Best Ways to Job Hunt During the Holidays

November and December are hectic holiday months and most job seekers put their search on hold. Don’t fall for the – it’s a bad time of year to interview myth. Get your resume in front of employers. Recruiters and hiring managers are in a rush to get their jobs filled before the end of the year so they’re fully staffed in January.


Despite the challenges of the season, job hunting during the holidays can be successful because employers are hiring.  Your competition might put their search on hold, meaning fewer candidates in the mix and gives you a better chance. While they’re not looking, you should push your search harder and take advantage of the candidate lull of November and December.

So what can you do be find a new job during the holidays? Try these tips:


Use the holiday mood to your advantage and network – Connect (or reconnect) with associates and friends on LinkedIn and Facebook and see how they’re doing and let them let know you’re searching for a new opportunity.


Stay Focused – it’s easy to get distracted but stay organized and focused. Be sure to track your resume submits, interviews, follow-up and thank you notes. And remember people tend to be in a better mood so use that when you contact them.


Be flexible – you might have to accommodate hiring managers and recruiters busy schedules because of holiday vacations, parties and meetings. So be flexible and prepared to interview when they ask.


Holiday events and parties – are fun and excellent for networking. They are great times to meet new people and network. The holiday is a good ice breaker. However, be careful not to make your job search all that you talk about. Connect with people on a personal level that makes all the difference.



Reach out to Recruiters – maybe you contacted a recruiter back in the fall or late summer but haven’t been in contact recently, drop them an email or send a holiday card. Remind them about you and what you’re looking for. This contact might result in a phone call and information about a new position.


The Basics – not matter what time of the year – a well written resume is always vital to standing out and moving forward in the hiring process. If you choose to send a cover letter, be sure it’s sells your skills and why you’re a good choice. And be sure you social media footprint is professional.


The holiday season is excellent time to job hunt. Stay positive and upbeat and enjoy the advantage.

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Holiday Season and Work – How to Survive

Halloween is over and Holiday Season is upon us. The next 40 days are a mix of getting ready for Thanksgiving; eating ourselves into a coma and then the crazy busy rush to Hanukkah (12/2- 12/10) and Christmas (12/25). There are all those parties and cookies. Lots of cookies. I’m tired just writing about it.


And in-between all this merriment you have to work and work hard. Buckling down isn’t easy but we have work to do. Patients and our colleagues need us to be focused. You have to fight your instinct to search online for that item on sale, find a new recipe or check to see if your favorite holiday flick is coming on.  So how do you enjoy over these next 40 days days of festivities while keeping your mind focused on your work?


Here are 5 ideas to get through the next 40 days and enjoy your holiday season:


Plan – having a plan can make a world of difference. It’s easier to balance it all when you know what’s coming. So create a list with everything you’ll need to do – work schedule, parties (office and personal), cooking, shopping, finding new recipes, cleaning, all of it!  Then get out your calendar update it with all that will need to be done.



Time off – put in your request early for time off. Bosses want to give people the time off they need, so be sure you ask for in advance and don’t want until the last minute. Use your time off to decompress and relax, even if it’s only for a few hours. Use your plan to get as much done so you have some time for yourself.


np santa hatBe Flexible

You might need to work extra shifts to cover holidays. And more people seem to get sick during the holidays, so you might see more patients in a day. Be flexible. Remember your work day and your holidays won’t be perfect. Another way to help you get over these extra hours is to view them as helping someone make their holiday season better. If you have to work Thanksgiving or Christmas, you can rearrange your holiday with your family or make your family dinner a brunch or the following day.


Take care of yourself – it’s a hectic time and eating well and taking care of ourselves gets forgotten. It’s easy to overeat, not exercise and stay up too late. You’re going to cheat but mix it with some clean healthy eating. Something that works for me is to have a piece of fruit or a small salad before a party which helps me eat a little less and be less guilty when I enjoy that piece of cake. And stay on schedule and get at least seven hours of sleep. Sleep keeps your energized and better able to handle the stress. And don’t forget to exercise. Try and do something at least five days a week – a short walk or twenty pushup, doing a few minutes is better than nothing at all.


