How to Accept a Job Offer with Class

You got a job offer! You’re thrilled; this job could be a great step in your career. What’s your next move? And how do you accept a job offer the right way?


Here are steps to accept your job offer with class:

  • Be grateful and thank them for the opportunity to join their team.
  • Don’t say yes right away.  It’s important to take some time to consider the terms offered before you accept
  • Ask when they want your decision. If you need more time than they suggest, don’t be afraid to ask for a few more days.
  • Ask for the offer in writing. Most practices and hospitals have either a contract or some type of offer letter. Review the terms to be sure the information on salary, start date, benefits, etc. are the same as what you were told.  When you receive the official offer (normally via email), be sure you acknowledge that you received it and will review it.
  • Ask questions before you accept, you want to be clear on the details.
  • Negotiation – if the offer isn’t everything you want, it’s time to negotiate for terms that you would prefer. Asking isn’t a definite but not asking gets you nowhere. Salary and vacation time are the two things most requested. CME time off and costs as well.  Be sure you ask, do some research and base your request on data and not just a whim. Be flexible and fair in your negotiations and most important professional. It’s not personal; it’s business.  If your salary or other terms change, request a revised letter or contract. Review the entire new document.

  • Finally, it’s time to say yes to the job – thank them again and express your excitement about taking the position. Ask about credentialing and other paperwork they’ll require. And be sure to return your completed documents in a timely manner.

Congratulations on a new job and starting it right.




View our current openings here:  Open Positions


Nail your Video Interview

Video interviews are being used more frequently by employers. It’s an important step in the interview process and 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 interview 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.


Location matters – 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. 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 – just like with any interview, 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.




Job Search Tips to Get Noticed

Getting notice by a hiring manager or recruiter is the key to a successful job search. It doesn’t matter whether you are searching for your first position out of school, or are looking for that next career move. These tips will help you organize your Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant job search so that you’ll be noticed and stand out from the crowd.

How to get noticed during your Advanced Practice Provider Job Search?

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Job Search Tip 1 – Be Organized

Most job searches are done online via your computer or phone. Many hospitals ask for your resume and for you to complete an application online. But it’s easy to lose track of where you’ve sent your resume, making follow up difficult.

  • Create a spreadsheet to keep track of where you’ve sent your resume and login information
  • Create a few follow up templates to respond to jobs, request for more information, etc.
  • Finding a new job is a job, so be sure to make time for it by blocking time in your schedule.
  • Also keep track of details such as which companies you have heard back from, who you spoke to, the date of all communication, and the outcome of each application and interview.
  • Designate an area if you don’t have a desk, and make files for papers, etc.
  • Be sure your credentialing documents are up to date


Job Search Tip 2 – Update and optimize your Provider resume

You want your resume to be strong. When updating your resume be sure to consider other factors including:

  • Accolades and Accomplishments
  • Any new job responsibilities and duties
  • Measurable Achievements
  • Be willing to update your resume  based on the job description as needed

Check out my post for helpful tips on creating a resume that makes it off the pile. Remember your resume must sell you and your experience, skills and background. You have to show them what you bring to the table and why they should meet you.


Job Search Tip 3 – Determine Your Career Goals

What do you want? This is the time to consider what your specific goals are. For example, if you’re a new grad you might be looking for anyone who will hire you but still you have an idea of what you want your first job to look like. More experienced NPs or PAs may be searching for positions in a specific specialty or to increase their skills in their current area of specialty.


Other things to consider: how far you are willing to commute to and from work; if you’re willing to relocate; your shift preference and of course your salary requirements.


Job Search Tip 4 – Networking and Research

Who do you want to work for? It’s a good idea to make a list of hospitals, practices, physicians you want to work with and then research if they are looking to hire.


One the most effective ways to find a new job is networking. Reach out to friends and professionals who know the quality of your work. Selectively, tell people that you might be considering a change for the right opportunity. Talk to people you know at the companies where you want to work. Remember to ask that they respect your privacy, so your current employer does not find out. Other sources to network with – individuals you have come across over the years, colleagues from NP or PA school, your clinical rotations, during training, at professional events, and at networking events.


Standing out and getting notice just takes a little extra work and makes your job search less stressful as you successfully navigate the process.




