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Job Hoppers: 3 Simple Ways to Get Hired

By |Friday, March 3, 2017|

“OK, I have this one in the bag,” thought Jayme. “I’m more than qualified, my resume and cover letter are updated, and I got along with the interviewer perfectly.”

A few weeks later Jayme receives that dreaded “Thank you for applying, but…” email. She is completely baffled about what could’ve gone wrong. So, she decides to be proactive. After emailing the interviewer asking for feedback on how she can do better next time, the interviewer explains that her skills and personality were a perfect fit. However, it was her moving around between three jobs in four years that made them consider someone else who will be permanent.

Jayme couldn’t believe it. She had officially been marked as a ‘job-hopper.’ She had actually never thought of herself as one before because she always left for a promotion, or to follow her passions. It never crossed her mind that those leaps forward in her career would actually be costing her new job opportunities.

Everyday, candidates are stereotyped as job-hoppers. Because they’re unsure of how to present this as a positive attribute during the interview, these qualified applicants end up losing out on their dream jobs.

Here’s how you can promote your job-hopping past during an interview:
Explain why you left
Like Jayme, you may have left your previous jobs for very positive and legitimate reasons. But those reasons usually aren’t highlighted on a resume and cover letter. An interview will be your only chance to explain why you moved on in the past.

Some interviewers will ask why you left former careers, but others may not. If they don’t, bring it up during the time when they ask if you have anything else to add or any questions. Explain that you left to advance your career for a much higher salary, or to follow your passions. Show how these decisions to move on weren’t based on you getting bored or having issues getting along with co-workers.

Remember, even if you left because a former employer treated you poorly, leave negativity out of the conversation. Your honesty could quickly be mistaken for someone who has trouble taking direction or working well with others.
Show off your skills
Holding multiple positions in a short amount of time means you’ve been conditioned in many different areas. Whether it be skills, many trainings/courses, or even being part of major programs, you’re an asset to companies.

Not only do skills play into how qualified you are for a position, they also show how quickly and successfully you could onboard. Use this to your advantage during the interview. Lay out the experience you gained from each position and explain how that will help you excel in this position, add to the company’s successes, and even onboard in less than the average time.

Explain how moving into multiple positions gave you the ability to quickly assimilate to your environment and become part of the team, or that they’ve given you confidence to speak up when you see room for improvement. Have you seen what the competitor is doing? That gives you new insight and different ways to enhance and challenge a process the company is already doing.

To help you feel organized and confident, sit down before interviews and make a list of your previous jobs. Underneath each, write your specific duties, skills you applied, and how you excelled. If you need to, take this paper along as a quick reference guide when speaking to the interviewer.
Explain why you want this position
Many employers see job-hoppers as those who get bored easily and quickly move on. The interview is your opportunity to show your passion for this current role and because of that, you wouldn’t be interested in moving on quickly.

Explain why this job is different from all of the others. Why are you so passionate about getting this role? What future do you hope to see for yourself with this company and how do you see yourself as an asset to the company?

In order to truly express your interest, do your research before the interview. Look at the company’s website, about us page, mission statement and values, and social media sites to fully understand what is important to them. Then, during the interview, you can express how important those values are to you and your hope to keep them alive through your employment.

How do you promote your job hopping ways during an interview? Let us know!


You Need to Follow these Influential Health IT Experts

By |Tuesday, January 10, 2017|

Health IT professionals are in a unique and challenging position — both healthcare and technology are constantly changing. While you’re an expert in your daily job functions, there are always new regulations, new technology, and evolving trends to keep in mind.

It’s a lot to juggle, but there are experts in the field sharing news, trends, and insights on everything you need to know in the field of health IT. Call them social media mavens, influencers, or thought leaders, these professionals can help you stay on top of the never-ending wave of information while presenting fresh points of view.

Don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you and identified the top thought leaders you need to follow in health IT: […]

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    Consulting Firm Or Hospital: Here’s How To Make The Best Decision For You

Consulting Firm Or Hospital: Here’s How To Make The Best Decision For You

By |Tuesday, January 3, 2017|

You’ve made the difficult decision of choosing a career in health IT — great choice! But now it’s time to choose between a consulting firm and a hospital. Maybe you’re already working for one or the other, but want to know what the grass looks like on the other side of the fence.

When looking at the differences, one thing that has most people stumped is that while consulting companies pay the most in health IT, you’ll find the majority of professionals working for hospitals and health systems. In fact, our 2016 Health IT Salary Survey shows consulting companies, which employ 30 percent of respondents, pay nearly 14 percent more than the second highest paying employer, software companies. However, the most common type of employer, reported by 51 percent of respondents, was hospital and healthcare organizations.

With consulting companies paying such an impressive salary, why aren’t all health IT pros flocking to their doors? The truth is, some people simply fit better in one or the other. Like anything, there are pros and cons to each.

So, let’s take a look at the difference between consulting firms and hospitals to help you decide which path to pursue: […]

Is Contract Work The Best Choice for Your Career?

By |Tuesday, December 6, 2016|

Most professionals don’t think twice about what type of employee they are. Traditionally, you’re either part-time or full-time. But a less popular third category is gaining momentum. Employers in all industries are hiring a mix of permanent and contract workers. In fact, an April survey of HR decision makers conducted by Field Nation and Workplace Trends found that 93 percent said they have a blended workforce in which freelance workers and full-time employees team up and complete projects together.

