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We’ve mentioned the importance of EHR skills when it comes to job searching, but we want to take some time to focus on healthcare professionals and their industry. It’s important to understand how organizations operate and where their strengths and weaknesses lie. This is where the concept of treating your healthcare professional as if they were pilots comes in.

 

You may have never heard of Paul Weygandt, MD, but he is an orthopedic surgeon with an MBA, who is also a lawyer, and happens to be a pilot. We know, he almost doesn’t sound human! Currently, Dr. Weygandt is the Vice President of Physician Services with a consulting firm, but he came to his job after several successful careers in the medical profession. In his position, Dr. Weygandt is fighting to change the way physicians and the entire healthcare system operates.

 

According to Dr. Weygandt, “The key way to decrease the workload of the physician is not the electronic health record. The physician can’t monitor everything. We need to do away with the notion of the physician being the dictatorial captain of the team members on the ship. The physician is the leader, but the most important thing is not the leader, it’s the team.” 

 

This is a complete change in philosophy for the healthcare system. Right now, the physician is the dictator over patients and the way things operate, but with Dr. Weygandt’s theory the physician is not the dictator of the patient care team. Basically, Dr. Weygandt wants, “air traffic control for the physician.” Without air traffic controllers giving direction, pilots would risk endangering themselves and their passengers.

 

With this philosophy, the overall workload of physicians would be greatly reduced therefore increasing the quality of care. This is a cultural change that has been seen over several decades in the airline industry. Less of a workload and decreased stress levels equals increased care, quality, and safety.

 

This collaborative team-based approach is something to keep in mind when at work or job seeking. Although there will always be a chain of command, it’s important to express your ideas on what may help the improvement of an organization.For more tips on how treating healthcare professionals like pilots translates in the workplace, contact one of our expert IT staffers today!

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If you have more than a handful of employees, chances are it’s time to create an employee handbook. There are many benefits for your organization to having an employee handbook. For example, it’s the perfect way to distribute the same information to all employees. It’s also a good way to let employees know what is expected of them. Employee handbooks should contain policies, benefits, performance expectations, and more. Our staffers at Atlas Consulting have compiled some tips on creating an employee handbook.

 

Start with an introduction. The beginning of your handbook should state the purpose of the book, a message from the President/CEO, company history, mission, values, and business goals.

 

Next, include general employment information. This section should include policies such as, Equal Employment Opportunity, Accommodation for People with Disabilities, Personnel File, Harassment and Discrimination Reporting, and Fraternization. Aside from policies, include employment eligibility, employment of relatives, and any other relevant employment information.

 

Don’t forget to include an attendance policy. Start by defining exempt and non-exempt employees. Also include the normal working hours for full and part-time employees. Make sure to state the rules for part-time employees and how overtime compensation works, including break and lunch periods. This is also a good place for severe weather and emergency closing information.

 

Make sure to add a section on workplace professionalism. This portion of the handbook should include work dress code, drugs and alcohol free workplace information, workplace violence, safety and security, parking, workplace visitors, and accepting and giving client gifts.

 

Another important section of the handbook is compensation and benefits and payroll information. Information to include is compensation schedule, recording time worked, 401(k) plan, various insurance information, bonuses, employee discounts, etc.

 

Although those are all key topics for an employee handbook, you may want to consider policies for other situations that arise in the workplace. Some situations include: monitoring in the workplace, computer and Internet policy, social media policy, performance development planning, progressive discipline, employment termination, and exit interviews.

 

This may seem like a lot of information, and it is. For ways on best utilizing this information and creating a successful employee handbook, contact one of our staffers today.

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On the hunt for an IT job? Maybe getting certified is the answer. According to a survey of 700 IT professionals, IT certifications lead to new jobs and often times higher pay. If this doesn’t prove to you that certifications are worth it, we don’t know what will. To further convince you the importance of getting certified, our expert staffers at Atlas Consulting have compiled some more evidence for you.

