Tips to Maintain Positivity: Dealing with Social Distancing – A Personal Perspective

Authored by Tamela Turk, Medical Analyst 

Working from home is a perk that some of us have enjoyed for years, but recently, many people are experiencing a remote work setting for the first time in response to coronavirus restrictions. Many positives are associated with work from home, but one of the negatives is social isolation. We do not have the daily personal interaction with co-workers and management that many of us rely on whether we live alone or not.

I absolutely love that my position provides me the opportunity of a remote working environment. Until recently, I lived alone. My daughter and my son lived in a different state. I lived a life of social isolation, but I could go out and have dinner when I felt the urge to be around people. Luckily, I moved near my daughter and son right before the coronavirus became a household word, so at least I have my children near me.  Prior to the move, I dealt with social isolation by going to restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, wineries, ballgames, and visiting family across the country.  All of that changed when social distancing was recommended, and city and states issued stay-at-home orders.  

Since social distancing was recommended, I’ve had to learn to be more creative with my time.  What could I do to keep myself from the doldrums?  I binge watched shows my kids recommended, but that wasn’t enough.  I would laugh, but then go back to watching the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies that are being run 24/7 during this time.  I found myself getting more depressed.  Once the stay-at-home order hit my area, I started feeling a bit claustrophobic.  I had so many plans and now I was stuck at home.  Luckily, my son had moved in right before the order took effect, however, being directed to stay at home when I already worked from home started to mess with my psyche until I took control of it. 

What could I do? 

My outlook changed because it had to.  No more fretting, no more anger. I have no control over the situation so I must make the best of what has been dealt, because it could always be worse. It finally dawned on me that it was spring, a season of rebirth and new beginnings.  I decided to take a drive to explore the area since I recently moved to a new state.  I stumbled upon a state park and the first thing that greeted me was a stunning bald eagle. It was my first sighting ever and it felt like a sign. I saw people fishing along the banks of the lake and the docks all standing a minimum of six feet apart following the national and local guidelines.  I saw a family with 6 small dogs walking in an isolated part of the park and many of the trees were in full bloom.  It reminded me that as the seasons change, so do our lives.  What is here today will be gone in another season.  The drive invigorated me. 

When I came home, I decided to do some spring cleaning and tackle some yard work.  If I am stuck at home, I am going to enjoy my outdoors. I made designs for the backyard flower beds, re-seeded my yard, and used my grill and fire pit for the first time. I went to bed that night feeling accomplished and excited about the next day.

When I woke up the next morning, I got ready like I had a date planned.  Looking in the mirror gave me a huge boost of self-esteem.  I spoke with my daughter and son to plan for the day.  Since my daughter lives in another county, we decided to play a game over the phone via Facetime.  We played Bezzerwizzer, which is a robust version of Trivial Pursuit.  We had a blast!  We decided to have a weekly game day over the phone throughout the stay-at-home order.  Another activity we are planning is to choose a movie to watch and Facetime after to get everyone’s critique. 

There are so many things we can do to busy our minds we just need to be creative.  Some ideas include having a family meal and including others in the family by Facetime or Skype, making a daily phone call to friends and family, building Lego projects, crafting, woodworking, riding bikes, or taking walks.  My son bought a basketball hoop so the two of us can release some frustration, and I can’t wait!  Time to work on my three-point shots.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic we were becoming more socially isolated due to technology, but now technology is keeping us in touch with our families, friends, co-workers and communities.  Now is the time to take a page from the past and join it with our present.  Remember what you did as a child, use your mind to create the idea and use technology to include family and friends that cannot join in person. As with the seasons, this too will pass. It is how we deal with crisis that not only impacts us, but everyone else in our lives.  

9 Must Know Legal Terms for LNC’s: Part II (INFOGRAPHIC)

The foundation of  your work as Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) is based on an understanding of legal terms and concepts. The challenge at times is reaching a shared understanding of those terms and concepts.

Let’s go back to basics as we familiarize ourselves with common legal terminology. As a continuation to our original post 7 Must Know Legal Terms for LNC’s: Part I, we would like to expand the list to 9 additional terms: 

  1. Plaintiff: A plaintiff is the person or party who filed a lawsuit in a court of law. For deceased subjects, the plaintiff is usually the spouse or an adult child of the decedent, acting as the personal representative of the estate of the decedent.