Be Grateful

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes. Being grateful makes your outlook better and makes you happier. As Providers you see that for some people it isn’t. Your kindness, empathy and knowledge can make a difference to your patients and you benefit as well. Be grateful that as a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant to you get to make a difference.


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Volunteering – Giving Back and Feeling Good!

With most of us working 40+ hours weekly, finding ways to relieve stress is important. One great way is volunteering and  giving back to your community. And the interesting thing, is that volunteering can help you at work. It can improve your health, increase your passion and make you feel good.


Volunteering can have an amazing affect in your community and for you. It makes you feel happier and increases your self-confidence. There have been studies to prove this happiness effect.


The London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and found the more people volunteered, the happier they were.


Additional benefits include: you might make some new friends, learn a new skill or even advance your career. You just never know what can happen from giving a few hours of your time each month.

How do you decide where to volunteer?

For me it was easy, I had a beautiful sweet golden retriever and she became the perfect therapy dog.


The choices for you are endless – find something that interest you: schools, senior centers, community centers, museums, theaters, libraries, animal shelters and rescue organizations, service organizations, places of worship, veteran and military organizations just to name a few.


Volunteer Match is one site that can help you find opportunities in your area. There are other online sources to help as well. And with the holidays approaching there always opportunities to help.


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Pictured: Penny our office mascot is a regular volunteer with Adrienne. Here’s she’s participating in a reading program at one of the Clearwater libraries. The two also visit an assisted living community every Friday at lunchtime.


If you love it, you will keep going back! So get out there and see how you can help in your community. Enjoy.


How to Write a Memorable Thank You Note After Your Interview

Be honest, you hate sending thank you notes. You were probably forced to write them each holiday, birthday or graduation. They  seem old fashioned. And that’s why sending a thank you note is still a good idea. Everything old is new again!

Why Thank You Notes Work

Forget the hate because sending a thank you note after your interview is a great way to stand out and show appreciation for their time and the interview. It shows that you follow up and gives a good impression.

thankyou515514_1280People like feeling special and thank you notes accomplish that. And when they meet to discuss you; your note will come up. It keeps you in front of the decision makers.

Best Format for Thank you Notes

Handwritten card or email? Both work.


Email advantages include someone not having to decipher your bad handwriting and they’re faster. And they’ll be read normally the day they’re sent since most people check their email a couple of times a day.


If you decide to go the handwritten route; the extra effort can go a long way. However, snail mail can be your enemy so be sure to send your note within a day of the interview so it’s received within a few days.


How to make your Thank you Note stand out?

  1. Spelling and Grammar check – Quality is important and nothing ruins a great note like bad grammar and misspelled words. So be sure to spell check and proofread your work.
  1. Personalize It – be sure each note you send is individualized to the person and your encounter with them. If you’re sending an email, take the time to send an email to each person you interviewed with. Group emails are impersonal and lack impact.
  1. Remind them about your skills and experience – a well written sentence or two reminding them of your qualifications is a good idea.
  1. Overcome Objections – sometimes during the interview, the interviewer might bring up a potential issue, use the note answer the concern with a solution.
  1. If you forgot something – if you need to add to the information you discussed or if there was something you meant to tell them use the thank you note to briefly tell them the information.


Here’s a Sample Thank you note:


Thank you for meeting with me today to discuss the Physician Assistant opening with your  cardiology group.


I enjoyed our conversation and getting to know more about the practice. Our discussion and meeting the other providers reinforced why I am interested in the position.


I feel confident that my experience will help make me a valuable member to your team. If you have any questions or need anything else, please contact me.


Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.


Best Regards, (or Sincerely)


Taking the time to write a well written thank you makes stand out and improves your chances for a job offer.


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Tips for New Graduate Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to Find Your First Job

Finding your first Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant job


Being a new graduate is exciting and you’re ready to get started. But finding your first job can be a challenge. Catch 22 – to get a good job you need experience but you need the job to get the experience.  So what can you do as a new graduate to find your first job?



First Job Basics:

Make sure your resume is well formatted and up to date. Be sure to list your clinical rotations and a sentence or two on what duties and any procedures you performed. Check and update your social media accounts. And if you don’t have a LinkedIn Profile, create one as more healthcare employers use them to locate potential candidates.


