Job Search Advice

Tips for Writing Thank You Notes After You Interview

October 8, 2015

The hand-written thank you note is a tried-and-true tactic for standing out. That’s exactly why you should add it to your follow-up routine for job interviews. After you’ve had a job interview, take a moment to hand write a thank you note on professional stationary or a card. This can help you stand out from the other candidates and show that you’re personally interested in the position. Here are some key elements for a professional post-interview thank you note.

Make it hand written.

If you have bad handwriting, just take your time and write it slow. There’s just something irreplaceably personal about a hand written note. For ink, use a traditional blue or black. Avoid fancy colors like purple, pink or anything sparkly.

Mail it a few days after the interview.

Timing is everything. If you wait too long, the interviewer may have already chosen a candidate. In fact, some people will actually write a thank you note before the interview and leave it at the front desk on the way out. Address your note to the main person in charge of your interview. You may need to call the company and ask for that person’s mailing address at the company to ensure they receive it. Continue Reading…


What to Look for in a Top Healthcare School

September 22, 2015

It can be tricky trying to compare one healthcare career school to another. For some schools, tuition includes books, tutoring and job search assistance, while others may not include any of that. So looking at just tuition prices may not be the most accurate way to compare schools. But you’re not looking for just any school. You’re looking for a top school that fits your specific needs. Here are some important features to look for when you’re choosing a top healthcare career school.


What is accreditation anyway? And why are schools always talking about it? An accreditor is an outside organization that carefully studies the way a school operates, what they teach, how they treat students, graduation rates, job placement and other important issues. It’s like a seal of approval. Why is that important? Employers are likely to care. Generally speaking, graduates from an accredited school are considered more appealing to an employer than graduates from a non-accredited school. Graduating from a non-accredited school can make job hunting much more difficult. A top healthcare career school should be accredited.

Hands-on training & externship

If you’re going to school at a physical campus, hands-on training is an important element for learning. Look for a school that offers classroom labs with equipment you can touch and practice on. Furthermore, see if the program you’re considering also offers on-the-job training, on-site at a healthcare provider (called an externship or practicum). While you might not get paid for it, the experience you’ll gain by working for a potential employer can be priceless. In some cases, students who participate in an externship or practicum with a healthcare provider may receive a job offer when they graduate. An externship or practicum also allows you to become more familiar with the day-to-day responsibilities you’ll have in your new career. Regardless of whether you get a job offer after an externship or practicum, it can be a great networking opportunity, connecting you with people in your field. A top school should offer these features when they’re appropriate for the program. Continue Reading…

Careers, Education

Just a Job Vs Cool Career

September 17, 2015

What’s the difference between “just a job” and a “cool career?” A lot, actually. From the feeling of satisfaction to the thrill of pursing a dream, having a cool career wins every time. This is a subjective question, so our answer isn’t the only correct one. But this is a topic of conversation at UMA because many of our students say they’ve gone from job to job, and don’t feel they’ve ever had a career before. Maybe that’s why our students are so excited—they’re training for a cool career and a bright future.

Passing time Vs Passion for what you do

Just a Job: Many people would describe a job as something you get paid to do, but you don’t care about it very much. As soon as you clock in you’re counting the hours until you can clock out. It’s about surviving the grind.

Cool Career: Many people would describe a career as something you get paid to do, and you feel a great sense of importance about it. You look forward to going, you jump right in when you get there, and time flies while you’re doing it. It’s about making a difference.

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A Moment of Silence for 9/11

September 11, 2015
Moment of Silence

[Instead of reading a blog article, we invite you to use this time to reflect on the blessings in your life and how you can make the most of them.]

Careers, Job Search Advice

How To Connect With More People That Could Hire You

September 4, 2015

They say it’s all about who you know. Well, training matters a lot too. But knowing the right person at the right time could very well open a door of opportunity for you. Here’s a tip that can help you find a lot of great connections in just a few steps by using Assuming you have a profile on already (if you don’t, read How to Create a Stellar LinkedIn Profile), try this:

Step 1

Find the profile of someone in your network that could hire you. For example, if you’re in a nursing program, you might go to the profile page of a human resources manager at a local hospital. If you aren’t connected with someone like that—what are you waiting for?! Invite them to connect.

