US News and World Report
published a truly excellent piece explaining some of the major mistakes and missteps made by job applicants. In this age of high competition for a scarce number of jobs, there are very small margins for error in the interviewing process. Even things that seem like positives (showing up early for example) can be negatives. Other things we may not even think about – like talking too much – are also potential deal-breakers.The US News and World Report
list include:1. Little things count. Candidates often act as if only “official” contacts, like interviews and formal writing samples, count, but hiring managers are watching everything, including things like how quickly you respond to requests for writing samples and references, whether your email confirming the time of the interview is sloppily written, and how you treat the receptionist.2. We don’t want you to try to sell us. It’s a turn-off when a candidate seems overly focused on closing the deal, rather than on figuring out if the job is the right fit. No hiring manager wants to think she’s being aggressively sold; we want the best person for the job, not the pushiest spiel. 3. We’re judging how you’re dressed and groomed.3.In most industries, a professional appearance still matters. You don’t need to wear expensive clothes, but showing up in a casual outfit or clothes that don’t fit properly, having unkempt hair, or inappropriately flashy makeup can harm your chances.4. We might act like we don’t mind you bad-mouthing a former employer, but we do. We’ll let you talk on once you start, but internally we’re noting that you’re willing to trash-talk people who have employed you in the past and are wondering if you’ll do that to us too. What’s more, we’re wondering about the other side of the story—whether you’re hard to get along with, or a troublemaker, or impossible to please.5. You showed up too early. Many interviewers are annoyed when candidates show up more than five or 10 minutes early, since they may feel obligated to interrupt what they’re doing and go out to greet the person. Some feel guilty leaving someone sitting in their reception area that long. Aim to walk in five minutes early, but no more than that.Go have a look at the entire list
and sound off in the comments if you’ve ever made any of these mistakes.
Up or Down, Markets Don’t Impact the Demand for Medical Office Assistants
People training with the Allen School to start a new career as a medical office assistant
have a lot of things to be concerned about when it comes to economic and investment market indicators. Things like “which US cities see the most robust job growth” and “where housing costs are lowest” when they’re deciding where to begin their new, lucrative careers.But here are three things the market is telling us today that don’t amount to a hill of beans for a newly minted medical office assistant.
- US Factory Orders Advance 1.8%
The truth of the matter is, that whether or not the manufacturing sector of the US economy is booming or slumping, folks will always need to go to their doctor for everything from their annual physicals to treatments for seasonal afflictions like Flu and the common cold. In fact, there are literally thousands of ailments and afflictions keeping medical offices humming regardless of factory output.
- Oil’s Downtrend Seems to be Ending
We all know that the price at the pump has come down significantly. The price of oil most definitely has a real and noticeable effect on economic output. But do you know what isn’t affected by low oil prices? Instances of swimmer’s ear, plantar’s warts, hay fever, acid reflux and countless other ailments that keep medical offices humming regardless of the price of crude.
- Housing Data Beats Market Expectations
Do renters get sick more or less often than those who own their own home? Guess what, it doesn’t matter! Whether more people are pouring money into homeownership or living in frugal rental properties, they will all require medical attention at roughly the same rate as statistically speaking. Ergo, the whims of the housing market do nothing to influence the extent to which medical offices hum with activity.
Perhaps you’re seeing the pattern here. The field of medicine, including the job of medical office assistant, is mostly immune to the ebb and flow of economic changes
. This is why it is such a stable field to work in and why people seek to earn their degree as a medical office assistant with the Allen School.
Perseverance is probably the most important ingredient to success. More than innate ability, more than luck, more than well-placed connections, sticking to it is the most common attribute of the world’s most accomplished people. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.
For students at the Allen School, determination and dedication are among the most important elements of success. With such busy lives, it can be hard to ensure there is enough time and energy to properly devote to studies; but it can be done which has become evident by the high number of graduates that Allen School produces each and every year.
If you’re having trouble keeping focused on the prize, consider the effort put forth by young Ciara Cetraro of Hawaii who, at age 17, has a perfect attendance record at school. Since kindergarten, Ciara has never missed a day of learning. Can we imagine that some of the days among the 17 year academic career were tough? Absolutely! But, to her credit, Ciara never stopped plugging away and her record is a testament to the grit and determination that will surely serve her well as she enters post-secondary education and eventually enters the job force.
Take a page from her play book and stick to your goals and dreams. Pep-talk over! Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.
So you’re unhappy with your current career in a field you hate, with little prospect for advancement. Perhaps you’re feeling like you’re too old to start something new and that your career prospects are all but dead. Well, we have news for you. Just like the Phoenix of Greek mythology you can experience career rebirth at any age.
Take CNA training in Phoenix and watch your career catch fire and take flight!
