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Does Your Resume Say “Job Hopper”?

Statistics say these days that every New York worker will switch jobs every 2-4 years. However many hiring managers don’t always remember that when looking at you resume or they ask why you change jobs so often in the interview process. What will you say? Are you prepared to defend your resume in your cover letter and in the interview?

Addressing Multiple Jobs History in the Interview

  1. Honesty is the best policy: Don’t hesitate, avoid or lie when the interviewer asks about your many jobs. Employers need to know they are hiring someone they can trust. Be honest about why you left without throwing anyone at the past employers under the bus.
  2. Don’t burn any bridges on your way to the next job: This is what we mean when we say don’t throw anyone under the bus. It is NEVER a good idea to leave an employer in such a way that they would speak badly about you. People who have changed jobs several times need good references that validate what is said in the interview.
  3. Turn it into a positive: Never speak badly of the company you left and always give positive reasons for leaving. You can find one no matter how bad your experience was. If you leave for upward mobility that is the best possible reason. Stay positive by talking about your accomplishments.
  4. Tell a story: Don’t just answer questions with a few words or a sentence. Tell a story about your career so far. Talk about the work environments, the challenges or lack of, how and why you made the decisions that you did. Remember that your job hopping was good for you but not for that employer. For the employer job hopping is turnover and re-hiring, training expenses. You have to show this interviewer that you will not be out the door in two years.
  5. Move the interview into the present not the past: All interviews start in the past. Move this one into the present. Talk about the diverse skill set you have due to your job changes, the many experiences that can benefit the new employer. Explain how each different job led to a new and unique set of skills. Make sure you prepare in advance to explain this about each job you had. Now show how all these skills will fit into this new opportunity. How have you grown both as a person and as an employee through all of these various experiences and how can that impact a new employer?

Demonstrate to this interviewer that you are focused on their job. What can you do for them? How does it fit into your long term career goals? What is attractive about their job, their work environment, their career path? Anything you might have listed as a negative in #1 or #4 – stress how this opportunity shines in that area.

If you do these things most New York employers will understand why your job hopping was really career advancement.

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Wasting Time on the Way to a Great Career

Everyone knows that there is a lot of time wasting going on in any and every workplace in New York. In fact there was a study done in 2014 by Salary.com that found 89% of all people in New York are wasting some amount of time every day at work. Surprisingly, the 26-39 year olds and the most successful in their careers were the biggest offenders.

Other information that came out of this study was that these 26-39 year olds were at the top of their game. They were moving up in their career and they were the go-getters in the firm.  They were also the ones who took a lot of breaks. They didn’t work more hours than their coworkers who were not having the same level of success.

They actually admitted to taking a 17 minute break every hour they worked. So in a 9 hour day with an hour lunch break, these folks are on break for 213 minutes out of a possible 540 minutes. These up and comers, these successful workers waste almost half the time they are at work.

This sounds shocking and is, in fact, shocking. However these are the successful people. These are the stars of today and the future. How can this be? It has a lot to do with what they are doing with those 213 minutes every day.

How to Waste Your Time Productively

Here are some of the ways these superstars are wasting their time productively – reading blogs, talking to colleagues, taking walks or reading a novel. What we find is that spending time doing these things helps the worker to think more innovatively, to find new ideas, to discover new perspectives. Not only are you getting a break from whatever you have been working on, you get a whole new perspective on things.

  • Surf websites that are not related to your profession gives your brain a break while at the same time giving you a way to spur your own creativity.
  • Spending time with your co-workers – an MIT study showed that in a call center the representatives, when they were allowed to have breaks and/or talk with co-workers between calls, handled more customer calls than those workers who were not allowed that conversation.
  • Reading novels – it has been found that those who read fiction can interact with others better than those who don’t.
  • Meditation – more and more studies are being done on the effects of meditation. These studies are showing that the human brain benefits from the lower stress levels brought about by meditation. Following meditation, there is more innovation and creativity.
  • Daydream- Science is showing almost the same effect for daydreaming as for meditation. Different parts of the brain are in use when you daydream than when you are actively working on a problem. This leads to innovation and creativity.
  • Power Naps – yes these are real and yes they really make a difference. Just 15-20 minutes of actual sleep will refresh your brain cells that produce focus and productivity.

Conclusion

The moral of this story is – WASTE TIME. Just do it in the right ways.

Grow Your Career

Mar
2015
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Plan and Grow Your Career

In the past, most people in New York went to work for a company and just built their career at that company. Or maybe more accurately the company built their career for them in the direction the company wanted it to go. Neither of these things is true today.

No company provides us with a 35-40 year ride. In order to have such a successful career today, you have to be in charge and you have to have a plan. No longer will your career be spent in one company directed by that company. Now you are on your own in building your career and you need a plan.

Here are the major elements of a modern career plan.

  1. Your Relevance to the Marketplace – there will be over a million jobs created in New York over the next 5-7 years. If you want to grow, your plan must begin with being relevant to that market, to have the skils, training and experience to win in this marketplace.
  2. Make sure the career you choose to pursue fits the needs of the marketplace and matches your skills. For instance manufacturing is a hot ticket these days. However it is not your father’s manufacturing plant. This one is robotic and high tech everywhere you look. These are great paying jobs that require post-secondary education.

