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Interview Tips and Preparation for Experienced Nurses

Interview Tips and Preparation for Experienced Nurses

You bring years of experience to the table, but perhaps it's been a while since you've searched for a new job. As a skilled nursing professional, your experience is your greatest asset in any interview. Healthcare recruiters and nursing staffing agencies are looking for proven, skilled professionals. So have confidence in your workplace experience as you begin the process of finding a new employer.

But there are things that can be done to enhance how you present your skills. In general, it helps to think about the interview process as a conversation rather than a one-sided interrogation. Additionally, what you ask your potential future employer as a professional healthcare worker matters as much as what you will be asked. Your questions demonstrate preparedness and interest, but they also help you to discern if the job will be the right fit for you and your needs, as well.

The following is a checklist to help guide you through the process of preparing once again for the interview as an experienced nursing candidate:

1. Your resume should note your credentials, pertinent coursework, clinical experience, licensing and rewards, as well as your responsibilities and accomplishments.

2. Don't forget to bring your immunization record, BCLS/ACLS card and any advanced training program certificates to the interview. Bring the original documents and some copies of each.

3. Include a current copy of your nursing skills checklist.

4. Bring copies of your references and any reference letters just in case. Make sure your references contain current contact information, of course.

5. Learn as much as you can about your potential future employer (i.e. their work culture, staff and procedures) through their website or current employees who may be acquaintances.

6. Practice for your interview. You may have the skills needed, but it's been a while since you've had to sell them to someone else. Ask a nursing colleague for feedback. Also, remember to prepare for typical interview question: Are you a team player? How would you handle difficult patients, families and/or fellow nurses/doctors? Of course, "Tell me about yourself" is the time to highlight details and skills that qualify you as the best fit for the job you're seeking. Practice answering these questions with someone who can critique you on your nonverbal delivery.

7. As with any interview, dress in professional business attire that is clean and pressed. Do not wear garish jewelry. A professional-looking watch is about the only accessory you should be sporting. Avoid perfume, as it may offend the interviewer’s senses.

8. Make sure to mention any professional memberships you've held or former committee positions. Of course, any research you've contributed to and published should also be brought up.

9. Make sure to ask your own questions at the end of the interview: What is the nurse-to-patient ratio? How do you go about scheduling? How much autonomy do you give nurses to decide what’s best for each patient’s care? What makes this facility unique compared to other hospitals/care facilities in the area?

10. Save questions about salary, benefits and financial support for continuing education until after you've received a job offer.

General interview reminders: Ask for a tour of the facility to check out the environment and to meet your potential future colleagues. Remember to always send a thank-you note, whether you've decided this is the job for you or not. A handwritten note that is mailed following your interview stands out the most. 

If you’re thinking of looking for new employment, please visit De Vore Recruiting’s latest job postings.  For skilled nursing positions, click here. And if you’re looking to stay informed regarding the latest career opportunities and health news from one of the industry’s leading healthcare recruiters, subscribe to our newsletter today.

Current Healthcare Job Environment for the Nursing Workforce

Current Healthcare Job Environment for the Nursing Workforce

As a whole, the health care industry has been — and, more importantly for today’s nursing employment seekers, continues to be — one of the more impressively solid fields in our economy in terms of job creation.

Since the initiation of Obamacare in March 2010, health care employers added more than 1 million jobs to the U.S. labor market. Additionally, health care fields, depending on division, have remained relatively unaffected or have seen growth since the Great Recession (December 2007 to June 2009), according to data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics program.

The New York Times’ blog The Upshot displays a helpful collection of graphs (based on the bureau’s data) illustrating how specific health care sectors like specialty hospitals, residential mental and substance abuse care, outpatient mental health centers, psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, and blood/organ banks and health care screenings actually recovered and grew since the Recession.

Bottom line: Jobs in health care have a proven track record of being recession-proof — basically, still one of your safest bets, Students.

But there’s this: While employment in home health, outpatient care centers and doctors’ offices is doing quite well, job growth at hospitals grew anemic in the past year. This could be due to the fact that care is now being delivered in multiple environments, thanks in part to a growing demand for in-home care as populations are living longer and longer.

Also interestingly, baby-boomer nurses who were expected to retire, creating job opportunities for new nurses, are retaining their positions for much longer than anticipated. The U.S. government had predicted a nursing shortage due to the anticipated deluge of retirements. But according to a study published in Health Affairs, there were 500,000 more registered nurses in the workforce than was projected twelve years earlier.

According to this Bloomberg story citing the Health Affairs study, nurses may be facing steep competition as baby-boomers delay retirement and nursing education programs pump out graduates, doubling their number since 2002.

However, the Affordable Care Act and a growing population, among other factors, should continue health care’s growth. But the search can still pose its own set of problems. Location can be one of those factors

That’s where De Vore healthcare recruiting can help. We pride ourselves on matching top candidates with the right healthcare employer for him/her. Let us help guide you through the process. Contact us for more information at 877-411-4358. 

