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Dec 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

How To Protect The Integrity Of Your Resume

General, Consulting, Career Planning, Healthcare IS Team

When looking for work, it’s understandable that you want to make sure your resume is getting in front of the right people and you’re not missing out on any good opportunities. However, when working with a recruiting firm, it’s also important to know to whom your resume is going, as well as for what position you’re applying and/or being considered. 

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Apr 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Is your Job Description Realistic for the Job Market?

Consulting, Career Planning, Healthcare IS Team

Our firm focuses on pharmacy informatics. It’s a tight niche with a very specific skill set. Our clients are seeking a pharmacist with extensive experience implementing and using their pharmacy IT software. They will send us a very detailed job description that lists bullet point after bullet point of skills and experience for which they’re looking. In many ways, it’s helpful to have a detailed understanding of what they want. However, oftentimes this will hinder the search internally. 

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Jan 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

The Truth About Targeted Salaries

General, Hiring, Healthcare IS Team

Most of the companies we work with have a “salary range” for the position they’re trying to fill. The question is, where do these numbers come from?

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Dec 4, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

3 Things a Hiring Manager Should Not Delegate During The Hiring Process

General, Hiring, Healthcare IS Team

Depending upon a company's size, the role of an HR person or department in the hiring process can vary from simply posting an ad and sending resumes to the hiring manager to completing everything through the first interview. The challenge with the latter is making sure that you're not delegating steps throughout the hiring process to a person to whom you've not given the proper tools to complete those steps. 

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Dec 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Don't Fail To Do Your Pre-Interview Homework

Consulting, Career Planning, Interviews, Healthcare IS Team

If you fail to do the three things listed below prior to an interview, chances are you’ll not be offered the job. 

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Nov 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

How to Rank Your Job Satisfaction

Consulting, Career Planning, Healthcare IS Team

When it comes to making a career move, everyone’s motivation is different.

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Nov 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

1st Interview Don'ts... For the Hiring Manager

General, Hiring, Interviews, Healthcare IS Team

Every time I see an article on what not to do during an interview, it’s directed toward the candidate. Well, in the recruiting world I’ve seen an equal number of interviews go badly due to something the hiring manager did or didn’t do as because of something the candidate did or didn’t do. A few of the major don’ts come to mind. 

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Oct 29, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Should you pay a referral fee for candidates hired?

General, Hiring, Corporate Culture, Healthcare IS Team

Let me start by clarifying what I mean by "referral fee."

I'm not referring to a placement fee paid to a recruiting firm determined by contract terms. I'm referring to a "bonus" paid to either an internal employee and/or a professional not associated with a recruiting firm upon the hiring of a candidate who was referred by that individual. 

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Sep 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Time Kills All Deals

General, Consulting, Hiring, Healthcare IS Team

From a recruiter’s standpoint, a delay in the hiring process is the most common factor preventing a successful hire. A delay can range from too much time between interviews, to a postponement in making an offer, to putting a position “on hold.” Below are a few things to avoid during the hiring process.

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Aug 12, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Is Your Management Team Preventing You From Attracting Top Talent?

General, Hiring, Interviews, Healthcare IS Team

Before each interview, a good recruiter will prepare their candidates with relevant information regarding the interview that's about to take place. The candidate is told who they're speaking/meeting with, how long they should expect the interview to last, what types of questions they will be asked, and, ideally, some information regarding the personality/interview style of the hiring manager(s). 

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Aug 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Do Salary Expectations Get in the Way of the Right Career Decision?

General, Consulting, Interviews, Healthcare IS Team

There are a handful of factors that motivate people to make a job change. In my experience, it's not just one of these factors that prompts someone to start looking, but a few combined. In the end, though, the focus tends to come down to just one thing: money.

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Jul 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

When Taking Less Money Makes More Sense

Consulting, Career Planning, Healthcare IS Team

Most the time, when discussing salary and/or hourly rate, people state an amount that they desire to make, accompanied by what they're currently making - adding that they would not want to go below that. Certainly, this makes sense. But are there exceptions to this rule? Are there times when taking less money may make more sense?

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Jun 18, 2014 12:38:00 PM · by Healthcare IS Team

Professional Email Etiquette

General, Corporate Culture, Healthcare IS Team

In today's day and age, we are flooded with emails on a daily basis. Most people have a personal email address where we are bombarded with special offers, facebook alerts, updates from friends, etc. as well as a professional email address used for work purposes. And in most cases, this is equally full of new emails on an hourly basis. But are all these email necessary and relavant?

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May 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

How much do you trust your staffing firm?

General, Consulting, Career Planning, Healthcare IS Team

I realize a lot of companies have had bad experiences with staffing firms, and I am not asking the above question to prompt memories of being burned one way or another. I am asking more to find out if you have enough faith in the firm you are working with to allow them to make your life easier.

