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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. […]

Don’t Let a Sea of Misinformation Impact Your Job Search

By |Tuesday, November 29, 2016|

A great product and awesome service help to make health IT companies stand out to both clients and job seekers, but they’re not always the most important factors people use to form their opinions. That’s what Judy Faulkner, CEO of Epic Systems, explained to Healthcare IT News in a recent article.

Unfortunately, as software vendors and other companies in the space grow, public relations becomes more and more important, especially when misinformation spreads quickly online. This increased need for PR creates extra barriers when attracting and retaining both customers and talent. At the same time, it can discourage professionals from seeking great opportunities.

Here’s a look at how public relations is impacting software vendors, and how it can impact your job search: […]

The Best Tools for Every Step of the Health IT Job Search

By |Tuesday, September 20, 2016|

Health IT professionals face monumental levels of stress at work every day. Our 2016 Health IT Stress Report found that 55 percent of industry professionals are frequently or constantly stressed. And that’s just from their current job. For professionals in search of new health IT jobs, it’s a different kind of stress, but the pressure can just as easily get out of hand.

Searching for a new job is frustrating and time consuming, and you already have enough to worry about. But there is hope — there are simple tools to save the day. We’ve put together a list of the most useful, easy-to-use tools to handle everything from your initial job search to negotiating an offer. Take a look: […]

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    What Happened to Your Health IT Resume? This Is How You Need to Fix It

What Happened to Your Health IT Resume? This Is How You Need to Fix It

By |Tuesday, September 6, 2016|

It’s no secret that resumes are your best tool for landing the job you want. The Jobvite 2015 Recruiter Nation Survey found that 93 percent of the 1,404 recruiters surveyed say they rely on resumes to evaluate job seekers. Unfortunately, a lot of job seekers continue to make the same mistakes on their resumes, which kills their chances of ever getting a call back.

Here are the most common resume mistakes health IT professionals make and how to fix them: […]

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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: […]

These Cover Letter Tips Will Make You Stand Out

By |Tuesday, April 5, 2016|

Once you’ve finalized your health IT resume, you may think your writing headaches are over – but not so fast. Enter the cover letter. Though not always required, many recruiters still request applicants submit a brief cover letter along with their resume. And yet, candidates continue to wonder — are cover letters really necessary? Do recruiters even read them? Why do we still use them?
While some recruiters admit to not reading cover letters, others say when resumes are submitted without one, they interpret it as a lack of interest in the position.
Job seekers don’t want the added stress and time it takes to write a cover letter. A September 2014 survey from Jibe found 80 percent of the 1,000 job seekers surveyed describe their job search as time-consuming, and 78 percent say it is stressful.
However, writing a great cover letter doesn’t require much time and certainly shouldn’t cause you stress. Check out these tips to make your cover letter stand out: […]

What Recruiters Really Think About Your Health IT Resume

By |Tuesday, March 1, 2016|

“My resume needs some help. Take a look and let me know what you think.”
Early in the health IT job search, most health IT professionals will want a friend or family member to read their resume in an effort to improve it. The friend may come back with a few suggestions or edits — maybe they catch a typo or two, but wouldn’t it be great if you could ask a health IT recruiter what they think?
Sure, there are common resume mistakes that you know you need to avoid, but if you knew exactly what recruiters were thinking about your resume, you’d have a clearer direction and a specific idea of exactly where your application is falling short.
Well, we can’t give you mind-reading powers, but we can share what we learned when we interviewed several health IT recruiters for the Health IT Resume Guide. Here are the questions they’re asking themselves when reviewing your application (and some advice on how your resume can provide a positive answer): […]