Take a look at our current jobs here:  Job Openings


New Year, New Advanced Practice Provider Job – Your Keys For Success

Is 2019 the year you decide to make a change and find a new job?

The job market for Advanced Practice Providers is active with many openings.  Advanced Practice Provider titles are considered some of the best jobs based on the 2019 US News and World Report rankings: Physician Assistants #3 on their 100 best jobs, Nurse Anesthetists #5, Nurse Practitioners #7 and Nurse Midwives #16.

There are many ways to find a new job, which works best for you?

Job Hunting 101 – be sure your resume is up to date and does a good job presenting your skills, background and how you can be an asset; if you using a cover letter create a template to speed things up; update and check your online social media presence ensuring it’s professional (get rid of any questionable posts).


Decide what kind position you’re looking for. Do you want to stay in your current specialty or is it time to branch out and learn something new? Different setting? Patient population? It’s a good idea to do some searches on various job boards to get a sense of job market in your area.


Other things to consider – do you want to relocate? If so, what are your top cities and states you’d like to live in and do some research if you need to.


Job boards and postings – are a good way to find new positions. Other ways to find openings include articles about new practices, outpatient and urgent care centers opening up in your area. You should also consider HRSA/Loan Repayment openings. Many are in smaller rural areas and offer a variety of settings for jobs nationwide. And don’t forget non-conventional positions – corporate, research, etc.


Word of mouth – discreetly telling people you’re looking can open up opportunities with practices and hospitals. Contact old clinical sites, physicians you’ve worked with. Many times these jobs aren’t posted yet and you get in on the ground floor.


The best way to find a new job is to start. There are many great opportunities for Advanced Practice providers, so get out here and take advantage of them. Happy Hunting.


Check out our current Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant openings here


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.

Start your new year right with a visit to our career center.


Happy New Year and Tips to Start the New Year On a Positive Note

Happy New Year!

A new year offers a new start. Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous 2019.



For the New Year, be the positive force. Being positive and optimistic can bring you a lot of success, both professionally and personally.  It’s so much easier to work with a upbeat person then working with someone who is full of negativity. Rise above the drama.  Be someone who stays positive.


Think, do, be positive


1. Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make it a good day

2. Positive people let go of the past and look forward to creating new memories.

3. Positive people look at all the possibilities and not look at what could’ve been.

4. Positive people have fears, but they don’t let them interfere with their lives.

5. Positive people have contagious smiles.

6. Positive people are great to work with.

7. Positive people feel secure within their own soul and body.

8. Positive people don’t quit, they may let something go, but its for their own good reasons.


“When you change your thoughts, you change your world.”

— Norman Vincent Peale

Happy New Year!


If finding a new job in the new year is your goal, take a moment and visit our career center.




“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

Charles Dickens


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.”
— Helen Keller

AVA Search Group wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!



Set Goals Not Resolutions!

2019 is only a few weeks away and the tradition of making resolutions will begin. Don’t fall into the trap.

The problem with resolutions is that they fade, usually pretty fast. You know the – I’m going to lose weight results in a couple of weeks at the gym and then not much else. We’ve all done it.


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.



Here are some easy steps to guide you to set goals and achieving them.


Focus on just a few

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. Focus on those 2-3 goals only. By focusing on a smaller number, you will be more successful because you’re giving it your all and not letting yourself get distracted. And remember  goals require steps along the way to achieve. It could be a job you have always wanted, climbing a mountain or maybe 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 all 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.


Stick with it.

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.


Visualize it

There is research that says visualizing works that seeing the possibility can help you achieve it. Athletes use the technique of visualization and so can you. Take a few minutes every day seeing that goal accomplished. How does it feel? What changes because of your success? Having a picture on your phone to check can help keep the goal fresh for you.


Do something daily.

Do your best to try and 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 very well be the person who changes the world!



Is a new job one of your goals? Visit our website for our current listings.



How To Be More Productive During the Holidays

Holidays are busy times and we’re all looking for ways to get more done and be more productive. Shopping, parties, family dinners and of course – work. How to get it all done?

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.


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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.


Check out our current  JOB LISTINGS


Happy Thanksgiving


We wish you and your family and friends a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.


“An Attitude of Gratitude Brings Great Things” — Yogi Bhajan