Masterpiece Resume

Masterpiece Resume

Writing an outstanding resume doesn't necessarily mean following the rules such as keeping it within one page or following a specific format. Every resume is a unique marketing tool and should be tailored based on your background and the position you are applying for. In this article, we are going to offer you some key principles of writing an appealing resume.

The good news is that, you are able to create a resume that makes you stand out from hundreds of applicants with some extra effort. Not one resume in a hundred follows the principles that stir the interest of prospective employers. So, even if you face intense competition, with a well written resume you should be able to get an interview more often than many people more qualified than you. The bad news, however, is that your current resume is possibly much more inadequate than you think. You’ll have to learn how to think and write in a style that will be utterly new to you.

The resume is a marketing tool with one specific goal: to win an interview. It is an advertisement, nothing more, nothing less.

A great resume doesn't just present employers what you've accomplished but serves the same function that all great advertisements do: If you buy this product, you will get these specific, visible benefits. It presents you in the best light. It persuades the purchaser (employer) that you have what it takes to succeed in this position.

It is a misconception to treat your resume as a product catalog, a history of your past or a personal statement. Indeed, the majority of the content in any resume is about your job history. However, it’s vital to write with the purpose to create interest, and convince the employer to call you. If you write with that intention, your final product will be totally different from your present resume.

Most people treat writing a resume as fulfilling an obligation just like filling out some legal documents. If you realize that a great resume can get you the dream job you want, you may be willing to assemble some genuine passion to create one-of-a-kind work, rather than the lame products most people end up with.

Want to know how to write a masterpiece resume? Contact De Vore Recruiting at 877-411-4358.


Healthcare Industry Soon to See Technology Changes

Healthcare Industry Soon to See Technology Changes

The global healthcare system is experiencing immense changes: the traditional image of the doctor practicing “the art of medicine” is transferring to a new “science of evidence-based medicine” delivered by a digitally connected ecosystem, and to a great extent powered by large corporations.

Global healthcare cost $7.4tn in 2012, taking 10.1% of global GDP — and costs are growing faster than inflation. Since more people will have access, and an aging population needs more care, the demand will continue to grow. Nowadays, care is more data-driven, and with the automation of processes inefficiencies are extracted and outcomes enhanced. The two big technology opportunities supporting these changes are big data and mobile.

Big Data - The use of big data to create evidence-based medicine is fueled by the digitalization of clinical and administrative health records, as well as new technologies to integrate and analyze this information. Hospitals, doctors and administrators over time will more fluidly share and use information. This data allows for a quantitative analysis of care paths and their efficacy in ways never imagined.

Using a data-driven approach with predictive analytics, the number of sick managed by care professionals is tuned to an institution’s capacity. The lower risk portion of the population uses digital tools, while the most risky are taken care of by licensed professionals. These changes cannot be made operational without digital capabilities driving automation. The companies that enable the technology to create these groups of patients and supply the workflows to manage populations will prevail in the marketplace.


Mobility — and the cloud-connected mobile app, is changing how consumers conduct their lives. Mobility is infusing wellness and health — as of December 2013, there were more than 40,000 mobile applications servicing the mobile health industry. It is easy to see a future where using the phone as a hub for connected monitoring and manage one’s health.

Doctors already are prescribing apps. A continuum of consumer-driven health apps will merge with prescribed apps that become part of a provider or payer’s formulary. Consumer companies such as Google, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are jumping into this game and want to become important hubs of personal health information connecting consumer tools such as Fitbit with electronic medical record and personal health record repositories.

Telehealth — the delivery of remote care using a computer and or phone — has become a very important part of the mobility revolution. The trick to tele-health is to make the virtual community and tools operate as if they were at the bedside. New physician-led global care delivery companies such as vRad are emerging that virtualize care with higher quality and lower cost, one specialty at a time. In the future most of us will routinely use these companies that supply virtual medical care.


Overall, the healthcare industry’s model is shifting to one of large corporations, investing significant capital to develop care solutions. These companies will dominate the care delivery landscape. Want to find the right person to lead the changes of the healthcare technology? Contact De Vore Recruiting at 877-411-4358.

How to Get a Job with a Startup

How to Get a Job with a Startup

Launching your own startup can be thrilling, but not everyone of us are ready for the risk. Working for a fast-growing startup can give you the same entrepreneurial environment you need to thrive as well as providing a paycheck.


Startups are moving very fast and doing things in less formal ways compared to large firms, including the hiring process. In order to get into a startup, you may want to take some of the following steps:


  1. Networking. It’s not likely for you to find formal postings on LinkedIn or Monster, instead, you’ll hear about these jobs in conversations or startup-centric events. Networking is the No. 1 way to find a job in a startup, because recommendations will come from people who know something about you and the company. Start attending events where startups are, and make your desire and skill set clear to those you meet.


