Mar
27
2020

Being Grateful During a Pandemic

It’s not easy feeling grateful during a pandemic. The news gets more depressing by the hour, taking our emotions on a roller coaster ride. And now many of us are sheltering in place at our homes with most of the things we love to do cancelled. It’s hard not to feel afraid. It’s natural. We’re all on edge and unsure.

 

So how can an Attitude of Gratitude help get you through the COVID-19 pandemic?

 

 

John Quincy Adams said: Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.

 

How being grateful can help:

Reminds you – Being grateful for something good in your day can make a difference. Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life, even with all the negative things happen. Simple things like your child’s laughter, FaceTime with a friend or even your dog’s paw. It’s easy to forget but by taking a minute to focus on feeling good can do so much for you.

 

Focus  – Gratitude turns your focus from the negative things and thoughts to the good stuff, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It still helps.

 

It can make you happier – By focusing on the positive, it changes your thinking and your outlook. Doing something nice for someone is another way to show gratitude.

 

 

Keep track – take a minute everyday to note something you’re thankful and grateful for – no matter how small.

 

 

 

 

 

“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” —Alice Walker

 

 

Gratitude goes a long way and can make a difference during this tumultuous times.

Mar
13
2020

How the Coronavirus Outbreak Could Affect Your Job Search

How the Coronavirus Outbreak Could Affect Your Job Search

It has been quite a week and with a famous movie star being diagnosed and sports leagues halting games, the coronavirus got very real for most Americans. As healthcare professionals, you have such an important job to do and most of you are on the front lines seeing and treating patients.

 

If you are in the hunt for a new job, you might be wondering – how will your job search be affected? It will depend. Traveling for interviews could be slower and might involve driving rather than flying. The process could slow down as hospitals and corporations tweak their processes to protect their employees.

 

However, the most important thing that will not change – is you. You cannot stop looking and sending out your resumes. You cannot find a job if you are not trying. Don’t stop searching. 

 

A few tips to consider while your job hunt during the coronavirus:

LinkedIn Profile – optimize your profile and be sure it is updated as company are using online resources even more to find and contact potential candidates.

 

Resume – as always, be sure your resume focuses on what you can offer. Highlight your experience and skills and how they can help and impact the practice or department.

 

Be prepared for a longer job interview process – yes it might take longer. Changes are happening fast and companies are adapting. Be patient.

 

Virtual Interviews – with the need to limit personal interactions companies might use video interviewing even more now. Be sure you are comfortable with various formats. Review this blog post for tips on video interviews.

 

Follow up – this is still very important. You can call or email to get an update on how the process is going. However, you should prepare for slower response time due to changes within the company as they grapple with the virus and its effect on their company and their employees.

 

The need for qualified Advanced Practice Providers and other healthcare professionals will be vital as hospitals, practices, and clinics are pushed to the limit during this coronavirus crisis.

 

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Mar
06
2020

What To Do After Your Interview

Your interview is done and you think it went well. What’s next?

Here are six things you should do after your interview:

Wait to call your friends or family – It’s a mistake to call from the elevator since you don’t know everyone in the company and just might say the wrong thing and ruin your chances. Wait to give them the details when you’re in your car.

 

Reflect on how the interview went – Honestly assess how you answered their questions. Gauge the reactions of the interviewers. Is there something you missed, could have said better or need to clarify? Recommend that you write down your thoughts and important details you discussed.

 

Did you like the job?  After meeting people in the company and getting a better sense of the job duties and the people you would be working with, is this the job you want and is it the right fit for you?

 

Thank you note to seal the deal – You should have collected business cards from the people you interviewed with. Writing thank you notes is important. It is surprising how many people do not write follow up thank you notes. You can send an email or handwritten note, whichever you choose, send the note the same day of the interview or no later than the following morning. Be sure to personalize each note and cover something unique that you discussed and why you are the right person for the job. See our thank you note blog post for more tips on this important step.

 

Follow-up – During the interview, you asked about their timeline and the decision process and now with that information you should be proactive and follow up. Email or call 3- 5 business days after the interview. Make the contact brief – you’re just checking in to find out how the process is going. Be polite, professional. This keeps you in their mind.

 

Have Patience – Waiting to hear back on their decision can feel like forever and is stressful. Your instinct might be to call daily or keep emailing. Don’t. It’s a process and it takes time.