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May 20, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

What Is Your Professional Touch Plan?

General, Consulting, Career Planning, Healthcare IS Team

How often do you speak with, or get together with, a friend? How about an old colleague? A previous boss? A recruiter with whom you've worked?

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Apr 29, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Things That Every Consultant Should Have

Consulting, Tips for Traveling Consultants, Healthcare IS Team

Although there are many things that will make the life of a traveling consultant easier, I think there a few that qualify as must-haves for anyone who travels for work on a weekly basis. 

These may seem like common sense to most, but you’d be surprised by how many people with whom I speak who are not equipped with these tools designed to make travel more seamless. 

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Apr 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Do you understand the importance of a phone interview in the contract world?

General, Consulting, Career Planning, Hiring, Healthcare IS Team

One of the main differences between contract placement and permanent placement is the speed of which the contract world moves. 

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Feb 19, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Establish a Relationship With a Recruiting Firm Before You Need It

General, Consulting, Healthcare IS Team

More often than not, losing your job comes as a complete surprise. In my experience, when people get news of their termination or a contract ending early, they find themselves in an uncomfortable position - hit with a sense of urgency to find something new. 

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Nov 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

3 Things That Will Get Your Voicemail Immediately Deleted

Consulting, Career Planning, Interviews, Healthcare IS Team

When leaving a professional voicemail — or any other voicemail, for that matter — you should take a few things into consideration if you want the call to be returned:

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Nov 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Should you bring on a consultant as an interim employee while you look for FTE?

Consulting, Hiring, Healthcare IS Team

Although we are primarily a contract staffing firm, our clients often have needs for a full time employee to fill a permanent position. And although this is not a focus of our firm, we can certainly fill these positions as well. But first we ask, "have you considered bringing on a consultant while you look to find the permanent employee?"

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Oct 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Need a Hire Yesterday? Be Ready Today.

General, Hiring, Healthcare IS Team

I Need Them Yesterday, But I Don't Have Time to Interview Them Tomorrow

By the time a hiring need arrives at a recruiting firm, it’s usually an urgent need. The company has already tried to fill the position on its own and maybe spent too much time doing so. When they decide to pay a fee to fill this position, they’re feeling the pain of not having someone in the role to complete the work. 

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Aug 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Who Should Conduct The 1st Phone Interview?

General, Hiring, Interviews, Healthcare IS Team

A "telephone screen" can be conducted by anyone within an organization, from Human Resources up to the CEO. Does it really matter who actually conducts that first telephone interview? In my experience, yes, it absolutely does.

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Jun 5, 2013 4:33:00 PM · by Healthcare IS Team

3 Ways To Disqualify Yourself Before An Interview

Resume Tips, Interviews, Healthcare IS Team

For the most part, a resume, LinkedIn profile, or email from a candidate is not enough to determine if that person is qualified for a position. A follow-up conversation needs to take place to further discuss skills and experience, as well as to evaluate the person’s communication skills.  However, there are a few mistakes people make in those initial written communications that may cause a hiring manager to eliminate them as a candidate before that first discussion ever takes place. 

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May 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

How Saving Money on a Salary Can Cost You the Candidate

Hiring, Corporate Culture, Healthcare IS Team

In a decision-making position, it’s often your job to save the company money wherever possible. Whether you accomplish this through effective vendor management, staff reduction, or offering lower salaries, you, as a manager, are usually looking for ways to save a few extra bucks and, as a result, make yourself look good. 

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Jan 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Are you a B company looking for an A player?

Hiring, Healthcare IS Team

When a candidate withdraws from the interview process or declines a job offer, it's often because he or she didn't see anything in the new company that's better than his or her current company. Whether it's the career opportunity, the people, the salary, or just the fact that the organization itself appeared unattractive, something was missing.

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Jan 10, 2013 12:00:00 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

What Is Your Sourcing Strategy?

Hiring, Interviews, Healthcare IS Team

I really liked him, but I'd like to talk to a few more people before I make my decision . . .

Such is the feedback commonly heard in the recruiting world after the first interview takes place. There's something about human nature that makes us want to "shop around" and compare our options. The problem with this, when dealing with people, is that the more time that passes between each contact with a candidate (time we’re spending shopping around), the more doubts will tend to arise within that candidate’s mind.

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Oct 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Hiring Lessons From The World Series Champions

General, Hiring, Corporate Culture, Healthcare IS Team, David Kushan

I’ve always been a sports fan. In fact, I played various organized sports from the time I was six all the way through college, where I played baseball. In my opinion, so much of what happens in the sports world has direct correlations to everyday life. I also believe there are many lessons there that can be applied to hiring and team building.

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