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5 Ways to Nail Your Next Job Interview

5 Tips To Nailing Your Job Interview

Although the field can be a stressful place, becoming the member of a healthcare team is one of the most rewarding types of jobs that are available, for various reasons. Healthcare offers job security and exceptional pay and benefits. There are many different types of positions to choose from that stretch beyond being a doctor or a nurse. But more importantly, you will get to make a direct impact on many people’s lives.

It doesn’t stop there. The relationships you build and lives you touch will make a lasting imprint in the world. What you do matters and is always going to be of necessity. The need for healthcare is always in high demand and shows no signs of slowing down, in fact, it is steadily increasing as the world changes and evolves.

Whether you are aiming for your first position or hoping to make a move to climb the ladder in your career, consider these five tips to ace that job interview.

First Impressions Matter

You want to make sure you are giving your future employer the best first impression, as this might be your only opportunity to impress them. Make sure you dress for success. Whether you are interviewing for a C-Level position or Level I RN position, make sure to be in appropriate business professional attire. This means a dress, skirt  or dress pants with a blouse or jacket for women and dress pants with a shirt, tie and jacket for men. Ladies, keep your makeup and jewelry classy and to a minimum! Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to show you are more than capable of being on time.

Do Your Research

Learn everything you can about the organization, hospital, staff members, and the interviewer. You will most likely be given the names of the individual(s) you are interviewing with. Spend some time researching each individual. Have they one any recent awards? What day to day job responsibilities do they hold in their current position? Make sure you know things about the hospital and organization such as their mission, beliefs, and awards. These are great topics to discuss and possible questions they could bring up during your interview. There is no such thing as being overly prepared! Google and LinkedIn are great online tools you can use to get started.

Show What You Can Do  

If you do not already have one, make sure you put together a professional portfolio that highlights your education and career. It should include any certifications, licenses, diplomas, awards, accomplishments, letters of recommendation, references, published articles, community service, etc. Bring multiple copies of your printed resume and be ready to hand it out. Don’t hesitate to bring up those accomplishments during the course of your interview if it does not come up in the interviewer’s questions.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice makes perfect, right? Search the web and find potential questions you will be asked in your interview. Find a friend or family member who is willing to review practice questions with you. Have them ask you a series of questions ranging from behavioral based questions to common questions related to the position you are applying for. Work on answering those questions not only with them but also in front of a mirror as well as practice greeting your interviewers and smile.

Be Confident

Never forget to show your enthusiasm for the position throughout the interview and smile! It is important to show your potential employers how much you want the position and how much energy you are willing to put forth. Preparing for an interview can be nerve-wracking and exhausting, so make sure you stay hydrated and nourished to remain upbeat. And don’t forget coffee if you need it! Also, just remember, you meet the requirements and guidelines for the position and have come more than ready, it’s time to shine!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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Tips on Staying Safe in The Sun

 

6 Tips on Staying Safe in the Sun for the Holiday

Enjoy the benefits of summer weather this 4th of July without putting yourself at a higher risk for sun exposure repercussions. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays cause dehydration and heatstroke, but beyond heat-related incidents, its rays increase the risk for sunburn and peeling, skin aging, and skin cancer.


All of these sun related conditions are often seen and treated by healthcare professionals and providers, and this time of year with 4th of July fun rolling in, they are extra busy handling these cases. As you’re enjoying your festivities this year, keep in mind that these rays reflect off water, sand, pool and deck concrete surfaces, making sun protection especially important.

Learn how you can protect yourself while still enjoying the sunny weather this holiday:

Apply Sunscreen

Make sure you are applying sunscreen generously and frequently – every 2 hours anytime you are outdoors. The recommended type of sunscreen to use is a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Wherever your skin is or may be exposed, be sure to apply! This is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

Whip Out Your Sunglasses

Now is the time to bring out your stylish studs. Although a fashion accessory, their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most lenses offer adequate UV protection, but if you are in doubt or want a stronger protection, check in with an optometrist.

 

Limit Time Spent in the Sun

It’s important to limit your time spent in the sun, especially when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are the strongest, between 10 am and 4 pm. Whether you’re hanging by the pool area or at the beach this summer holiday, make sure you’re seeking shade and circulating over to an indoor area.


