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  • The nature of healthcare in our country is constantly evolving and has done so at an accelerated rate in recent years. From the continued rise of technology in the medical practice to the growing elderly population in America, there are a number of factors that act on the profession.

    For job hunters in the PA field, these changes might come with some concerns and questions on how they might affect the field they are looking to work in. NPPA Recruiters knows the importance of keeping up-to-date with the trends surrounding the future of PAs in America, that’s why we want to offer you some insight into the latest news that is affecting the field.

    All the numbers are on the rise.

    The best news for prospective PAs is that their chosen profession has a very healthy outlook and has promising increasing trends. The total number of PAs has grown to over 115,000 in the US, which is a rise of over 40% from a 2010 count.

    This recent spike in PA numbers has had positive effects that contribute to its profession’s vitality. One of the most noticeable is that the average PA is comparatively young at only 38 years old. This should come as an encouraging sign for recent graduates and other young professionals looking for a new job in this field.

    The average salary for a PA has also risen to over $104,000 this year. The rise in salary follows a pattern in recent years associated with increased competition for primary care providers and a physician shortage across the country.

    The restructuring or repealing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is important to consider.

    The ACA resulted in over 20 million Americans gaining new access to healthcare coverage. It was one of the main reasons that the demand for qualified PAs and other allied health professionals grew so much in recent years.

    The current drive to restructure or remove the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, is a top political issue. The good news is that regardless of what happens with the ACA itself, there are already political and economic trends that have risen from it that should continue to benefit the PA profession.

    In 2017, we have already seen a number of states continue to revise scope-of-practice laws. The aim is to provide the citizens of their states with easier access to PAs and other similar professionals, like Nurse Practitioners (NPs).

    The professional organizations that represent PAs and NPs plan to use this year to increase their push to expand care to more patients.

    In addition, more and more large companies and insurance providers are shifting to providing access to value-based models of healthcare coverage. Over 80% of large companies now include retail clinics –  sites where individuals are more likely to be treated by PAs and other allied health professionals – in their insurance plans for employees,

    Science and sentiment back up the increased care by PAs.

    Employers offering new alternatives for health care insurance is encouraging and a welcome sign. The move is made possible by the fact that people are becoming more open to being treated by primary care providers that are not necessarily traditional physicians.

    That trust comes from a belief that they will receive the same level of treatment whether they are treated by a doctor at a hospital or another professional, like a PA, at a different type of site, like a community health center.

    Studies have already been undertaken to test the quality of treatment by PAs and other non-doctor medical professionals. The results show that patients can expect to receive the same type of care regardless of who is treating them.

    NPPA Recruiters knows that getting your first or next PA position is vital to the health of your career. Contact us today at (956) 772-1400 or at (214) 351-3880 and let us help you open the door to the rewarding opportunities being a PA has to offer.

    By any measure, the future for  PAs is a bright one. The number of jobs continues to grow, as does the scope of treatment PAs can provide. It never hurts that compensation looks to follow a similar upward path.

    NP PA Recruiters is eager to hear from candidates interested in joining the medical field. Visit our job board to find exciting opportunities for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants all throughout the nation.

  • Looking for your first job in any field is always a time of excitement and uncertainty. Even for physician assistants, the process must be handled effectively and intelligently.

    While the medical field holds tremendous opportunity, there is still a lot to navigate along the path to landing your first PA job.

    The good news is that there is a lot you can control during the process of looking for that first step in your career. NPPA Recruiters know that a proactive approach to job searching is the best one to have if you are going to be successful.

    Consider the following 8 tips to help you find your first job as a physician assistant.

    1. The whole process of applying for your first PA position should start before you even graduate. While you might not be able to obtain a job in your first couple of applications, it does allow you to make contacts in a situation that is less stressful for you.

    The process toward being hired can last many months and the sooner you can get your name out, the smoother the process will be for you.

    1. Networking is another critical component to your job search and another thing that should start well before you finish school. While as a PA student, you will meet your fair share of medical professionals, whether they be PAs, MDs, or other members of the medical field.

    Every person you meet can potentially open a door to a position down the road. It is important to get to know as many professionals as possible and to familiarize them with what your goals and interests are. They may have information on openings before they are posted to job boards and valuable information on what to expect at different job locations.

    1. Don’t underestimate just how much there is out there on the internet that can help you. Beyond career sites like Indeed, there are many other options for you to look into.

    It is a good idea to check out hospital websites in addition to job boards like those found on NPPA Recruiters. The PA chapter for your state will also have job postings on their website.