Another career in high demand today and well into the future is anything to do with the medical field. Doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, chemists, and more are in demand.

When you consider a career plan, consider what the marketplace is going to be looking for in the next 10-20 years.

  1. One old adage that is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago and must be in your plan –NETWORK. This is the see and be seen part of your plan. Nothing replaces networking when advancing your career. Networking is not just for getting the job – it is relevant long after you start your career. If you want to grow you career you must learn who the movers and shakers are and network with them.
  2. Social media is another see and be seen tool – another way of networking. Don’t choose one over the other. Do both. Go to the Chamber of Commerce afterhours and have a strong presence on Linked-In. Linked-in is the largest business oriented social media site in the world. Take advantage of it. Connect with the people who can help you to grow your career.
  3. Figure out what it is you do best and then sell it. What are you the best at? Sell it to the employers.
  4. 6.   Stick-to-itiveness. Stay with it. Be resolute. Remember the only constant in life is change. Be ready for it. Prepare for it. Plan on it.

These are the major components to keep in mind as you attempt to plan and grow your career. Most of all remember that you MUST have a plan. Not just in your head but a written plan if you really want your career to take off.

Work After Leave

Mar
2015
19

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Returning to Your Career After an Extended Leave of Absence

For many people in the New York workforce, there is need for a leave of absence for personal reasons. Perhaps you need to take a pregnancy leave or time off after your child is born. Others might need time off to care for an aging or ill family member or to care for their own mental or physical illness or burnout.

This kind of break from one’s career is not easy to do but it has been the legal right of both men and women in the United States since the 1980’s. This right is protected by the Family Medical Leave Act or FMLA as most Human Resources personnel call it.

Under this law we are all entitled to up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave.

“The most common serious health conditions that qualify for FMLA

leave are:

1) conditions requiring an overnight stay in a hospital or other

medical care facility;

2) conditions that incapacitate you or your family member (for

example, unable to work or attend school) for more than three

consecutive days and require ongoing medical treatment

(either multiple appointments with a health care provider, or

a single appointment and follow-up care such as prescription

medication);

3) chronic conditions that cause occasional periods when you or

your family member are incapacitated and require treatment

by a health care provider at least twice a year; and

4) pregnancy (including prenatal medical appointments,

incapacity due to morning sickness, and medically required

bed rest).” *from The Family and Medical Leave Act

Although this is a great benefit, it can be difficult to come back from it, especially if your leave is extended well beyond 12 weeks and into months or perhaps years beyond the FMLA timelines. Here are some ways to get yourself back into your career or move on to another.

  • Assess where you are now and what you want to do now. Whether you know it or not you are not the same person you were before the leave of absence. You have new perspectives, new skills, and new experiences. You want to evaluate what you want in your career now with personality, aptitude and career choice tests. Be clear before you start looking again.
  • You HAVE learned new skills whether they be soft skills like communication, interpersonal relationships, and management. You have likely learned some new hard skills as well such as budgeting, delegating and supervising. Add these to your resume. Use them in your interviews. This is invaluable experience.
  • Do your homework. Your industry has probably changed in your absence. The overall employment environment in the country has changed and certainly you have changed. Be in touch with all of these changes and what they mean to your career.

Conclusion

Most importantly never make excuses for why you were on leave. Talk about the positives of what you learned on leave that pertains to the job you want. Follow these tips and you should be alright.

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Nursing in a Correctional Facility

If you are a nurse in New York, have you ever considered a career in the correctional or justice system? Is it a career that scares you or at least makes you nervous so you have never looked into it? Or is it a career field that you know nothing about and so have never even thought about it? Let’s take a look at the advantage of a nursing career in correctional facilities.

Careers with the Justice Department and Corrections

Just what kinds of jobs are available through the Justice Department? Just an example is the in the state of Indiana where there are 28,000 people in the jails and around 280 nurses working in those facilities. Throughout the US there are almost seven million incarcerated individuals and the need exists for thousands of nurses.

In Indiana 2-6 new nursing jobs are created in the corrections department every week. What kind of jobs are these?

  • County Jails/Community Confinement Facilities: People in these facilities are awaiting either a trial or sentencing. There are not that many people incarcerated in these facilities at any one time. Who you are treating will change constantly with little or no follow-up.
  • Prisons – State and Federal – house prisoners for the long term and can be minimum, medium or maximum security prison. In this environment, you will treat the same patients over a long period of time. Nurses are also caring for the entire person and all their needs so multidisciplinary skills are essential. With the skills required for this type of job, a good nurse may become interested in moving beyond the nursing level to a Physician Assistant.

Types of Nursing Positions Hired

  • Full and Part time nurses are needed in both the local jails and prisons.
  • RN’s, LPN’s and PRN’s are all needed and hired in local jails and federal or state prisons.

