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60 Power Words for Resume Success

 

Your resume is the most critical tool for landing an interview. This brief snapshot of your career needs to be precisely crafted. Use powerful action verbs that will enable you to quantify your contributions. Strong word choices will bring a confident tone to your resume.

Your resume is the most critical tool for landing an interview. This brief snapshot of your career needs to be precisely crafted. Avoid weak, tired or passive words.  Instead, use powerful action verbs that will enable you to quantify your contributions.  Strong word choices will bring a confident tone to your resume.  Keep these rules in mind as you craft or overhaul your resume:

  • Bullets: Use bullet points so your achievements stand out. The most important bullets must appear at the top.
  • Quantify: Combine powerful verbs with quantifiable For each accomplishment include how many, how much, how long or how often. For example, “Negotiated and closed 100 individual contracts over $30,000 each.”
  • Keywords: Keywords are the skills and qualifications that the hiring manager is looking for. You will find these in the job description for the job you are applying for. Many resumes are screened by an applicant tracking system that will search for relevant keywords.  The hiring manager will only view your resume if these words get picked up.
  • Proof: Just one typo can cause your resume to end up in the rejection pile. Review it multiple times, do a line-by-by line edit, read it backward, and have a friend do the same.
  • Verbs: Powerful verbs make your resume stand out. Start each bullet point with one of these verbs to show how you have achieved success.
1. Accelerated
2. Accomplished
3. Achieved
4. Advanced
5. Advocated
6. Analyzed
7. Audited
8. Boosted
9. Built
10. Chaired
11. Compiled
12. Converted
13. Created
14. Cultivated
15. Decreased
16. Designed
17. Determined
18. Developed
19. Directed
20. Discovered

21. Eliminated
22. Enhanced
23. Examined
24. Exceeded
25. Expanded
26. Forged
27. Formulated
28. Generated
29. Improved
30. Increased
31. Inspired
32. Integrated
33. Invented
34. Maximized
35. Measured
36. Mentored
37. Merged
38. Minimized
39. Mobilized
40. Moderated

41. Motivated
42. Negotiated
43. Optimized
44. Orchestrated
45. Overhauled
46. Persuaded
47. Piloted
48. Pioneered
49. Planned
50. Produced
51. Promoted
52. Proved
53. Pursued
54. Quantified
55. Reduced
56. Resolved
57. Spear­headed
58. Stimulated
59. Streamlined
60. Strengthened


Use the right power words to pump up your resume and increase your chances of getting an interview.

 

Kathy Lin - Tal HealthcareWritten by:
Kathy Lin, Marketing Communications Manager
Kathy writes content for Tal Healthcare, a healthcare career website. She has a background in recruiting, sales, and teaching.  She holds a BA in Biology from the University of Vermont.  When she isn’t writing you can find her outside running, skiing or biking.

Tal Healthcare Celebrates National Health Center Week 2018

A National Campaign to Celebrate Health Care Heroes

 

Tal Healthcare is proud to partner with many health centers in the Northeast.  Across the United States, health centers serve more than 27 million Americans.  Health centers have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

  • Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget
  • Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent

The heroes who work at health centers and help make affordable healthcare possible for people in need are at the center of the year’s National Health Center Week, August 12-18. More than 205,000 people work at health centers in positions that include clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral health specialists, and much more.  Working together, these healthcare heroes produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders. It is their work that has helped reduce healthcare costs and chronic disease.

 

To learn more about National Health Center Week and a listing of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org. You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW18 on Twitter.

In the News: Tal Healthcare Attends HLNY Past Presidents Boat Cruise

 

Tal Healthcare was at the HLNY Past Presidents Boat Cruise to help honor Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY) past presidents and celebrate their commitment to the healthcare industry. HLNY is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Together these organizations advance healthcare leadership and management excellence through professional enrichment and continuing education. These institutions have nurtured the careers of many Healthcare Leaders.