 

These tips will help you stand out and will improve your chances of moving forward in the process. However, no matter how great this job might be, you have not gotten an offer yet, so you need to keep up your job hunt while you wait to see if the offer comes through.

 

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Feb
21
2020

8 EASY TIPS TO STAY FOCUSED AT WORK

We all find it hard to stay focused at work. Co-worker interruptions, phone calls, texts, emails and the next minute you know you’ve lost focus and your work is not getting your done. You need a plan to stay on track. Try these easy tips and get more done.

 

8 Tips to Stay Focused:

  1. Get Started –  The simple act of getting started and beginning a task is the first step to focus.
  2. Set Clear Goals and Create a “To Do” list – List the 4-5 top priorities you need to accomplish for the day – add any action that needs to get done. Note: Pick your number one task and do it first.
  3. Work in Time Blocks – Working in 50 minute blocks can boost your production and focus. Using your To Do list, decide which task will be done in each block.
  4. Turn Off Distractions – Stop notifications for email and social media apps. Your phone can be a distraction, so for optimal focus time, consider muting it or putting in your drawer or somewhere out of sight. I know it’s scary to be cut off for a while but the results will be worth it.

  5. Limit Email Time – Check email every 2-3 hours instead of every few minutes. This small act will save you time and making focusing on your work easier.
  6. Stop Multi-tasking – Our brains were not made to multi-task. We actually get less done. Complete one task, project or assignment and then move onto the next one.
  7. Deadlines – They force you to focus on getting the task done and stops you from procrastinating.
  8. Take a Break – Down time makes you more effective. Take breaks in between tasks and time blocks. Walk around, stretch, chat over a cup of tea or coffee whatever and then get back to it. The break will help you recharge.

 

Being more focused helps you complete more and improves your job satisfaction. But it takes practice. Create a system that works for you and get started.

 

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Feb
14
2020

Top 6 Video Interview Tips

Video interviews are more common and is being frequently used by employers. It’s now an important step in the interview process and you need to be prepared to ensure your interview is a success.

It’s a bit different looking into a computer camera or phone screen instead of sitting across from someone. But with these tips you will be ready to shine.

 

Ace your video interview with these six tips:

 

Test your technology – even if you’re tech savvy, it’s important to check everything; because if it can go wrong – it will.

  • Test a few days before, don’t wait until the last minute
  • Be sure your phone or laptop are charged
  • Download the app you’re using days prior to the interview, make sure that you have the most up to date version
  • Ensure your internet connection is good and not spotty
  • Test your microphone
  • Clean the camera lens
  • Get ready 10-15 minutes before the interview
  • Do a test video interview with a friend the day before and a final check the day of

 

Dress for the video interview – just because it’s on camera doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress for success. Wear what you would for an in-person interview. When you do your test with a friend put on the clothes you’re planning to see how it looks.

 

No distractions please – Choose a room/location that’s neat. Check what’s behind you and keep the area free of inappropriate items and clutter. You want to keep distractions to a minimum, consider a room with a door so your kids or pets don’t’ suddenly become part of the interview. You want the focus on you, not your cat. Good lighting is important so that the interviewer can see you clearly. Again, check this all during your test.

 

Good eye contact – think of this as an in-person interview and maintain eye contact like you would during an interview. Tip: Look at the camera and not the screen. It will seem weird at first but it works. Place your camera at eye level (if it’s not, you will look as if you’re looking down to the interviewer).

 

 

Be prepared – just like with any interview, review the company’s website, news articles, reviews, etc. so that you’re up on the company’s culture. Look up the person you’re interviewing with.  Have a glass of water nearby in case your mouth gets dry. In addition, you should have a copy of your resume and any notes on projects and accomplishments you might want to highlight. And paper and pen for notes.

 

Be ready for common questions  – like ‘Tell me about yourself’ (Read our Blog for tips) and other basics questions. Practice your responses.

 

Body language still matters – positive body language during the interview is vital.  Smile and maintain an agreeable facial expression. Nodding your head, leaning forward are all good signs of positive body language.

 

 

 

 

Preparation will help you make a good impression and is the key to nailing your video interview.

Good luck.

 

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Feb
05
2020

Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Job List – February 2020

Here is our February 2020 Advanced Practice Provider Jobs List

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

These are full time Provider positions and will note if they’ll consider new graduates.

