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  1. 1. Finding your Career Path in Health IT: Locating Opportunities and Selling Yourself Dr. Kella B. Price, SPHR Price Consulting Group www.thepriceconsultinggroup.com [email_address] Tweet the presentation: #HealthITforum
  2. 2. <ul><li>There are more than 6.1 job seekers for every job opening. </li></ul><ul><li>(U.S. Department of Labor) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>Economic forecast </li></ul><ul><li>Content basics for cover letters and résumés </li></ul><ul><li>Answers to your résumé and cover letter questions </li></ul><ul><li>How to locate opportunities </li></ul>
  4. 4. Economic forecast <ul><li>IT salary increases 4.6 percent increase in pay to $78,035. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005, the average tech worker’s salary was $69,000. </li></ul>“ If an individual has a unique skill set, companies want them, and they’ll be willing to pay more for them on a year-to-year basis,” Tom Silver, Dice’s senior vice president & chief marketing officer.
  5. 5. What do you worry about? <ul><li>Keeping skills up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>Job elimination </li></ul><ul><li>Lower salary increase </li></ul><ul><li>Cancelled projects </li></ul><ul><li>Increased load attributed to job cuts </li></ul><ul><li>22% </li></ul><ul><li>20% </li></ul><ul><li>14% </li></ul><ul><li>12% </li></ul><ul><li>10% </li></ul>
  6. 6. SHRM LINE survey <ul><li>Examines four key areas: </li></ul><ul><li>Employers’ hiring expectations </li></ul><ul><li>New-hire compensation </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty in recruiting top-level </li></ul><ul><li>talent </li></ul><ul><li>Job vacancies </li></ul>
  7. 7. SHRM LINE survey <ul><li>Hiring expectations increase slightly in September </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting for key positions proves difficult for some </li></ul><ul><li>Compensation packages for new hires improve in August </li></ul>
  8. 8. SHRM LINE survey Manufacturing Service Employment expectations +24.2 +14.6 Recruiting difficulty +12.9 +6.5 New Hire Compensation +5.6 --
  9. 9. SHRM Labor Market Outlook Survey Optimism about Job Growth in Q3
  10. 10. SHRM Labor Market Outlook Survey Staffing for Q2 Companies in the West region were the least likely to cut jobs for the third quarter (3%).
  11. 11. Unemployment in U.S. <ul><li>46% of unemployed in the US for 6+ mos. </li></ul><ul><li>Highest since BLS began tracking in 1948. </li></ul><ul><li>Economists expect unemployment to remain near 10% for much of 2010 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Do your research… <ul><li>What direction is the company taking? </li></ul><ul><li>What is its mission? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the company’s culture? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Don’t include <ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Marital status </li></ul><ul><li>Information about physical shortcomings </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights of your weaknesses </li></ul>
  14. 14. Cover letter <ul><li>Customize! </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread </li></ul><ul><li>Header with accurate contact information </li></ul><ul><li>States the position applying for and summarizes qualifications in 1 st paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>Matches skills with job posting </li></ul>
  15. 15. 3 things every résumé should include <ul><li>Include relevant keywords </li></ul><ul><li>A cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements versus job responsibilities and specifics </li></ul>
  16. 16. Résumé <ul><li>Appropriate use of space </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to scan </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread </li></ul><ul><li>Current contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Customized to job posting </li></ul><ul><li>Key achievements vs. job responsibilities and use specifics </li></ul>
  17. 17. Remember! <ul><li>Online formatting should be basic formatted without bullets, boxes, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Use bullets for printed résumés and bold fonts to make it easy to scan </li></ul><ul><li>Explain gaps in employment – fill in with volunteer positions if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Fill the page </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a “numbers game” </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul>
  18. 18. Résumés <ul><li>Header </li></ul><ul><li>Position desired/objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dates of employment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name and location of your employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasize those skills/education and training that pertains to the position </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Special Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Professional memberships </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get permission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give contact information and position </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. #1 Mistake in Résumés <ul><li>Not customizing your résumé to the employer and the job that you desire </li></ul>
  20. 20. Job Boards <ul><li>Keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Industry-specific or geographically specific </li></ul><ul><li>Professional orgs </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Analysts, Network Service Engineers, Implementation Specialists </li></ul>31% of companies will conduct hiring in Q3 of 2010 (SHRM LMO, Sept 2010).
  21. 21. What they want… <ul><li>Develop and implement new programs </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills, including presenting to non-tech users. </li></ul><ul><li>Software competency </li></ul><ul><li>Team leader/work in groups </li></ul><ul><li>Strong independent time management skills and organizational skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelors Degree and/or related field experience </li></ul><ul><li>Managerial/Supervisory experience required </li></ul>
  22. 22. HOW DOES YOUR SKILL SET TRANSFER?