  2. Decedent: The person who has died. In some cases, the lawsuit is brought by the personal representative or next-of-kin of the decedent.

  3. Defendant: The party sued by the plaintiff. There can be more than one defendant. 

  4. Complaint: Typically, once a demand is denied, the claimant files a complaint in a court. This claimant now becomes a plaintiff. A complaint is a pleading document filed by a plaintiff in a court of law that states the facts of the case, the legal basis for the lawsuit (or cause of action), the alleged wrongdoing of the defendant, the injury that resulted from the wrongdoing, and the damages sought by the plaintiff. 

  5. Injury: Injury is the harm suffered by the person, including (1) physical harm, such as disfigurement, additional surgery, (2) pain and suffering such as mental anguish, depression, anxiety; (3) loss of past and future income, (4) loss of enjoyment of life, (5) loss of consortium, (6) death, etc. In lawsuits, injuries are allegations and must be proved to a judge and/or jury.

  6. Products Liability: A products liability lawsuit refers to a lawsuit filed by a consumer typically against the manufacturer of the product based on design defects, manufacturing defects, or failure to warn against a product’s latent danger.

  7. Adverse Event (AE): An adverse event is an undesirable condition caused by the use of the product. 

  8. Verdict: A decision made by a judge or jury in a court of law about a disputed issue. In criminal cases, it’s guilty or not guilty. In medical malpractice, it’s negligent or not negligent. In Products liability, it’s whether the product was defective or whether the manufacturer failed to warn consumers of the dangerous side effects, etc. 

  9. Work Product: Confidential materials prepared in anticipation of litigation or for trial. 

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Employee Spotlight: Lending a Helping Hand

People across the world are adjusting to a new normal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are all in this together, social distancing can leave us feeling disconnected and lonely. Communities are pulling together to lend a helping hand to make an impact in their neighborhoods. 

Chris Steere, Advance Talent’s Director of Medical and Account Management,  shared a wonderful story of how her and her family are giving back to their community. Outside of work Chris is a talented seamstress. She and her five boys have begun making face masks for their local hospitals and nursing homes. 

Chris found a special pattern requested in her community without elastic that lessen irritation for the workers. She and her family are aiming to have 50 masks completed by the end of this week. 

Hats off to Chris and her family for their dedication to others during this time. We are inspired by your generosity and creativeness. 

If you are interested in making masks or gowns, Chris recommends finding the pattern your community is requesting.

7 Benefits of Mentorship

Mentoring is a motivating career development opportunity. Connecting with a senior professional in your field can provide you invaluable advice and feedback.

Here are 7 benefits of having a mentor and how they are helpful to your career (see below for infographic): 

Professional Network

Having a mentor opens you up to making connections with others in your field and allows you to network with your colleagues. It’s never easy being the new kid on the block. Whether you’re new to the field, or new to the industry, leverage your mentor to make connections within and across your network.  

Business Relationship

Engaging in a mentor/mentee relationship gives you the chance to create and maintain a professional relationship. These skills transfer directly to your career, providing you a skill set for the office, interviews, networking and more. 

New Perspective 

Being able to connect with someone who has miles in your field allows you to gain a broader perspective on your industry’s practices. You gain insight on technology progressions, business mergers, job efficiencies, as well as new job opportunities. 

Accountability 

Laying out your personal goals with your mentor can motivate you to complete them since you have someone to report your progress to. Think of them as your career workout buddy. 

Support Group 

Mentors are people you can turn to for encouragement as well as someone that will celebrate your successes. They want the best for you and feel prideful when you’re excelling in your profession. You’re never alone. 

Personal Experience

Lessons are learned through mistakes and failed attempts. You will have plenty of these throughout your professional career, however, your mentor can share personal experiences they’ve had to help route your in the right direction. Wisdom comes with experience. Leverage the experience of others to help you navigate new territory and challenging career milestones. 

Focused on Work 

Outlining your job demands with your mentor can help you prioritize your tasks and see what you need to focus on. Getting an outside perspective on your workload can help identify areas of inefficiencies or a potential technology solution to lighten your workload. 

Mentorship is equally beneficial to the mentor. Providing guidance and advice is a gratifying feeling while making a difference in someone’s life. It provides you the opportunity to lend a helping hand, form a meaningful relationship, and keeps you honest in your area of practice.

Learning never ends.

