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!


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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: […]

4 of the Best Things to Love About Health IT Jobs

By |Tuesday, February 9, 2016|

Professionals love health IT jobs — a lot. Our 2016 Health IT Job Perk Report found that 83 percent of health IT professionals are satisfied with their job, and 42 percent are very satisfied. In addition, 89 percent would recommend work in health IT to a young person.
So what makes health IT jobs so great? Here’s a list of the top things professionals love about their jobs: […]

Top 4 Perks of the Best Health IT Jobs

By |Tuesday, January 19, 2016|

Including salaries in your postings for health IT jobs is what any smart recruiter does. But, you may be surprised to learn that health IT professionals care about more than just dollar signs.
Health IT job seekers want to work for employers who value their skills, offer growth, and allow them to work the way they want. Here are some of the top perks offered to health IT professionalsand how to leverage them to bring in the best talent: […]

How to Make Health IT Job Posts More Attractive

By |Tuesday, January 5, 2016|

You know the competition for talent is fierce, but have you considered the fact that the battle begins as soon as you hit “publish” on your job posting? Do you know just how many other health IT jobs are out there fighting for job seekers’ attention?
According to The Conference Board’s monthly counts, online job postings reached 5.7 million in November, the highest total since counting began in 2005. With so many job posts, and a small pool of health IT professionals available, your job post could be getting lost in the noise.
You need to step up your job post game to stand out among the competition and attract top talent. Here are a few small changes to make to your job posts to get the most from them: […]

4 Signs a New Health IT Job is the Best Choice for You

By |Tuesday, December 22, 2015|

You found a new job. They sent you a job offer, and now you just have to take it. But do you really want to switch health IT jobs?
You like your current employer and don’t have any problems at work, but the new job could bring new opportunities. What do you do? How do you know which health IT jobs are worth the switch?
When evaluating a new employer and job, there are a few signs that the job is worth your time and the risk to change jobs. Here are a few things to look for when a new opportunity comes your way: […]

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    Stressed? 4 Things You Need to Look For in a New Health IT Job

Stressed? 4 Things You Need to Look For in a New Health IT Job

By |Tuesday, December 8, 2015|

Feeling stressed? And not just because of the holidays? It may be time to look for new health IT jobs.
In our Job Satisfaction survey, 52.2 percent of respondents said that on a scale from one to 10 they feel chronic stress levels at a six or above on an average workday. Stress can have negative effects on your health and your career, and if you feel burned out, finding a less stressful job can help you feel happy and engaged at work again.
To find less stressful health IT jobs, look for employers who offer these things: […]

Is the Health IT Talent Shortage Improving?

By |Tuesday, December 1, 2015|

Our whitepaper explored the health IT talent shortage in-depth, but the industry is always changing — has the talent supply changed as well?
Here’s a look at the state of the talent shortage, how it may be improving, and what’s still lacking: […]

How to Transition to a Leadership Position in Health IT

By |Tuesday, November 24, 2015|

There’s a serious leadership problem in health IT. In our Job Satisfaction Survey, leadership was among the top three areas respondents felt their employers needed to improve. Among respondents, 51.3 percent rated their supervisor’s ability to lead and engage at five or below, on a scale of one to 10.
What can you do about the leadership problem in health IT? Set the example for leadership yourself!
A health IT job in management may be the next logical step in your career. But you won’t become a health IT manager overnight.
Follow these steps to move your career forward and transition from your health IT job to a position of leadership:  […]

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    How to Secure the Best Talent with an Attractive Health IT Job Offer

How to Secure the Best Talent with an Attractive Health IT Job Offer

By |Tuesday, November 17, 2015|

Health IT talent is on the move and looking for the best opportunities. In fact, our Job Satisfaction survey found that 74.8 percent of respondents are planning to look for another health IT job within the next year.
There isn’t a shortage of opportunities for these professionals, and the best ones will bring in multiple job offers. How can you get the perfect candidate to choose yours?
The job offer is a delicate part of the hiring process and can make or break your relationship with a candidate. To craft a winning health IT job offer, include what candidates really want: […]