Happy 4th of July!


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


The most famous and 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 and in 1941, it became a paid federal holiday for federal employees.


It’s a day to celebrate at parades, concerts and fireworks. Many  Americans will celebrate the holiday at picnics or barbecues with family and friends. If you’re hitting the road you won’t be alone. According to AAA over 34 million people will travel  50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend.


Whatever you decide – Enjoy.


We wish you a Happy July 4th!


Get Rid of Red Flags on Your Resume

Your resume is the first thing a potential employer sees before meeting you. It needs to highlight your experience, background and strengths. Resumes with red flags can stop the process.


 How to avoid red flags on your resume:

Gaps – Employment gaps can be a big red flag as an employer reviews 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 and be honest when you explain the gaps. Have 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.


Words with 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 didn’t highlight what he could do. Hiring managers care about substance – 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 you might not have the experience they need. Be specific.


Not Customizing – Tailoring your resume for a specific job is vital. It shows the employer you read the description, researched the company and made the connection with your experience. Use keywords to highlight your background.


No achievements – Detail your accomplishments. Potential employers like results, so show them.


To fix the issue, you should review your resume, look for the red flags then rewrite and revise. It’s worth the time to have a resume that stands out.









Time Off Increases Productivity

Summer is here. Time to get away. 


Taking time off has been linked to better health. Ignore that inner voice telling you that you have too much work to do and plan that much needed vacation. Your health depends on it.


Research over the past few years has been quite clear – vacations help people be more productive and are good for your health!


The long hours, endless meetings and paperwork, constantly staring at your computer screen, eating lunch at your desk is overwhelming and can lead to burnout. It’s easy to overdo it. Everyone does. Consider taking a few days off to benefit from the stress reducing effects a vacation gives you. It helps you refuel – physically and mentally.



Studies have shown that even taking a micro break can make a difference. Can you imagine what five full days out of the office could do for you? Recent surveys conducted by Forbes and Glassdoor showed that only 25% of Americans take all their vacation time and another survey showed over 40% don’t take vacations at all! And be honest when you do take time off, you bring work along to do or find yourself checking your email constantly. That is not a vacation.


The Framingham Heart Study showed not taking vacations can actually be bad for your heart health. Not taking a vacation for one year might increase the risk of a heart attack or fatal heart condition.


Time off can be what you need to recharge and get back on track. They are vital for continued success.


Being dedicated and giving your all is great, but when you work all the time – you suffer and so does your health. Put yourself first and take care of your physical and mental health. Vacations reduce stress, improve productivity, increase our happiness and improve how we deal with each other. Sounds like a win-win!


Imagine being at work feeling rested and happier. Days off replenish job performance and your brain responds quicker. You are better able to conquer any challenges.


With summer here, instead of thinking of reasons why you can’t go, remember why you need to go. Visit your favorite travel site, talk to your family or friends and find someplace fun to go.


Everyone needs a break. Go ahead and reap the benefits a vacation offers.




Advanced Practice Provider Job List – June 2019

Advanced Practice Provider Open Jobs List – June 2019

Take a look at our latest Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant opportunities:


Visit http://avasearchgroup.com/Jobs/  for job details and experience requirements.

These are full time Advanced Practice Provider positions:

Cardiology / Cardiovascular

  • Hawaii – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)  – 2 positions
  • Maine – Physician Assistant – CVICU – 3 / 12s – inpatient and/or CT surgery experience – coastal, 2 hrs from Boston
  • Oregon – Southern Coast – Nurse Practitioner – outpatient


  • Arizona – Physician Assistant – outpatient – southern, near Tucson 
  • New Mexico – Nurse Practitioner – outpatient – south of Santa Fe


  • New Mexico- NP or PA – inpatient and outpatient duties – south of Santa Fe


Hospitalist / Inpatient

  • Maine – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) – 3 /12s – ICU, CVICU, or CVOR exp., coastal city 2 hrs to Boston
  • North Carolina – Hospitalist – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – 7on/7off – Nocturnist position



  • Virginia – Nurse Practitioner – breast oncology experience needed – Northern, VA near Fairfax



  • Florida – SW coast, near Fort Myers – PA or NP – Medical device company – training physicians
  • Illinois – Lincoln/Springfield – Physician Assistant – non surgical –handle 100% musculoskeletal injuries
  • Pennsylvania – Northern, 70 miles south of Buffalo, NY – Physician Assistant – 2 general ortho surgeons, 1 sports medicine



  • Hawaii – Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – mix of deliveries, trauma/surgical patients and psych consults


Primary Care / Family / Internal Medicine

  • Massachusetts – Home visits/Internal Medicine – 2+ years of NP or PA exp. – Springfield area
  • New York – Outpatient primary care practice – FNP – solo position – near Jamestown
  • North Carolina – Family Practice – Eastern, NC  2 openings, 1 near Tarboro and the other near Roanoke Rapids 1+ years exp.
  • Pennsylvania – Outpatient primary care practice – FNP – solo position – Northern, PA
  • Washington – Family Nurse Practitioner – family practice, remote location, loan repayment



  • North Carolina – Psychiatric NP or PA – Raleigh area – outpatient
  • South Carolina – Psychiatric NP – inpatient adults/geriatrics – coastal near Hilton Head


Surgery – General, Bariatric, Cardiothoracic

  • Florida – Cardiothoracic surgery, EVH exp. required – Orlando area
  • New Mexico– Cardiothoracic surgery, EVH exp. required – south of Santa Fe
  • South Carolina – Physician Assistant – bariatric surgery – Mt. Pleasant area
  • South Carolina – Physician Assistant- Vascular Surgery – near Charlotte



  • New York – Nurse Practitioner – near Jamestown


Review our current Advanced Practice Provider jobs


Interview Question – Tell Me About Yourself

“Tell me about yourself.”

