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3 tips Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant can use to negotiate your salary

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re starting a new Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant job or trying to get a raise, it’s important to negotiate so you get the best offer. It’s a bit scary but you can do it. Don’t risk feeling cheated and being unhappy.


So bite the bullet and negotiate. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know if you could have received more money. Practice your pitch. And remember these tips:

  1. Your attitude matters. Be firm and positive. Resist being too pushy or combative.
  2. Be prepared. It’s important to know your market and what you’re worth.  With the help of salary surveys and recruiters know the range for your experience and specialty.
  3. 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). Be specific with your figure; your potential or current employer will know that you did some research. This will increase your chances.



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Why Changing Jobs in the New Year is Most Beneficial

E very year we begin the year with Resolutions. Things we plan to do in order to make our lives, or ourselves better. These are usually about dieting or exercising, but it is shown that the real things to make a difference are when we make real life changes and seek out something that will truly better our lives. Here are 6 reasons why changing your job in the New Year will enhance your career and your life.


Ready to Advance your current title.

Often times, we need to change to a new company in order to advance in our careers. It isn’t that the current job doesn’t appreciate you, It is usually due to the fact that they just do not have the room to properly promote within. There are often more spots available for entry level than management. Make sure you appreciate the experience that your current job has taught you and take those lessons on with you.

Major life change.

Sometimes we have a major life change happen that causes us to reevaluate our current roles and positions, does the current job accommodate my life and career goals that I have lined up with my current changes. If you just got married or had a baby, you might have different objectives than when you first began your career.

Better Management to encourage you.

Sometimes, even if we work for a great boss, they become so used to how fantastic you are that they do not push you the way that you often need to be pushed. When we change jobs and find ourselves with a new superior, they often find new ways to push us and encourage us to do better and be better.

More challenging job tasks.

When we find ourselves in the same job for a long period of time we often find that we can do the job without really challenging ourselves. It almost becomes second nature, and we get complacent. It is often wise, whether it be a promotion within the same company, or a lateral change, or even a complete job change, to challenge us with new tasks and different responsibilities. This keeps us sane and also keeps our minds awake and functioning higher.

You increase your earning power.

When we discover our full worth, and we seek out different jobs or positions, we increase our confidence which in turn boosts our earning power. You have the ability and luxury to seek out the income you desire and need and it helps you be more confident in asking for what you deserve.

You gain a broader knowledge base.

With all the challenges that come with a new job, you also gain more knowledge. Whether it be continuing education or just knowledge you learn on the job, you will learn more and that will carry over into your job and make you a better employee and candidate for any future promotions.

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Whatever your reasons are, any time is a good time to start the rest of your life, so go for it!

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The Right Time to Make a Career Change

Are you in a good place in your career but think maybe it’s time to move on to something better?  How do you know when is the right time to make a change in your career or if it’s best to stay where you are?  Here are some things to consider when evaluating your life and career.  



1) Evaluate Your Current Situation

You want to review your career skills and interests, and evaluate your satisfaction with your current situation.  If you have additional education you have been considering, now is a good time to pursue continued education.  


2) Discover Your Unique Career Vision

Figure out where you want your career to go. Where do you want to be in the next 5 years? 10 years? What are the current trends in your career field?  What motivates you?  What skills are most beneficial to a successful career in your industry? What positions and organizations fit in your vision? 


3) Develop A Plan 

Outline your short and long term goals in order to achieve your career vision. Short term goals should be attainable within two to three years, long term should be attainable within three to five years.  Your short term goals should be stepping stones to reach your long term goals. The goal can be a specifc promotion within the same company, or maybe you have your heart set on working for a specific facility or organization.  Whatever the goal is, set the plan to make them happen. 

Once you have your goals, develop an outline and timeline to make it happen. This will layout specific tasks that need to be completed in order to reach your goals.  


4) Make it Happen

Find a mentor. A mentor is someone who can guide you, they will assist you in navigating your career path. They csn help you better understand your strengths and the areas you need to work on. You want to choose someone you trust and eho is admired within your industry. Be sure to keep your mentor apprise of your plans and goals so they can properly guide you as you grow within your career. Review your resume and profiles are up to date with all of your information. 

Network, network, network. This is one of the biggest keys in growing your career in today’s job industries, the more you network, the more opportunities that can come up to help grow your career.  


Finally, never stop learning.  You will never know everything there is to know, especially in the medical field. Continue to educate yourself, whether it be reading the latest articles pertainning to your field or continuing education classes, continue to learn and grow. Once you have your plan written out, use it as inspiration and let it help keep you in the right track to reaching your goals.

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“Tell Me About Yourself”

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One of the most difficult, if not feared question to answer during an interview can be “Tell me about yourself.”  This is an answer you want to prepare for in advance.  Read more about how to answer this question here.



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Simple Ways to Save in 2015

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The new year is a great time to “turn over a new leaf,” especially where your finances are concerned. Over the next seven days, take some time to look at areas in your life, to see what could be revamped, cutback, or updated to save you money over the next 12 months.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • When was the last time you had your home owners policy reviewed? Check out competitor prices and see if they can match, or surpass your current policy terms, but with cost savings. If you want to stay with your good o’l faithful company, that’s fine. Make them show you how important of a client you really are. Just provide your insurance company with a copy of the competitor(s) quotes and see if they can beat their prices. Same things goes for your auto insurance…make them work to fit your budget!
  • Do you want to buy the first product you see without comparing prices? I don’t think so. Instead of running all over town, surf the Internet first. Not only can you do price comparison with the click of a mouse, you can also research product reviews before making your purchase, find money saving coupon codes, as well as free shipping codes. Gone are the days where you have to “settle” for anything, make this work in your favor and feel good about it when you find the BEST price.
  • Do you eat out every day for lunch? We often find it easier to just stop at the local deli, or cafe to grab a quick sandwich on the run. Yes, I agree, its nice to treat yourself to lunch now and then, but these treats can add up! Why not start packing a healthy lunch 4 out of 5 days? This doesn’t mean you need to stay at your desk, eat, then go for a nice walk. You can improve two things, saving money and improving your health. It’s a no brainer.
  • Have you ever questioned a lower rate on your credit card? Why not? Call your credit card company today and ask them if you qualify for a lower rate. You may be delightfully suppressed what they can offer you.
  • Do you throw unwanted clothing / items away? You can get a simple tax break by taking those unwanted items to a charity, such as the Goodwill, for a cash donation. You will need to keep a detailed receipt with an estimated value for tax purposes.

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