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Gwen Darling serves as an online HIT matchmaker, bringing together qualified Healthcare IT...

Why Writing Your Own Résumé Is Worse Than Wearing A Cheap Suit

July 25, 2013  |  Gwen Darling
"We're excited to have you here to interview for this chance-of-a-lifetime CIO position. And by the way, nice suit!" said Mr./Ms Person In Charge of Hiring. "Thanks, I made it myself!" said You. No you did not. And while I'm making educated guesses, I'll bet you didn't cut your own hair for your interview, did you? And chances are very, very good that you didn't decide to whip up a little something special and cobble those shiny new shoes that you're sporting on your big day, either. Are you seeing where this is going Mr./Ms. DIY Résumé Writer?

When HIT "Progress" Lacks Compassion, Is It Really Progress?

April 16, 2013  |  Gwen Darling
I'm proud of the fact that I work in the Healthcare IT industry - an industry focused on improved healthcare experiences and outcomes for all. But yesterday I witnessed a "step forward" in the name of HIT that was such a step back that when asked, I was too embarrassed to confess what I did for a living. Here's what happened:

Hoping To Land A New Opportunity As A Result of HIMSS13? Here's Your Next Move

March 18, 2013  |  Gwen Darling
Many of you went to HIMSS13 with the express purpose of finding a new Healthcare IT career opportunity, or, at the very least, strengthening and building your professional network to do your “passive candidate” due diligence. Either way, at an event like HIMSS, special as you may be, you were not alone -- hundreds, and quite possibly, thousands of highly qualified Healthcare IT professionals like yourself did the same thing. So, what’s your next move to ensure that you don’t get lost in the shuffle?

5 Secrets to Effective Networking

February 12, 2013  |  Gwen Darling
Networking skill is not a natural ability that some people are “just born with.” All those outgoing, clever, popular people who make it all look so effortless? Don’t be fooled - it’s not effortless, not by a long shot, but they have mastered the art and now actually have fun doing it. That’s right – fun. And you can, too! Here’s how:

4 Things Every Job Seeker Should Pack for HIMSS13

February 4, 2013  |  Gwen Darling
Whether it's your first time to attend the HIMSS conference, your fifth (as in my case), or your umpteenth, if you are heading to HIMSS13 as an active job-seeker, there are a few items you should not leave home without. For the rest of us who are passive job-seekers (and that should include all the rest of us), this list may prove to be useful, as well.

Don't Scrooge Yourself Out Of The Ideal Candidate!

November 30, 2012  |  Gwen Darling
Since Thanksgiving, I have heard the same comment from countless Healthcare IT employers. “Well…we do have several critical needs, but with the holidays and all…we’re just going to wait until January to post the positions.” If you're interested in attracting the best of the best, you'll rethink that strategy, and here's why.

"Marco!" "Polo!" CHIME Survey Points To A Hidden Talent Pool

October 30, 2012  |  Gwen Darling
Late last month, CHIME released the results of a recent survey of CIOs, which found that more than two-thirds are reporting shortages on their staffs. For those of us who make our living helping to bridge and overcome that gap between talent supply and demand, the overall findings in this survey were not surprising. But there was one specific statistic cited in the survey that was particularly unsettling.

5 Ways Women Sabotage Their HIT Career Advancement

August 19, 2012  |  Gwen Darling
Let's face it ladies, it's already tough enough out there. If you find yourself doing any of these five things, it's time to make some changes (and know you're not alone - I've been guilty of every one at one time or another, too).

Beware of Sloppy Seconds During the Interview Process

June 5, 2012  |  Gwen Darling
I've been working on a difficult search for the past month or so, trying to help a prominent hospital facility fill a critical project management leadership role for their brand new Epic implementation project. This particular position has several experience and certification requirements that are tough to find. Therefore I was very excited when I located one such professional who not only filled the bill, but he lived in the area of the project and therefore cut out the relocation or commuting costs for the client. Sweet! But sweet can quickly turn sour. . .

Tips For A Successful Video Interview OR Keep Your Pants On, Mister!

May 29, 2012  |  Gwen Darling
As HR budgets are slashed and technology improves, more and more recruiters and hiring managers are turning to video interviews to conduct that first critical “face-to-face” encounter. Whether you are the interviewer or the interviewee, success or failure may very well hinge on preparation. Consider these tips before you cue Mr. DeMille:


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