Thursday, June 18, 2009

How Talented Are You – How Big Are Your Questions?

As a recruiter, I am constantly interviewing people. As you know, we humans come in all sizes. People do reveal themselves in interviews – of course I also ask good questions. However, I'm always asking myself "how does this person show their spirit, their leadership, how do they 'show up' and make their contribution or mark in the corporate culture?" Since most of my clients are healthcare companies, private practices or hospitals, hiring people who 'get it' and who contribute at the top of their game is crucial.

Today, as a talent management professional and a trusted advisor to great clients, I have to share this quote. This is one of my favs of all time:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?"

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,

We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.

----Marianne Williamson in "A Return to Love"

My reason for sharing this is that at all levels of hiring, we are seeking those who can "connect". We seek talent that enables our healthcare system to provide healing.

If you are hiring what are you looking for? If you are a job seeker – why should we hire you?

Think about it.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

How to Find a Job When You’re a Phlebotomist

I have invited a guest blogger to share info with you all today. This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of phlebotomy tech salary at her blog Health Zone Blog. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address:

If you're a phlebotomist and looking for a job, well, you're in luck. Your profession is one that is actually recession-proof because trained and skilled phlebotomists are in demand in various kinds of healthcare settings. Better still, if you're able to manage your time and your schedule well, you could work part-time in two or even three healthcare facilities and make the most of your time and income. If you're wondering how you can kick off your job search as a phlebotomist, read on to find out:

  • Check out local hospitals, private physician practices and other healthcare facilities to see if they have any openings or if they can recommend you to someone who does need a good phlebotomist. Put out the word that you're looking for a job even before you graduate so that people know they can contact you if they find themselves short of a good phlebotomist.
  • Register yourself with online recruitment agencies where prospective employers can contact you if they have anything that suits your skills and qualification. You need to have a resume prepared and uploaded and keep your eyes open for a listing that you think is suited to you.
  • Check for job postings on online forums, websites, local newspapers and magazines and in flyers posted in public places.
  • Ask your friends and family members to keep their eyes and ears open if hospitals and other healthcare facilities are in need of a phlebotomist and to give you a call if they do.

Most phlebotomists are also expected to handle administrative duties, especially if they're working at a private practice. So it helps your job search if you have secretarial abilities and are able to organize and manage records well. Besides this, experience will come in handy in your hunt for a job, so even if the first job you get does not pay as much as you thought it would, accept the offer and gain some experience before you think of bargaining for more. Your people skills will also stand you in good stead in an interview because phlebotomists have to be good at putting people, especially young children at ease, before and when they draw blood.

It's not too hard to find an opening in the phlebotomist industry because you don't require much training and job openings are aplenty. Since the training period is comparatively less, you can start earning much earlier than others who choose to enter the medical field.

If you're looking to move up the career ladder in phlebotomy, you could earn more and take on more responsibility as a donor phlebotomy technician (DPT) with the necessary certification, or you could graduate to a supervisory position with a few years of experience and dedication.

Again, check out Kat's blog about salaries at phlebotomy tech salary at her blog Health Zone Blog a blogosphere for health professionals. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address:

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Annals of Medicine: The Cost Conundrum:

This is one of the most insightful articles I've seen recently about the thorny issues in healthcare. I can't say enough that I think this is must reading.

Annals of Medicine: The Cost Conundrum:

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