Tag : job search

To Cell or Not to Cell

I was shopping today and as I was turned the corner into the soap aisle a young man was just ending a cell phone call. I heard him say a few stern words into his cell phone, then he hung up and exclaimed to a woman whom I presumed to be his wife “Can you believe it? They actually called me about a job I applied for while I am at Target!” Considering the job market these days this should have made his day, but no, he was quite indignant that they had interrupted his grocery shopping. Yeah, imagine that. He had given them his cell phone number and they actually had the nerve to call him, unbelievable.
I have long cautioned job hunters to think long and hard before putting their cell phone numbers on their applications or resumes because, well, employers tend to call them.
The great thing about cell phones is that they are portable, and the not-so-great thing about cell phones is that they are portable. If you listed you cell number as your contact number when you applied for an NP job odds are sooner or later a potential employer is going to call you at an inconvenient time (like when you are shopping at Target).
If your cell phone is your only phone then please think before you answer. If you are busy, in loud or bad reception area it’s better if you let the call go to voicemail and return it when you are free to talk. You get one chance to make a good impression and you don’t want to be deciding “paper or plastic” while taking a call from a potential employer.
Trust me, they won’t call back.

2011 Market “Forecast”

January is the traditional time each year when we look back at the past year and then try to predict what will be the trends for the coming year. Well, this year is no different!
Last month I was interviewed by Jen Ford at ADVANCE for NP/PA’s regarding my thoughts on what’s in store for NP’s and PA’s in 2011. She wrote a great article which covers several topics that are of interest to all Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants regardless of whether or not they are job hunting. We discussed the job market, temporary positions, salaries as well as upcoming trends mixed in with a few thoughts for this years new grads.
I highly recommend that you check out the article “A Changing Landscape – The Job Outlook for NP’s and PA’s. You won’t be sorry 🙂

Interviews gone wild

“Would you rather be an elephant with no trunk or a giraffe with no neck?”.

No matter how much you prepare for an NP job interview it seems there is always that one question that comes out of nowhere and catches you by surprise.

Have you ever been asked a bizarre or strange question in an interview? Were you ever asked something wildly inappropriate?

If you have an interview story to tell I would like to hear from you!

Where do you look for NP jobs?

Your nurse practitioner job search should begin online. Newspaper and print ads have dwindled to almost nothing and have been replaced by online postings. The small number of print ads that are still out there will likely direct you to their website to apply so you might as well start your job search out on the Web.

Employers prefer you contact them via email or their website. Why? To avoid the paper shuffle. Their systems are set up to handle information digitally. It’s much more efficient and information is more easily accessible. Resumes sent via fax or snail mail stand little chance of ending up in front of the eyes of the right person at the right time.

So how do you go about finding the ads online? Start with your local newspapers website. Many employers will run an ad in the online classifieds but skip the print edition. If you have a healthcare employer in mind that you would like to work for then check out their websites frequently. You may see jobs listed exclusively on their own websites and not on any other website or job board.