    1. You can find useful forums filled with blogs and articles from current PAs who have gone through the hiring process and are at different stages in their career. Sites like Physician Assistant Forum offer useful platforms for PAs to tell their stories and contribute to the professional community.

    The input and guidance found in those blogs and articles can prepare you not only for job hunting but for what to expect as you progress through your career as a PA.

    1. While you are looking for open positions, make sure to stay up to date on current salary and benefit trends that are happening in the locations you are job hunting. You should not go into an interview unsure about how you should be compensated.

    Knowing the fair market value of your skills also means that you don’t have to settle for the first offer that you get. Be prepared to negotiate for the best possible deal and any extra money you can obtain, whether in salary or through other incentives.

    1. As you go through the process of applying and interviewing to become a practicing PA, you will accumulate a lot of information and come into contact with a number of people. You should set up a system to keep track of where you are in relation to each application and what you’ve learned about the different jobs you have applied for.

    This system should include names of the recruiters and locations of the positions, how to get a hold of them, when you were interviewed, when you will be interviewed for certain positions, and other related information. Just how much you keep track of depends on you. The most important information boils down to contact, who and when and did you follow up.

    1. It is important to make the follow-ups as personal as possible. But an email or phone call is a must if you are not able to connect in person.

    Following up in person makes your response quicker and gives you more face to face time with interviewers, giving them another chance to remember who you are.

    1. One way to tie all these things together, both at the beginning of your job hunt and as your career progresses, is to join a professional organization like the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), The Society of Early Career PAs, or your state chapter for PAs. They not only provide access to many of the topics already covered but they also have additional incentives.

    Like many professional societies, you can get discounts on certain things like hotels and car rentals. On a bigger scale, you have the opportunity for leadership positions within the organization to help develop skills that will help you as a PA. You can also make your mark professionally by publishing articles in journals, magazines, and other media.

    While this list is not exhaustive, it shows there is plenty you can do to help yourself as you look for your first PA position.
    NPPA Recruiters understands the potential you hold as a new Physician Assistant graduate and we are here to help you unlock all those opportunities. Contact us today at (956) 772-1400 or at (214)351-3880 for the help you need to start your amazing career as a PA.

  • Your resume is a representation of your knowledge, skills, education, and experiences, so you really want to shine through and set yourself apart from the hundreds of other job candidates. Your resume is likely to be the first line of communication that you will have with your potential employer, so you need to effectively detail your abilities that meet (and exceed) their standards of care.

    At NPPA Recruiters, we understand that creating the perfect resume takes effort and a keen awareness of how to communicate vital content. While spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, and formatting issues will definitely hinder your job hunt, irrelevant information and a lack of customization to your resume can have just as a disastrous effect.

    You’ll need to be exceedingly conscious of your writing, your resume’s visual appeal, and the message you are setting forth. Consider the following guideline as a tool to get your a clean and modern resume that will help you land at least an interview—and hopefully that dream job.

    The Essentials

    Every industry has a unique set of resume requirements and a PA resume is no different. These essentials should convey your abilities (and specialities when proper) as well as provide relevant information about who you are as a professional. Make sure that your resume has the following info:

    • Header—With your name followed by your address, phone number(s), and a professional e-mail address. Don’t forget to list your credentials behind your name.
    • Education—Your “Education” section should start with the last institution you attended (where you received your PA degree) and then followed by any undergraduate schools in descending chronological order. Include major and/or specialties include graduation dates. DO NOT include high school information.
    • Clinical employment history—Keep this information concise and relevant. Only list jobs that have been related to healthcare and avoiding noting down any position that draws attention away from you healthcare aspirations.
    • State licenses and certifications with expiration date(s)—PAs must be credentialed in order to practice and every state has their own system of licenses and certifications, so list those down. Even if you aren’t fully certified, you can note that you have applied for a specific credential that is only “pending” approval, or include it as “anticipated” and the expected date. Considering including basics like ACLS or BLS.
    • Relevant professional memberships—Adding relevant memberships to professional organizations are a great way to showcase your dedication to the profession and your interest in developing your experiences within the healthcare community. If you aren’t a member yet, then consider the benefits of joining a professional organization.
    • References—Depending on the position you are applying for, most job post generally require 2-4 professional references. Anticipate the employer by providing them beforehand. The best practice is to include references from physicians, but if you are a new graduate, a faculty member is fine, as long as you include other references from physicians.  

    Keywords and Job Posts

    In today’s tech driven world, you can guarantee that recruiters and HR directors are utilizing software and databases to scan through resumes, looking for keywords that indicate a candidate has the right skill set to move forward in the interviewing process.