Tips to finding your first job:


START EARLY – start your search while you’re still in school, the last three months or so. And do well in school. It’s always a plus to note a high GPA or an award, etc. on your resume.


BE FLEXIBLE – you might not get your first choice or the specialty you dreamed of when you graduated. For example – getting a job in the ER is difficult without experience. Also consider working a less desirable shift (nights, etc.) to get your foot in the door.


CONSIDER RELOCATION – if you can, open your searches to areas fifty to one hundred miles out of your area. This can increase your chances of finding a new NP and PA job. Smaller cities or even rural locations can offer opportunities and a willingness to train new graduates. You may need to relocate to get the experience you need.


SOMETHING DIFFERENT? – other than hospitals and physician practices, there are other types of positions that might consider new grads like corporations, prisons/jails, retail clinics, cruise ships, etc. And don’t forget the government and military bases.


DON’T FORGET THE NHSC (NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS) PROGRAM – offering loan repayment, many of these locations are in mostly rural areas can be more open to new graduates.


STAY POSITIVE – it can be discouraging but keep at it and send your resume and short, well written cover letter. Don’t be shy and ask your clinical sites if they are looking or know of another practice/doctor that might need an Advanced Practice Provider.


Don’t give up! Be confident in what you can offer. You worked hard and you can do this too.


Check out our current openings here, a few will consider new graduates!



Happy PA Week


We want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and extensive knowledge which makes a difference in the lives of people everyday.


Physician Assistants Rock!

Happy PA Week



How To Answer – Tell Me About Yourself

“Tell me about yourself.” The most dreaded interview question. It’s almost always asked and easily  flubbed. Eyes grow wide and there’s confusion accompanied by stuttering. But why? Sure it’s a boring question but as a Advanced Practice Provider, you can make it interesting with a great answer.

Changing your thinking can make – tell me about yourself – the beginning of a great interview and maybe a brand new job. You just have to change how you see the question.


First, your answer needs to show confidence. Don’t hesitate like you don’t know who you are. You know! Make sure your response is concise, honest and enthusiastic. Show them right off the bat that you are sure of yourself and what you can bring to the company. Your goal is answer the question and make good impression right from the start.


Tell Me About Yourself Question Do’s and Don’ts:


  • Don’t tell them your entire life story
  • Don’t talk about every job – in essence a verbal resume
  • Don’t give a long rambling answer
  • Don’t ask questions like – do you mean me as a person or my jobs? Or What do you want to know? You might as well say, I’m unprepared and give the job to someone else.



Remember, this question is about selling your professional self. It’s important because it sets the tone of the rest of the interview.

  • Prepare – take time and write out your answer to the question.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice.
  • Though your answer is about you – it’s really about them and what are going to do for them as a Advanced Practice Provider.
  • Think about which of your strengths and/or achievements are relevant to the job.
  • Research – find the job description so you’re sure you know what they feel is important for the position.

Prepare your Tell Me About Yourself Answer:

As you work on your answer, think about it in three parts: Who are you now / Why your skills or why you / Why you are a good fit

  • Part one – Who are you now – I’m a Nurse Practitioner  or Physician Assistant working with a busy internal medicine practice and see 15-20 patients daily. I’ve been working as NP for the past five years and love it.
  • Part two – Why you? What makes you special – what you’ve achieved, show off your skills. Giving examples or telling a brief story can help make you even more compelling. My background includes working in the ER prior to this job and I am able to handle a fast paced environment. Patients respond well to me and I enjoy helping them.
  • Part three – show them why you’re a good fit. I’m very excited about this job; it’s where I see my career as a NP/PA going. I’m excited about to be able to use the cardiology skills I gained with my current practice more extensively with your practice. And I read that Dr. So and so has just started a community program that I’d love to be apart of.   You get the idea; a little extra research never hurts.

Being prepared and ready to answer this question makes sure you start your interview on a positive note.




How to help the victims of Hurricane Florence and not get scammed

After getting through Hurricane Irma, I know firsthand what a hurricane can do to your life. No electricity for days can mean hundreds of dollars of wasted food. Hunting for gas and long lines, piles of dirty clothes, no fence, messy yard – it never seems to end. And it can take months to get everything back to “normal”.