Call or email for more information. If you prefer other locations or specialties, feel free to let us know what you’re interested in.

 

Visit http://avasearchgroup.com/Jobs/  for full job details.

 

California – PA or NP  – Cardiothoracic Surgery – San Francisco area, CVICU and EVH experience required – 2+ years

 

CaliforniaPA or PMHNPPsychiatric – Northern, near Redding – private practice  – will accept New Grad PMHNP

 

California – FNP or PA –Urgent Care – located near Modesto and Stockton – 1+ years of urgent care/ER experience needed

 

Florida – ACNP or PA – CVICU  – Orlando area – 14 shifts monthly – days/nights  – 1+ years of ACNP experience in CVICU or CT surgery exp. no surgery, all inpatient

 

FloridaPA or NP– Orthopedic Surgery – SW coast, near Fort Myers Medical device company – training physicians –  must have 5+ years of orthopedic surgery exp.

 

Hawaii – Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP) – requires experience deliveries, trauma/surgical patients and psych consults

 

Hawaii – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) – Interventional Cardiology – 2+ years of ACNP cardiology/cardiovascular experience

 

Maine – NP or PA – Cardiothoracic Step Down – Portland area – 2+ years post-surgical exp.

 

Maine – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Cardiothoracic – 3 /12s – ICU, CVICU, or CVOR exp., Portland/coastal city 2 hrs to Boston

 

Maine – Physician Assistant – CVICU – 3 / 12s – inpatient and/or CT surgery experience – Portland, coastal, 2 hrs from Boston 

 

Massachusetts – Nurse Practitioner – Palliative Care – 2+ years of NP experience, 1+ years of hospice or palliative care exp.  – Springfield area 60% travel

 

Massachusetts – PMHNP – Boston area – Crisis Stabilization Unit – requires 1 year of psychiatric nurse practitioner experience

 

Massachusetts – NP or PA – Home visits/Internal Medicine – 2+ years experience, seeing adults/geriatrics – Springfield area – 100% travel

 

New Mexico – Family Nurse Practitioner – Urgent Care – Southern near Alamogordo – requires 1 year NP exp. and able to suture  

 

New Mexico- Nurse Practitioner – Gastroenterology – Southern, NM near Ruidoso – will consider new grad with gastro RN exp.

 

New Mexico– Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – Southern, near Silver city – will consider a new grad PMHNP

 

New Mexico – Acute Care Nurse PractitionerSouthern, near Silver City – 2 years of critical care ACNP exp. needed

 

North Carolina – FNP or PA – Eastern, NC – 1+ years exp. in Family practice/primary care needed Loan repayment – Floater position for offices in the area. **There’s also a Staff FNP/PA position available at an office hear Henderson, NC.

 

Oregon – Nurse Practitioner – Cardiology – outpatient, Southern Coastal location

 

Pennsylvania – Physician Assistant – Orthopedics – NW PA, 70 miles south of Buffalo, NY – 1 year of orthopedic surgery exp. or athletic trainer or surgical tech exp.

 

Pennsylvania – Family Nurse Practitioner – NW PAEstablished practice, requires 2+ years of FNP exp. autonomous position, requires experience NP.

 

South CarolinaPhysician Assistant or Nurse PractitionerGeneral Surgery / Trauma – 20 minutes from Charlotte – requires general surgery and/or trauma surgery exp.

 

Vermont – Family Nurse Practitioner – Southern, VT Bennington; 1 hour NE of Albany

Send us your resume for immediate consideration – avasearchgroup@gmail.com 

Jan
31
2020

Make Your Productivity Soar

How improving your productivity can improve your work life.

 

We all want to be more productive. Our work day requires us to accomplish as much as possible. Want to know how some people seem to get more done each day?

 

Master these tips to make your productivity soar:

 

Figure out when you’re at your best – Whether you are a morning person, or are better later in day, do your most difficult tasks at your peak time.  You will have more success and get more done when you’re at your best and most alert. On the reverse, don’t waste your best time doing mundane things like emails, etc. Use your most alert time to be more creative and productive.

 

Stop multi-tasking – Our brains don’t like multitasking and we need to stop. There are countless studies proving that it actually affects our IQ! Giving up multitasking will make you more productive. Trying to do two or three things at once means you’re getting very little done. Multitasking wastes time. It’s faster to work and concentrate on one thing, finish it and then start another. Your brain will thank you.