7 Benefits of Having a Mentor infographic

5 Tips to Create an Impressive LinkedIn Profile (infographic)

LinkedIn is becoming an increasingly important tool to employers and professionals alike. It allows you to connect with people in your industry and grow your professional network.

Here are 5 tips to create an impressive LinkedIn profile that will help you get noticed by your colleagues and potential employers:

1. Share Relevant Content

LinkedIn is a great tool that helps you stay connected with your professional network, but just clicking the “connect” button isn’t enough. Sharing and commenting on content relevant to your position or industry helps engage your network and allows you to share your point of view on various topics.

TIP: You can follow hashtags on LinkedIn which can help you to stay on top of any news or trends in your industry. This way, you don’t have to search far to find shareable content.

2. Keep Work experience Current

When you are adding your previous work experience to your profile, it might make sense to include all of your past positions to show your various experiences.  However, outlining work experience relevant to your career path exclusively allows your audience to easily view your experience and see your relevant skillset.

3. Personalize your Headline

LinkedIn defaults your headline to only include your job title at your current position. Personalizing your headline lets you communicate with your audience and summarize your specialties. The use of keywords relevant to your position also helps your profile to be discovered easier in searches. A good rule of thumb is to try and keep your headline to about 10 words.

4. Add a Professional Photo

Having a picture on your LinkedIn profile makes your profile up to 14 times more likely to be found, according to LinkedIn’s research. A neat-looking, professional headshot will help your profile look complete and professional. The recommended picture size for your profile picture is 400 x 400 pixels.

5. Create a Custom URL

When you make your LinkedIn profile, they assign a URL to your page that is typically a collection of numbers and letters. If you are putting your LinkedIn URL on your business card or sharing it with others, a customized URL can make it look neater and more professional. To take advantage of this feature, go under the Privacy section of Settings and click on the “Edit your Pubic Profile” option. Many people simply change the URL to their full name, if it is available.

References:

https://business.linkedin.com/en-uk/marketing-solutions/blog/posts/content-marketing/2017/17-steps-to-a-better-LinkedIn-profile-in-2017

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-create-killer-linkedin-profile-get-you-noticed-bernard-marr/

7 Advantages of Using a Staffing Company (INFOGRAPHIC)

Managing work fluctuations can be a challenging and expensive process. If your company is faced with a large influx of work, you have to spend time reading resumes, interviewing, and training new staff members. Enlisting the services of a staffing company can help relieve some of this work and can deliver already trained staff ready to work immediately.

Providing your business with qualified candidates is one of the many benefits that staffing companies can offer. Below, seven advantages of using a staffing company are outlined. Look over these advantages and see if a hiring company could benefit your company.

7 Must Know Legal Terms for LNC’s: Part I (Infographic)

Legal nurse consults (LNC’s) are registered nurses who use their education, experience, and specialized training to consult on medical issues in legal cases. A strong background in nursing allows them to bridge the gap between law and science.

Whether you’re new to the legal industry or a seasoned veteran, there are common terms that will frequent your vocabulary. Below is a list of the seven common legal terms. Use this infographic as a tool for yourself or for your clients and co-workers.

7 Legal Terms

4 Scary Interview Questions (Infographic)

Let’s face it, job interviews are scary. We’re nervous, usually out of practice, and the spot light is pointed on us. We want to impress our potential employer, but it is equally as important to be honest with ourselves in an interview. After all, it will be our job and responsibilities on the line. Take a look at these scary interview questions and how to respond.

Scary Interview Questions

Future Challenges in Recruitment for Legal and Medical Industries

Employment and recruitment challenges are on the horizon in the health care industry. Based on demographics, the workforce and retirement ratio will sky rocket in the next 5-10 years. Baby Boomers will begin retiring while Millennials will take over the majority of the workforce percentage.  In addition to demographic shifts, technological advances will continue to play a major role in affecting the workforce.

Yay for today!

Rapid advances in law, medicine and technology have revolutionized the legal and healthcare industries. As companies grow and adapt to these changes, the demand for qualified professionals has never been greater. Some corporations will need to reach out to staffing and recruitment agencies to assist in fulfilling their high demand for quick hiring to ensure quality candidates are selected to maintain a positive work environment and reputation as a  business.  Selecting, hiring and training the right employees can be challenging and costly, and the right employees can also be a critical component of business success.

All of us here at Advance Talent recognize these needs and are here to offer innovative workforce solutions to the legal and medical industries.

