How to Make Your Productivity Soar

Finding ways to make your productivity soar is something we are all looking for. Getting more done in the same twenty-four hours is the goal.

Follow these productivity tips and achieve more:

Figure out your best time of the day – You need to figure out what time of the day you are at your best. For me it’s the morning, so I work on my more difficult tasks earlier in the day. If you work better later in the day, save your tougher tasks for that time. You will have more success and see your productivity increase by doing the hard stuff 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.


Work in blocks – People who work in time blocks tend to be more productive researchers have found. It’s easier to focus and get your work done. Choose a time frame of 30 or 50 minutes and do one task and see the difference.


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 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 the level and quality of your work.


Take care of yourself – Exercise, getting enough sleep and healthy eating habits are all important to helping with our productivity. If you’re well rested and eating healthy brain food you’re in better shape to meet your challenges. 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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4 Ways to Accelerate Your Job Search

The first quarter of 2019 is almost over, have you started your job search yet? Advanced Practice Providers are in demand, making this is a good time to leverage your clinical experience and find a position that meets your career goals.


Here are 4 tips to get your job search started:


Take a look at your resume – if you haven’t done so yet – refresh and update your resume. It’s the first thing a potential employer sees and it needs to be good and show off what you bring to a discussion. As a mentioned in a post last year, you have less than ten seconds to make an impression with your resume. It’s important that they see your clinical and work accomplishments. Don’t just list skills; note what you’ve accomplished in your work. Create more than one resume if you’re looking for a variety of positions that will showcase the required skills.


Update your LinkedIn Profile – first if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, create one. It’s important. More practices and hospitals are reviewing them and using LinkedIn for recruiting. Be sure your profile is updated with your most recent jobs and experience. I recently checked a profile and it was missing experience from the past five years. Your profile summary should be filled with information including your qualifications, clinical specialties background and experience; keep it short and concise. Your profile needs to tell who you are as a Provider. Also, join groups and don’t be afraid to respond to questions that show off your expertise.


Actual Search – be sure that your job search targeted on what you really want. If you’re not getting enough responses, you might to evaluate what type of jobs you’re searching for. Don’t just use job search engines, expand your search and visit individual company sites, blogs, and local smaller businesses that might be what you’re looking for. And sometimes there are clinical jobs outside of common settings, explore those possibilities as well.


Networking – most people forget to ask people they know. Networking can unearth job openings which are not online. Many jobs are filled through networking. Don’t be afraid to ask your contacts and let people know you’re looking.


These easy tips can help your job search go smoothly.


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What Should You do After Your Interview

You have finished your interview and you think it went well. What’s next?

Here are 8 things you should do after your interview:

Understand their process – Before you leave ask about their timeline and the decision process and find out who you need to follow up with.


Get business cards – Be sure you get the cards of each person you met.


Don’t call your friends or family in the elevator – you don’t know everyone in the company and just might say the wrong thing and ruin your chances. Wait until you’re in your car.


Reflect on how you did – honestly assess the interview and how you felt you answered the 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 would be surprised how many people do not write follow up thank you notes. You can send an email or handwritten note, whichever you choose it needs to be sent the same day of the interview. Be sure to personalize each note and cover something unique from the interview 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 – 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 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, it’s not yours yet so you need to keep up your job hunt while you wait to see if the offer comes through.


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Physician Assistant Job Openings March 2019

Take a look at our latest Physician Assistant opportunities:

Positions require at least 1 year of Provider/PA experience in the job specialty.

  • Arizona – Southern – Endocrinology
  • Florida – Central – CVICU – 14 shifts
  • Florida – Central – Cardiothoracic surgery – first assist, EVH
  • Florida – Near Bonita Springs/Fort Myers – Medical Device Company – Orthopedics Surgery exp. required – Product Manager position
  • Maine – north of Bangor – Pediatrics
  • Massachusetts – Western – Home visits
  • New Mexico – Gastro/GI – inpatient and outpatient openings
  • New Mexico – Cardiothoracic surgery – first assist, EVH
  • New York – near Jamestown – Orthopedics, some assist in surgery
  • North Carolina – Roanoke Rapids – Family Practice
  • North Carolina – Rocky Mount – Family Practice
  • Oregon – costal OR – General Surgery
  • Pennsylvania – Northwest – Orthopedics, some assist in surgery
  • South Carolina – Charleston area – Bariatric Surgery
  • South Carolina – Coastal – Cardiothoracic surgery – first assist, EVH
  • Vermont – just north of Brattleboro – Hospitalist day or night shift
  • Vermont – near Burlington – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner –inpatient
  • Vermont – near Burlington – Cardiology

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Nurse Practitioner Job Openings March 2019

Take a look at our latest Nurse Practitioner job opportunities:

Positions require at least 1 year of Provider/NP experience in the job specialty.

