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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Building "Your" Brand

As you already know we are big fans of social media. We think you should be too. There are many reasons why organizations, particularly Human Resources teams, are active users of social tools: recruitment, staying current, engaging employees, and the list goes on. One of the other reasons we are big believers in social media however has absolutely nothing to do with us.

It's All About You
What many job seekers, as well as people established in their jobs fail to recognize, is the power of building their personal brand. How do you differentiate yourself from others? Are you active on various social channels in a professional way commenting on blog posts, writing content, sharing information with others, or participating in Linkedin groups?

These activities will help establish "your" online presence, and in effect, begin building your brand. Here's a quick little test for you to try. Google yourself and see what comes up.

If you've been active in the areas I've listed above you will see yourself and your activity. On the other hand, if the search of "you" isn't what you were expecting, it's time to get more focused.

Why Is This Important
The main reason your personal brand matters is obvious: it is a direct reflection on you as a professional. How you present yourself goes far beyond resumés, interviews and your performance on the job. There is a digital reality to who we are that needs to be cultivated and managed as well.

Dont' worry if you are new to social media and building your personal brand. Spending a few minutes each day is all it takes!

-Jay



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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Time To Get Social

One of the most dramatic changes in the world, including the job search process, is social media. The most important of the various tools available to job seekers is Linkedin. What surprises me is how inconsistently this powerful tool is used.

Nothing To Say
A common misconception about Linkedin is that one must have an extensive work history, or have some  world-altering accomplishments before setting up their profile. Nothing could be further from the truth! You have academic, volunteer, part-time and full-time experiences (or a combination of these) as part of who you are...take credit! Simply by setting up your account you're showing future employers that you are paying attention to what is happening in the world, and you are an active part in that world. 

Network, Network, Network
One of the huge advantages of setting up your account (for free) is the ability to join and participate in the many groups on Linkedin. As Linkedin has surpassed two-hundred million users worldwide, the number of industry groups has also grown at a meteoric rate. Once you find a couple of groups that match with your interest you should join and be active.

Ask questions, comment on others blog posts, and become someone that the other group members recognize as engaged, professional and interested in their work. This is one of the fastest and most respected ways to network with other professionals online. 

Getting Started
One of the easiest ways to get started is to check out what others have done with their profiles. Take a look at Craig Fisher's profile and tailor your own profile to maximize all that Linkedin has to offer. You can always check out our profiles too...the links are on the left hand side of the page.

Have fun setting up your account, and feel free to connect with us!

- Jay






Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I'm A New Nurse Series: "Nursing School Didn't Prepare Me For This!"

Recently I had an opportunity to sit down with our RN blogger Marianna Broz, RN and discuss her experiences both as a new nurse, and as an Internet sensation!  


HR It’s been a little more than six months since you joined All Children’s Hospital’s RN Residency Program. What are your impressions so far?

Marianna - It's definitely been a fun challenge. The way the critical care residency works, we're never in one place for too long. Though we're technically hired to an ICU, we stay on a Med/Surg floor learning how to be a nurse for about 9 months. And just as soon as you get the hang of day shift on your Med/Surg floor, you flip to nights. And just as soon as you start to accept your new life as a vampire, you get flipped back to days to start your "looping."
         
Looping is where I'm at now, and the way it works is every week I spend at least one shift with another specialty of the hospital. We don't necessarily take an assignment; usually it's shadowing and learning how that part of All Children's functions. We get to check out Radiology, Physical Therapy, Outpatient Neurology Clinic, Post-Anesthesia Recovery, OR, and pretty much every unit in between.
         
Once we hit all the specialties, the looping becomes more geared towards our home ICU unit. We start spending 1-2 days a week there until it's time to transition down completely, and then the orientation process begins all over again. The goal is for us to be off orientation in the ICU one year after being hired.
         
So to answer your initial question, my impression has been challenging, exhausting at times, but incredibly rewarding as I get to know the hospital inside and out.
         
