Better Looking Documents for Earning Medical Office Assistant Certification

Whether you’re a medical coding online student or you’re taking classes at the ground campuses to earn your medical office assistant certification, this information will be of value to you.  In fact, no matter what certification you earn studying at the Allen School, you’re bound to be preparing a resume for the job hunt and this pair of cool tricks will help you make a more dynamic and professional looking document to hand to recruiters.
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Many resumes today include a photo of the candidate.  Multimedia presentations have become more or less expected in today’s social media driven work environment.  Microsoft Word, that old workhorse of document creation has been updated to address the task.  Instead of simply dropping in a rectangular photo (as all photos generally tend to be shaped) use the “crop shape” function in MS Word to put your head shot in a nice oval or any other shape. Similarly, most documents – whether they are essays/term papers, resumes or other important works – contain bullet pointed lists of information.  The tired old bullet point list has been given an exciting makeover including the potential for color coded shading and other nifty effects to draw greater attention to the data sets.  MS Word’s “Smart Art” function helps spiff these up a bit. For details and screen grab instructions to show you how easy it is to make these manipulations happen in your own documents, read this great tutorial from TechRepublic.  Then go out and “wow” ’em with your great looking documents!

Unless You’re Taking Medical Billing Classes Online, You’d Benefit from This

If you’re studying medical billing classes online with the Allen School, you’re fortunate in that it is much easier for you to avoid the inclement weather.  Be it heavy summer thunderstorm downpours or freezing winter winds and snow, the online student can watch the forecast on TeeVee in the morning and simply opt to stay inside all day while studying. If you’re taking any of the healthcare training classes offered at Allen School ground campuses in the New York Metro area, you’re not as lucky.  The chances you’ll be caught in iffy weather are far higher.  But fret not!  There are numerous weather forecasting apps you can download into your mobile device whether it be an iPhone or an Android phone.  The video below looks at the best apps for both platforms – free and paid.  Enjoy, and stay cool and dry!

What CNAs, Billing and Coding Pros and Medical Office Assistants Have in Common

The one thing that employed certified nursing assistants, medical billing and coding pros and medical office assistants have in common is an effective résumé.  Even with the strength of the hiring market for medical industry professionals, there is still a very competitive environment for those seeking work.  Getting the interview is not easy in any field.  Getting noticed by the hiring managers requires having a solid and well conceived résumé or CV (curriculum vitae). The Business Insider just published one of the best, most comprehensive articles on what it takes to build an effective résumé for a competitive job market.  I highly recommend you read it.  Especially if you’ve recently (or are about to) received your CNA certification, your medical billing and coding certificate or if you’ve completed the medical office assistant training program at Allen School.  The piece explains (among many other important things) the importance of tailoring each résumé for every job opportunity; how to decide whether or not to include an objective statement; how and why to insert keywords; and about a dozen other critical pieces of information.  Simply put, great résumés land great jobs!  