Step 2

Once you’re on the profile page of someone who could hire you, look for the “People Also Viewed” section. In this section, you’re likely to see quite a few other people with the same or similar job title at other hospitals or companies. Continue Reading…

Careers, Education

ICD-10 Coders Are in the Pipeline

August 26, 2015

A doctor was overheard asking his medical coder: “What’s the ICD-10 code for high blood pressure due to stress from switching to ICD-10?” That about sums it up. There’s a lot of chatter about ICD-10, including questions about how medical coders will deal with the transition.

What’s the difference between ICD-9 and ICD-10?

Before talking about the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10, it’s important to understand one of the most complicated aspects of the U.S. ICD-10 adoption. Doctors technically aren’t adopting ICD-10 as the WHO designed it. The WHO’s ICD-10 actually has fewer diagnosis codes and less specificity than ICD-9-CM, which is the U.S. modification on ICD-9. As a result, the U.S. is modifying the ICD-10 as well, but into two conjoined code sets: The ICD-10-CM (Clinical Modification) and the ICD-10-PCS (Procedural Coding System). For the sake of convenience, in the U.S., ICD-10 is shorthand for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.1
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Careers, Education

Healthcare Careers with No Patient Contact

August 25, 2015
medical office administrative assistant behind glass

It’s like someone put Miracle-Gro on careers for the healthcare industry.1 That’s great news for a lot of people interested in healthcare careers. But maybe you’re not the type to get hands-on with patients. You might see patient contact as being—how should I say it—icky. That’s OK. There are some important careers in healthcare for people just like you, who prefer to have no patient contact.

Before we move on to the career suggestions, I should clarify that I’m using the phrase “no patient contact” very loosely. There’s always a chance a patient will want to hug you for being awesome at your job. It does happen. If you’re not willing to take that risk, you might want to invest in some “DON’T HUG ME” T-shirts. I suppose it’s also possible that a patient might touch your hand as they pass you their credit card. You get the point. The following careers, generally speaking, involve very little or no patient contact.

Healthcare information technology.

So maybe you’re thinking you want to get into healthcare, and working with computers sounds good. Except you don’t really know a whole lot about computers. Don’t worry, many healthcare information technology programs will start with the basics and ease you gently into the more advanced stuff. If you like the idea of being on computers all day in a healthcare provider setting, this may be a career worth considering. Also, look into healthcare technology & systems.

Healthcare management.

Working with people may be exactly what you’re good at, but you still don’t want contact with patients. Professionals in healthcare management do exactly that. If you like the thought of learning to implement processes to help a clinic or hospital department run more efficiently, this could be the career for you. Continue Reading…


4 Ways to Improve Your Study Habits

August 24, 2015

Whether you realize it or not, you have study habits. But how much are they helping you? As a student, you may be putting a lot of energy into schoolwork, but there may be more effective ways to spend that energy. Let’s look at some study tips that could help improve your academic success.

Stop pulling all-nighters.

All-nighters can lead to weight gain, digestive problems, poor concentration and a decrease in information retention. While it may seem like a good idea at the time, studying through the night and into the morning can have a range of negative consequences.What’s the alternative? See the tip below about committing to a study schedule.

Write it down by hand.

Believe it or not, the act of highlighting does little to commit information to memory, especially when compared to the benefits of hand writing notes. It’s actually a scientific fact, writing down information by hand stimulates the brain.2 Writing information down by hand helps your brain prioritize and focus. Of course, it’s OK to highlight important information, but make sure you also take the time to actually write it down. If you really want to get that information deeper into your memory, try writing down the information several times. And by the way, typing is not the same as writing it out by hand. Continue Reading…

Careers, Education

Why Healthcare I.T. is Booming

August 21, 2015

Technology is booming and so is the healthcare industry. Specializing in IT for healthcare is looking like a smart career move. Here’s why:

Technology is now the backbone of healthcare.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 This can be attributed to the aging population and their increased need for medical tests and treatments. Consider this: There are more than 300 million Americans in the country, with one birth happening every eight seconds.2 As a result, the healthcare industry is always going to be a necessity. Hospitals and physicians practices will need information technology staff members to manage the equipment and software that they provide to their patients. Continue Reading…

Education, Life

What to Expect When You Go Back to School

August 20, 2015

The decision to return to school isn’t an easy one. It can be intimidating to sign up for a healthcare career training program when you’ve been out of school for years. Here are some things you can expect when you go back to school.