Visit our website for more information. 

Create Habits to Be Successful

Humans yearn for happiness and success. Some of us associate happiness with success. Author Emily Esfahani Smith delivers a powerful speech at a TED Conference, a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, titled “There’s more to life than being happy.” In this speech, Smith talks about how our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there is a more fulfilling path?

-Happiness

Smith defines a meaningful life with four pillars: Belonging, Purpose, Transcendence, and Storytelling. Let’s focus on pillar two; purpose. We each define our life purpose uniquely. To some of us, that purpose could be within a job role by serving a purpose within an organization. We can then define this purpose as success, but getting there is no small feat.

In an article published by Inc., “The Keys to Becoming Successful at Anything,” it discusses the idea of forming habits that become routine, thus leading to success. Identify habits that are beneficial to your “Purpose Goal.” The idea behind this tactic is to eliminate the feeling of needing motivation, better known as procrastination. These routines will begin to flow naturally, saving your energy for situations where it is truly needed.

You need motivation to kick start these ideas, but once you get started, you’re on your way to leading a meaningful and success life. You’re unstoppable!

5 Planning Tactics to Avoid a Bad Job Interview

What comes to mind when you think of a job interview? New opportunities and a chance to prove your worth? That’s what we should  think of, however, most of us probably resonate more with sweaty palms, awkward laughter and a long winded response to a simple ice breaker. We’ve all done it, and most of us can joke about it, but that doesn’t erase that awkward uneasy feeling. 

Most of the time, those awkward interviews are after you’ve been out of the “interviewing loop” for awhile. Whether you’re looking to change industries, change locations, reaching for a promotion, or fresh out of college, these five planning tactics will help curb common interview mistakes and assist with calming some of the nerves that come with the experience.

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  1. Review your resume
    It is challenging to keep your resume to one page after you’ve gained substantial experience in your field. This is your moment to showcase the work you have accomplished, but it’s important to trim the fat. Your resume should be tailored to every job you apply for. If you’re applying for your first job out of college, it’s a great idea to include your student involvement and jobs you’ve held throughout the years, but after you get your foot in the door, be sure to remove those items from your resume to make room for your new experiences.

  2. Research the company structure
    A simple Google search will provide you with an advantage in your interview. Aside from doing your homework on what the company is about and the services or products it carries, take a look at the leadership team. How many executives are on the team? Do you know who you are interviewing with? Go a step further and take a look on LinkedIn, you could be surprised to find out that the Human Resources Manager you are interviewing with went to the same college as your brother. Common ground is a great ice breaker and can help steer the direction of the interview to a more relaxed and personal feel.

  3. Prepare for the expected…and the unexpected
    It is impossible to prepare for every question that could be asked in an interview, but it’s good practice to prepare for the typical questions: Tell me a little bit about yourself? Why are you leaving your current role? What challenges did you encounter in your last position? You can also think about some of the one off questions that could be thrown at you: What are strengths/weaknesses? What do you do for fun? If you could have one super power, what would it be? Lastly, don’t forget to be yourself. At the end of the day, you are going to be the person showing up to work everyday. This leads us to our next tactic…

  4. Research the company culture
    Company culture is important knowledge to have. This should be the second time you’re referring to this information. Before even applying for a position you should research the company culture to make sure that they are a good fit for you. This step can be easily missed. We are so concerned with our performance in an interview that we forget this is our chance to interview the company as well. We typically spend about 25% of our weeks at work, so we better make sure it fits our personality and values before making a commitment. Think of a few questions to ask revolving around this idea. It will provide you with good feedback and in turn, will leave a good impression with the interviewer.

  5. Map your route
    Now, this may seem like a no-brainer, but this will help curb your nerves immensely. Before you go to bed, look up where you need be. What time of day are you going? Take that into consideration when determining what route to take. Arrive 15 minutes early, not just because that’s what you are “supposed” to do, but because this too, will calm your nerves. Showing up early gives you the opportunity to center yourself and have a mini pep talk before walking into an interview. Cool, calm, and collected – not hot, frantic, and scatter brained.

These five tactics are all commonsense, and this is not the first time you’ve heard this advice. This is a friendly, motivating reminder that you can, and will, nail your next interview. As Glinda the Good Witch of the South says in The Wizard of Oz, “You’ve always had the power.”

Good luck!