when writing your cover letter:

1) Express your understanding of the field and how your previous schooling and employment have prepared you for this position.

2) Explain why you are interested in this employer and your reason for desiring work in the healthcare field.

3) Give relevant school work and experience as an example, but don’t reiterate your entire resume.

4) Proofread your cover letter. Proofreading a cover letter is just as important as proofreading a resume. Check for grammatical and spelling errors.

Remember, a great cover letter and resume will help you get the job of your dreams!

In-Demand Healthcare Occupations

Healthcare occupations are projected to grow exponentially over the next ten years. The healthcare field is expected to produce 3.2 million jobs from 2010-2020. That’s faster than the average growth for any other occupation. We wanted to give you a look at the top healthcare jobs that are projected to grow rapidly.  Here are some of jobs that are most in-demand:

Registered Nurse

Nurses are the most in demand when it comes to healthcare jobs. There will be a 48% growth by the year 2020 for nursing jobs, and over 580,000 new jobs created by 2020. Nurses take on more responsibility in the treatment of patients which is a cost saving measure; thus creating a demand. The median salary for a nurse is $64,690 with the opportunity for growth.

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistants are projected to grow 34% by 2020. Job opportunities should be abundant for MA’s with formal training.  Medical Assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians and other healthcare professionals. The median salary is $28,860.

Home Health Aide

Home Health Aide jobs are projected to grow 50% by 2020. A Home Health Aide is responsible to provide basic care for people with disabilities, chronic illness, and cognitive impairments. They help elderly, disabled and ill persons living in their own homes. The average salary for a Home Health Aide is about $24,000.

Physical Therapists

Physical Therapist jobs are projected to grow 30% by 2020. PT’s provide services to help restore function improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. A Master’s degree and state license is required to become a Physical Therapist.  The median salary ranges from $65,000-$85,000.

Physician’s Assistant

Physician’s Assistants are projected to grow 39% through 2018. Physician’s Assistants work directly under a doctor’s supervision and experience working with a team while having autonomy. The starting salary ranges from $70,000-$90,000.

Tips for Working with a Recruiter

SpineSearch wants all of our candidates to have the best chance of finding a job they love. As a candidate, working with a recruiter can really improve your chances of getting the right job. Candidates want to look for a recruiter that specializes in their field; this ensures that you will only be getting calls about jobs that pertain to your line of work.

The candidate should also be aware that the recruiter’s work is to find the right fit for the employer. Even though you interview for the job, it does not mean that you will get the job. Still, you want to interview for any position that interests you. Just because one employer does not think you are the right fit for the job, does not mean that every employer will think that.

You should have goals for yourself but be flexible. Don’t apply to jobs that are asking for experience you don’t have. You may go on a lot of interviews, but this will be crucial towards you finding a job. Candidates should also be honest and accessible with their recruiter. You should put your best foot forward while looking for a new job.

The most important thing to remember is: don’t get lazy. The recruiter wants to help you find work, but it is not their responsibility to do all of the work for you. When you go on interviews the recruiter won’t be there to make sure you brought your resume or wore an appropriate outfit. You must use the recruiter as a middle man between you and the employer. At SpineSearch we pre-screen all of our candidates before sending them to the employer. Candidates are able to get a good sense of what the employer is looking for, and the recruiter can give feedback to the employer about the candidate.

Resume Writing:Do’s and Don’ts

Resume writing can be quite simple if you have established the basics well, but if you haven’t caught up on the newest ways to improve your resume then SpineSearch is here to help! As a healthcare professional, writing a resume means including all of your clinical experience as well as license and certification. To improve your resume writing skills, here are some Do’s and Don’ts to make your resume stand out among the other applicants:

Do’s

1) Make your resume simple

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put a lot of effort into your resume it means you should write short, concise sentences that have a clear purpose and direction for your resume. You want the employer to get the most positive idea of your work history.

2) Proofread your resume more than once

You can proofread your resume and have a colleague proofread it for you too. Resumes get overlooked when an employer finds spelling errors in them. Edit your resume after every proofread.

3) Use buzzwords

A lot of practices are now using technology to scan in resumes and check for certain buzzwords and resumes that don’t have them will not be submitted for the job. Describe work history/accomplishments using the proper phrasing to ensure your resume won’t be overlooked. An example of this would be using words like: caseload, computer tech/skills, research/publications, responsible for, participated in etc.

Don’ts

1)      Don’t use the word “I”

Avoid using “I” in your resume. Instead describe your actions by using some of the buzzwords listed above.

2)      Don’t make your resume over two pages

Resume length has been debated but various professionals, but it is safe to say that a resume over two pages will become too much for a potential employer to read and they may wind up tossing you out as a candidate.

3)      Don’t include personal information

An employer does not need to know your marital status, height, weight etc. because that is not pertinent to you getting the job. Use the space you have on your resume wisely.

4)      Don’t write: “references available upon request”

This will only take up space and since you are giving an employer your resume it’s implied that you would give references if he/she asked for them.

5)      Don’t change tenses

For your current job you should use the present tense when describing your job duties, and for previous jobs you should use the past tense, but you shouldn’t go back and forth between present and past tense for every action you are describing.

6)      Don’t change fonts

You should pick a font that is easy to read and stick with it throughout the whole resume. Changing fonts will become distracting to the employer’s eye.

These steps will help you write a resume that will impress any employer.

Management Tips for Physician Practice Owners

Practice management is the most significant aspect of a well-organized office. The recruiters at SpineSearch know how important it is for a practice to have great management in order to retain employees. This week we will focus on steps you need to take towards effective practice management.

