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    Strike Out on Your Own: Home-Based Health Services Businesses

    Strike Out on Your Own: Home-Based Health Services Businesses
    Are you a healthcare professional by trade but an entrepreneur at heart? If so, you may be the perfect candidate to launch a home-based health services business. As a self-employed medical biller, claims assistance professional or medical transcriptionist, you can use your healthcare background while fulfilling your entrepreneurial ambitions. Of course, it takes the right combination of experience, skills and marketing ...
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    Red Cross Healthcare Volunteers Help in Disaster Relief

    Red Cross Healthcare Volunteers Help in Disaster Relief
    Healthcare workers who volunteer for American Red Cross disaster-relief assignments say they're motivated by a desire to help people put their lives back together after a catastrophe. These 8,000 volunteers - typically nurses, social workers, emergency medical technicians, counselors, physician assistants and therapists - often leave home on short notice to aid victims of hurricanes, fires, floods and other disasters, wherever ...
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    Evaluate a Healthcare Job Offer

    Evaluate a Healthcare Job Offer
    You've just been offered your first professional job in the real world. You breathe a sigh of relief: The search is over. Unfortunately, it's not. In many ways, the real work, deciding whether this job is really the one for you, is just about to begin. Looking for a job after college is difficult enough. Deciding on a job offer when ...
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    Go Beyond Your Degree to Get the Salary You Want

    Go Beyond Your Degree to Get the Salary You Want
    When people ask you what your college major was, they want to know about more than your interests. What they really mean is, "How much money do you make?" Indeed, when it comes to salary, your major can make a big difference. No matter what you majored in, the news is good for the class of 2009: Healthcare is one of ...
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    Making the Most of Your Professional References

    Making the Most of Your Professional References
    No matter how many good things you say and demonstrate about yourself on your resume or in job interviews, at some point employers are going to want an objective second opinion of you -- and probably third and fourth opinions as well. That's where your professional references come in. The time and care you invest in choosing and even coaching the ...
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    Live Your Dreams: Volunteering Abroad

    Live Your Dreams: Volunteering Abroad
    Ever had dreams of leaving it all behind to volunteer your skills in another country? More importantly, have you thought of all the lives you could improve with your nursing skills? Whether you’re clearing debris from a storm or volunteering in a medical clinic, the actions that you take while volunteering can make a big difference. So why not explore it? ...
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    Six California Cities: Which Healthcare Economies Are Thriving?

    California's sprawling size and the diversity of its regional health care systems result in care that is organized, delivered, and financed differently throughout the state. As part of its continuing effort to explore this variation, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) published six regional market reports, providing a first-time, in-depth analysis of six distinct California health care economies. The goal is to ...
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    Identify and Avoid These Career Decision-Making Traps

    Identify and Avoid These Career Decision-Making Traps
    Deborah Schneider spent far more time researching the $15,000 car she once bought than she did on a slightly larger purchase -- her $90,000 law degree. "Years later, I realized how common that is," says Schneider, who coauthored Should You Really Be a Lawyer? with Gary Belsky and produces its accompanying Web site. "Each year, many college students spend more time ...
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    Job Termination and Your Resume

    Job Termination and Your Resume
    Your employer just let you go. You need to find another job, but how should you handle your termination on your resume? The days when you signed on with a company and stayed with it until retirement are gone. In today's climate, employers are much more understanding when they see a less-than-perfect work chronology. Follow these tips regarding losing your job ...
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    Refresh Your Resume for the New Year

    A resume refresher doesn't need to be painful. And your efforts could pay off with big dividends. Arm yourself with an updated, high-octane resume, and this could be the year that you land a better job. Now is a great time to reflect on your recent accomplishments and add them to your resume. Let these ideas guide you. First Tip: ...
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    Sample Resume for a Physical Therapist

    To be the successful job candidate in any field, it helps to have a comprehensive resume. View our sample resume for a physical therapist here (PDF format).
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    6 Job-Hunting Tips from the Sales Pros

    Working in sales is tough. You need a gift for the gab, a thick skin, and an undying persistence, even in the face of constant rejection. But those who can do it well see the ample fruits of their labor. It's this promise that pushes them to work harder, to stay positive and to master their craft, even when the ...
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    Step Out of Your Job Search Comfort Zone

    Step Out of Your Job Search Comfort Zone
    Job seekers are notoriously afraid to embrace change even though their entire goal is based on change (though sometimes the change is thrust upon us). Some candidates are afraid to approach new career paths, others are afraid to change industry or function, and almost all are afraid to change their approach. I spoke to a candidate today, whose job search strategy ...
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    Interview Prep for New Grads

    Interview Prep for New Grads
    The best way to ace your next interview is to make sure you’re prepared. Follow these steps to get ready. Research the Company/Organization in Depth Your interviewer will expect you to know quite a bit about his organization. So at a minimum, browse the organization's Web site, read as many of its marketing materials as you can, and look for articles ...
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    Create a Personal Networking Plan

    Create a Personal Networking Plan
    Creating a structured plan and process is vital to any successful venture, whether launching a new business, orchestrating an organizational turnaround or managing your job search networking campaign. It is critical that you clearly identify your network contacts, develop a personalized networking plan and build an administrative process to manage it all. Before starting to create a two-tiered networking system, remember ...
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    Brand Yourself in Your Contacts’ Minds

    Brand Yourself in Your Contacts’ Minds
    If I were to say, "golden arches," what restaurant would you think of? I'd be shocked if you didn't say, "McDonald's." After exposing consumers to the golden arches for decades, the company has trained us to think, "McDonald's," whenever we see those arches on TV, in print media or when we're driving. Powerful stuff, don't you think? You can use a ...
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    Networking Doesn't Have to Be "Cheesy"

    Networking Doesn't Have to Be "Cheesy"
    What's your take on the idea of networking to learn about careers or job leads? If you're like a lot of college students or new college grads, the thought of networking makes you want to gag. A couple of years ago, I interviewed a recent college graduate for an article I was writing on the post-graduation job hunt. I asked the ...
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    Nonverbal Communications: Escape the Pitfalls

    Nonverbal Communications: Escape the Pitfalls
    It begins even before you say your first word in an interview. As the interviewer walks toward you to shake hands, an opinion is already being formed. And as you sit waiting to spew out your answers to questions you've prepared for, you are already being judged by your appearance, posture, smile or your nervous look. Look back at speakers or ...
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    How to Develop Opportunities Through Networking

    How to Develop Opportunities Through Networking
    Experience has shown that informal networking is a very rich source of job leads and information about unpublished job opportunities. Successful networking requires that you have as many contacts as possible hear your story, so they realize you are in the job market. h4. Sources of Possible Contacts To begin developing your network, secure names of specific individuals. These names can ...
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    Four Ways to Earn Respect at Your First Job

    Four Ways to Earn Respect at Your First Job
    When you’ve worked so hard to get that first job after college, the last thing you want is to screw it up. Sadly, new grads do it all the time. The problem rarely stems from lack of knowledge or poor technical skills. It often goes back to something simpler: Your persona in the workplace, particularly during your first few weeks on ...
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