Best Job Markets in the US: Part Deux – NJ’s Monmouth-Ocean Counties

Today, let’s examine the career environment in the Monmouth and Ocean Counties of New Jersey. These two coastal counties just south of New York City are home to many of the famed New Jersey Shore communities. Offering summertime visitors and residents alike sun, surf and proximity to the cultural and economic powerhouse that is New York City, Monmouth and Ocean Counties also rank very high in terms of their career potentials for those seeking employment in healthcare related industries. Monmouth-Ocean is among the top 25 “medium sized” cities for jobs and business in the US and ranks 57th out of the top 100 largest metropolitan areas. The Department of Human Services has significant resources in this area and provides services in a number of relevant areas such as aging, mental health, addictions and others. No less than 3 of the top 10 source industries in Monmouth-Ocean are in healthcare related fields. And there are plenty of large organizations to support solid job growth in this field including:
  • Southern Ocean County Hospital
  • St. Barnabas Healthcare System
  • CentraState Healthcare System
  • Monmouth Medical Center
  • Bayshore Community Health Center
Besides strong opportunities for stable employment, this area also boasts great quality of life. Strong green community development initiatives and the spectacular natural beauty of famous shorepoints like Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant, Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island and Springsteen’s favorite, Asbury Park, make this coastal area a wonderful place to be during work hours and during play time too! As a young man, I spent many summers traveling to the New Jersey Shore. Etched into my memory are the sounds and smells of the beach boardwalk commingling salt air, coconut oil, sausage & pepper heroes, corn on the cob and salt water taffy. Add to these intoxicating aromas the delighted squeals of rollercoaster riding kids, the perpetual throb of the surf and the cries of maritime birds. The relaxing vibe of the sleepy coastal towns always helped tranquilize me and wash away the stresses of life. How great would it be to live and work in such a attractive and prosperous environment? For more detailed info on Monmouth-Ocean demographics and job data, visit: http://hubpages.com/hub/Monmouth-Ocean-NJ

Ransomware: At the Nexus of Medical Office Assistant Training and IT

An interesting story rests at the intersection of medical office assistant training and IT-centric activities like online medical billing.  According to news reports, MedStar, a health network of 10 Maryland hospitals, was  struck by a ransomware attack last week.  What’s ransomware?  If you’re soon to complete medical office assistant training or online medical billing classes, you’re on your way into career positions that require you to be knowledgeable almost as much about IT as medicine – ergo you MUST learn about ransomware so you can help keep it away from the computer systems in the offices where you’ll be employed. Ransomware is a type of virus that is delivered via an email.  Typically, the email has what looks like a legitimate purpose, with a seemingly innocent subject line.  Many victims report the email subject says “Invoice Inside – Please Remit”.  Inside the email is an attachment that looks like the invoice.  When the diligent medical office assistant opens the attached invoice to process it, the virus is inserted into the computer.  The virus immediately shuts the use out of the computer and will not allow the user re-entry until a ransom is paid to the hackers. This article from techie site ArsTechnica details the failure of MedStar IT personnel to properly guard against this form of cyberattack.   While MedStar was able to gain reentry to its entire network of infected computers without paying the hacker’s ransom, there was still a good deal of waste and headache caused by the event which idled the company’s workforce for a period of time while the issue was sorted out.  Obviously, this is something that any organization would rather avoid than figure out the hard way (like MedStar). It pays for people like you taking medical office assistant training to educate yourself on computer systems and IT considerations like this.  You needn’t be a geeky propeller-head or a serious computer nerd.  But knowing about tricky virus scams like this – and how they’re communicated – can really be a lifesaver (no pun intended) when your office is confronted with attacks like this.  Be aware of emails with attachments from senders you’re not familiar with.  Don’t be afraid to show anything suspicious to IT team workers if you think there’s a chance it is a scam.  The life you save may be your computer’s.

New Healthcare Law Requires Chain Restaurants to Post Calorie Counts

Healthcare Law Requires Fast Food Calorie ListingAccording to a report by the Associated Press: WASHINGTON – A requirement tucked into the massive U.S health care bill will make calorie counts impossible for thousands of restaurants to hide and difficult for consumers to ignore. More than 200,000 fast food and other chain restaurants will have to include calorie counts on menus, menu boards and even drive-throughs.  Read the whole article here. It may be a bit onerous for these restaurants to have to do this, but if you’ve ever seen those popular “Eat This, Not That” books and website, you know that often, seemingly “healthy” menu items can be worse than things that have a reputation for being “bad for you”.   In this blogger’s opinion, this step is a positive one because it will help American’s make more informed choices about what they eat.  Dietary choices are behind so many of the leading illnesses in our society from obesity to cancer.  The more info we have as a society, the better off we will be as we choose what to eat.

