Top 10 Health Care Innovations

from Deloitte

Health care is an industry in need of innovation. Health plans, providers, life sciences companies, and the government are facing rising costs and inconsistent outcomes. They are working to improve care and health outcomes, all while reducing costs and spending. What innovations are most likely to help stakeholders achieve these goals and transform health care over the next 10 years?

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5 Critical Résumé Sections

by Ruth Pankratz

A professional marketing tool used to secure interviews is the résumé. One reason why a résumé does not get attention is due to poor content and missing sections. A targeted résumé is effective when it includes the following sections:

1. Contact

The start of a résumé should include a first and last name, telephone number, and an email address. Some professional résumés also include additional contact information like a location, LinkedIn URL, or other social media profile information.

Avoid placing contact information in a header section of the document because some applicant tracking systems (ATS) are unable to scan header and footer content. Text boxes should also be avoided for the same reason. Contact information should be in an easy to read font.

2. Job Goal, Introduction, and Keywords

Under the contact information, include a job title or a job name aligned with the position you are trying to secure. The introduction section should list a few bulleted career achievements to highlight valuable contributions.

Keywords can be included if they align with specific knowledge. For example, “Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification” for some job opportunities will be a differentiator and key information to include.

Avoid general phrases such as “reliable team member” or “strong work ethic” because these phrases use valuable résumé real estate but state nothing unique about the professional. Avoid using an objective statement because it is self-serving and tends to state the obvious.

3. Experience

Work history is typically the most robust section of a résumé listing relevant work in chronological order. Not all work needs to be in a résumé. Previous career contributions that are irrelevant to a job goal can be reduced or omitted.

Avoid a job obituary that lists general responsibilities and no accomplishments. Instead, focus the experience content on previous successes and contributions.

4. Education & Training

The education section placement depends on the relevance to the job aim. For recent graduates, the education section could be listed higher up on the résumé under the introduction section. Career changers who have continued education or training to support a new job aim should list education and training under the introduction section to highlight new knowledge and credentials.

Professionals who have two or more years of experience related to the job aim should place the education section under the experience section because hiring managers will be more interested in learning about the experience and accomplishments than the education. Seasoned professional resumes typically have an education and training section toward the end of the document.

Only attended college for a few classes? Include education information and number of credits completed even if a degree was not awarded. Training and certifications relevant to the job aim are also important to include in this section.

Avoid education disclaimers or statements explaining why a degree was abandoned or not earned. Personal education philosophy statements do not need to be included.

5. Volunteer, Board Member, and Other Interests

This section can be a differentiator from other qualified candidates. Serving the community as a volunteer or board member can be included in a résumé to showcase leadership skills and contributions. Providing one to two sentences about hobbies and interests can spur discussions with future employers.

Avoid religious, political, or other controversial statements and views.

Ruth Pankratz is an international Master Résumé Writer, dual certified resume writer, certified interview coach, and job search coach. Her resumes have won international awards and Ruth’s cover letters, resumes, and LinkedIn profiles have been included in a variety of publications. Contact Ruth at

Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

Healthcare Jobs that Can Get You to Travel

by Eileen O’Shanassy

If you thrive on travel but also work in the medical field, there are actually some jobs to satisfy your passion for traveling. Typically, jobs in the healthcare field are not the kind of occupations you associate with travel, but there are many opportunities in the healthcare industry that will allow you to remain in your preferred career and indulge in frequent travel. Here are several jobs in the healthcare field allowing work to include your love of moving around to see new places, cultures, and meet new people.

Medical Device Sales Representative

This occupation usually requires at least a bachelor’s degree, and it can be a lucrative career. The kind of money you make all depends on the territory or market you are working in, and the kind of equipment you are selling. The good news besides it being a lucrative career, is the traveling involved. There is quite a bit of travel involved in selling medical devices, especially if you have an expansive territory, or your company is wanting to expand overseas. Some supplies are needed in all parts of the country, and as a seller or supplier you could end up going to some very remote locations.

Healthcare Consultant

There a variety of healthcare consultants tasked with helping healthcare organizations run profitably and efficiently. As a healthcare consultant, you would help to give guidance to various levels of management to all areas of running an urgent care center, doctor’s office, hospital, or some kind of healthcare facility. Healthcare consultants consult on everything, such as financial planning, staffing, process improvement, patient flow, operations, cost-saving and other areas. Also, if you chose this career path, you might also help consult on large, important projects like EHR conversion, HIPAA compliance, ICD-10 implementation or something else of equal magnitude.