 

 

 

Clean up – Get organized and start with your desk. Ridding yourself of clutter can help you focus, remind you of what needs to be done. Being unorganized can stop your progress. So clean up and declutter. 

 

Take a break – Most of us sit at our desks and forget to take a break. Ten or fifteen minutes away from your desk will re-energize you and boost your productivity. Breaks improve your focus and concentration. Talk to friend, take a walk or enjoy a cup of tea, something other than working for a few minutes can make a difference in you being productive.

 

Work in blocks – People who work in blocks of 60 – 90 minutes tend to be more productive researchers have found. It’s easier to focus and get your work done.

 

Take care of yourself – Exercise, getting enough sleep and healthy eating habits can make a difference. Also being upbeat, optimistic are solid ways to take care of yourself. If you’re feeling good and are healthy, being productive is easier to accomplish.

 

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Jan
24
2020

Advanced Practice Provider Job List – January 2020

Here is our latest Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant job list!

These are full time Provider positions. Position willing to accept new graduates will note that.

Call or email for more information. If you prefer other locations or specialties, feel free to let us know what you’re interested in.

 

Visit http://avasearchgroup.com/Jobs/  for full job details.

 

California – PA or NP  – Cardiothoracic Surgery – San Francisco area, CVICU and EVH experience required – 2+ years

 

CaliforniaPA or PMHNPPsychiatric – Northern, near Redding – private practice  – will accept New Grad PMHNP

 

California – FNP or PA –Urgent Care – located near Modesto and Stockton – 1+ years of urgent care/ER experience needed

 

Florida – ACNP or PA – CVICU  – Orlando area – 14 shifts monthly – days/nights  – 1+ years of ACNP experience in CVICU or CT surgery exp. no surgery, all inpatient

 

FloridaPA or NP– Orthopedic Surgery – SW coast, near Fort Myers Medical device company – training physicians –  must have 5+ years of orthopedic surgery exp.

 

Hawaii – Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP) – requires experience deliveries, trauma/surgical patients and psych consults

 

Maine – NP or PA – Cardiothoracic Step Down – Portland area – 2+ years post-surgical exp.

 

Maine – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Cardiothoracic – 3 /12s – ICU, CVICU, or CVOR exp., Portland/coastal city 2 hrs to Boston

 

Maine – Physician Assistant – CVICU – 3 / 12s – inpatient and/or CT surgery experience – Portland, coastal, 2 hrs from Boston 

 

Massachusetts – PMHNP – Boston area – Crisis Stabilization Unit – requires 1 year of psychiatric nurse practitioner experience

 

Massachusetts – NP or PA – Home visits/Internal Medicine – 2+ years experience, seeing adults/geriatrics – Springfield area

 

New Mexico – Family Nurse Practitioner – Urgent Care – Southern near Alamogordo – requires 1 year NP exp. and able to suture  

 

New Mexico- Nurse Practitioner – Gastroenterology – Southern, NM near Ruidoso – will consider new grad with gastro RN exp.

 

New Mexico– Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – Southern, near Silver city – will consider a new grad PMHNP

 

New Mexico – Acute Care Nurse PractitionerSouthern, near Silver City – 2 years of critical care ACNP exp. needed

 

North Carolina – FNP or PA – Eastern, NC – 1+ years exp. in Family practice/primary care needed Loan repayment – Floater position for offices in the area. **There’s also a Staff FNP/PA position available at an office hear Henderson, NC.

 

Oregon – Nurse Practitioner – Cardiology – outpatient, Southern Coastal location

 

Pennsylvania – Physician Assistant – Orthopedics – NW PA, 70 miles south of Buffalo, NY – 1 year of orthopedic surgery exp. or athletic trainer or surgical tech exp.

 

Pennsylvania – Family Nurse Practitioner – NW PAEstablished practice, requires 2+ years of FNP exp. autonomous position, requires experience NP.

 

South CarolinaPhysician Assistant or Nurse PractitionerGeneral Surgery / Trauma – 20 minutes from Charlotte – requires general surgery and/or trauma surgery exp.

 

Vermont – Family Nurse Practitioner – Southern, VT Bennington; 1 hour NE of Albany

Send us your resume for immediate consideration – avasearchgroup@gmail.com 

Jan
10
2020

New Year, Try These Tips

Start 2020 off the right way

The beginning of a new year is hopeful and we start it with excitement and a renewed sense of our ability and what we might be able to accomplish. It’s important to figure out the best way to start the year off right and give yourself the best possible chance to make it what you want it to be.