Pictured from left to right: Brooke Markowitz, Magdalena Kociuba, Dee Ashraf, Ami Diombera. Not pictured, Lea Tal and Avi Shah

 

July 31, 2018Tal Healthcare was at the HLNY Past Presidents Boat Cruise to help honor Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY) past presidents and celebrate their commitment to the healthcare industry. HLNY is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  Together these organizations advance healthcare leadership and management excellence through professional enrichment and continuing education. These institutions have nurtured the careers of many Healthcare Leaders. Lea Tal, CEO at Tal Healthcare, proudly states, “We have been a long-time member of ACHE and we are a Gold Sponsor of HLNY. It is our philosophy as well, to assist and mentor those whose Healthcare goals include Leadership roles and connecting with those whose careers are devoted to improving the Healthcare industry.” Avi Shah, Recruitment Account Manager at Tal Healthcare, noted, “It was a perfect night to network with members and past presidents.  We all enjoyed boating in the New York Harbor, taking in the sites, and the beautiful summer evening.”

8 Steps for Building Resilience and Finding Career Success

 

Resilience in the Workplace

 

Resilience is the inner strength to weather unexpected obstacles and setbacks. It is critical for
long-term success. Resilience is a learned behavior that you can start building and
strengthening today. It will bring power, confidence, and direction to your career. It will
enable you to be more comfortable in an ever-changing work environment. When you gain
resilience, you will create a more successful career and find more joy in life.
Start Building Up Your Resilience Today:
1. Focus on Optimism

Optimists are more resilient than pessimists. If you have pessimistic tendencies, you can
become more optimistic. Start by surrounding yourself with positive people and creating an
optimistic environment. Make positive thinking the norm. View the things and people in
your life as supporting you rather than holding you back.

2. Increase Your Flexibility

When problems arise, see them as challenges or opportunities to learn and grow. If you
meet challenges as a chance for creative problem solving, you will find ways to grow. Having
a flexible mind will help you adapt and be resilient. Flexibility will help you to recover from
setbacks.

3. Participate in Learning

Become a lifelong learner. The best way to deal with change is to change yourself – learn.
Learning something new will keep your skills relevant. Be adaptable by embracing every
chance to learn something new.

4. Chart Your Career Path

Take ownership of your career and plan your career path. You can treat your career like a
business enterprise. Consider your bosses to be your customers and understand what they
pay you for. Look for ways to add value. Make a mission statement. Set your goals for the
year and for five years from now.

5. Cultivate a Sense of Purpose

A sense of purpose is the motivation that drives you toward a fulfilling future. The purpose is
what drives us. Purpose does not have to be grandiose. It can be enhancing your
interactions with your colleagues. Or creating a sense of forward momentum by relating
today’s work to your career goals. Having a sense of purpose will help you to stay resilient
on the difficult days.

6. Widen Your Network

Continually grow and develop a strong network of contacts within your workplace and
outside. Go to networking events and join groups. Find mentors and mentees. Look for
ways to support your friends, colleagues and the people you meet. When you are there to
support others, they will be there to help you through difficult times.

7. Accept Your Imperfections

Don’t hide from your weaknesses. Instead, acknowledge them and view them as
opportunities to learn and grow. You can find strategies to work around the imperfection.
Aiming for perfection is a dangerous road. Worries about making mistakes often lead to
paralysis and inaction. Accepting your weaknesses will free you up to try new things and to
be more resilient.

8. Train for the Future

Stay in shape both physically and emotionally. Being in good physical shape has a dramatic
positive impact on your mental health. Being physically tough will make you mentally
tougher and more resilient.

Resilience is a valuable skill that you can learn and build. Like any valuable skill, it is worth
the effort. Being more resilient will have a positive impact on all aspects of your life and
career.
Kathy Lin - Tal Healthcare
Written by:
Kathy Lin, Marketing Communications Manager
Kathy writes content for Tal Healthcare, a healthcare career website. She has a background in recruiting, sales, and teaching.  She holds a BA in Biology from the University of Vermont.  When she isn’t writing you can find her outside running, skiing or biking.

How to be More Captivating with Each Interview:

Progressing through Multiple Interview Rounds

 

Many executive or C-Suite level job interviews involve several interview rounds on multiple days.  This video provides tips to help you move successfully through multiple stages of the interview process and how to engage with interviewers at each stage.

Executive or C-Suite interviews consist of a multiple-stage interview process:

  1. Pre-screening: A phone or Skype interview
  2. Second Round: A series of one-on-one face-to-face interviews
  3. Third Round: Panel interview
  4. Final Round: Group Presentation

PRE-SCREENING

A pre-screening telephone call or video interview is a common first step. It is usually conducted by a human resources professional who is focused on deciding if they should present you to the hiring manager.  They will be listening to determine if your skills and experience meet the minimum job requirements. You need to ensure that all the boxes get checked.