    Rather than using the same general language as everyone else, pay close attention to the language utilized in the job posting. By keeping a close eye on the job description terms, and echoing those in your own resume, the software (or resume reader) can easily pinpoint phrases that match up directly with those they are looking for.

    If there are certain words utilized in the job description that contain specific skills or qualities the hospital/clinic/company is looking for, then include those in your resume, assuming of course that you have the experience. If for example, the job post has the terms “managerial experience”, but you have “supervisor” in yours, change it.

    If you are able to emphasize these skills in your resume, then you have a higher likelihood of drawing attention, and being invited to an interview.

    It’s Not Only About What You Say

    The format of your resume definitely matters. While you don’t want to create anything outlandish, there are a few design tips to help you stand out, including but not limited to:

    • Consider using a small burst of color to highlight important information.
    • Headers such as education, work experience, and specialized skills should be bold.
    • Education and job history should be in chronological order.
    • Utilize the right font; Times New Roman is a thing of the past.
    • HR managers and recruiters naturally focus on the top ⅓ of your resume. Make sure the most important information is on this portion of your resume.

    Remember that the visual appearance of your resume plays just a prominent role as the content held within.

    What Not to Include

    As a recent graduate or practicing PA, you may be tempted to include as much information on your resume as possible to pad your resume and make them longer. This is totally unnecessary and can ultimately hurt you in the long run.

    Forego irrelevant information such us:

    • Unrelated job experiences—If it is not a recent position that is medical related then it is best to keep it off of your job history.
    • High school information—You’ve already attended years of undergrad and graduate school, high school information is not longer relevant.
    • Objective—Writing an objective at the beginning of your resume is quickly becoming a thing of the past. The employer already knows you want the job; if you decide to go this route, though, be passionate and bold to showcase you really are leagues ahead of other applicants.
    • One-off volunteer activities—While illustrating your volunteer experience can showcase your healthcare knowledge, adding the one event you did years ago as an undergraduate is only drawing attention away from what matters most. Unless it’s a substantial amount of time, leave it out.
    • The basics—Employers will assume that you have a certain level of proficiency with medical-related skills such as suturing, splinting, wound care, treatment plans, and the likes. Don’t waste valuable space on your resume my including skills that are expected for a qualified PA.

    The Extras

    Developing the ideal resume is a process. Alongside the essentials, there’s always the opportunity to include additional information that can help you shine through, but it’s vital that it remains relevant and to the point.

    Some of the optional information that might enhance your resume includes:

    • Meaningful trainings, CE, and volunteer work—Any experiences outside of employment that are directly related to the position you are applying for can enhance your resume. If, for example, you are applying for positions in geriatrics, and you have extensively volunteered to work at nurse homes, this would be a positive addition to include.
    • Unique skill set—Basic hobbies should not be listed, but relevant specific skills should be, such as speaking another language or technical proficiency with machines and tests can be.
    • Summary paragraph—A brief, 3 to 5 sentence paragraph, that highlights your education, career, and accomplishments can help to make your resume standout. Use concise and passionate language to effectively communicate your rapport with patients and ability to collaborate with an interdisciplinary medical team.
    • Formal recognitions/awards—If you have received any recognitions from nationally/state recognized organizations, then don’t forget to include those in your resume. This will help to validate your experience and qualifications.

    Refrain from including every single experience you have had and attempt to keep your resume to 1 or 2 page, three tops. The interview is the perfect time for you to get into greater depth about your qualifications and abilities to meet the potential employer’s needs.

    Let NP PA Recruiters Be Your #1 Source for Job Guidance

    Nurse practitioners and physician assistants in search of the ideal employer can rely on NP PA Recruiters to help them through the job searching process and to ultimately guide them in finding the perfect career match.

    We offer a personal consultant to aid you in your search and will even provide you with the resources you need to impress your future employer during an interview.

    Contact us today at 956-772-1400 or 214-351-3880 to get started on your successful career in the medical industry.

    You can also visit our job listings to see what positions are available to you nationwide.

  • You’ve made it through the application screening and onto the interview process—good work! But now comes the tough part—having to prove that you are the right candidate for the practice.

    While standard interview questions should be expected (and can easily be searched online), interviewers also want to avoid hiring the wrong candidate, which can ultimately cost them time and money they don’t necessarily want to spend.

    Because of this, your interviewer will likely ask you questions that are a little more unique in order to gain better insight into your mindset, and to see if you will mesh well with the practice.

    To begin, some of the fundamental questions you’ll be asked will likely include:

    • “Tell us about yourself.”
    • “What did you think of your previous boss?”
    • “Why are you interested in leaving your current position?”
    • “Who are you as a provider?”
    • “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
    • “What’s your greatest weakness?”