Good News for Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants and Medical Billing Specialists

In today’s troubled world, we all too frequently consume heaping doses of bad news.  From wars around the globe, to school shootings to outbreaks of deadly diseases, the daily papers and TV news reports are filled with tales of woe and suffering.  As people working as medical nursing assistants or performing medical assistant duties in emergency rooms and doctors’ offices, the career you’re training for at the Allen School is frequently on the front lines of these terrible events as you help tend to the ill and injured.  So it is important from a temperamental standpoint that you also seek out sources of life affirming, positive news from around the world.  Things that help you to remember the good that exists in humanity.   This is why I recommend visiting what appears to be a fairly new addition to the many sections over at the HuffingtonPost.  The section is not entitled, “News”.  Rather, it bears the positive title, “Good News” and hosts nothing but happy stories to bring a smile to your face and a warm glow to your heart.  Check it out here and then you’ll always know where to drop by if you need a quick emotional pick me up.

Medical Assistant Training Better Odds Than $1.3bb Powerball Jackpot

Powerball fever has reached an, um, fever pitch, with no winner in last Saturday’s drawing.  This pushes the jackpot to a record $1.3 billion pool.  And while we’re all engaging in a bit of fanciful dreaming about how our lives would be if we were the lucky winner, the truth is less sexy and alluring.   The truth is, if you’re seeking a pathway to more money, greater financial autonomy, a wider array of employment opportunity, a better quality of life for your family and all the things that come with a higher income, the odds favor those who complete medical assistant training with the Allen School. With the powerball, you have a 1 in 292 million chance of winning.  Compare that to the roughly 1 in 900,000 chance you’ll be struck by lightning in 2016 and you can see just how improbable a Powerball win truly is.   On the other hand, there is a much greater chance that, with a degree earned via medical assistant training with the Allen School, you’ll be able to land a good paying job in a growing field. It may be fun to buy a ticket or two (buying 100 tickets does nothing to significantly increase your odds of winning) and then spend some time fantasizing about winters in Bali, summers in the Alps, etc.  But if you want a sure thing, embark on an exciting new career today as a medical office assistant.  It’s as close to a sure thing as you’ll find out there.

Nursing Assistant Training: Not Too Late to Achieve Career Greatness

Making significant achievements is not an activity strictly reserved for the young.  You may have worked for a decade or more in a field you find unrewarding and unprofitable.  But just because you’re no longer college aged and fresh faced, that you cannot turn over a new leaf and engage in some nursing assistant training to land a job in a field you will find rewarding both emotionally and financially.  Nursing assistant training can be taken by the young and the old alike and both age groups will find plenty of work available to them when they complete their studies.

Don’t believe that you can begin something like nursing assistant training at a later point in your life?  Think achievement is only for the youngsters?  Consider seasoned NY Mets baseball player Bartolo Colon.   Colon is set to turn 43 on May 24 and had never hit a home run during his long career in Major League Baseball.  Yet, this past weekend, Colon drilled one against Padres right-hander James Shields, blasting a two-run homer into the left field seats at Petco Park in San Diego.  In so doing, Colon became the oldest player in MLB history to hit his first career homer.

What are you waiting for?  If you’re sitting on the bench worrying that you’re too old to make a huge event occur in your life, think about Bartolo Colon and step boldly to the plate to take your swing.  Allen School is here to help you knock it out of the park!


Summer’s Last Hurrah! Time to Study for Nursing Assistant Certification

Yes people, Labor Day is almost here and with it, the end of another summer.  At the grocer just yesterday I noted that the big pile of watermelons was quickly dwindling and I lamented that soon, there would be no more watermelon for sale (except in small quantities, shipped in from Mexico and at an insane premium).  So I bought the biggest one I could find and intend to enjoy its sweet juiciness but a few more times before the onslaught of the Fall. With Fall fast approaching and “back to school” on everyone’s mind, now might be a good time to consider taking classes with the Allen School to earn your nursing assistant certification and enter a fantastic new career in the medical industry.  You can ponder the possibilities over a juicy piece of the last of summer’s watermelon, prepared as shown above.