The Phoenix myth was the ancient Greeks’ way of explaining the rising and setting of the sun each day. The myth tells of a bird of fire that is cyclically regenerated or reborn, obtaining new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Each night as the sun sets, the Phoenix dies. Every ensuing morning, the Phoenix is reborn at sunrise, rising high into the sky from the ashes it left the night before.If you’re seeking career advancement in a robust and growing industry, with great earning and advancement potential, and you live in Arizona, you can take CNA training in Phoenix (Arizona)
with the Allen School. Learning to be a certified nursing assistant is rewarding both financially and emotionally as you are compensated for helping people return to good health. CNAs are in great demand in all major American markets and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the field of healthcare (which includes the job of certified nursing assistant) is projected to remain so.So don’t fret if it feels like your career prospects burned up a long time ago, leaving you in a dead end retail or service industry gig. Rise from the ashes like the mythical Phoenix and take CNA training in Phoenix, Arizona and your career will blaze with the light of a white hot sun!
There are plenty of good reasons to study medical office assistant training classes. Beginning an exciting new career, working in a field expected to experience ongoing growth, earning better pay than you could in retail or service jobs, finding satisfaction in helping to heal the infirm are just a few of the reasons why one might wish to take medical office assistant training classes.But, WHERE should one enroll for medical office assistant training? Is it better to enroll with the Allen School’s medical office assistant training in Jamaica, Queens
, New York or in the actual country of Jamaica?Well, we cannot speak with authority on what kind of schools or programs may be available for those wishing to study medical office assistant training in Jamaica. But we do know all about studying medical office assistant training in Jamaica Queens. We do know that the Allen School of Health Sciences campus in Jamaica Queens is easily accessible by public transit. We know that there are plenty of great things to do in an around campus in Jamaica, Queens. We know that there is a wide diversity of students from all parts of the world who are living in Jamaica Queens and are part of the rich multi-cultural tapestry exhibited at the Allen School.The one thing about studying in the island nation of Jamaica is the fabulous weather they have in the islands. Tropical temperatures with that balmy humidity and sunshine. However, if you’ve been studying medical office assistant training in Jamaica, Queens this week, you’ve had the benefit of sultry, summer weather nonetheless. So in total, it seems like for studies in the field of health sciences, Jamaica Queens is the better choice.
Perhaps you’re in your 40s or 50s and considering a career change. If you live in Brooklyn, New York, you may have even considered taking nursing assistant training in Brooklyn
with the Allen School of Health Sciences. But then perhaps you thought to yourself, “Who am I kidding? I am too old to embark on a new career at this stage of my life.” Well, I am here to tell you that this thought is just flat out wrong.Just because you’re not a recent high school grad or a Millennial generation person seeking a career path for the first time doesn’t mean you can’t turn a whole new page in your professional life. Age is state of mind and has little to no bearing on your ability to earn a nursing assistant certification at Allen School’s Brooklyn, NY campus. Here’s some inspiration that proves one is never too old to update/upgrade.Consider the venerable old Brooklyn Bridge. At 133 years old, it is a historic landmark almost synonymous with New York City itself. An iconic structure built for a much simpler time. For more than a century, the bridge has kept up with the hastening pace of change experienced by Brooklyn and Manhattan. At 133 years old, the bridge is so popular and heavily used that the city is now entertaining making updates/upgrades to the pedestrian pathway, making it wider and thus able to accomodate more of the foot and bicycle traffic which has grown so heavily in the last decade or so.You can read about the plans to expand the Brooklyn Bridge’s pedestrian walkway in this article in today’s AM New York newspaper
.Then consider yourself Mr. or Ms. middle aged person. If they can update the iconic 133 year old work horse of a bridge, surely you can take steps needed to update your job skills with nursing assistant training in Brooklyn with the Allen School. You can look each day toward the mighty old Brooklyn Bridge on your way to nursing assistant training classes to retain your inspiration as you move forward toward a career in a stable and growing field.
Winning an Olympic medal is a significant achievement for an athlete and reflects the exceptional levels of dedication, hard work and perseverance it takes to achieve greatness. Any Olympic medal winner will tell you that the achievement does not occur in a vacuum. Rather, each medal winner has the unwavering support of his or her coaches, practice partners, family, friends and fans to help push them toward success.The same is true of those seeking to generate their own personal career success by taking medical office assistant training
. Just like the Olympic athletes, medical office assistant trainees also rely heavily on the support and encouragement of their instructors, classmates, family and friends to achieve their certification. It takes long hours of hard work, diligence and dedication to remake one’s self in a new career mold. And just the same, one can achieve a lofty goal once their mind is set to the task. If you have been holding off on starting a new career as a medical office assistant because you’re not sure you can do it alone, realize that with the support of those who care about you, it is totally within your reach.To be inspired, think about those American athletes who have earned medals in these current Olympic Games in Rio. As of the writing of this post, the number of US medals sits at twelve and counting. There is still most of the games in front of us. Yet, American competitors in swimming, shooting, archery and fencing have earned medals to date, and the US currently leads in the overall medal count. Americans are very goal oriented and achieve greatness regularly. Add your name to the list of those who worked hard and achieved their dreams. Go for the career gold with the Allen School’s medical office assistant training program!