 

According to the survey by Network World, 60.5% of respondents said that certifications led them to new jobs, and 56% said certifications led to an increase in salary or bonus. As many of you know, it’s important to keep your skills current and certifications show you are interested in learning. It also shows that you are willing to put the time it takes to advance yourself in the demanding IT field.

 

What are the benefits of getting an IT certification? Most importantly, you will already have a step up against your competition when it comes to applying for jobs. A potential candidate with a certification is instantly more qualified than one without. Also, certifications allow you to earn promotions more quickly, ask for higher salary, have greater job security, and have a sense of confidence at work.

 

So, what kinds of certifications should you be pursuing? It really depends on your area of expertise, but the most common certifications from the survey included security-related certifications such as, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information System Security Professional, Cisco Certified Security Professional, and CompTIA Security+. Cisco certifications (of all types) were by far the most popular, making them most valuable.

 

All of this information may seem overwhelming, but if you’re looking to get certified and how to go about doing so, we can help! Contact one of our staffers today for more information.

 

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Job searching is never an easy task, but search smarter by knowing what Chief Information Officers (CIO’s) are looking for. Our staffers at Atlas Consulting have compiled a list of the top entry-level skills CIO’s are on the lookout for.

 

Problem Solving. This might seem like a no-brainer, and it is. IT employees are the ones who figure out how to fix desktops, upgrade systems, and answer any technology question others might have. Being able to solve various problems is a skill set you should have.

 

Ethics, Morals, and Tolerance.  With so many company scandals that have happened in the past, think Enron, CIO’s are looking for employees who understand that’s not how most businesses run. Having morals and the ability to tolerate others, especially when working with coworkers, is a desirable trait.

 

Communication Skills. No matter how talented and technical you are, if you can’t communicate with your coworkers, bosses, or clients, you aren’t valuable to an organization. Employees who have strong communication skills are one step ahead of their competition.

 

Ability to Collaborate. In today’s workplace, nobody works individually. Often times in technology departments, there will be projects that arise that an entire group needs to work on. The ability to work on a team, and work well with others, is definitely important.

 

Understanding the Business. As an employee, if you understand your company’s business and industry, you have the ability to hit the ground running. You’ll also be able to identify what can be done to make your company stand out amongst the competition.

 

Possessing these skills will make you stand out against your peers. For more tips on how to impress CIO’s, contact us today!

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You only get one chance to make a first impression, and it’s the perfect time to convey your personal brand. Whether you like it or not, first impressions are how other people gauge their opinions of you.  Keep this in mind: if you don’t brand yourself, someone else will. Thanks to the digital age, it’s easy for others to form a quick opinion about you. Utilize the following steps from our knowledgeable staffers at Atlas Consulting to take control of your personal brand.

 

Start by doing some soul-searching to find the core of your personal brand. Make a list of your values, passions, talents, and beliefs. These items will be the essence of your personal brand.

 

Once you’ve found what really defines you, it’s time to decide how to utilize your brand. Ever since you can remember, you’ve probably been asked to set goals and then create plans for achieving them in school. Do the same thing with your personal brand. Identify what benefits you want from your brand (i.e. land your dream job) and write out the action steps for how you will achieve it.

 

Now that you know what you want, and how you’re going to achieve it, it’s time to package yourself for success. Appearance matters. Not only should you look your best, but your appearance should inspire your inner confidence.

 

Last but not least, create relationships. People don’t make it to the top without others. Surround yourself with people who are your personal “cheerleaders,” those that will lift you up and encourage you to do your best. Keep yourself open to constructive criticism.  You never know who you might meet, so it’s important to be social and genuinely interested in others. Meet and greet networking events are a great way to meet people, especially while job searching.

 

By following these steps, you’ll be on your way to developing a personal brand in no time. Be as consistent as possible and it will reflect the image you want to portray. For more information on developing a personal brand, contact one of our staffers today!

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So you’ve posted the job description and received a flood of responses. On one hand this is great; a large candidate pool to choose from. On the other hand, how are you going to screen all of these candidates? In today’s busy workplace, it would be extremely time-consuming to have each and every applicant in for an interview. This is where the phone interview becomes helpful, but are they the best option for narrowing down candidates?