It’s a newer concept, but professionals are moving toward contract work, even in health IT. Among health IT professionals surveyed in our our 2016 Healthcare Information Technology Salary Report, 82 percent are traditional, permanent employees, while 17 percent work as contractors. What’s more, the report found that independent contractors typically earn more than permanent employees. […]

Stressed Out? How to Stay Healthy and Productive at Work

By |Tuesday, August 16, 2016|

It’s morning and you are relieved to see a manageable day ahead of you. As you wrap up your first few tasks, your colleagues start to reach out to you, asking for input on a vulnerability test or showing you corrupt data reports. Next thing you know, it’s late afternoon, you’re surrounded by six empty coffee cups, the hunger pain strikes, and your manager is wondering how the database integration is going.

It’s simple for employees to lose track in the intense cycle of workplace stress, especially in health IT. In a recent survey on stress, we found that 38 percent of health IT professionals say they experience high stress intensity, with 14 percent saying the stress impacts their ability to carry out everyday activities like spending time with friends and family, sleeping, and eating.

Being stressed out from work leads to unhealthy habits — 80 percent of respondents say they sleep less than seven hours a night, and almost half of them say they only exercise one day per week, at the most.

Don’t lose sight of the importance of personal health and well-being. Here’s how professionals can stay healthy, even when they are feeling overly stressed out: […]

Stress At Work — This Is What Affects Health IT the Most

By |Tuesday, August 2, 2016|

Stress at work is inevitable and actually a necessity in some cases. Adaptive stress makes people feel pumped, as blood flow increases to help the brain and muscles meet a challenge. This is “the zone” you get in for reaching peak performance. You benefit from this when you have a pressing deadline and react with deep focus and quick response times.

Stress becomes unnecessary when your productivity wanes, you start to experience physical discomfort, and emotional health issues arise. You may start to feel dizzy as blood pressure rises and you experience lapses in judgement and logical thinking.

According to the 2016 Health IT Job Perk Report, 86 percent of health IT professionals say they feel satisfied with their work, and yet health IT is one of the most stressful industries.

The 2016 Health IT Stress Report found that 55 percent of the 546 respondents said they are at least frequently or constantly stressed. So what can be causing so much stress on a such a frequent basis?

Here are some of the most common causes of workplace stress in health IT: […]

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    When You See These Time Management Tips, You’ll Rethink Your Workday

When You See These Time Management Tips, You’ll Rethink Your Workday

By |Tuesday, July 12, 2016|

We all have those days when we are swamped and rushed through each of our work tasks. We think we are on a steady pace only to find that we barely made a dent in our to-do list, and it’s already almost time for dinner.

Health IT professionals are certainly no exception. The 2016 HIT survey on stress found that 35 percent of health IT professionals list workload as a top factor contributing to stress, and 34 percent say unreasonable expectations are another main factor.

The term “overwhelmed employee” is trending, acting as a major concern for most companies — a March 2014 study from Deloitte found that 65 percent of over 3,300 executives surveyed consider it to be an urgent, important trend, but 44 percent say they are not ready to deal with it.

So how can we address this issue, where employees are often left buried in stress and scrambling to make it through each day?

The overwhelmed employee can benefit from learning how to manage their time. Here are some time management tips to help ease the burden of work overload and maintain productivity: […]

You Need To See These Quotes From Health IT’s Best Minds

By |Tuesday, July 5, 2016|

Health IT, while being one of the most stressful professions to pursue, is also one of the most rewarding careers to choose. Health IT professionals impact how we tend to our patients, how our healthcare providers communicate, and how we track and manage treatment plans. Over the course of several months, we spoke with several hard working, dedicated individuals about the impact they make in the world.

Let’s take a look at what these health IT thought leaders had to say about the meaning of their work and what advice they can provide to job seekers and professionals alike: […]

Moving from Clinical to Health IT — Career Change Tips

By |Tuesday, June 28, 2016|

You’ve dedicated years of your career and education to working in a clinical position in healthcare. Recently, you noticed that your interests have evolved. You’re thrilled with the work you’ve done at bedside, but you want to go even further and make a potentially larger impact on the industry. You want to enter health IT.

Health IT is one of the best industries to enter right now. It’s a booming field with lots of opportunity for a healthcare professional to make a larger impact on the way we care for patients and how we maintain a secure data environment.

Also, the rate of job satisfaction is high. The 2016 Health IT Job Perk Report found that 83 percent of health IT professionals say they are satisfied in their field of work.

Let’s take a look at how you can make a smooth career change from the bedside to the computer and find the health IT job that’s right for you: […]

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    Super Simple Solutions to the Worst Interview Mistakes You Can Make

Super Simple Solutions to the Worst Interview Mistakes You Can Make

By |Tuesday, June 7, 2016|

You’re tapping your feet as you wait for the office manager to call your name. When you flip through your folder to look over your resume, you notice that your palms are getting sweaty. Great. Just in time for your handshake.

“Stop sweating,” you think to yourself, before the clammy feeling strikes all over. In an instant, you forget the talking points from your cover letter you wanted to elaborate on. Then, the door opens, and your name is called.

First impressions are important. A January 2016 report from CareerBuilder found that half of the 2,500 employers surveyed decide on a candidate’s fit within five minutes. That makes every single movement and mannerism count for or against you. No pressure!

Let’s take a look at the most common interview mistakes that are guaranteed to disqualify you: […]