The four most dreaded words in an interview. This question is one of the most asked and the most flubbed. Eyes grow wide and there’s confusion accompanied by stuttering. But why? Sure it’s a boring question but as a Advanced Practice Provider, you can make it interesting with a great answer. If you change your thinking. You can make – tell me about yourself – the beginning of a great interview and maybe a brand new job. You just have to change how you see the question.


First, your answer needs to show confidence. Don’t hesitate like you don’t know who you are. You know! Make sure your response is concise, honest and enthusiastic. Show them right off the bat that you are sure of yourself and what you can bring to the company. Your goal is answer the question and make good impression right from the start.


A few ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Question  – do’s and don’ts:


  • Don’t tell them your entire life story
  • Don’t talk about every job – in essence a verbal resume
  • Don’t give a long rambling answer
  • Don’t ask questions like – do you mean me as a person or my jobs? Or What do you want to know? You might as well say, I’m unprepared and give the job to someone else.



Remember, this question is about selling your professional self. It’s important because it sets the tone of the rest of the interview.

  • Prepare – take time and write out your answer to the question.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice.
  • Though your answer is about you – it’s really about them and what are going to do for them as a Advanced Practice Provider.
  • Think about which of your strengths and/or achievements are relevant to the job.
  • Research – find the job description so you’re sure you know what they feel is important for the position.


As you work on your answer, think about it in three parts: Who are you now / Why your skills or why you / Why you are a good fit

  • Part one – Who are you now – I’m a Nurse Practitioner working with a busy internal medicine practice and see 15-20 patients daily. I’ve been working as NP for the past five years and love it.
  • Part two – Why you? What makes you special – what you’ve achieved, show off your skills. Giving examples or telling a brief story can help make you even more compelling. My background includes working in the ER prior to this job and I am able to handle a fast paced environment. Patients respond well to me and I enjoy helping them.
  • Part three – show them why you’re a good fit. I’m very excited about this job; it’s where I see my career as a NP going. I’m excited about to be able to use the cardiology skills I gained with my current practice more extensively with your practice. And I read that Dr. So and so has just started a community program that I’d love to be apart of.   You get the idea; a little extra research never hurts.


Being prepared to tell an interviewer about yourself starts your interview on a positive note.


View our current Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant jobs



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.


The National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress in 2000 and asks Americans to voluntarily and informally at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of unity for a  moment of silence or to listen to Taps.


Memorial Day is observed by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.



6 Tips to Make a Good First Impression at an Interview

First impressions, various studies have said are made early, sometimes in as little as a minute. And a negative impression can be hard to change. A good first impression will carry you through the interview process.

Here are 6 easy tips to make a good impression:

  1. Look good – dress professional and appropriate for the job. Go light on cologne or perfume. Your appearance is an easy way to make a good first impression.
  2. Be on Time – arrive 10-15 minutes before your interview. Being late gives the impression that you’re unreliable and not organized.
  3. Smile – first things first, look happy to be there (even if you’re nervous). It’s a positive first step. And don’t forget to smile during the interview.
  4. A good handshake – a firm handshake still matters and is a way to show confidence. Practice, if yours is a bit wimpy or too strong.
  5. Eye contact – having good eye contact lets them know that you’re paying attention, showing you’re comfortable and sincere.
  6. Be prepared – know the company from your research, reread the job description and prep yourself for the potential questions you might be asked.

Making a good first impression is the first step. Starting out confident will help you through the interview process.


View our current Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant jobs


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

Nurses Week

It’s 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 2018 rated Nurses the highest in honesty and ethics, for the 17th year!  That is something to celebrate.

Free Food and discounts for National Nurses Week

USA Today has a great article listing all the places you can receive free food and discounts just for being one our nation’s nurses. http://bit.ly/2LnuCfH


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.

nurse practitioner week

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 our 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





Be More Productive with Optimism

Approaching your day with optimism can increase your connections with people, keep your spirits upbeat, increase your chances at success and make setbacks and issues easier to handle. Being optimist makes your life better. Optimists are healthier, cope better and studies have found they may live longer too.


“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”

– Winston Churchill


Five optimism tips to a more productive, happy life:


Find an optimist – make friends with them and learn how they do it. Optimists are upbeat and supportive. Their positive thought process guides their actions and their life. Being around them will help you learn to alter the way you think and do things. Watch and listen. See how they handle disappointment and problems. A positive outlook can make all the difference.


Stay away from the negative people and your own negative thoughts – We all have people who find something wrong with everything. It’s hard to be positive around someone who is always complaining. Limit your time with them.  The same goes for your negative thoughts. When you feel them coming on, stop yourself and instead focus on a more positive thought. It won’t happen overnight but regular practice can help you get in the habit of being more positive. It can make a real difference.


Glass Half Full –Seeing the world with an attitude that your glass is half full makes you happier. Expecting good things can lead you to take actions that actually make good things happen for you. If you only expect bad things, guess what? You don’t do anything and nothing good happens. Glass half full is the way to go!



Tune into your feelings – what makes you feel good? If you’re feeling positive, what happened to make you feel that way? Get in the habit of starting each day with a positive thought or quote. It can be as simple as ‘Thank you’.


Be satisfied with where you are now – it’s good to strive to be better. But focusing on what’s wrong won’t get you to a better place. Focus on what’s good about you, your job, your life and move forward from there.


“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”– Dalai Lama XIV


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