Nursing Skills Needed

The nursing skills needed are very much like any other nursing job. The same skills are needed and rewarded. It is a great place for a nurse to begin their career and acquire a wide range of skills in a short period of time. Some of the skills and experience hiring managers look for includes:

  • Acute care experience: ER, Forensics, Psychiatric, EMT, Paramedic
  • Awareness of use of resources
  • Experience in a structured environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking and decision making
  • Triage experience/Assessment skills
  • Worked in a variety of settings with a variety of patients
  • Compassion and empathy for people in all kinds of situations
  • Experience as part of a team
  • Able to maintain personal boundaries

Work Environment

  • Fast paced
  • Part of a large system
  • Room for Advancement
  • Autonomy in patient care
  • Multi-disciplinary teams in mental health, women’s health, infectious disease, imaging services and dental health.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a challenging nursing situation in New York and you flourish in a team environment, then this type of nursing situation just might be right for you. If you like having a mentor and/or being a mentor, the opportunities for this type of role are abundant within the correctional system.

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Attention Nurses: Want an Exciting Career?

Tired of the rotating and split shifts? Tired of working 12 hour shifts? How about all the hustle and stress of the ER, is it taking a toll? Are you ready to leave patient care and make an exciting career change? How about making some real money before you retire? If you answered yes to these questions then you might consider becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant.

“A what?” you say. What is a Legal Nurse Consultant and what qualifications do I need? Do I have to go to law school? A Legal Nurse Consultant uses their nursing experience and training to consult in medical-legal cases/claims to evaluate the standard of care, the cause of medical situations, potential damages etc. You might handle medical malpractice suits as well as others. You could work for a law firm, for a government agency, insurance companies, health care firms, or you could work independently.

So what credentials do you need in New York to break into this exciting and lucrative field? Being a nurse is a start but it is not enough to give you the credibility you need in court. For that you should have an advanced degree and some legal training. A MSN or even a Ph.D. is an excellent credential for the field. You will also want to continue working in the nursing field either with patients or teaching potential nurses.

In addition to advanced education, nursing training and legal training, a LNC (Legal Nurse Consultant) must have excellent communication skills to be both credible as an expert and understandable to a lay jury. One must be able to explain things like standard of care and other difficult medical issues. You have to have the mental disposition to stay calm under the lawyer’s barrage of questions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Certification is not required but advisable.
  • Certification can be attained by passing the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification
  • In order to take the test you need to be a licensed RN having practiced for five years and 2000+ hours experience working as a LNC.

So even though this is a great career with great responsibilities, great pay and benefits, it still is not for everyone.  Do you like to write reports? Are you comfortable with giving testimony? Are you good at analyzing and inductive reasoning? Can you work by yourself and meet deadlines? The biggest challenge might be that you have to challenge others who are professionals and have advanced degrees. It is not an easy thing to do and you have to be sure enough of yourself and comfortable enough with yourself to not be intimidated by others no matter what.

So if you meet the requirements stated above and it sounds like an exciting field to move into, go for it! Salaries are from $90,000 a year and into six figures. Considering the benefits and retirement funds you could gain from doing this for just a few years, it could make a big difference for your future.

Career Questions

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2014
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Common Career Questions       

What are the most common questions we hear about people’s careers? What is the most important question to you about your career? Are the questions different for new college graduates than they are for people who have been in the workforce for a long time? It is important to consider these questions, especially in a city as big as New York where the possibilities, as well as the competition in the job market are endless. Here are just a few of those questions with some suggestions on how to deal with them.

  1. In the technological age we live in, why do I need a cover letter? Well the first reason is not necessarily the best reason, but most hiring managers and HR recruiters simply will not consider a candidate who does not provide a cover letter to accompany the resume. This is almost arbitrary but none the less, it is true.
  2. Another reason for the cover letter is that it can be used as your introduction to the company. A cover letter lets you address things you can’t address in a resume, if you are following the basic format for resumes.
  3. What is this thing everyone is talking about called a portfolio which we never had when I was interviewing for new jobs? Nowadays, everyone has a portfolio and most hiring managers would be happy to see one included in your application.
  4. A portfolio is just a compilation of documents that show who you are professionally and what you have done in your career. So what types of documents might go in a portfolio? Start with your resume and cover letter. Next add a copy of your degree and/or diploma to show your educational credentials. If you have any specialty certificates you should include them.
  5. Now place your honors, awards and letter of recommendation next in your folder or binder.  Only include the letters of recommendation that are pertinent to the job you are interviewing for.
  6. Writing samples should be included even if you don’t intend to take a job as a writer. Every job usually has some type of writing component even if it is just monthly reports. Show the hiring manager that you understand that and can write a good report.
  7. Finally, be sure to include in your portfolio a list of references. This is different from the letters of recommendation we mentioned earlier. These are general letters from individuals who know you well and who can be called by the Human Resources Department for a more detailed discussion of your work, your work ethic, decision making process and anything else that the interviewer believes will help her/him make the best possible hire.
  8. Now add anything miscellaneous to your field of endeavor. If you are an architect then include blueprints or drawings. If you are a writer include samples, an engineer might include samples of designs. Whatever it is, make sure you have included something the hiring manager can look at and engage all of his or her senses in the interview process;

Conclusion

Your interview portfolio is an integral part of your total job interview package.  You can put as much or as little into as you want, but make sure you have one.