Going back to school is normal now.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students age 25 or older who attend  school is higher than that of younger students.1 In fact, the group expects this number to increase by 23 percent through 2019, meaning more adults will begin cycling back to school to expand their education. Many adults may struggle with the notion that they’re older than many of their classmates, but, as the NCES statistics show, this isn’t the case. Take comfort in knowing that you’re one of literally thousands of adults who are choosing to return to school.

Content is becoming digital.

The expansion of educational technology has changed even since the beginning of the 2000s. The lecture hall or classroom is no longer a sea of students hunched over desks, frantically scribbling notes and flipping through pages of textbooks. Today, students are beginning to utilize the mobile technology at their disposal. Laptops and tablets are now common. As a result, you don’t won’t have to relay as much on handwritten notes from class because lectures are now often downloadable and more engaging with videos and interactive coursework. Continue Reading…

Careers, On the Job

Career Tips: Dealing with a Personal Crisis

August 19, 2015

It’s a fact of life, we all have to face a personal crisis at some time or another. And it can be distracting for us at work. Before we know it, our mind is wandering off to that issue and we aren’t doing our job to the best of our ability. So how are we supposed to stay focused at work? Consider these tips on how to deal with a personal crisis and still be productive.

1. Don’t over share.

Some people might have the urge to discuss their problems at work.1 If there’s a tough decision to be made, people often like to poll others on what they should do. However, this might not be the best idea, especially if the issue is controversial or could affect your standing at work. Conversely, if it’s a personal health issue, you may need to inform your boss or colleagues of your absence so it doesn’t reflect on you negatively. But if you tend to share your problems with everyone at work, you may have an issue. Someone could end up making judgments about you or could use your problems to their advantage. If you do choose to discuss an issue with a trusted friend, make sure it stays between the two of you. Continue Reading…

Job Search Advice

5 Ways to Stand Out as a Job Applicant

August 12, 2015

Job-hunting can be very competitive, especially in healthcare. Employers often see resumes stack up on their desk, day after day. So, what can you do to increase your chances of getting picked for an interview? Use these tips to stand out as a job applicant:

1. Use creative labels.

You might not think that the title of your resume and cover letter matter. Think again.1 Also, for the file name of your resume, stay away from “resume.pdf” – it’s boring and can easily be mixed up with someone else’s. Show a little personality and style by labeling your resume and cover letter creatively. Personalize it with your name and add in the position for which you are applying.
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Life, On the Job

Wellness in the Workplace

August 5, 2015

Whether you work for a large company or for a small office, your employer needs you and your expertise to get your work done every day. If you get sick and can’t go to work, productivity suffers. Maybe your co-workers get saddled with doing your job, which makes for unhappy coworkers. Or maybe the work doesn’t get done at all and waits for your return, which could make for unhappy customers.

Nobody wins if you get sick. Here are some pointers to enjoy wellness in the workplace:

  • Wash your hands with water and soap each and every time you use the restroom.
  • Use a paper towel to turn off water faucets or touch door handles.
  • If you travel on an airplane, train or bus, use antibacterial wipes to wipe down your tray, headrest and arm handles.

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Careers, Education

All About Phlebotomy

August 3, 2015

Blood. There’s really no other way to say it. That’s what a phlebotomist’s job is all about. If the sight of blood makes you uneasy, this is not the career for you. Believe it or not, some people actually like working with the stuff. Needles, plasma and keeping patients calm for a blood draw might be a big part of your day if you’re a phlebotomist. But for some people in this career field, it’s not so much about drawing blood as it is helping people to live a healthier life, because blood tells us so much about what’s going on in our body and what we need to be well. Sound good to you? Then read on. Continue Reading…

On the Job

How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

July 31, 2015

Most people believe that hard work will get you to where you need to be. However, hard work doesn’t necessarily mean more work. Some people might think that taking on more tasks than normal will really help them stand out and get promoted. Doing more work is likely to make you tired, and the quality of that work might suffer. Instead, sometimes lightening your load is the answer. Here’s how:

1. Determine what’s most important.

Work smarter by eliminating unnecessary work from your plate. Then, you can focus on the bigger, more important projects that will get your boss’s attention. Sit down and figure out what activities you do each day that really benefit your employer. Out of that smaller list, which ones do you enjoy most? Hopefully, there will be a few tasks that overlap. Those are the ones you should be focusing on.1 Next, write out tasks that seem mundane and don’t entertain you, as well as ones that don’t seem to contribute to the company. Those jobs are ones you should spend less time on. Spending time on them may just be a waste of your time. Discuss downgrading those projects with your manager to see if they agree. They may be impressed that your being this thoughtful about your workload and productivity. Continue Reading…

Careers, On the Job

5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for a Promotion

July 30, 2015

You’ve heard the saying, “work smarter, not harder.” Consider these tips on how to talk to your manager about a promotion.

