Careers, Life

Career Tips: Pump the Brakes on These 5 Bad Habits

December 1, 2015

1. Don’t be quick to speak.

Once words leave your lips, you can’t take them back. This may require practice on your part, but try taking an extra long pause before you speak. You may find that people pay a little closer attention to what you say because they can tell you’re putting a lot of thought into your comment. Another trap that’s easy to fall into is becoming captive to something you want to say. We’ve all been there. We have an important point and we just can’t wait to say it. When you fall into this mindset, you stop listening, and people can tell. Not only is it rude to cut people off while they’re speaking, but you do yourself the disservice of not hearing everything the other person is saying. You may miss important information while you’re stuck in your own head waiting to say what you want to say. This is hard advice to follow, but it’s well worth the effort. Learning to be calm and listen more will eventually earn you more time to speak your mind with others.

“We’ve all been there. We have an important point and we just can’t wait to say it.”

2. Don’t be quick to criticize.

It’s easy to assume that people don’t know what they’re doing. It’s also disrespectful. Often times, you may discover that a person did something a certain way for reasons you could not have known. Give people credit for being smart and doing it the right way, first. If your ideas and solutions are truly a better way to do things, you’ll have your chance to suggest them. Taking the attitude of “help me understand” is a proven approach to management tactics and there’s no reason why you can’t adopt that point of view even if you’re not a manager. Plus, being critical all the time puts you in a bad mood. Who wants that? Not your boss, and not your coworkers who are quality teammates. Continue Reading…

Job Search Advice

Questions to Find the Right Employer for You

November 23, 2015

There’s a mountain of articles and tips out there about how to prepare for a job interview. So much emphasis is put on what you can do for a company. But don’t forget about the other side of the coin. How do you flip the script on the interviewer to find out what they can do for you? Here are five important areas to focus on when it’s your turn to ask the tough questions:

1. Research the mission statement and values of the company.

  • Does it line up with your mission and values?
  • Do the leaders of this company demonstrate a commitment to the mission and values?
  • What kinds of opportunities will your position allow for so you can help the company pursue the mission statement and values?

2. Review the benefits that the company provides.

  • What material benefits are included (medical, dental, paid time off, 401k)?
  • What other benefits are included (flexible working schedule, ability to telecommute, perks from vendors, participation in company driven philanthropic efforts)?

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Give Yourself an Advantage With This Study Tip

November 17, 2015

I’m always searching the Internet in hopes of finding info that will help you be more successful as a student and as an individual. So when I saw this idea, I knew it was perfect to share with you. This study tip could really give you an advantage in your studies.

Fifteen minutes is all it takes.

As you prepare for the next course you’ll take in school, set aside fifteen minutes to skim through your textbook. By having a better understanding of what your teacher will be covering and what is likely to be on your exams, you’ll have a better idea of what to pay close attention to. For example, have you ever had a question pop into your head during class and stop paying attention because of it? However, if you already know that subject will be covered in more detail in chapter three, you can relax and go back to paying attention to the lecture.

What to read in your textbook to get your mind prepared to learn:

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Careers, On the Job

First-Day-on-the-Job Checklist

November 5, 2015

This is how it usually goes: You wait nervously to hear if you got the job. Then you get the job offer and you accept! Then the nerves start all over again as you wait for your first day. Here are a few tips to keep the butterflies to a minimum.

Think good thoughts.

You were hired because your employer has confidence that you CAN do the job. Keep reminding yourself that you CAN.

Get ready the night before.

Don’t leave ironing for the last minute. Check for holes, spots and make sure your hems haven’t come undone. Also, you might want to prepare lunch for yourself (and your kids) the night before so you can grab and go. Continue Reading…

Job Search Advice

Action Verbs: A Must-Have in Your Résumé

November 3, 2015

Put yourself in the shoes of a physician’s office recruiter, Susie. Susie has two résumés in front of her for a medical assisting position she is trying to fill. Both candidates were in the same graduating class and have one year of work experience. Which one of these peaks her interest the most?

  • I went to school to become a medical assistant
  • At my last job I was a part of the biohazard committee
  • I entered patient information into a computer
  • I assisted the doctor with procedures


  • Headed up the student ambassador committee while earning my medical assistant diploma. Led the meetings, recruited other student leaders and did public speaking.
  • Improved the productivity of the monthly biohazard committee meetings by preparing agendas, taking attendance and decreasing meeting length to 15 minutes from 60.
  • Educated new staff on how to enter patient information into the electronic health record and monitored their progress for their first week on the job.
  • Maintained patient confidentiality while inputting patient information into the electronic health record.
  • Organized medical supplies, comforted patients, assisted the physician and applied bandages during minor office surgeries.

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Education, Life

Even Geniuses Get Bad Grades Sometimes

October 27, 2015

Here’s the best news you’ve heard all day: If you struggle with getting bad grades, you might be following in the footsteps of greatness. No, seriously. Read on to see a list of famous people who also struggled with school. This article is intended to encourage you in spite of your bad grades and remind you that becoming really good at something may require failing miserably. When it comes to healthcare degrees (or a diploma), earning yours will be challenging. That’s why people will respect you for graduating.

Giving up is the only true failure.

This just in. You’re not perfect. Neither am I. That’s why the saying, “Practice makes perfect,” has been around since the mid 1500s.1 If you want to become skilled enough at something for an employer to choose you over another candidate, the more experience you have at failure the better. Knowing what doesn’t work means you know more about what does work. And knowing why you failed once can prevent you from failing again later. However, if you let failure beat you and you quit, then you only know what doesn’t work. Finding the answer for what does work is what leads to success. That’s why giving up is the only true failure.

The longer you hang in there, the more admirable you become.

Let’s imagine we give 100 people the same problem to solve. The longer it takes to solve, the more people will quit. If only one person out of the 100 actually solves the problem and it takes a month, two things can be said about that person. First, they’re admirable for hanging in there long enough to solve the problem. Second, that person may be considered an expert about that subject because they spent so much time with it.

Failure is considered experience as long as you keep on trying.

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