Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day

In 1966, President Johnson issued a proclamation making the third Sunday in June – Father’s Day. It was made a law in 1972.


How to reduce stress at work

Stress at work is something everyone experiences. We all feel some level of stress during our workday. It  can affect your focus and productivity. So it’s important to find ways to relieve it.



Try these tips to help reduce stress during your day:

  1. Music – listening to music is great way to reduce stress because it soothes you. Create a playlist of calming, happy tunes to listen to while at work.
  2. 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.
  3. Exercise – regular exercise is important, shoot for 20-30 minutes daily. Also if you can take a short walk during the day or if not stretch for a few minutes at your desk. 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.
  5. Inhale – taking a few deep breaths is a great way to calm you and release the stress. Just inhale and hold for a second or two, then exhale through your nose. Slow and steady.
  6. Smile and try laughing – It doesn’t make much sense but try it. Just smiling can relieve some stress.






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How to prove you’re the right person for the job

On average, most employers interview two to four candidates for an open job before making their final decision.

How to you prove to them that you’re the right person for the job?


Your resume – it needs to be completed with 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 – Check out 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 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.




Memorial Day


Memorial Day

On this day, we honor and remember the men and women who should never be forgotten.


Memorial Day and Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for the men and women who died in service of the U.S. military. It’s celebrated on the last Monday in May. It originated in the years following the Civil War. The day was officially made a federal holiday in 1971.


Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.


Nurse Practitioner jobs and Physician Assistant jobs in Eugene, Oregon

Click on the link to find out more details about open jobs in the Eugene, Oregon area:

  • Nurse Practitioner – Hospitalist – Nights
  • Nurse Practitioner – Hospitalist – Days – 7on / 7off
  • Nurse Practitioner – Internal Medicine
  • Nurse Practitioner – Vascular Surgery
  • Physician Assistant – Internal Medicine


Check out AVA Search Group other openings


Scheduled for an interview…now what?

A job interview can be a stressful experience. Your goal is to show the employer why you’re the right person for the job. What to say, what not to say and how to best present yourself so that you move to the next step.


There are things you can you do to make sure you move forward in the interview process.

Job Interview Sticky Notes


Some points to remember for your interview:




Be prepared – Research everything that you can about the company, such as press releases, articles, and website content.  Make sure you take the time to review the job description thoroughly.  Highlight your skills that are relevant to the job.  Make a list of questions that you would like to ask and be prepared to answer all of their questions to the best of your knowledge.


Have a secret weapon – You can have amnesia during an interview. Being nervous can make you forget your accomplishments and successes in your career. How can you overcome this? Take time to write down your achievements for your last two-three jobs before your interview. Bring the sheet or two with you and review it before you go into the interview. The information will be fresh in your short term memory,  making it easier for you to recall the information when you’re asked.


First impression –  First impressions matter. Being well dressed, having a firm handshake is always recommended.  Good eye contact is important. Arriving late, wrinkled clothes, or being obnoxious will certainly give you less than stellar marks from the interviewer.



Don’t discuss salary – Unless they ask you, avoid talking salary during the initial interview.  If you do well, most likely you will be called back where a salary discussion is more appropriate.


Good luck!




Nurse Practitioner Jobs and Physician Assistant Jobs



If you’re interested in any of these jobs, send your resume to info@avasearchgroup.com



Nurse Midwife

Eastern, NC

Well established practice that’s been in the community for over 30 years. Federally Qualified Health Center in rural Northeastern NC. Well run and financed group.

Located in near the VA border 20 minutes from Halifax; about 90 miles from Raleigh; 45 miles north of Rocky Mount and 2 hours from the coast.

  • Women’s Health Clinic with Privileges at local nearby hospital
  • Mix of patients (OB vs GYN) fluctuates based on demand/referrals. As of Feb. 2018, there had 165 active pregnancies.
  • Delivery count is approximately 20-25 per month.


Family Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Practice just 20 minutes west of Roanoke Rapids.

