“All too often routers are stuffed in a closet in some far corner of your house. If this sounds like your home, do yourself a favor, and try to get it out in the open, as high as possible, with as few walls between it and the rest of the house. Also try pointing one antenna vertically and one horizontally, if it has a couple of external antennas.”Another method for tweaking your WiFi for better speed involves changing the frequency/band it is using to beam signal around your home. For example, if your router is set to run on the 802.11n frequency, you might want to try connecting via 802.11.g. Most routers’ administrative panel permits users to change the bandwidth in this way. There are also a good number of video tutorials available that show step by step instructions for making this fairly simple change. Don’t suffer with slow or spotty WiFi. Take these few steps and improve your online study experience dramatically!
ProfessionalismLeaving a company without giving notice can damage your professional reputation. You’d be surprised how small the business community can be, particularly when you’ve done something of questionable ethics like leaving without sufficient notice. Also make sure you refrain from talking trash about the job during your notice period. Even if you have good reason to leave the position behind, keep it positive. It will reflect better on you. Also, do your job at full effort during your notice period. Don’t just slack off because you’ll be leaving soon. Manage your responsibilities promptly and professionally. It typically takes two weeks to tie up any loose ends, and coordinate with management and co-workers to ensure tasks and resources are reassigned properly.
Completing TasksEven if there aren’t any long term tasks or responsibilities in your role as a medical billing and coding worker, leaving without giving at least two weeks notice strains your employer and co-workers. Remember, your co-workers will likely have to pick up the slack you leave behind until a replacement is hired. So leaving without notice kind of sticks it to people you may have fondness for. You don’t want to be remembered as the person that screwed the team on the way out. Showing that you have the integrity to complete your engagement properly will earn the employer’s respect and will help ensure that you get a positive reference as you seek your next job as a medical billing and coding pro.
Future Job ReferencesAs noted, the most important reason to provide and honor a formal, written notice of your intention to leave a position is to protect that you may need to rely on your past employment to help you secure future jobs. References are very important and if you’ve done your last job wrong by leaving without notice or not completing your notice to full satisfaction, you could be damaging your future job prospects. Yes, there are plenty of medical coding jobs available in the marketplace. But your reputation is yours alone to polish or tarnish. Make the right choice when it is time to leave.
- Pulling All-Nighters – Yes, working all day, then staying up all night to study is something we do with relative ease as a younger person. But relying on this sleep-deprived method of “getting it all done” is not a sustainable practice.
- Relying on Coffee or Energy Drinks – Again, burning the candle at both ends to juggle work, family and studies is a habit that takes its toll on your nervous system, blood pressure and other functions as those drinks are high in sugar, caffeine and other substances that are less than healthy.
- Eating Junk Food – Being busy with nursing assistant training may seem like a plausible excuse for grabbing food on the go. But years of eating highly processed fast foods and other convenient foods will catch up with you later in life.
- Racking Up Debt – Studying for a certified nurse assistant degree can cut into time you may have spent working at a dead end gig. This is after all, one of the reasons you decided to embark on a new and gainful career. But be careful to avoid plugging financial shortfalls with credit card debt. Or you may find yourself working for years to pay down high interest debt.
- Drinking Alcohol – Study hard, play hard, no? Actually, no! While it is okay to periodically enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine, leaning regularly on alcohol as a means to decompress from busy days studying and/or working can take a great toll on your body and even blossom into a physical dependence. Avoid using the booze as an outlet.
Here are a few of the notable suggestions contained in Complex.com’s, 20 Job Search Hacks That Will Get You Hired.
#20 on their list: Don’t present yourself as “out of work”
If you have gaps in your job history, it is better to think of any work-related activities you may have been involved in such as volunteer work or internships to fill employment history gaps. The goal is to appear as though you remained busy and productive in-between jobs.
#19 on their list: Make Stories
Lists of experience and capabilities are not intrinsically interesting. While they may be relevant, you’ll stand out much more as a candidate if you can convey your strengths and value through interesting anecdotes and tales of your career exploits in a way that humanizes and connects with the interviewer’s emotional side.
#14 on their list: Think What You Can Do for the Job
Don’t go into the interview with a mind toward finding out about how the role serves you. Asking about the pay, benefits and vacation policy during preliminary interviews make you seem more interested in what the job can do for you than what you can do for the organization. Instead, think of 6 ways you can deliver value to the employer in your capacity as a medical office assistant. Convey these ideas to the hiring manager and you’re more likely to be seen as someone who’d be an asset to the team.
#6 on their list: Be Confident, Not Cocky
Employers want to hire people confident in their duties and roles. However, no matter how good you may be at what you do, if you’re full of yourself, you will ultimately be seen as a liability. Be sure when talking about your abilities to be humble and self-deprecating.
#5 on their list: Use Good Verbs
So many resumes tell hiring managers about nouns and not verbs. Simply put, this is the difference between “was the person responsible for communications” and “produced and delivered effective communications. Use verbs – action terms – to illustrate what you’ve actually done. “Led, implemented, designed, organized, transformed” are all good examples of action terms.
Look, you’ve got a great education in medical office assistant training from the Allen School. Read all 20 of these job hunting hacks then get out there and land the job you’ve been dreaming of!
“Healthier Skin Eating antioxidant-rich chocolate leads to skin that’s smoother, less dried out, and more resistant to sunburn, studies have shown.
Healthier Teeth It’s the sugar in chocolate candies that rots your teeth—cocoa actually protects them. Cocoa bean husks contain antibacterial compounds that inhibit the formation of plaque and biofilms.
Reduced Cravings + Weight Gain Cocoa is rich in fiber and protein; a standard-size dark chocolate bar contains 4 grams and 8 to 9 grams, respectively, of each, and a tablespoon of cocoa powder contains 4 grams and 1 gram of each. Smelling dark chocolate, they found, stimulates production of an antihunger hormone called ghrelin, and the effect lingers for about an hour.
A Healthier Heart Chocolate is often vilified because it contains cocoa butter, which is high in saturated fat. But it turns out that like other forms of saturated fat, such as coconut oil, cocoa butter could actually be good for you.
Sharper Focus Magnetic resonance imaging studies have shown that chocolate boosts blood circulation to the brain, which can improve your ability to focus. Taking a small amount of cocoa flavanols for five days led to better blood flow to the brain in healthy adults who were performing cognitive tasks.
Less Anxiety Stress prompts your body to produce cortisol, which has an added downside of triggering the accumulation of the abdominal, or visceral, fat that builds up around your organs and can contribute to depression, along with heart disease and stroke. Yet a 2009 study found that people who ate 40 grams (about an ounce) of chocolate every day for two weeks saw decreases in levels of cortisol.
A More Effective Workout Boosting your pre-exercise energy levels, powering through a hard sweat session, and cutting down on post-workout soreness—chocolate helps all three. Cocoa’s catechins and epicatechins, two kinds of antioxidants, increase your muscle’s absorption of nutrients that create energy, which can help you get energized to work out.”
So share the good news with any patients you may come in contact with after you complete nurse assistant training courses and head out to work in the field. You’re sure to get a sweet response!