1. Present your efforts.

If you’ve brought in client after client or feel that your work has had a solid impact on the company, it’s time to show it.1 Creating a visual display helps people quickly see exactly how much you’ve done for the job. Use pie charts or graphs to show your accomplishments over a period of time, itemizing different types of responsibilities you handle in your position.

2. Make your boss’s job easier.

Of course lightening the workload for your boss will make you stand out.2 Make your boss look good and recognition is often the result. Begin to help him or her with tasks subtly. Make him or her notice that you’re competent at handling some of their work. Soon, those same duties will be yours, along with some kudos.
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Careers, Networking

3 Tricks for Effective Networking

July 29, 2015

Use these three tricks to improve your networking skills and expand your opportunities.

1. Be strategic.

Many people have a tendency to attend general networking events that host several types of companies in various industries.1 As you begin to learn how to network, you might attend these events to only end up disappointed by the end of the night as you walk out without a single business card. That’s why it’s important to find events that cater to your industry or career. If you’re invited to a general networking event, call up the event coordinator to find out what companies you can expect to be there. That way you can decide whether it’s a waste of your time. Getting a few company names can also help you research the CEOs and employers beforehand, so you know who to look for and what to say when you meet them. On LinkedIn, join groups that are relevant to your career and reach out to people who are connected to it.
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Life, Money

How to Find Free Childcare and More

July 28, 2015

Go ahead. Pinch yourself. You’re not dreaming. Believe it or not there are websites designed to help you find free childcare, carpools, public transit and ways to make free phone calls through your computer. If you’re a student (especially with kids), we hope these links will be of use to you. Enjoy your summer and keep going strong with your studies!

  • Childcare Aware – Free childcare nationwide search by zip code:

  • Child Care and Parent Share Search:

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Careers, Education, Job Search Advice

Find a Healthy Niche in Social Services

July 27, 2015

Social services is a booming industry, projected to grow by 19 percent from 2012 to 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).1 And as a popular career field for people who want to help others, the competition for social worker jobs can be stiff. That’s why finding a specialty, or job niche, could help you stand out from the crowd with specific skills for a specific industry.2

Turns out, healthcare is also a booming industry. According to the BLS, occupations and industries related to healthcare are projected to add the most new jobs between 2012 and 2022.3 So if you combine the job growth projections of social work and the healthcare industry, you have a great niche market in which to build a career. Earning a degree in Health and Human Services can allow you to take advantage of this opportunity.
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On the Job

How to Improve Your Office Environment

July 22, 2015

Do you come to work each day and feel like you’re getting into a boring routine? You arrive, share weekend stories with a few coworkers and get to work. Over time, this pattern can get a little tiring. How are you supposed to spice up the atmosphere at your office? As a work environment, shouldn’t you all be serious? Not necessarily. Consider these tips on how to boost your office environment and make it a more fun place to work.

1. Be social with your coworkers.

If you work in an office where no one communicates with each other on anything other than work, you may feel like your company is a little lackluster. The first step to making an office environment more enjoyable is to become social with your coworkers. That means inside and outside the office. If you notice everyone is a big coffee drinker on your team, offer to buy everyone a cup of joe to start the day off right. If you don’t know someone well in your office, this may be a great way to connect with them. If you and a few colleagues didn’t bring lunch to work, ask them to grab a bite with you.1 Simply walking to a takeout restaurant is a good way to get to know them better. If you like to cook or bake, show off your skills and bring in a few treats for your colleagues to enjoy.
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5 Tips for Becoming a Morning Person

July 20, 2015

Not everyone was born to be a morning person. However, several studies have proven that morning people may be more productive at work and happier in their lives. So what are the night owls to do? Consider these tips to transform yourself into a morning person.

