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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.

 

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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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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!

 

 

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Easy Tips To Finish The Year Strong

We all want to have a year filled with accomplishments. It’s the middle of September leaving us about 110 days left in 2019. Wow, time goes by fast. But there’s still time to make an impact.

 

Back in January many of us wrote goals and resolutions. Some are completed while others have been abandoned. That’s okay. Life doesn’t always go the way we want and sometimes we have to make adjustments.

 

The year isn’t over yet and you can get a lot done in 110 days even if your goals have changed.

 

TRY THESE TIPS TO HELP YOU FINISH THE YEAR STRONG:

 

BE WILLING TO CHANGE YOUR FOCUS – Look at what worked and what hasn’t. What needs to change? Slow down for a day or two and see what you need. Then reevaluate and set realistic goals.

 

RECOMMIT – Whether you create new goals or work on ones you made months ago, recommit to them and their completion.

 

LOG YOUR SUCCESS – Review what you have accomplished so far this year. Congratulate yourself for getting things done. Remember how you did it and use those successes to build on and create more success.

 

PLAN – Create a plan by deciding which goals you want the most and are the most likely 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.

 

ORGANIZE –Look at your desk, files (computer and paper), etc. and get organized and get rid of unnecessary clutter. Clearing your space helps clear your mind to be ready for the challenges ahead.

 

ACTION – Hard part – doing the actual work required to complete the goal. The steps, action and number of days it will take to meet the goal. Stop procrastinating because 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.

 

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

 

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

 

With these tips, you can finish 2019 strong and carry that momentum into 2020.

 

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How Daily Exercise Fuels Your Productivity

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 improves 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.

 

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What To Do When Your New Job Becomes a Nightmare

You had terrific interviews, onboarding and orientation was a breeze and you liked everyone you’ve met. Perfect job, right? Wrong! After a few months you realize this isn’t the job they said it would be – more patients, changed shifts and the people, not as easy going as you thought. Your great job is now a nightmare job that you want to escape.

 

What should you do? Create a plan of action, a way to get out but still keeping  your career intact.

 

Steps to escape a nightmare job:

  1. Write down what’s bothering you about the job and then talk to a friend about your concerns to be sure you’re not overacting to being the ‘new person’
  2. Try having a little patience – it can take several months to feel comfortable at a new job so be sure that’s not what your problem is.
  3. Decide if you have to leave right away or if you can last for a year (it always looks better if you’re there for at least a year). If you don’t stay a year or more, be prepared to explain why.
  4. Restart your search – when you’re ready, begin a job search. Start updating your network of contacts that you’re on the market again and view assorted job boards for the latest openings.
  5. Prepare – update your resume, interview prep including a good answer to why you’re leaving, without being too negative.
  6. Don’t lose your confidence – it’s not your fault, you thought it was a great job, it wasn’t. Move forward and find your next position.

 

Let what you learned from this experience assist you while you interview for your next job. Ask more questions, speak with current and former employees about their experiences, see if you can visit for a half a day and shadow so you can get a true picture about the day to day of the job.

 

When done right, a nightmare can became a dream, just take the time to think the process out.

 

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How to Start 2019 the Right Way

Start 2019 the Right Way

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 you self the best possible chance to make it what you want it to be.

 

Hopefully you worked on your 2019 goals and have worked out your plan to achieve them.

 

What else can you do to make sure 2019 exceeds your expectations?

 

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

 

Goals – Review your goals making sure they’re 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 which means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.

If you haven’t created your goals for 2019, take time this week and work on them. Review our December 14 post on goal setting.

 

Money – so many of our goals have to do with money – buying a home, investment, retiring, 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 jobs 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 unless something is wrong. A few tweaks can make a huge difference: Get more sleep; try mediation for stress release, 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.

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Salary Negotiation Tips for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

 

As a Advanced Practice Provider, when you get to salary and contract negotiations, it’s important to be ready and knowledgeable.

 

You need to be firm, diplomatic and detailed.  You should know what you want but ask for it in a way that will help you get it. And remember negotiations are a two-way street both sides usually wind up giving and getting.employment contract negotiating

 

Tips for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants during salary negotiations:

Research – know the market and know your worth. Check out recent salary surveys, find out the regional differences, the salary range for your years of experience and medical specialty. It helps to know what you’re worth before you get started.

 

Your attitude matters. Resist being too pushy or combative. It’s fine to be assertive but stay respectful. Be firm in your request (don’t demand). Be positive and flexible.

 

Be clear – 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 bottom line figure – The amount that will make you happy. Be realistic and take into account – benefits, quality of life (a job that is a day shift might pay less than an ER job but having a home life might just be worth it).

 

 

 

Practice –  You don’t negotiate every day, so work on the pitch so that you’re comfortable with your reasons, the amount you’re asking for and you’re not tentative. Practice makes perfect.

 

The process of negotiating requires time and effort. Be prepared not to get everything you want but know what you’re willing to be flexible on. When it’s over both parties should be satisfied and happy about the next chapter in the practice and for you the provider.

 

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5 Ways to Be More Productive

We’re all looking for ways to get more done and be more productive.

Follow these tips to make your productivity soar.

 

Figure out when you’re at your best – I’m a morning person, so I work on my more difficult tasks earlier in the day. If you’re better later in the day, save your tough work for that time. You will have more success and get more done 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.

 

 

 

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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How To Avoid Red Flags On Your Resume

With all the posts on creating resumes, it’s important to make sure that your resume highlights you in the right way.

 

What are considered red flags and how to avoid them?

 

Gaps – employment gaps can be a big red flag as an employer is reviewing your resume. I knew one hiring manager who used a red marker and circle gaps and if there too many, the person was toast. Sometimes the gap can be explained, you took care of sick parent or went back to school, etc. Cover letters can be helpful to explain some gaps but be careful not to be too wordy. For an interview; it’s important to be prepared to explain gaps with a short detailed answer (no rambling please).

 

Sloppy resume – resumes with formatting errors, typos, spelling and grammar errors, different fonts show a lack of attention to detail and is a big red flag.  Not taking the time to prepare a good resume makes an employer wonder what else you might not prepare for.

 

Lack of focus – You career might have taken in you various directions with a variety of job titles. It’s important that you take the time focus your resume for the particular job you’re applying for.  Just a few extra details on your background and experience can make all the difference. Recruiters and hiring managers should not have to guess if you can do the job – take the time to target your resume and show them that you have the skills needed.

 

Words but no substance – I recently spoke to a candidate who had great experience but you’d never know it from his resume. The words he used were vague and said nothing. Hiring managers care about substance – What have you done? How have you impacted the company/practice? Numbers, specifics are what they are looking for. Saw patients vs. Saw 15 patients daily. Performed surgery vs. performed  ‘x’ number of ‘type’ of surgery. Flowery words are a red flag that might not have the experience they need, so be specific.

 

No achievements – it’s important to note your accomplishments. Potential employers like results, so show them. Be specific.

 

Next Step to rid your resume of red flags

Take a few minutes and review your resume, look for the red flags mentioned. Rewrite and revise. It’s worth the time to have a resume that stands out.

 

 

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