  23. 23. Non-traditional Opportunities <ul><li>Volunteer roles </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary positions </li></ul><ul><li>Contracting </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term projects </li></ul>
  24. 24. Educational Opportunities <ul><li>Health Care Management </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology </li></ul>Employment in Health Care Management will grow by 16 percent from 2006 to 2016 (BLS) . Median annual income of health care managers is $73,660, though with experience and seniority your salary can rise well into six digits ( www.phoenix.edu) .
  25. 25. BS in Health Administration Health Information Systems concentration <ul><li>Healthcare Communication Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources in Health Care </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics: Health Care and Social Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership and Performance Development </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care Management </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care Information Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care Quality Management and Outcomes Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Facility Planning </li></ul>
  26. 26. BS in Information Technology <ul><li>Concentrations: </li></ul><ul><li>Business Systems Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Information Systems Security </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia and Visual Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and Telecommunications </li></ul><ul><li>Software Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Coursework: </li></ul><ul><li>Project Planning and Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Database Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Network and Telecommunications Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Analysis and Design </li></ul><ul><li>Information Systems Risk Management </li></ul>
  27. 27. The Role of Social Media <ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>What does your profile look like? </li></ul><ul><li>Who do you know? </li></ul><ul><li>Researching the company </li></ul>
  28. 28. Referrals and Networking <ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Within the organization </li></ul>
  29. 29. Interview “Deal Breakers” <ul><li>Arriving late </li></ul><ul><li>Trashing a previous employer </li></ul><ul><li>Speak in a too-familiar way with hiring managers (20%) </li></ul><ul><li>Asking about benefits, vacation time,schedule flexibility (39%) </li></ul><ul><li>Typos in your application materials (58%) </li></ul><ul><li>Dressing provocatively (67%) </li></ul>
  30. 30. Other things to consider… <ul><li>30% decide whether to hire you within 15 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>40% say a cellphone ringing is a &quot;deal breaker&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>70% prefer unpaid internship experience directly related to their companies' work vs. paid employment in unrelated field </li></ul><ul><li>39% say &quot;chemistry&quot; accounts for half of their hiring decision </li></ul>
  31. 31. Flexible work arrangements <ul><li>85% of HR professionals say telecommuting more common in the next 5 yrs </li></ul><ul><li>34% had increase in employee requests for FWAs </li></ul>
  32. 32. Agenda <ul><li>Economic forecast </li></ul><ul><li>Content basics for cover letters and résumés </li></ul><ul><li>Answers to your résumé and cover letter questions </li></ul><ul><li>How to locate opportunities </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>What are your questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Kella B. Price, SPHR </li></ul><ul><li>Price Consulting Group </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Read the session tweets: #HealthITforum
  34. 34. References <ul><li>Arnold, Jennifer Taylor. (2010). Managing a Nontraditional Workforce 55  (8) Accessed at: http://www.shrm.org/Publications/hrmagazine/EditorialContent/2010/0810/Pages/0810tech.aspx on September 10, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Author unknown. (2010). Job Listings. Accessed at: www.monster.com on September 12, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Author unknown. (2010). Job Listings. Accessed at: http://www.healthcareitjobs.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>on September 12, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Author unknown. (2010). Job Listings. Accessed at: www.dice.com on September 12, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Author unknown. (2010). Job Listings. Accessed at: www.careerbuilder.com on September 12, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Author unknown. (2010). Degree information in Health Management. Accessed at www.phoenix.edu on September 12, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Middleton, Diana. (2010). Avoid These Interview Killers. </li></ul><ul><li>Rafferty, Heidi Russell. (2010). Experts: In Age of Social Media, Job Boards Are Far from Dead. 8/24/2010. Accessed at   http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/technology/Articles/Pages/JobBoards.aspx on September 10, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>SHRM Online Staff. (2010). SHRM Urges Employers to Embrace Workplace Flexibility. 7/21/2010.  </li></ul><ul><li>  S HRM. (2009). Workplace Flexibility in the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of the Changing Workforce . August 2009. Accessed at www.shrm.org on September 10, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>SHRM. (2010). Labor Market Outlook Report. Accessed at: http://www.shrm.org/Research/MonthlyEmploymentIndices/lmo/Documents/LMO%20Q3%202010.pdf on September 10, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Wright, Aliah D. (2009). As Layoffs Mount, New Tech Workers Unlikely to Get More Pay. 2/6/2009. Accessed at:   http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703683804574534090457404928.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_careerjournal on September 10, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Zeidner, Rita. (2010). A Brave New World for Employers and Recruiters. 6/29/2010. Accessed at www.shrm.org on September 10, 2010. </li></ul>

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