1. Get ready the night before.

Do you find that you’re a little scattered in the morning? Are you constantly running late or do you have a tendency to leave something behind? If this is the case, preparing yourself the night before will help center you a little bit.1 Lay out your outfit for the next day, set up your coffee machine for the morning, make your lunch before you go to bed, and put your keys in a place you’ll pass on your way out. Getting yourself organized can keep you a little more clear-headed the next day, preventing you from showing up to work flustered. Put down all electronic devices 90 minutes before you hit the sheets. Research has found that looking at your phone or computer can actually stimulate the brain, so if you try to go to bed right after screen gazing, you may have more difficulty sleeping.2
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4 Tips to Overcome Life’s Challenges

July 16, 2015

We all face challenges in life, but we don’t all have the same attitude. The truth is, learning how to stay positive can help us face life’s challenges and overcome them with more emotional strength.

We have all heard the saying, “sometimes life just isn’t fair.” Many times this is true, as many of us have faced challenges and obstacles that we believe were “unfair.” Some challenges happen when we least expect it and don’t understand why it happened to us. Unfortunately, we oftentimes take obstacles personally and become negative, which typically does not help us overcome the challenge. The key is to understand that you are not alone. These steps will help you understand and overcome life’s challenges.

1. Be humble.

In most cases we believe our challenges are unsurmountable and extremely difficult. Life is a gift and is not always easy. Realize this, take on the challenges that come your way, and stay humble. Being humble will allow you to appreciate your current position in life and keep focused on the opportunities ahead. There are many people in the world that likely have more difficult challenges but still continue to push forward. We are all fortunate to be living in a great country with the opportunity to do great things. Keep this in mind and the challenge will dissipate.
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Careers, On the Job

Career Skills: Writing Professionally

July 14, 2015

I am writtting this not e to u 2 se if it is difocolt to read. Can you imagine if this cane from ur dr. Would your feel comforti ble with them caring for your health?

With Tweets, Facebook, text messaging and the like, our society spends a lot of time on written communication. People may not realize that the quality of their writing can often influence their career path. If your workplace communication is poor, you may be judged as being less knowledgeable. However, if you practice good communication skills, you may be seen as more knowledgeable. Your communication skill level could mean the difference between getting that promotion and being overlooked.
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5 Tips to Make an Ideal Study Area

July 10, 2015

People who go to school online may have a little more difficulty trying to focus than students who attend classes. This becomes all the more difficult when the weather is warm and other students are out of classes. So what is an online student to do? As a student, you should prepare a study space that will help you focus and get your work done, so you can get out there and enjoy the summer sun without feeling guilty about skipping your schoolwork.

1. Get rid of distractions.

What’s the one thing that can prevent you from getting your work done? Distractions.1 From Facebook and television to a buzzing phone, these distractions can keep you from focusing on the task at hand. Naturally, you want to try to avoid these distractions at all costs, but this can be easier said than done. That’s why you may need to go the extra mile. Turn off your phone or put it in the other room. Stay totally away from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Don’t check for updates, responses or new posts. Without these distractions, you’ll see how much easier it is to work.
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Careers, On the Job

Transitioning From Office Coder to Remote Coder

July 8, 2015

Many people enter the medical coding industry because it offers the opportunity to work from home. Those coders seek the flexibility of being able to roll out of bed, remain in their jammies, boot up their computer and begin working. Although those things are all possible, the transition isn’t always a smooth one.

Office coders are armed with resources at their disposal. They can turn to their fellow coworkers, ask questions and receive answers on the spot. In addition, most offices are filled with all of the books, materials and industry contacts that office coders can utilize whenever they have a need. Remote coders lose a portion of that once they make the change from office to home. Continue Reading…

Education, Life

4 Fantastic Tips for Summertime Students

July 7, 2015
Summertime studying

They call it FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out. And when you’re in school, FOMO is never stronger than during summertime. It seems like the whole world is on vacation, and it can be tough to choose between schoolwork and hanging with friends. But looks can be deceiving, and it’s important to remember why you’re in school to begin with. Taking a step back to remind yourself of what your top priorities are can help you find the willpower to keep moving forward. Consider these important aspects of staying strong in your studies this summer.

1. Earn respect by saying no.

When someone is on a diet and they choose not to eat cheesecake, people respect that person for their self-control. And the healthier that person gets, the more people admire them for maintaining their diet. The same goes for school. You might have friends who pressure you to skip your schoolwork and join them for a summertime activity, but the truth is people will also respect you for saying no if your reason is to provide a better life for yourself and your family. That respect increases when you can finally declare that you’re graduating, and that you’re starting a new job. So remember, you might be missing out on a little this summer, but soon your summer vacations will be better than ever.

