Advanced Practice Providers Life

Ways to Reduce Work Stress During These Stressful Times

Life during a pandemic can be stressful. Working daily with patients only adds to that stress. Anxiety and fear can overwhelm you. Following the rules of social distancing, staying at home can make you feel isolated. All of these things can add to your stress level and cause burnout. Figuring out ways to cope with all these emotions will help you and those around you.


Try these tips to help make your day less stressful:

  1. Sleep – Starting your day after a good night’s sleep is a great beginning. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep at night can make a real difference.
  2. Stay connected – Phone conversations, chats, video calls – stay in touch with friends and family. Six feet apart doesn’t have to mean you can’t see the people who matter to you. Reach out and connect you will feel better.
  3. Exercise – Regular exercise is important, shoot for 20-30 minutes daily. Be creative, changes things around but get your body moving daily. Exercise is good for the mind and the body!
  4. Eat lunch (not at your desk) – A healthy balanced lunch helps you keep your blood sugar level which keeps your energy up. Overall, try and eat as healthy as you can.
  5. Walk away and take a break – Not taking a few breaks during the day hurts more than helps. You might think you’re being a trooper but you’re not. Working too long can affect your ability to concentrate. So walk away and if you can get some fresh air.
  6. Inhale – Taking a few deep breaths can calm you and releases stress. Just inhale and hold for a second or two, then exhale through your nose. Slow and steady.
  7. Music – Music soothes you. Create a playlist of calming, happy tunes to listen to while at work and at home. Wonderful way to feel good.
  8. Meditation – Finally mediation is sure fire way to cope with stress. Slow down your thoughts. Try one of the many apps to help you learn the mediation techniques.



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How Chatbots Are Changing Your Job Search Experience

How Chatbots Can Speed Up Your Job Search


Using robots in our daily life is as easy as asking Siri for help. More companies are using recruitment chatbots to enhance the candidate experience and attract talent for their open jobs. Too many applicants complain about receiving no feedback on their status. And this lack of communication is costing companies good people and discouraging candidates.


So what is a chatbot?

It uses conversational AI technology and is a software application that is designed to imitate human conversation and programmed to understand language. Some are even designed to register emotions. They use machine learning to function. During the recruiting process, chatbots can make the applicant feel like there are interacting with someone.

What does it do?

It helps give faster responses and feedback. Chatbots gather information like your resume, asks screening questions to find if candidates are a fit for the job and answers FAQs. It can offer updates on your application and status. They can match your resumes to open jobs. In addition, chatbots can be used to setup interviews which saves time and lessens phone and email tag to get interviews set up.

Chatbots advantages?

Speed for one. Chatbots can get back to candidates quickly and move them along in the process. Saves time for the applicant and recruiters by getting information up front and answering questions. Always available – they work 24/7.


Using a chabots during your job search can help get you closer to the job of your dreams and keep you engaged in the process. Happy Job Hunting.



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Physician Assistant Compensation Report

Compensation is very important to job satisfaction. Take a look at these statistics on Physician Assistant Compensation. 

Highlights from the Medscape Physician Assistant Compensation Report – 2020

5,455 Physician Assistants for their survey


Note: Salaries listed are averages – mean calculation for salary and pay rate


Annual Total Compensation: $118,000


Base Compensation: $113,000


Additional compensation came from bonus, productivity/incentive or overtime

90% of PAs received health insurance, paid time off and professional liability coverage

More than half full time PA’s income increased and 74% felt their compensation was fair


Highest paying specialties:

  • Critical Care $131,000
  • Emergency Medicine $127,000
  • Surgery $125,000
  • Orthopedics $123,000


Fastest growing specialties – Critical Care and Emergency Medicine


Pay by gender – hourly:

  • Men $68
  • Women $63


Pay by Regions:

  • Pacific $128,000
  • New England $123,000
  • West South Central (TX, OK, LA, AR) – $120,000
  • Mid-Atlantic – $118,000
  • West North Central $115,000
  • Mountain – $114,000
  • East North Central – $112,000
  • South Atlantic (FL, GA, Carolinas) – $114,000
  • East South Central (AL, MS, TN, KY) – $106,000



Advanced Practice Providers Career Success

The Importance of Personal Branding on Social Media

Personal branding on social media is important way to stand out from the crowd. Your personal brand plays a large part in your professional world establishing who you are.



Companies use social media as a tool in hiring. What you post can help with that new job that you have been looking for.