  • Florida – Near Bonita Springs/Fort Myers – Medical Device Company – Orthopedics Surgery exp. required – Product Manager position
  • Iowa – hour south of Omaha, NE – Child and Adolescent Psych
  • Maine – north of Bangor – Pediatrics
  • Massachusetts – Western – Home visits
  • New  Jersey – Jersey City – Geriatric patients part of PACE program, Clinic
  • New Mexico – Gastro/GI – inpatient and outpatient openings, IM experience is fine
  • New Mexico – Cardiothoracic surgery – first assist, EVH
  • New York – near Jamestown – Orthopedics, some assist in surgery
  • North Carolina – near Roanoke Rapids – Family Practice
  • North Carolina – near Rocky Mount – Family Practice
  • Oregon – coastal OR – Cardiology
  • Pennsylvania – Northwest – Orthopedics, some assist in surgery
  • Vermont – just north of Brattleboro – Hospitalist day or night shift
  • Vermont – near Burlington – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner –inpatient
  • Vermont – near Burlington – Cardiology

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Skip These Interview Questions

Asking questions during an interview is important but the key is to ask the right questions. The wrong question might give the interviewer a negative impression of you. Bad questions can ruin your chances to get the job.

Here are 5 interview questions you should not ask:


What does your company do?

It’s never a good idea to ask a question that you should have researched prior to your interview.  The question shows that you’re not prepared. The interviewer might question if they can trust that you’ll do what’s necessary to do a good job for the company.


What’s the salary?

It’s tempting but do not ask about the salary on a phone interview or your first in-person interview. Wait until you get the later interview stages when it’s more appropriate. Though sometimes it comes up during the interview and then it’s fine to discuss salary.


Can I work part time? or Can we discuss changing the schedule?

Yikes, you’re interviewing for a full time job and asking about part time or to change the schedule. This does not give the right signal and can cause alarm that if you take the job you’ll leave when you find a part time job or one with the schedule you want.


I noticed you had another job opening – can we discuss that job too?

Asking about other specialties openings is normally not a good idea. It can be interrupted that you are not interested in the job that you are interviewing for.


How soon can I take vacation time off?

You don’t have the job yet and asking about time off is not a good idea. Many companies give you a list of benefits for you to review and this question is best discussed once you have an offer to negotiate.


The best way to be successful at your interview is to be prepared. Be ready with good questions and give them a great impression of your background and experience.


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Negotiating Tips to Get the Salary You Want

As an Advanced Practice Provider negotiating your salary will be something that you will need to do many times in your career. It’s important to know how to do it well so that you’re successful.

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Negotiating tips to get the salary you want:


Be upbeat – show enthusiasm so the employer knows that you are interested and excited about the possibility of joining their team.


Keep your emotions to yourself – this is a business transaction and don’t forget that. Don’t get upset or emotional. Be clear, concise and professional throughout the process.

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Communicate – good communication is so important when discussing salary, benefits, etc. Don’t be vague when specifics are required. Clearly express your requirements, failing to do so can slow down the process or even turn the employer off. Effective communication is the key.


Know your worth – it’s vital. They don’t say knowledge is power for nothing. The more you know about salaries in your city, state and region the better you will be at negotiating. In addition, it’s good to know salaries by specialty as well. AANP and AAPA have salary surveys and you can also visit Bureau of Labor Statistics for information on wages as well.


Resist being first – when possible try not to be the first one to say a number. They might ask what you’re looking for; you can say a fair offer based on my years of experience, the value you bring to the job. If they ask for number, use a range.  So if for example you really want $95,000 but can live with $90,000. You would say you were looking to be in the range of $90,000 – $100,000. That $10,000 range gives you both wiggle room to come to terms. Counter offers can use ranges as well. Ranges are very effective, makes you look reasonable and thoughtful. Note: Be sure the lower number in the range is a number you can live with.


Don’t forget benefits in your negotiation – there are other ways to improve your compensation package – benefits, relocation assistance, sign on bonus, CMEs budget and time off, vacation days or even holidays, etc. Or consider asking for something that’s important to you – example I got an employer to pay for sick child day care so that I could come work and know my son was cared for. It became a company benefit because it decreased sick days. Not all items are up for negotiation but the employer might open to discussing some of their perks. Ask.