90 minutes from Raleigh; 1 hour from Rocky Mount and it’s very near the VA border. It’s the gateway to Lake Gaston.


Outpatient Setting – Mon-Fri 8-5 – with at least 36 hours per week of scheduled patient visits and at least 4 hours per week of administrative time.

Patient load 20 patients per 8 hour day seeing lot of chronic disease management – diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, COPD, etc.


Family Nurse Practitioner

Tri-Cities area of WA

Work at the Main Clinic and at a School Based Clinic.

Days – Monday – Friday no call or weekends

FQHC facility where you’ll see patients with and without insurance. Outpatient setting seeing between 20-25 patients a day,

Candidate Requirements:

  • MSN – FNP and at least 1+ years of FNP experience required


Maine: Pediatrics – Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Established pediatric practice.

Located 50 minutes north of Bar Harbor, ME and 15 minutes from Orono where the University of Maine has it’s campus.

Federally Qualified Health Center. Established practice caring for the community for 30 years. Loan assistance offered.

Shift: 4 or 5 day schedule

Outpatient setting offering primary, well visits and sometimes urgent care for infants, children, adolescents, teens and young adults. The practice provides 24-hour pediatrician coverage. It also supports programs in foster care pediatrics and neonatal abstinence syndrome.





Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

On May 9, 1914, President Wilson issued a proclamation for the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers.


 AVA Search Group wishes you a Happy Mother’s Day!


National Nurses Week – May 6 – 12!

nurse practitioner week

Nurses Week  – a time for all us to give thanks to our unsung heroes. They do so much and don’t get enough recognition. So celebrate the nurses in your life.


Just saying thank you reminds them how much they mean to us. Nurses make our lives better. Can you imagine being in the hospital without nurses?



A Gallup poll in December 2017 rated Nurses the highest in honesty and ethics. It has been listed as the top profession for 16 years for ethical and honesty!  That is something to celebrate.

National Nurses Week!

Nurses Week started in 1953 and was first celebrated in 1954 with the goal of focusing on the people who do so much to care for us.


The last day of Nurse Week, May 12th is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. She is the founder of modern day nursing. A favorite quote of hers is: “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”


International Nurses Day is May 12th.



Nurses are very important to lives, so this week take the time to thank a nurse for what they do. They deserve it!


“Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift-there is nothing small about it.” – Florence Nightingale





6 Tips to a Successful Video Interview

Successful Video Interview

More employers are using video interviews as a step in their hiring process. Companies of all sizes – hospitals, physician practices and federally funded centers are using them to save time and money.



It’s a bit different looking into a computer camera or phone screen instead of sitting across from someone. But with preparation you will have a successful interview.


To help you ace your first or next video interview, here are six tips to make you stand out from the crowd.

  1. Test your technology – even if you’re tech savvy, it’s important to check everything; because if it can go wrong – it will.
    • Be sure your phone or laptop is charged
    • Download the app you’re using days prior to the interview – don’t leave it to the last minute And check 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

Recommend doing a test video interview with a friend the day before and a final check the day of.

  1. Dress for an interview – just because it’s a video interview doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress like you want the job. Wear what you would for an in-person interview. When you do your test with a friend where what you plan on wearing so they can see how it looks.


  1. Check what’s behind you – Choose a room/location that’s neat. Keep the area behind you free of inappropriate items and clutter. You want to keep distractions to a minimum consider a room with 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 that with your test.


  1. 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. And your camera should be at eye level (if it’s not you will look as if you’re looking down to the interviewer).


  1. Be prepared – just like with any interview, review the company’s website, news articles, reviews, etc. so that you’re up on the company culture. Look up the person you’re interviewing with.

For the interview have a glass of water, a copy of your resume and any notes on projects and accomplishments you might want to highlight and paper and pen for notes.  








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


Finally like any interview be ready for common questions – like ‘Tell me about yourself’ (Read our 8/4/17 Blog for tips) and other basics questions. Keep cool and steady if something goes wrong.


Good luck.