    These sorts of interview questions will be asked initially to help the interviewer get a general idea of who you are. Then come the tough questions, but don’t panic, NP PA Recruiters can help you prepare for those penetrating questions. With just a little awareness of what to expect, and a bit of practice answer them, you’ll have that dream job in no time.

    Consider the following tips on how to answer these seven tough questions during your interview:

    1.What makes our practice different/the same as your last practice?

    This question is actually three-in-one; on one end the interviewer is asking to see how flexible you are to change and how willing you are to learn new habits. When discussing similarities, make sure to refer to your experiences and how those skills will transfer over to this new position. When noting differences, discuss your desire to develop professionally and skill wise. While you might not have the exactly skills mentioned in the job description, your ability to amplify your willingness to learn and grow can be seen as a shine of longevity within the company, which is always a plus.

    The third piece of this question is subtly hidden between the differences and similarities. What the interviewer is trying to find out is whether or not you did your homework on the clinic. Failing to have a grasp on what the similarities and variations can make you appear unprepared, or worse, disinterested. Spend some time studying your potential employer.

    2.What would your last supervisor say was your greatest strength and weakness?

    We’ve all heard what we think are our greatest strengths and weaknesses, but when we’re forced to consider another’s opinion on workmanship, we are more likely to give a genuine answer. When discussing these points, you’ll want to emphasize strengths over weaknesses, as well as provide a little bit of background about why you liked working with your last supervisor. Consider discussing a weakness first, then ending with three or four strengths and expand on those.

    You’ll want to avoid answering the question by discussing any animosity or bad experiences between you and your previous supervisor. Also, refrain from overemphasizing the relationship you had with your past boss as it may sound like bragging.

    This question can provides insight into your personality and workstyle, be it more autonomous or team player. Remember that personality is just as crucial as technical ability.

    3.What is your approach to a new patient?

    Potential employers are checking for any apparent knowledge gaps and whether or not you will be thorough in your treatment of patients. Don’t forget to mention the importance of reading through charts before meeting with patients as well as how you plan on developing a rapport with them.

    When responding to this interview question, highlight your level of knowledge, your experience handling a variety of cases, any speciality skills you may have, your understanding of coding for treatments, and your comfort with EMR systems. Any trainings and certifications you have obtained can also be brought up at this time.

    Ultimately, the intent is to show how much you actually care about your patients. NPs and PAs truly invested in the wellbeing of their patients often see better results because the patients are more willing to tell the truth when discussing their health problems and will often follow instructions better. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to come spend an unpaid day in the office; this approach is used to assess your competencies and fit in the work culture.

    4.What aspect of the position would you like to change and why?

    This particular question allows you to negotiate job details you might find challenging to accept, but it’s also being asked to see if you willing to accept the non-negotiable pieces as well. Don’t cut your opportunities short by not being flexible to changes in your work ethic or skills. Take this time instead to discuss what you find exciting about the prospect of joining the new practice and how you plan on developing the position into a career.

    This question can really allow you clarify your intent in seeking work with the clinic and should showcase your ability to grow with any challenges you might face in your career.

    5.What compensation do you anticipate?

    Probably the toughest question you’ll face, you’ll want to do research before walking into the interview, and have an idea of what kind of compensation someone with your education and experience will typically make. Consider quoting a range rather than a specific amount as this will present you as being flexible and willing to negotiate.

    Don’t forget to mention the level of experience you bring to the table, and remember, compensation doesn’t just deal solely with salary. If there’s the potential for assistance with loan repayment, paid CME training, benefits, vacation, etc., then weigh the pros and cons of a larger salary versus the large compensation package.

    6.In what area(s) of your skill set do you see room for growth?

    This answer should exemplify your willingness to learn and can also demonstrate how you see the potential employer as an opportunity for growth and mentorship. Regardless of how experienced you are, it is always a good strategy to be humble and recognize room for growth.

    7.What’s your work/life balance like?

    Naturally, your interviewer is going to seek out someone who is excited to go to work everyday. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have any outside interests and hobbies that will allow you to refresh and clear your perspective.

    It’s important to know your limits and to be honest with yourself and potential employer to ensure that the position will align with your needs (and theirs). Getting the job and then realizing how much effort and hours you are expected to put in is a disaster just waiting to happen.

    Be real. Be honest. And like always, be flexible.

    NP PA Recruiters at Every Step

    Nurse practitioners and physician assistants in search of the ideal employer can rely on NP PA Recruiters to help through the job searching process and to ultimately guide them in finding the perfect match.

    We offer a personal consultant to aid you in your search and will even provide you with the resources you need to impress your future employer during an interview. Contact us today at 956-772-1400 or 214-351-3880 to get started on your successful career in the medical industry.