“I’m doing what I know I should do now, so I can do what I’d like to do later.”

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Education, Life

Summer Challenges: Being a Student with Kids

July 6, 2015

Remember how exciting it was to get out of school for summer break? Those were the days. And as your kids go through the same excitement, there’s a new challenge to face as a parent if you’re a student: “How do I handle being a parent and a student this summer?” There’s no doubt this is a challenge, but there may be some helpful resources1 for you.

Reach out for help.

If you’re a student and you’re trying to figure out how to juggle parenting and studying, your school may be able to help. Look for counselors or advisors to reach out to for advice. They may be able to help you find childcare services, transportation and other resources to assist you with your needs. Continue Reading…

Careers, On the Job

Making a Professional Impression: Phone & Email

July 3, 2015
cellphone chord image

If you want to make a professional impression at your job or in a job interview, consider these these helpful tips. Your cell phone settings and your email address do make an impact on your image.

Cell phones are a big distraction for people at work. Employers claim that they employees may lose up to 50 percent in productivity because of cell phones.1 Many employers, especially in healthcare, do not allow employees to use their cell phones at work and some may even prohibit employees from bringing them into the facility. Only use your cell phone on breaks or at lunch, otherwise remember, they are paying you to work, not text. If you’re going to an interview, turn your phone off or leave it in the car.

Phone ringtones, alerts, alarms.

Having a unique ringtone can be fun, but if your favorite Jay-Z song starts playing, it may not be work appropriate.

  • Tip 1: It’s best if you don’t have your phone with you at work, but that may not always be practical.
  • Tip 2: The next best option would be to silence the phone or put it on vibrate with no sound.
  • Tip 3: But, just in case you forget, you should still set the ringtone to a standard ring (with no words or music).
  • Tip 4: Also, if you do receive texts through the day, pick a plain and relatively quiet message notification.  Nothing breaks concentration like a tweedy-bird that whistles every few minutes. Your co-workers will appreciate your politeness.

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Tips for Online Discussion Boards

July 1, 2015
Colorful collection of thought bubbles

Why should you participate in your class online discussion board or forum? In a traditional classroom, as students, we talk to our classmates before class begins, sometimes during the class, and then again as we leave the classroom. In some instances, our instructors will even discuss their thoughts and opinions before class starts. We learn a lot from one another, such as tips for studying the material, pointers that our classmates have discovered, and helpful information that we just may have overlooked. In the online environment, we are bringing that tradition into our virtual classroom through discussions. Consider these tips for online discussion boards.

Answer the whole question.

As a student in an online class, you will learn a lot about the discussion topic by reading what your peers are posting. You should make sure you are providing details to all parts of the question in your post. A good rule is to rewrite the question so you can refer to it, making sure you are covering all parts. This will help you focus on the entire discussion question. For example, if your discussion asks you the pros and cons of making peanut butter fudge, make sure you are adding information about both aspects. It’s important for your learning, as well as others. If you only gave the pros, others would only get a one-sided view of making peanut butter fudge. It’s always good to look at other angles to help you gain a better overall understanding of your topic. Discussions will help you learn the topic better and apply in your career.
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Job Search Advice

References: They’re Like Yelp for Your Resume

June 29, 2015
hand holding up pinky finger

Ever made plans to go to a restaurant only to have your mind changed by the reviews online? Or maybe you’ve been on the fence about whether to buy something until a friend said such great things about it that you went online and ordered it right away. Other people’s opinions matter to us, and that is why references can be your greatest secret weapon. References are like Yelp, for your resume.

The References section of the application is the employer giving you the opportunity to assemble the perfect team of reviewers to help them make decisions when they aren’t 100 percent convinced that you’re the person for the job. Your references are your advocates. They are people who believe in your character, abilities, or proven track record of reliability. Choose wisely. Understand what role your references play. Make sure you have your references’ approval to list them, make sure they know what position you’re going for, and make sure they sound good on the phone. The last thing you want is an employer to have a poor experience with a reference. Your references are a reflection of you. Make sure they show the best possible professional side of you.

“From an employer’s perspective, if you pay attention to detail by preparing your references, you’re also likely to show attention to detail when working with patients.”

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Careers, On the Job

8 Ways to Manage Your Workday

June 26, 2015
multiple sticky notes make an image of a light bulb

No matter that type of environment you work in, chances are you have a myriad of tasks to complete on a daily basis. It can feel overwhelming knowing you have so many tasks to do and only 8 hours in which to do it. Here are a few suggestions to help manage your time wisely.