Tips to help with your personal brand on social media:


Social Media is Personal Marketing

Social media is a way to market yourself. Fill out your profile thoroughly. Update you information regularly. Distinguish yourself. Identify your areas of expertise. Your personal brand can boost your credibility. Select groups that show your skills and interests.  Your social media profiles 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.


Engage Regularly, but don’t overdo it

Posting upbeat, informative content is important. Try not to over post, posting 3-4 times a week appears to be about right to keep you active. Posting content regularly helps show what you’re up to, your thoughts on issues and that you’re engaging friends and colleagues.


Positive is always better

Keep your posts positive, stay away from issues that can lead to confrontation. The goal is to connect with people and share your expertise and interests.


Create Content

Sharing other people’s content is fine but creating content based on your expertise can really make you stand out. It shows your skills and helps you to be seen as credible, someone who has the knowledge on a subject. You can use blog posts, videos and even photos to highlight your content.  Don’t be afraid to be creative and innovative.


Clean Up

Many peoples’ first thought when they are looking to get a new job or a promotion is to wipe their social media accounts. Instead of deleting your account, audit them. Target the posts that you think are the worst offenders and delete them.


Your personal brand should be both professional and social. Be yourself. Once you start, don’t forget to be consistent. Every brand, including your personal brand needs to be consistent.



Advanced Practice Providers Holiday Post

Happy 4th of July – 2020



On July 4, 1776, after voting for independence on July 2nd, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.


A well known sentence reads:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”


July 4th, has been a federal holiday since 1870. Since 1941, it has been a paid federal holiday. It’s celebrated as the birth of America’s independence at parades, concerts, fireworks displays and backyard barbecues and picnics.



This year due to COVID-19 many of us might be staying closer to home, but we won’t let that diminish the importance of the holiday for our nation.



We wish you a Happy July 4th!

Advanced Practice Providers Life

Fuel Your Productivity with Exercise

How Daily Exercise fuels your productivity

The benefits of regular exercise include weight loss and being in better shape, but it can also increase your productivity at work. Exercise increases blood flow to your brain. It releases feel-good endorphins which improves your mood and makes you more alert. Several studies of employees, who exercise versus those who didn’t, showed that their concentration was better and it improved their work performance.


Here are 4 reasons that exercise can fuel and improve your productivity.

  • Energy – feeling more alert and ready to go can make a real difference in the amount and quality of your work.
  • Mood – exercise improves your mood, making tasks, even the ones you don’t like easier to do.  A better mood gives you a better outlook on your day.
  • Stress Reliever –  regular exercise can reduce the level of stress hormones while the serotonin your brain releases make you feel happier, more content.
  • Mental Health – exercise can reduce negative thoughts, anxiety and depression. It’s an effective way improve your mental health.


And exercise doesn’t have to mean a long workout; it can be walking for 20 minutes, a yoga class or a bike ride. Even taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make a difference. So get moving and get more done and feel better doing it.




Advanced Practice Providers Job Search

Show You’re the Right Person For the Job

Employers can review hundreds of resumes for a job opening. Usually after many phone interviews, the finalists are whittled down to two to five candidates before they make their final decision. Showing them you’re the right person is a multi-step process. How do you stand out?

How do you show them that you’re the right person for the job?


Your resume – don’t be afraid to sell yourself. Note your accomplishments, successes and skills necessary to do the job. Be specific with results, stats and how you contributed. It’s important that you tailor your resume to the job description. Focus on the skills that you have that they need. Make it easy for the employer to see you’re a fit.


Cover letter – a great way to start your introduction is to write a well written cover letter highlighting your talents.  See our blog post on cover letters to ensure you write one that makes you stand out.


Be a great communicator – during your interviews it’s vital that you are able to articulate why you’re the right person. Your responses need to give them a sense of your background but also need to be concise, no rambling, please. You need to be a mix of personable and professional. The goal is to make them like you while also seeing you as part of their team. Other ways to be a good communicator includes timely responses to emails and phone calls. Note: if you have a weird voice mail message change it so that’s it is more professional during the job search.


Be prepared – visit their website, look for articles to find information so that you’ve thoroughly researched the company.  This makes it easier to ask questions and show your interest in being part of their culture.  Other ways to be prepared is to practice some of your responses to common interview questions like ‘tell me about yourself’ and how you plan on discussing your accomplishments.


Fit in – show them during the in-person interview and/or the video interview that you are the kind of person who will acclimate quickly to the company’s culture and fit in.


By taking steps during each stage of the hiring process, you make it easier for the employer to see that you are the right person for the job.