You might hear about internal equity – which means the employer probably won’t make an offer that’s higher than someone who is on staff with the same amount of experience as you have. Though there can be situations when the internal person’s salary is raised to meet the demand of the market and you can benefit from that.


Practice makes perfect – You don’t negotiate every day, so work on what you want to say so that you’re comfortable with your research, reasons and the amount you’re asking for.


These tips can be used for new offers and negotiating your next raise, try them to help you get the salary you want.




How to Accept a Job Offer with Class

You got a job offer! You’re thrilled; this job could be a great step in your career. What’s your next move? And how do you accept a job offer the right way?


Here are steps to accept your job offer with class:

  • Be grateful and thank them for the opportunity to join their team.
  • Don’t say yes right away.  It’s important to take some time to consider the terms offered before you accept
  • Ask when they want your decision. If you need more time than they suggest, don’t be afraid to ask for a few more days.
  • Ask for the offer in writing. Most practices and hospitals have either a contract or some type of offer letter. Review the terms to be sure the information on salary, start date, benefits, etc. are the same as what you were told.  When you receive the official offer (normally via email), be sure you acknowledge that you received it and will review it.
  • Ask questions before you accept, you want to be clear on the details.
  • Negotiation – if the offer isn’t everything you want, it’s time to negotiate for terms that you would prefer. Asking isn’t a definite but not asking gets you nowhere. Salary and vacation time are the two things most requested. CME time off and costs as well.  Be sure you ask, do some research and base your request on data and not just a whim. Be flexible and fair in your negotiations and most important professional. It’s not personal; it’s business.  If your salary or other terms change, request a revised letter or contract. Review the entire new document.

  • Finally, it’s time to say yes to the job – thank them again and express your excitement about taking the position. Ask about credentialing and other paperwork they’ll require. And be sure to return your completed documents in a timely manner.

Congratulations on a new job and starting it right.




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Nail your Video Interview

Video interviews are being used more frequently by employers. It’s 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.


Location matters – 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. 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.




Job Search Tips to Get Noticed

Getting notice by a hiring manager or recruiter is the key to a successful job search. It doesn’t matter whether you are searching for your first position out of school, or are looking for that next career move. These tips will help you organize your Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant job search so that you’ll be noticed and stand out from the crowd.

How to get noticed during your Advanced Practice Provider Job Search?

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Job Search Tip 1 – Be Organized

Most job searches are done online via your computer or phone. Many hospitals ask for your resume and for you to complete an application online. But it’s easy to lose track of where you’ve sent your resume, making follow up difficult.

  • Create a spreadsheet to keep track of where you’ve sent your resume and login information
  • Create a few follow up templates to respond to jobs, request for more information, etc.
  • Finding a new job is a job, so be sure to make time for it by blocking time in your schedule.
  • Also keep track of details such as which companies you have heard back from, who you spoke to, the date of all communication, and the outcome of each application and interview.
  • Designate an area if you don’t have a desk, and make files for papers, etc.
  • Be sure your credentialing documents are up to date


Job Search Tip 2 – Update and optimize your Provider resume

You want your resume to be strong. When updating your resume be sure to consider other factors including:

  • Accolades and Accomplishments
  • Any new job responsibilities and duties
  • Measurable Achievements
  • Be willing to update your resume  based on the job description as needed

Check out my post for helpful tips on creating a resume that makes it off the pile. Remember your resume must sell you and your experience, skills and background. You have to show them what you bring to the table and why they should meet you.


Job Search Tip 3 – Determine Your Career Goals

What do you want? This is the time to consider what your specific goals are. For example, if you’re a new grad you might be looking for anyone who will hire you but still you have an idea of what you want your first job to look like. More experienced NPs or PAs may be searching for positions in a specific specialty or to increase their skills in their current area of specialty.


Other things to consider: how far you are willing to commute to and from work; if you’re willing to relocate; your shift preference and of course your salary requirements.


Job Search Tip 4 – Networking and Research

Who do you want to work for? It’s a good idea to make a list of hospitals, practices, physicians you want to work with and then research if they are looking to hire.


One the most effective ways to find a new job is networking. Reach out to friends and professionals who know the quality of your work. Selectively, tell people that you might be considering a change for the right opportunity. Talk to people you know at the companies where you want to work. Remember to ask that they respect your privacy, so your current employer does not find out. Other sources to network with – individuals you have come across over the years, colleagues from NP or PA school, your clinical rotations, during training, at professional events, and at networking events.


Standing out and getting notice just takes a little extra work and makes your job search less stressful as you successfully navigate the process.




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