1. Wear a watch.

This may seem simple and maybe even silly considering we all have smart phones that give us the time. However, every time glance at your cell, you run the risk of finding a distraction with the constant notifications and new texts and emails flooding your inbox. A watch can help you stay on task, while your cell rests out of sight.

2. Utilize Outlook Calendar or iCal.

Use any calendar application that allows you to log not only meetings and deadlines, but daily tasks and projects as well. Take it old school with a day planner if you are more of a visual person or if you want to physically write down items that need blocks of time allocated for completion. If you have a super important task that needs done, schedule time to do it, rather than hoping you can squeeze it into your day. Print off the calendar and carry it with you to meetings so you are aware of what is next on your daily schedule.
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On the Job

Focusing in a Loud Office Environment

June 25, 2015
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Whether it’s a co-worker singing or taking a conference call from their desk, working in an open office environment can sometimes be distracting and disturbing to your work day. If you’re looking for ways to focus on your work without straining your professional relationships, try the following tips.

Use headphones.

Although it’s still noise, picking your favorite calming music may be less distracting than your co-workers. Some people also find it easier to concentrate when listening to music without words, so maybe try classical music. Internet radio stations are a great source for all kinds of genres and styles of music.

Go for a quick walk.

If you’re feeling frustrated or unable to complete your work, sometimes going for a quick walk will help clear your head and help you refocus when you get back. Also, by the time you return, your co-worker may have wrapped up their distracting activity.

Snack on some chips.

The loud chomping may help drown out the noise and help you concentrate.
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Job Search Advice

How to Overcome Interview Anxiety

June 19, 2015
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I spend the majority of my time coaching women through the career launching process. We work together on all the little things that come BEFORE the interview; everything from knowing all the different job titles they’d be qualified for, to how to navigate most hospitals’ human resources departments, to how to introduce themselves to local offices in case those offices decide to hire in the future. Once we are able to find an office who is interviewing, some of the women I work with start to feel really anxious, they start to feel like they are about to be judged and are almost certain that the judge will not be kind. I’ve had women actually avoid my phone calls for months because they are so afraid of the voice of “the judge” that they fear they will face in the interview. The Interview is just the door though.

The interview is like the door that Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) has to go through in order to make it to Wonderland. The movie isn’t about the door at all. The movie is about something altogether different, but her willingness to adjust herself, to make herself bigger or smaller, to notice what’s working and what isn’t, is what gets her through the door so that the REAL story can start. A favorite columnist of mine, James Altucher, says:

“Anxiety is the doorknob. The doorway leads to change. But you have to open the doorknob first.”

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On the Job

Unpaid Externships: Everybody Wins

September 14, 2015

Imagine this scenario: An externship coordinator at Ultimate Medical Academy hand picks a student for an externship at your company. Your hiring manager approves, the student shows up with a good attitude, and they’re already familiar with some of the basics for the position. This student becomes a sponge and learns the day-to-day tasks at your company in no time. The next thing you know, you’re offering them a permanent position because, hey, they’re already trained and part of your company culture.

At UMA, we see that scenario happen over and over. In fact, we have this entire process down to a science. We ask employers and our advisory boards what UMA students should be learning in order to stay relevant in today’s job market. The result? UMA graduates are taught subject matter and up-to-date job skills that prepare them to work for you, ready on the first day. And if your company participates in our unpaid externship program, you’ll be creating a pipeline of qualified, well-matched employees straight from school into your company, at no placement cost to you.

What about soft skills? UMA’s curriculum, instructors and support staff focus on preparing our students to have the right mix of soft skills. UMA emphasizes how important it is for students to embrace a positive attitude, professional courtesy, punctuality, dressing professionally, communication skills, patience, how to take constructive criticism. The list goes on.

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons why UMA’s unpaid externship program is proving to be so successful. Everybody wins.

“UMA will be an instrumental part of the recruitment strategy at HealthPort for many years to come.” Carol Golden, Recruiting Manager, HealthPort Technologies

  • UMA has recruitment relationships with more than 48,000 employers across the country.
  • UMA’s national online programs and Tampa Bay area campuses have produced more than 35,000 graduates.
  • We employ a team of more than 240 people who are focused on helping graduates find jobs.

Contact “Hire UMA” to help your business find qualified candidates for unpaid externships.
























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