 

Hopefully you worked on your 2020 goals (not resolutions) and have worked out your plan to achieve them.

 

What else can you do to make sure 2020 exceeds your expectations?

 

Review – Learn from the past by reviewing 2019 and even 2018 – what worked, what didn’t. What are you carrying over to get done in this new year?  How can you learn from your past mistakes and successes? Be honest and take a hard look.

 

Goals – Review your goals making sure they are specific and what you want to accomplish. Your goals should focus on what you truly want. Not what someone wants for you. And remember it’s important that your goals be: S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive).  If you haven’t created your goals for 2020, take time last weeks post on setting goals. Review our January 3rd post on goal setting.

 

Money – so many of our goals have to do with money – buying a home, investment, retirement, etc.

So what things can you do to boost your financials? Do you have a budget including a plan to save? Review your personal debt situation and if it’s required – set up a payment plans to rid yourself of debt, school loan debt can be difficult but you should look into loan repayment locations to speed that along and some organizations have their own programs.  If you haven’t, make this the year that you start your retirement account and if you have one, consider increasing your contributions.

 

Health – it’s easy to ignore our health until something is wrong. A few tweaks can make a huge difference: Get more sleep; try mediation for relieve stress, exercise 4-5 days week and eat 5+ fruits and veggies daily. Just these few things can help you be healthier.

 

 

Fun – all work and no play makes a very unhappy person. Take time for yourself this year. Plan a vacation or some long weekends and get away. Time away re-energizes you and makes you better.

Start your new year right with a visit to our career center.

Jan
03
2020

Set Goals Not Resolutions

Goals versus resolutions.

 

We are a few days into a new year and a new decade. The tradition of making resolutions is upon us. You might have already started or even finished your list.  Do not fall into the resolutions trap. Why? The problem with resolutions is that they fade, usually pretty fast. ‘I’m going to lose weight’ is a popular resolution. But the results can be a couple of weeks at the gym and then nothing. Want a better way?

 

Set goals instead.

 

Aristotle said:    “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”

 

 

 

Setting goals require a result, something you can achieve realistically. It’s specific, measured and targeted. And if you do it right it will include an actionable plan to get there.

 

 

Try these easy goal setting steps:

Less is better – Focus on just a few goals

Instead of creating a list of 10 or more goals, choose 2 or 3 goals that are the most important to you and that you want to accomplish. Focusing on a smaller number makes you more successful.  This keeps you focused and less distracted. And remember  goals require steps along the way to achieve. It could be a job you have always wanted, climbing a mountain or buying a house.

 

Set a timeline.

Set specific markers that you need to meet in order to achieve the goal. What needs to happen before this goal is accomplished? Do you need additional continuing education? Do you need to find a higher salary to save for a house? Figure out what steps need to be met in order to accomplish your goal.

 

Write it down.

This is a very important step. It is great to have an idea or a dream, but until you write it down it is less tangible. Once it is written down it tends to become more real and you are more adept to reach the small steps to get you to your big goal. Write down the steps, make commitments to help you along the way, sign up for classes or contact a realtor. Make those steps into actionable items.

 

 

Don’t give up.

If you are training for a marathon, you don’t just run for a month and you’re ready. No, you train for months while you keep increasing your running time and stamina. You continue to work at it.  More often than not, people set a goal and begin with amazing strides but after time they lose momentum. The little steps and goals along the way are vital to keep you engaged.

 

Visualization

Research has shown visualization can be a powerful mind exercise. Olympic athletes have been using the technique of visualization for many years and so can you. Take a few minutes every day seeing your goal accomplished. Create a mental picture as if it was occurring right then. How does it feel? What changes because of your success? The strength of the mind-body connection can be vital to achieving your goals.

 

Action is required.

On a daily basis, do your best to do something that is aimed at your goal, and keep track. This is a daily reminder of your end game and it is also a tangible thing that you can touch daily to keep you on task and stop you from giving up.

 

Most importantly, don’t ever give up on yourself or your goals.  No matter how crazy or outrageous they may seem. You could the person who changes the world!

 

 

Is a new job one of your goals? Visit our website for current job listings.