Be safe – plan ahead. If you’re anticipating to be out in the hot weather, be sure to check the National Weather Service. They post the UV index daily by zip code and if it’s real high, an alert will be issued to keep the time spent in the sun to a minimum.

 

Check Your Medication

There are certain types of medicine that can cause sensitivity to the sun. Depending on the medication, it can contain ingredients that will cause a chemically induced change to the skin – photosensitivity. This can cause sunburn-like symptoms, rash, and possibly other unwanted side effects.

Make sure to reduce these risks ahead of time. If you are taking any medications and have concerns about having a reaction, check in with your healthcare professional or pharmacist before stepping out in the sun. Enjoy fun in the sun at a safe cost!

 

Examine Your Skin

It’s important to examine your skin head to toe at least once a month, especially if you know you will be spending extra long hours in the sun due to summer festivities and activities. If you perform regularly, examining your skin can alert you to changes and assist in early detection of skin cancer. Self-examination should take no more than 10 minutes – a small investment to protecting your health!

The recommended full-body self exam is once a month, but it is always important to check in with your doctor to determine whether you need more frequent checks. You may also find it helpful to schedule an appointment at least once a year through your healthcare provider to assure you any existing spots, freckles, moles or changes in your skin are normal.

Be a role model for safer sun actions. Your skin, eyes, and immune system will thank you!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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5 Tips to Stay Active and Healthy

Don’t Just Sit There: 5 Tips On Staying Active

When you’re working with sick patients and have a stress-filled job as a healthcare professional, keeping healthy yourself becomes a priority. During National Safety Month, this week highlights tips for working comfortably and safely – wherever you are.

While there are precautions such as gloves and masks, health encompasses everything including staying physically, nutritionally and mentally healthy to do your best job and enjoy life at the same time.

Here are a few tips on how to stay strong, fit and happy in your career:

 

Flex Your Mental Health

It’s important to take time for yourself. Whether it’s exercising, yoga, or reading, take the time to relax and refresh your mind and mentally prepare for the next day ahead. Self care can help you monitor your thoughts and it’s crucial to realize when you’re feeling overwhelmed or overworked. Keep tabs on yourself and remember that recharging is so important to your success.

Sweat It Out

The last thing you probably want to do is hit the gym after a long shift on your feet. You may have a million other things you need to get done on your time off, but it’s important that you take the time to make exercise part of your routine.

Not only is sweating a great stress reliever, it releases all your toxins. If you have long hours – working 12 hour night shifts – it can be extremely challenging to be physically healthy. But when you do exercise, it makes you feel productive, healthy, and fit for the future. Add a sweat sesh to your morning, it will give you more energy throughout the day, making it easier to tackle those grueling shifts with a smile.

 

Get Good Sleep

Working weird hours and long shifts can take a toll on anyone. Getting some good shut eye is crucial. Lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue and medical errors. If you’re tired, you’ll make mistakes and even get sick yourself. Your body will shut down and even driving home after a 14 hour shift can become a safety issue if you are so drowsy.

Don’t know how to adjust to shift work and get enough zzz’s? Try a black out curtain, turning off the phone, exercising when you get up, not eating too much before you go to bed, or even watching caffeine intake during your shifts.

Eat Well

You’re busy from the moment you clock in for your shift until you update your last patient chart for the day. You might even find yourself eating out of convenience – grabbing a snack from the vending machine whenever you have a spare second. That being said, it’s likely you aren’t taking in the right balance of nutrients while on the job. The foods you eat are connected to how you feel throughout the day. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet, even when on duty, and you’ll be able to power through your long shift.

Bring healthy snacks that are high in protein, complex carbohydrates and low in sodium, refined fats and sugars. Add some water to that routine and you’ll have natural fuel for your busy day!

Practice A Healthy Work-Life Balance

While nursing is a huge part of your life, and it may define things about yourself, it’s crucial to create a healthy balance of work and a personal life. Make time for family, friends, and yourself in order to reduce stress and promote overall satisfaction with your life.

Nurses have a skill in taking care of others, but it’s easy to lose sight of how to take care of themselves. Practice these tips to improve your overall wellness and get to a happier, healthier you!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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