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Simple Resume Tips to Get Noticed

One thing you learn reading hundreds of resumes every month is what makes some stand out. Too many resumes are hard to read, unorganized and long. If your resume doesn’t show off how you can help the employer, they will just go on to the next one.


Your resume is the first thing a potential employer judges you by and you need to take the time to make it shine.


So what things can you do to make your resume stand out?


  • Simple is always best – no fancy fonts, no weird formatting and no flowery words. Well written text and information telling a future employer who you are. Make it easy to find out what you can do for them.
  • Create sections with bullet points of information for easier reading. Long paragraphs are boring, hard to read and so people don’t and can miss what experience you have.


Resume Format – what your resume needs:

  1. Objective – Only good if they are well written. Stay away from a rambling statement that doesn’t say anything. If you’re going to use one make it short and say what job you are looking for. No more, no less.
  2. Summary of qualifications – a great way to highlight your best skills and what employers care about  – 2-4 well written bullets about your background.
  3. Education – if you’re a new graduate your education should be before your work experience, if you’re more experienced, it can go at the end or the beginning; it’s up to you.
  4. Work History – or you can call it Experience. See below for format sample. List your most recent position first. Don’t use “I” in your descriptions. So instead of I try – See 15 patients daily……
  5. License and Certifications – list national certifications and state licenses that are active or in process.
  6. Other – you might want to include associations or volunteer work that relates to the job you’re searching for.

Here’s an easy to read format for your work history:


Name of Company, city/state                     Dates of employment

Your Title (Bold)

Bullet points of what your job entails and your accomplishments. The key is show value and not write general descriptions. Write good explanations of your day including type and number of patients you see, note any procedures – chest tubes, suturing, etc.

Also consider:

  • Margins – the 1” inch margins are not always the best, feel free to change them and allow more on each page.
  • Number of pages of a good resumes – 1-3 pages works best – not too long but long enough to show them your experience. 5+ pages and you need to do some editing.


What to leave off your resume:

  1. Personal information like – Date of birth, Social Security #, etc.
  2. Photographs
  3. Jobs from 10+ years ago
  4. Information on your children and spouse
  5. References names & contact information – you will send them when requested by the employer


Final tips – read the job description of the position and review your resume for the skills required. If necessary tailor your resume for the position. Also, you might need more than one resume to focus on specialty or job title.



Advanced Practice Providers Life

Importance of Staying Healthy During COVID-19

Living healthy is easier said than done when you’re stuck in your house. There’s sugar, television and your couch. It can be hard to be motivated to do anything that is healthy.

As Advanced Practice Providers you are working hard during this pandemic whether it’s telemedicine or in the office or hospital, staying healthy is vital for you to be at your best.

Try these 6 Tips to help you stay healthy during this COVID-19 outbreak:



Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude – Having a positive, grateful attitude does wonders.  Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life and turns your focus away from negative thoughts. Gratitude can make you happier.


Go outside – Change of scenery is a good idea. You can still practice social distancing and enjoy the fresh air. Going out to appreciate nature is great way to care for yourself.




Get Moving – Exercise is vital to living a healthy life. It increases blood flow to your brain and releases feel-good endorphins, which improves your mood and makes you more alert. It’s also a stress reliever and can be an effective way to improve your mental state. There are plenty of online options for workouts of every type.


Stop and Meditate – Spending as little as five minutes meditating can help calm and make you feel better. A few deep breaths; quiet yourself and you will be refreshed and ready to go. There are several great apps to help you meditate even some with timers.


Get Enough Sleep – We are all on edge, which can affect our sleep patterns. But our bodies need eight hours of sleep. Not getting enough affects your well-being and adds to your stress. Getting the right amount of sleep has loads of benefits including letting your body and mind heal, improving your memory and can help you live longer. Turn off the television, shut down your phone and get some much needed sleep.




Better Food Choices – Use the 80 / 20 rule – eat fruits, veggies, lean protein and healthy fats 80% of the time and you’ll be doing better than most people and your body will thank you.


These tips can help you feel good and be able to handle the challenges we’re facing and make you better able to care for yourself and your patients.



Advanced Practice Providers Job Interview Tips

Video Interview Tips for the COVID-19 Era

Since the pandemic started, many hospitals have shut down and are not allowing visitors including people coming in for in person videos. Video interviews have become very important in the interview process and being used by almost all employers. It’s now a key decision making step, and in some cases the way employers are hiring staff. 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 interviews 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 – This is an interview, so it’s important to be ready. 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.