To make it to your country’s Olympic team in any sport is an enormous achievement. Olympic athletes train for years and most go home from the Olympic Trials without a spot on the team. To make it to that vaunted position – and have a chance to compete for the Gold- one must have truly exceptional abilities and a determination to succeed. To make the team five or even seven times in a row, like American swimmer Michael Phelps (going to Rio for his fifth
Olympics) and Indian tennis player Leander Paes (going to Rio for an astounding SEVENTH
Olympic Games) is a feat that is almost hard to comprehend. The focus, drive, single-mindedness of purpose and perseverance required is truly super-human.It should give the reader inspiration to consider that such achievement is possible. It should also make the challenges involved in enrolling and completing nurse assistant training school seem far more manageable
by simple comparison. If you’ve been thinking about nurse assistant training school as an option, for a better career, greater job security and upward mobility, but you’ve been concerned about how difficult it may be to do it, then you should simply think about Phelps and Paes. As they head to Rio De Janiero for the Olympics, they should inspire anyone with a goal, a dream or just the desire to succeed.If this American swimmer and Indian tennis player can do the impossible 5 times each, you can do nurse assistant training school once!
CNA trainees should never miss an opportunity to absorb the latest research
from different corners of the medical establishment. Being aware and sharp-eyed, a CNA can become an invaluable resource to the physicians and practices they’ll server in the course of their career. Today let’s examine a condition that afflicts the aging and elderly. With demographics in the US ensuring an enormous wave of Americans at or approaching retirement age (65), the onset of afflictions like dementia are guaranteed to be on the rise.What should a CNA trainee know about the onset of dementia? While the diagnosis of any disease or affliction is above the pay grade of the CNA, it is never wrong to be educated such that as an assistant, one would be able to contribute to the overall health and welfare of patients.
According to the Associate Press, “Researchers on Sunday outlined a syndrome called “mild behavioral impairment” that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and proposed a checklist of symptoms to help identify who’s at risk. The symptoms must mark a change from prior behavior and have lasted at least six months.” The researchers offered a list of symptoms of mild behavioral impairment which could potentially indicate the onset of dementia in older patients. If you’re interacting with a patient while acting in your capacity as a certified nursing assistant, and they exhibit any of the following symptoms (courtesy of the AP report published here), let the attending physician know.
—The patient reports losing interest in friends, family or home activities.—Has the person become less spontaneous and active — for example, is he/she less likely to initiate or maintain conversation?—Does the person view herself/himself as a burden to family?—Has the person become more anxious or worried about things that are routine, like events, visits?—Does the person feel very tense, having developed an inability to relax, or shakiness, or symptoms of panic?—Has the person become agitated, aggressive, irritable or temperamental?—Does the person hoard objects when she/he did not do so before?—Has the person recently developed trouble regulating smoking, alcohol, drug intake or gambling, or started shoplifting?
—Does the person say rude or crude things or make lewd sexual remarks that she/he would not have said before?
—Has the person started talking openly about very personal or private matters not usually discussed in public?—Has the person developed beliefs that they are in danger, or that others are planning to harm them or steal their belongings?—Does the person report or act as if seeing things or hearing voices?
This entire week in the New York Metropolitan area is forecast to be exceptionally hot with very high humidity. That combination of weather conditions ensures there will be a spike in instances of health issues resulting from the heat. Heatstroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion, sunburn, asthma and other respiratory distresses all increase when the weather is like this. Unless you’re a student taking medical billing and coding classes online and can stay all day long in your favorite air-conditioned wifi zone,
you’re going to be commuting and working in this miserable heat and humidity. You can be prepared to avoid heat-related health issues if you know what to do. Here’s some advice directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click on their graphic below for the full content of their recommendations for beating the heat and avoiding physical distress.
Image courtesy of the CDC
While landing a position in a solid, secure career field should be the primary reason to consider taking medical billing and coding classes online, avoiding the need to commute to and from school during the hottest dog days of summer is not a bad reason either. Keep in mind that taking medical billing and coding classes online also keeps a student from the dangers and unpleasantry of commuting to and from campus in the worst of the winter weather too with the blizzards, ice storms, subzero winds and polar vortexes.