    You can also visit our job listings to see what positions are available to you nationwide.

  • Life happens to everybody, and sometimes, individuals are forced to leave their job. From maternity leave to spouse relocation, there are a number of reasons why an NP or PA may have an employment gap on their resume.

    While some cases are more justifiable than others, all gaps in employment that lost last longer than a month should be explained. Clarifying your situation is vital because recruiters and hiring managers are keen on knowing why these employment gaps occurred. This is especially true when submitting applications online, as software scans can eliminate candidates without continuous employment dates.

    This often worries potential candidates who have been out of the job force for sometime and who may feel that their reasoning may read more like an excuse. Take heart in knowing that your personal situation was likely reason enough to require you to leave the field for an extended time. However, it’s still important that you address the situation effectively on your resume so you don’t set off any red flags against yourself.

    At NP PA Recruiters, we understand that life can change in an instant, and with it, your personal circumstances. If you have been out of the medical field for some time, but are now ready to return and re-commit yourself to your passion of providing quality healthcare services, we can help.

    While you are undoubtedly excited about your future prospects, it’s still important to point out and substantiate the past period in which you were unemployed. Consider the following four tips to help you fill in and explain your employment gap.

    1. Note it on your resume.

    While you don’t have to necessarily provide a full-page explanation on your employment gap, you’ll want to acknowledge the time away from work by including the period under your work experience section. Just as you would add a new job entry, insert a “job” title that informs both the hiring manager and computer system about your absence. Examples include “maternity leave,” “caring for aging parent,” “personal leave,” “mission work,” or other reasons. Be sure to also provide “to and from” dates.

    This brief admission allows you to own the situation, but doesn’t make you seem like you’re oversharing. The in-person interview is the time to provide a full explanation, if necessary.

    2. Stay busy when you can.

    While working full time may not be a possibility for you, there is quite a bit of value in contract/temporary work. Both of these forms of work allow you to maintain your skills, get exposure to new tools or industries, and help you continue feeling productive during a downtime in your professional life. Contracting/temp work can also help you maintain relationships with industry movers and shakers who may be able to help get you in the door when the time comes.

    Note these short-term projects on your resume like you would any other job. Include project descriptions, deliverables, and results. In order to substantiate these “in-between” jobs, you’ll want to treat them just like you would any other real project.

    However, make sure not to add fluff jobs to your resume, as recruiters will be able to notice any discrepancies. Also, be sure to have some references for these short-term jobs, and an explanation as to why you took them on. Hiring managers may see these short-stints as a warning sign about your ability to stay with a company long term.

    3. Be positive when discussing your jobs prior to the gap.

    When you get that interview, you’ll want to maintain a positive disposition and avoid throwing your last employer under the bus. Recruiters can view this as a sign of immaturity and inability to accept criticism. Explain yourself concisely, but don’t air out your frustrations.

    Don’t be afraid to mention that you left your job voluntarily. It’s ultimately in your interest to let hiring managers know a specific reason for your leave of absence rather than just avoiding the topic. Do not give them any reason to believe that you were doing “nothing.”

    4. Keep “working” by volunteering, writing, speaking, and getting more training.

    Working doesn’t have to mean a stable 9-to-5 job. There are plenty of opportunities for you to continue growing professionally, including volunteering. If you decide to go down this route, plan on volunteering at clinics and hospitals where you can continue to enhance your skill set. Plus, it will provide you with a sense of productivity and usefulness.

    Aside from volunteering, those who are looking to fill unemployment gaps can also become involved with speaking and writing engagements. Creating peer-reviewed, professional literature is an excellent manner to build credibility, and can also lead to speaking opportunities that can improve your reputation. These can lead to meaningful professional relationships and job prospects.

    It’s also important to remember to keep your skill set current, as licensure and certifications must be kept up-to-date. Unemployed periods offer you the advantage of attending seminars and classes that you hadn’t been able to do before because of full-time work. Consider scanning through job boards to see what new skills or certifications would improve your resume.

    Let NP PA Recruiters help you get back on the road to career success.

    At NP PA Recruiters, we understand the challenges that arise when returning to the workforce. Finding that new opportunity is an important decision and so we are dedicated to helping nurse practitioners and physician assistants find that perfect opportunity.

    On the road to success, continue to keep your skills up-to-date, stay busy volunteering when possible, expand your network, and don’t be afraid of a gap in your resume. Many individuals hit bumps in the road in their lifetime, but handle it effectively to keep moving forward.

    Contact us today at (956) 772-1400 or (214) 351-3880 to find out how we can help you find that dream job.