In order to manage your practice well, you have to establish a well drafted manual of policies your employees will follow. Use probationary periods and have a formal hiring process. If you have a system for hiring, you are less likely to hire employees that will not meet the criteria you are looking for. These tasks may seem difficult but there are huge benefits in establishing an office that runs efficiently.

Set up a meeting for your staff and show both new and experienced employees the new policies. Make sure everyone is on board and understands why you are enforcing these policies. Your goal is to create an office environment that is both positive and structured. Your employees need to feel like they are being heard just as much as you need to feel like you are in charge.

Aim for a healthy sense of control; you know what your employees are up to and they feel like they can come to you with any issues or concerns they have about their jobs. Communication goes a long way in an office setting; you can retain employees better if you establish a good working relationship with them.

Practice management can feel like a daunting task, but if you start out with a clear set of standards before you hire your next employee you will see a huge improvement in the overall flow of your office.

Here are four steps to remember:

1) Empower and Inform: Practice owners should monitor employees in a constructive way.
2) Talk and Listen to People: Spend one-on-one time with employees. The more you know about your practice, the better it will function.
3) Let People Work at their Highest Purpose: Give positive reinforcement. Encourage your employees to take on more responsibilities at work.
4) Follow up and Be Consistent: Set specific goals and timelines, have weekly meetings to catch up with what everyone is working on.

Compensate for Talent with Effort: New Graduates

As a new grad you probably feel like you’re outnumbered by candidates who have experience. SpineSearch wants to help you see that making an effort for a new job will impress the employer you are interviewing with. Employers usually want people with some experience, but as a new grad you have your schooling, clinical rotations, and internships to fall back on. Don’t let the employer underestimate you.

Enthusiasm will be your biggest and best advantage over other applicants. You want to show the employer that you chose this profession for a reason—you love it. Showing that you care and how excited you are to work in this field will make an employer think twice before counting you out.
You want to be as prepared as possible for your interview; research the practice or hospital you are looking to apply to, what they specialize in, and if they are right for your line of work.

Sending a “Thank You” card or email (which is much more common these days) goes a long way when interviewing right out of college. The employer appreciates it and will set you apart from candidates who didn’t go the extra mile. The thank you can also act as a follow-up and remind the employer who you are and they will be much more likely to get back to you with a yes or no sooner rather than later.

Compensating for your lack of experience with effort will go much further than an experienced candidate who has become apathetic about the field. If you show up and want to be there, you will learn volumes and be ahead of the pack before you know it.

SpineSearch is Headed to St. Louis!

SpineSearch would like to extend the invitation to Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioner’s to join us on August 25th, in St. Louis, for Spine Specialty Day! Spine Specialty Day is an authoritative educational program that educates professionals about common spine conditions. The objective is to educate spine professionals with knowledge regarding spine anatomy, pathology, diagnoses and treatment options. It will be orthopedic/spine focused and there will be a sawbones demonstration within the event. This course has been accredited for 7 CME/CE credits. For more information check out our brochure, or contact us at 516-333-5050 about how to register.

Emotional Needs in the Workplace

Am I happy with my job? People ask themselves this all the time without putting too much stock into whether the answer is yes or no. However, if you are unhappy with your job this can affect job performance and overall self-esteem, and decrease your productivity at work. This week we’re focusing on how emotional needs have to be met in the workplace in order to create a positive work environment.

Emotional needs in the workplace are very important in contributing to an overall healthy work environment. If you feel like no one cares about you at work, then you are more likely not to work as hard or dread going to work.

Feeling like you belong at your job and with your coworkers goes a long way when furthering your career; motivation is everything. When you feel like you belong and that people understand and listen to you, you’re much more likely to be successful at work. Team building at work can help fulfill the sense of belonging and also relieve stress. When a person feels like they cannot turn to anyone at work they become unhappy in the workplace.

Being given more responsibilities at work helps create great self-worth. When your boss gives you more tasks and responsibility it shows how valuable you are to the team. You should always be looking for opportunities to grow within your field and gain more knowledge about your industry. It is important to gain recognition for a job well-done. If you do not get the credit for your hard work you will not feel valuable.
Happiness at work is an important factor for employees everywhere. Finding a field you love and wanting to further your career will give you lasting success. SpineSearch can help you find a job that makes you happy and successful!
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Support Your Spine Health

While many of us Spine Professionals spend our day helping others with back pain we thought this week we would offer some advice on how to care for your own back.

Taking care of your spine early on will promote spine health in the future. There are many ways to strengthen and preserve your spine so back pain will not overcome daily activities. Maintaining good posture no matter what activities you are doing will help keep your spine aligned. If you have good posture, you will be able to do other activities, like working out, without back pain.

Sleep can have negative effects on your spine health if done incorrectly. Everyone sleeps differently, but whether you are a back, side or stomach sleeper there are ways to improve. If you sleep on your back, you should sleep with a pillow underneath your knees and lower back. If you sleep on your side you should sleep with a pillow between your legs. Stomach sleepers have the most disadvantages because sleeping on your stomach is least fit way to improve spine health while you sleep, but if you are and avid stomach sleeper, you should snooze with a pillow under your stomach to help align your spine. The point is to keep your body in the straightest line possible even when you’re sleeping.

Exercising is great for your back health. Building muscle and improving your balance will help your spine stay aligned all on its own! Yoga is a great way to stretch your back muscles, improve posture, balance, and blood circulation. Have your doctor do a scoliosis check at yearly check-ups. Stretch when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. All of these examples will help you promote your spine health in order to avoid chronic pain or surgeries in the future.

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.