HR – How is life on a nursing unit different from your experiences going through your Bachelor’s program at the University of Florida?

Marianna - To summarize: Entirely different. UF is a fantastic school and many of my coworkers will let you know how much I love wearing my orange and blue scrubs. But in nursing, it really is all on-the-job training. No one warns you in school that you're not just the nurse; you're also the therapist, secretary, mechanic, phone operator, waitress, and overall gatekeeper of the patient.
         
I think the biggest difference between school and the hospital setting is that in school, you learn expected outcomes; how things are supposed to work in an ideal world. In the hospital setting, you learn how to not panic when you realize that rarely do things ever go according to plan. So I guess adding "Expert Trouble Shooter" to the job description would be the best way to warn future nurses what lies ahead.  

HR – You are a brave person and agreed to start blogging about your experiences. How is that going?

Marianna - It's funny to me, because it's so out of my comfort zone. I've never really been a writer, but anyone who knows me will admit I am an avid story teller. Which is what's funny about writing a blog...the people who read it may or may not even know me, yet they know my stories.

But it actually has been pretty fun and a nice way to capture some of the stuff I'm going through now that I otherwise may not have remembered once I'm old and completely senile.

HR - What are some of the new things you are experiencing as part of your training? And will we be reading about them in future blog posts from you?

Marianna - As we're starting to prepare for transition, all the Critical Care Residents now have class every other week. These classes specifically focus on what you'll find while working in an ICU and so far have been pretty awesome, for lack of a better word. The week before class, we have online modules assigned for us to complete; each session focusing on a different body system.

In class we have lecture for a bit, then a hands-on portion in our Simulation Center, and finally tying it all together by going up to ICUs to see these complex patients up close. And then, true to form, a lunch date afterwards where we all debrief on everything we did.
         
As far as the future blog posts go, I don't doubt I'll have more stories. Because I'm still so new, every day there's at least one moment where I have to take a step back and ask myself "Is this really happening?" But hopefully that feeling won't go away anytime soon, because honestly that's what makes me able to get up in the morning and come back for more.


Check back each month to hear the latest from Marianna as she continues to share real life stories of what it's like to launch a professional Nursing career here at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine.

- Jay


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Does Your Resume Show Depth?

This week's post is from one of our Recruiters, Michelle Nelson, who discusses how important your resume truly is in the search process. Learn about her perspective when she reviews resumes, and how the details you include will separate you from the rest of the pack.



When you present your resume, does it show who you are as a person? Everyone is told to provide the basics such as education, work history and skills; but demonstrating your depth of experience on your resume is what quickly catches the eye of a hiring manager or recruiter.

When I review resumes, I look for work ethic, pride, organizational skills, communication, and caring about the community. Those are the values that hiring managers also look for, and demonstrating those attributes typically help get candidates to an interview. 

What Do I See?
How do I see those characteristics? If a resume is missing information, it sends a signal that the candidate is not sure of them self; or is not proud of what they’ve done. If you are proud of your past accomplishments, and you should be, make them stand out! For me, work ethic and pride certainly cross-over. It always surprises me how many resumes miss out on showing this. 

Mistakes
A common mistake nurses make is that they tend to list the hospitals and companies where they’ve worked, but don't list what they did at those hospitals. From my perspective, you should include details on your resume about what you specifically did, your specialty, the size of the organization, how many patients, type of charting, shifts you worked, and nursing duties.

These qualities and experiences add depth to your resume and can make all the difference when it is reviewed.

Community Matters
One last point, there are many activities that people do every day to contribute to their community, I would urge you to be sure to include these on your resume.  Hiring managers want to see that you’ll be a true asset and have pride in sharing the organization's values outside the hospital.  Most nursing models require nurses to be on councils or members of teams, and by sharing these past experiences on your resume it may help move yours to the top of the pile. 

I look forward to hearing from you,

- Michelle




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