Knowing strangers care about you does much more than you think.


First thing – make sure you’re working with real charities.

  • Be wary of charities that seem to suddenly appear in the wake of hurricane disasters.
  • Check out Charity Navigator which has a page listing highly rated charities for hurricane victims. Many have ties to the community Also Charity Watch lets you check if a charity is rated or accredited.
  • Better Business Bureau is also a good way to check and see if the business is established.

Here are some local and national suggestions to help the people of North and South Carolina hit by the hurricane.

Global Giving is one to consider. The fund works with local organization to provide help to survivors offering emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine and long term recovery assistance.


North Carolina set up a site to donate to the recovery needed.


South Carolina – has a site set for recovery efforts that helps fund non profits and was created by the former governor.


Donors Choose – is accepting cash donations to help teachers care for their students and restock their classrooms.


Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina – They note that for every $10 you give, the Food Bank can provide 50 meals.


Salvation Army – you can make a donation on their site.


Red Cross – you can donate money on their website and they always need volunteers.


Great story of a 4 year old girl named Florence, helping the victims of the Hurricane that bears her name.


5 Steps to Finish Your Year Strong

It’s September and we have about 100 days left in 2018. We’ve written goals and resolutions. Some of us are farther along than others this year. But the year isn’t over yet and 100 days can be plenty of time to finish your year strong.

Here are some tips to help you finish 2018 strong:

Review – take the time and review what you wanted to accomplish in 2018. Log your successes first and then write down what you still want to get done. Look at what’s worked and what hasn’t.


Plan – decide which are the things you are most likely to be able to complete in the next 3 1/2 months. Don’t forget down time for holidays and vacations as you plan. Write down the steps required to get it done. Be creative and don’t be afraid to try something different. Finishing strong will take a plan and maybe changing your habits and how you’ve been doing things.


Action – hard part – the actual work required to complete the goal. What steps, action and number of days it will take to meet the goal. Stop procrastinating, action is required. Do something every day! Be proactive.


Schedule  – create the time required to meet the goals. Set aside the resources (time, money, etc.) so that you can complete your plan of action. Use your phone calendars to help.


Be Accountable – if you take the time to create a 3 month plan, set up the actions required – be accountable – plain and simple.


And finally – take care of yourself. It’s hard to finish strong if your body is weak. Eat well, get enough sleep and exercise. And have fun.



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Personal Branding – How To Build A Positive Social Media Footprint

Your personal brand plays a large part in your professional world. Today most companies use social media as a big tool in hiring. What you post on social media can help make or break that new job that you have been looking at. Use these tips to help make your social media accounts stand out.

Do Not Erase Social Media

A lot of people’s first thought when they are looking to get a new job or a promotion is to wipe their social media account. Completely getting rid of it or remove all of the content from the account: This is the last thing that you want to do. Data miners, those who look for your data on the internet have ways of finding things that have been recently removed and will use these if your social media presence is gone or bare.

Instead of deleting your whole account, target the posts that you think are the worst offenders.

Social Media is Personal Marketing

Social media is a way to market yourself. Fill out your profile thoroughly so that people know what you like and it shows that there is real content behind you. It also shows potential employers that you take things seriously.

A social media profile should make you appealing to everyone, not just friends.

Think Before Posting

Before you post anything you should think first. Pictures of you partying, posts with negative text, and fights between friends are not good things to have on your social media accounts. Take a second before posting anything and ask yourself is this something that would be okay for current or future employers to see?

Don’t forget to ask your friends to help you by not posting negative content of you and not tagging you on negative content.

Update Regularly and Engage

Potential employers want to know that you’re an active person. When you post content regularly it helps to show this, so does regularly engaging your friends. Commenting on photos, tagging people, and getting people to comment on your photos shows people that you don’t just go home and sit alone. Even executives and smart people need releases from work and you are expected to have yours.


The most important thing to take away from this is to make your social media profile a reflection of you in the digital world. It should be both professional and social. Also make sure that your page does not appear artificial, this makes people question who you are. Once you start, don’t forget to be consistent. Every brand, including your personal brand needs to be consistent.