 

Here at Atlas Consulting, we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons to the phone interview.

 

Pros

 

  • Phone interviews fill in the gaps and provide an opportunity to get missing information and clarify details from the candidate’s resume.
  • Determine if the candidate really fits the qualifications, especially in a technical position. This is a good opportunity to ask the candidate a technical problem and see how he/she would solve it.
  • Find out the candidate’s level of excitement toward the position. There’s no point in bringing someone in who isn’t openly excited about the potential opportunity with your company.

 

Cons

 

  • Not having a candidate for an in-person interview makes it difficult to determine whether or not he/she would fit in with your department and overall office culture. Sometimes it’s better to introduce the candidate to the people he/she would be working with to see how he/she interacts. Also, it’s good to get feedback and thoughts from the people that he/she meets and see how they think the potential candidate would fit in.
  • Phone interviews might not give the best representation of a candidate. Some candidates are able to project themselves well over the phone and some are not. Generally speaking, it’s hard to get the best feel for the candidate overall.

 

Narrowing down a candidate over the phone may or may not be the best option for your company. Overall, if you receive a ton of resumes it’s something you’re most likely going to have to do. As mentioned above, there are both pros and cons of screening candidates through a phone interview. For more suggestions on how to narrow down candidates, contact our expert staffers today!

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Finding a full-time IT job isn’t easy, especially in today’s market. More and more, companies are looking to hire IT professionals on a contract basis. Although it might not seem beneficial, there are many pros to working as an IT contractor. Our expert staffers at Atlas Consulting Group have prepared a list of reasons why you should consider applying for contract positions.

 

More Money. What employees don’t realize is that most contract positions offer higher wages than the average full-time position. The reason contract employees are paid more is because their jobs are temporary, and sometimes less secure, than permanent employees.

 

Avoid Office Politics. Contract employees are able to focus on the task at hand and not get caught up in the office gossip. Knowing that you’re on a deadline allows you to push everything aside and focus on finishing your contract successfully.

 

Opportunity to Broaden Your Skills. When you’re a contract employee, you’re hired for a specific task. Working for different companies on different projects allows you to hone your skills and in the end become better-rounded.

 

A Chance at Job Security. We know how crazy this sounds. Job security? Contract employee? These are two things that most people don’t put together. Here’s why contract positions offer the opportunity for job security. As a contractor, you quickly learn to be flexible, stay nimble, and remain relevant. These characteristics are important to hiring managers, so always keep an ear out for the next opportunity to come your way.

 

If you’re applying to full-time IT jobs, and you haven’t had much luck, consider applying to contract positions. You may end up finding that contract work is more suited to your needs, but even if you don’t, you’ll still be working while looking for full-time positions. For more reasons on why you should consider a contract position, contact one of our NYC recruiters today!

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The IT industry is constantly changing and evolving, so as a job seeker in NYC, it’s important to stay up-to-date with your tech skills. To keep up with the demanding market, and make yourself appealing to recruiters, there are certain tech skills to have in your arsenal and on your resume. Nowadays, businesses see IT professionals tech skills as another way to boost business growth. Here at Atlas Consulting Group, we have compiled a list of the most desirable tech skills.

 

Web 2.0 Tech Skills Focusing on Social Media. Basically, integrating social media and other Web 2.0 tech on company intranets. Get as much practice and experience as possible in the following areas: HTML, XML, CSS, Flash, Javascript, PHP, AJAX, and .Net. As social media becomes more prevalent in the business world, this skill set becomes more important.

 

Networking – VMware and Citrix Experience. Thanks to cloud computing, employers today are looking for job seekers with networking experience.  IT professionals with intricate knowledge of the cloud are extremely valuable because they are able to manage the servers and expand the network.

 

Programming and Application Development. Businesses are constantly trying to make things easier for the consumer and streamline their processes.  Companies are looking to hire IT professionals that are able to develop and choose the perfect application tailored to a specific company.