If you became a healthcare consultant, your traveling would include the accounts your consultant firm held, so you could provide your company’s specialized consultation services, which could range from a smaller area of travel, to a vast one depending on the size and success of your firm. You could become a freelance healthcare consultant or an independent contractor, but you would most likely be with a firm or start with one. It would take quite a while and networking to become self-employed, but your travel network would expand if you did.

Traveling Nurse

Travel nurses opt out of taking one long-term position. Instead, they decide to take on many different short-term jobs, and all of them are in a variety of locations. Travel nursing is a great career for nurses who do not want to be tied down to a single position, want flexibility, and want to steer clear of long-term location commitments. Also, traveling nurses get paid per diem, and getting paid per diem takes care of the financial costs of living for the day while out on an assignment, such as food, fuel, and lodging expenses.

Travel nursing is a great career for people with a personality prone to getting burned out quickly or bored easily. If you wanted to be a travel nurse, it would allow you to experience different mixes of patients, a variety of practice settings and new co-workers. The new co-workers can be a turn off or on depending on who you meet because you would get them every few weeks or months when you go to work in different locales should you choose this career path. It is even possible to head to another country or overseas. This can get complicated when it comes to moving and having your car shipped, but if you love to travel, the sky is the limit as a traveling nurse. Talk to American Auto Shipping, LLC for more information on moving overseas and options for moving in bulk.

Pharmaceutical Sales

Sales careers usually involve travel, especially in the healthcare field. Typically, a pharmaceutical sales rep does not travel as much as a device sales rep because they have smaller territories, but there are exceptions. In addition to traveling to meet customers, if you chose to become a pharma sales rep, you would also get to travel to conferences, trade shows, and sales meetings. In other words, you would have a busy life on the road constantly meeting new people and seeing old friends often too.

There are a variety of careers in the healthcare field. They range from hands-on medicine to sales, and it is possible to find a traveling niche in each. If you want to travel and work in medicine, you have plenty of options.

Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter, @eileenoshanassy.

Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

The Most Promising Healthcare Jobs of 2017

from LinkedIn

LinkedIn has revealed their list of the Most Promising Healthcare Jobs of 2017—a robust grouping of the jobs with the most potential for career advancement, job growth, and salary in one of the U.S.’ fastest growing sectors. To uncover the Most Promising Healthcare Jobs of 2017 LinkedIn evaluated the jobs in the healthcare industry with high median salaries, healthy job openings and year-over-year growth, and the jobs most likely to lead to a promotion or advancement within an organization. We’ve listed the top ten below.

10. Regional Director of Operations
Median Base Salary: $117,000
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
Top Skills: Medicare, Team Building, Home Care, Healthcare Management, Elder Care
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9. Program Manager
Median Base Salary: $85,000
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Program Management, Project Management, Project Portfolio Management, Software Project Management, Project Delivery
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8. Product Manager
Median Base Salary: $97,900
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 10.0
Top Skills: Product Management, Product Marketing, Product Development, Competitive Analysis, Product Launch
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7. Pharmacist
Median Base Salary: $124,000
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 7.0
Top Skills: Medication Therapy Management, Clinical Pharmacy, Patient Counseling, Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacy Automation
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6. Regional Sales Director
Median Base Salary: $135,000
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Sales Management, Solution Selling, Sales Operations, Account Management, Sales
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5. Financial Analyst
Median Base Salary: $61,500
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 10.0
Top Skills: Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, Accounting, Microsoft Excel, Financial Modeling
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4. Hospitalist
Median Base Salary: $220,000
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 4.0
Top Skills: Healthcare Management, Inpatient Care, Electronic Medical Record, Patient Safety, Internal Medicine
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3. Regulatory Affairs Manager
Median Base Salary: $115,000
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Regulatory Affairs, Regulatory Submissions, Regulatory Requirements, Pharmaceutical Industry, Standard Operating Procedure
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2. Project Manager
Median Base Salary: $86,700
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
Top Skills: Project Management, Project Planning, Project Estimation, Contract Management, Value Engineering
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1. Pharmacy Manager
Median Base Salary: $137,000
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
Top Skills: Medication Therapy Management, Community Pharmacy, Patient Counseling, Pharmacy Automation, Immunization
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Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.