 

FIRST FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW

The first face-to-face interview will likely be a series of one-on-one face-to-face interviews.  At this stage, you may encounter peers, potential collaborators from other groups, and the hiring manager.  Each will be looking for something different from you.

  1. Peers: Peers have a deep understanding of the skills required for the role. They will be assessing your capabilities of doing the job. They will ask this type of question:
  • How do you build strong working relationships?
  • What are your measures of success and how do you ensure all parties are recognized?
  • How would others describe your working style?

With each of your answers, work to verbalize your skill set and connect at a peer level.

  1. Potential collaborators from other groups: As more organizations move to matrix modeled collaboration, employees are increasingly required to collaborate with other groups. When these potential collaborators are interviewing you, their main objective is to understand what it will feel like to collaborate with you. They will ask these types of questions:
  • Describe a project that required input from people at different levels in the organization. How did you navigate that?
  • Can you share an experience where a project dramatically shifted direction at the last minute? What did you do?
  • Tell me about a time when you were communicating with someone and they did not understand you. What did you do?

Your answers should highlight your collaboration experience and potential.

  1. Hiring Manager

The hiring manager will ask about:

  • Relevant experience: Go through the job description, line by line, ensuring you have talking points for each highlighting your relevant skills.
  • The story behind your job history:  The two patterns of hiring managers look for are your tenure at each job and the progression of your roles.  It is important to have a short “story” ready to articulate the motivations behind the different moves in your career, and how each transition helped you grow. Address any gaps in employment with prepared short statements.

Your answers should be prepared ahead of time.

PANEL INTERVIEW

The next round is often a panel interview, where you face several interviewers at the same time. This type of interview is used to evaluate how you interact in a group setting, how you manage the stress of multiple interviewers, and how you communicate with a varied audience. To ensure success:

  • Think of this interview as a simulation of a group meeting
  • Address everyone in the room and focus on engaging with them.
  • Take control of the pace of the conversation by pausing to formulate your answers before responding.
  • Tie your answers back to previous questions.
  • Demonstrate a high level of attention
  • Show that you can think on your feet.

GROUP PRESENTATION

If you are invited to the final round, it means you have the right skill set and are a good fit. Now the focus shifts to a comparison between you and the other remaining candidates. In this round, you will give a group presentation with two components.

  • First, you will present your story. This is where you introduce yourself and highlight your core experience.  Focus on connecting the dots between your experience and the opportunity.
  • Second, you will present your solution to a given business problem. You will create a presentation that outlines the problem and your solution. Budget the flow of your presentation to ensure that it is the appropriate length. Practice your presentation delivery ahead of time so that it flows smoothly.

Before every interview, think through the following questions:

  • What does this interviewer care about most?
  • What does this interviewer perceive as my weakness?
  • How can I differentiate myself from other applicants?

Keeping these questions in mind at each round will allow you to be progressively more captivating to your interviewers as you move through consecutive interview rounds.

While the job interview process varies from organization to organization, here are some tips to help you move successfully through multiple stages of the interview process. Keeping these tips in mind at each round will allow you to be progressively more captivating to your interviewers as you move through consecutive interview rounds.

 

Kathy Lin - Tal HealthcareWritten by:
Kathy Lin, Marketing Communications Manager
Kathy writes content for Tal Healthcare, a healthcare career website. She has a background in recruiting, sales, and teaching.  She holds a BA in Biology from the University of Vermont.  When she isn’t writing you can find her outside running, skiing or biking.

In the News: Tal Healthcare Attends Columbia Nursing Career Job Fair

 

Tal Healthcare matches exceptional candidates with extraordinary opportunities at all levels of healthcare. We make amazing things happen.

July 13, 2018 – Tal Healthcare, a leading healthcare recruitment company in the Northeast, attended the
2018 Columbia Nursing Career Job Fair in New York City. The MDE, DNP, Ph.D. and MS students of this
extraordinary graduate nursing school are well prepared for the transition to their professional careers.
Lea Tal, CEO at Tal Healthcare, articulated, “I was so impressed with the intelligence, integrity, and
ambition of the nurses from these programs.” Tal Healthcare matches exceptional candidates with
extraordinary opportunities at all levels of healthcare. We make amazing things happen.