 

Help Desk Support. Mobile devices add an entirely new dimension to help desk support, and as long as technology is used in the workplace there will be a demand for this position.

 

Security. With the plethora of private information on networks, security is always a top priority to companies. IT professionals need to utilize their tech skills to protect company information. Healthcare companies are a good example of the importance of security when it comes to hiring because of the notoriously strict HIPAA laws.

 

The best way to learn these skills is with hands-on experience. Since this may not always be possible, try reading informational IT resources. When looking for your next career, keep your skill set useful, relevant, and timely. For more information or for ways to brush up on your skills, contact our tech staffing experts at Atlas Consulting today!

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Although we may not always be aware of it, we are constantly communicating non-verbally. Have you ever gone to work and instantly noticed the mood of your colleague? Chances are non-verbal cues are what tipped you off to how they were feeling.

 

Non-verbal communication consists of body language, facial expressions, eye contact, gestures and more. Take time to understand your personal nonverbal communication and give yourself an advantage when it comes to acing a job interview.

 

Our staffing experts at the Atlas Consulting Group have comprised a list of suggestions for nonverbal communication during the interview:

 

  • Make eye contact with the interviewer. When the interviewer comes to the lobby to greet you, stand up, make eye contact, and greet him or her in return. Continue to make frequent eye contact throughout the interview.
  • Smile. While the interviewer is talking and as you are answering questions, but don’t overdo it. You want to make sure you’re coming off as polite and interested.
  • Relax and lean toward/face the interviewer. This will show you are paying attention and engaged with the interview.
  • Sit up straight and maintain good posture. Don’t make yourself too straight, as that is unnatural for anyone, but good posture shows energy and enthusiasm.
  • Watch your hand gestures. Most people speak with their hands, but don’t overwhelm the interviewer. Using hand gestures is natural, but keep it in moderation.
  • Don’t fidget. It’s easy to by fidgety when you’re nervous, and interviewers tend to do that to people. Do your best to avoid clicking your pen, playing with your hair, or tapping your feet during an interview.

 

Practice makes perfect when it comes to understanding and recognizing nonverbal communication cues. This list incorporates some of the top nonverbal cues to be aware of while interviewing. As important as nonverbal communication is, don’t forget about your verbal communication.

 

Nonverbal communication is a powerful, supplemental tool to verbal communication. Preparing what you are going to say is necessary, and how you will say it is equally as significant. For more information on nonverbal communication, contact one of our recruiters at the Atlas Consulting Group today!

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Certain people always have great jobs. They always seem to land the promotion.  And they always seem to be successful with everything they touch.

Is this just luck or a coincidence?  Nope!  These people don’t wait for things to happen, they make their own luck.  So what can you do to ensure you’re successful?  You can start by following these five tips:

Have a positive attitude–always!
Your attitude can be a powerful self-fulfilling prophecy.  If you have a negative attitude, 9 times out of 10 you will fail.  But, if you bring a positive attitude and display confidence, strength, and determination, you WILL be successful.

Stay educated.
The best way to ensure success is to stay one step ahead. Research your industry. Know what’s happening and what the experts say will happen. Look for trends. When you find them, start to train yourself in these areas. Knowledge is power.

Create a personal elevator pitch.
First impressions mean a lot.  If you only had 30 seconds to convince someone you were a hard-worker and a leader, what would you say and do?  Plan this ahead of time; you never know when it will be needed.

Learn to network.
Unfortunately sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know (at least to begin with).  Learn to network. You can even network within your own company. Invite co-workers to lunch. Take the time to walk by someone’s office to say hello. And actively seek out opportunities to network outside of work by joining organizations, groups, etc.  You start by seeking out your local chamber of commerce to learn of upcoming events.

Be open to new opportunities.
Read trade publications. Listen to people in your network.  When a new opportunity presents itself, don’t sit back and wait.  Take the initiative to inquire more–and don’t be shy!

Bonus Tip!
Contact Atlas Consulting Group!  We are a Leading Tech Employment Agency with a convenient office in New Jersey.