  1. Following up and demonstrate your value. After obtaining the contact information at these events, it’s important to follow up and find a way to demonstrate your value: either by putting together a innovative social-media campaign, or mocking up a product design that they might consider.


  1. Be bold. Startup companies value creativity, entrepreneurship and good work ethic more than traditional companies - how to prove that you own these qualities is the key. Think about your most important strengths, and figure out a creative way to demonstrate these qualities so your target startup company is willing to meet you.


Aside from the steps suggested above, there are also lots of online resources you can use to apply for startup jobs. You can also use local resources such as to learn about companies hiring in healthcare area or companies that just earned funding. For more information, contact De Vore Recruiting at 877-411-4358.

Is A Change Coming for Healthcare Training?

Is A Change Coming for Healthcare Training?

The way American doctors are trained needs to be overhauled, an expert panel recommended on July 29th, saying the current $15 billion system is failing to produce the medical workforce the nation needs.


"We recognize we are recommending substantial change," says health economist and former Medicare Administrator Gail Wilensky, co-chairwoman of the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine panel that produced the report. "We think it's key to justifying the continued use of public funds."

The federal government provides more than $11 billion a year to support the healthcare training of doctors who have graduated from medical school. Most of that goes to the hospitals that sponsor interns and residents. States contribute nearly $4 billion more annually. Even though the system has operated this way for decades, there is little data on how those funds are spent and how well they contribute to train a medical workforce needed for the 21st century.


Despite a growing public investment in graduate medical education, there are persistent problems: uneven geographic distribution of physicians, too many specialists and not enough primary care providers, and a lack of cultural diversity in the physician workforce.


The committee proposes a sweeping overhaul of the entire financing program for graduate medical education, with the goal of shifting the program to a performance-based system rather than one that merely funnels money to any facility with an accredited healthcare training program.


The panel also calls for spending the same overall amount from Medicare over the next decade but distributed much differently, with a declining share in teaching programs. An increasing share in a "GME transformation fund" that would finance new ways to provide and pay for training, and to fund training positions in priority disciplines and geographic areas.


The funds would still be distributed through the Medicare program, but a new "GME Policy Council" would be created under the office of the secretary of health and human services to oversee workforce issues and commission research on how well the federal dollars are being spent. The committee recommended that states impose similar requirements for Medicaid training funds. Major teaching hospitals in the Northeast would be most immediately affected, since they account for a disproportionate amount of Medicare medical education funding and number of doctors in training.


All of the changes proposed in the report would have to be made by Congress, because government support for graduate medical education is written into Medicare and other laws. The politics, however, are unclear because the changes would produce winners and losers among programs training interns and residents.


If you wish to start a career in the healthcare industry, contact De Vore Recruiting at 877-411-4358.

Tips on Starting Your Career in a New City

Tips on Starting Your Career in a New City

Moving to a new city to start a career is no easy task for most job seekers. However, most employers prefer to consider local candidates first during hiring. Thus, in order to make your case more compelling to hiring decision makers and launch your new city career smoothly, you may want to take some of the following steps:

1. Look at the Big Picture. It usually requires much longer time than you expected to move to the new city. Get prepared to try harder and be more creative to sell your value. You may even need to make some trade-offs (salary level, relocation cost, job security, etc.) before you can start career at a new city.

2. Be Courageous. If, after you sent off your appealing resume story to several target companies, you still heard nothing from them. It is time to get out of your comfort zone and do a bit of researching and interacting. This can mean communicating with people in a specific company or interacting in some other way with folks who are industry and geographically related to your goal.

3. Keep Focused. Hold your specific career goals to relocate to your new city in front of you. Be clear on three to four key areas of value you offer your target employers, and integrate those into conversations. Demonstrate how you can help them solve problems before you ask for the job interview.

4. Join Local Associations. Become a member of your industry association. Ask to be assigned to a chapter that is local to your “target” city. Start reaching out to board members and committee members, and network. If possible, join or volunteer to take the lead on a committee. Be forthcoming that you are living in ABC city but wish to move to their city to start a career. As you are a paying association member, you are more likely to receive mean responses to your inquiries. Also, try to make a trip to your target city and attend a local industry meeting.

5. Just Move.  Moving to a new city may sound scary, but if your desire to relocate and start a new career sooner than later is greater than your need for job security, consider saving enough money for several months’ rent and simply moving. Being in the city of choice while you job hunt has its advantages. You may also find a bridge job at your target city while you seek out your longer-term career role.

There is no easy answer regarding how to transition to a new city and career. You will have to be patient, be determined and take action. However, people regularly chase and capture their dreams, and if you really want this change to happen, it will!

If you wish to kick-start your career at a new city, contact De Vore Recruiting at 877-411-4358.