Top Medical Staffing Options for 2014

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Whether you are a candidate looking for work in the healthcare field or are an organization looking to meet your staffing needs, there are several options for how to achieve your goals. The top three are permanent, travel, and per diem staffing. Each offers its own unique benefits. Candidates can find positions with the location and flexibility they desire, and employers need only add to their staff for as long as they need them. It’s a win-win situation!

Permanent Staffing
A permanent employee is someone who is hired without a predetermined time limit on how long he or she will be with an organization.

For Candidates: Permanent positions are available nationwide. A search can be conducted for any part of the country you like, whether it is close to the place you call home now or further away. Careers include those in the areas of occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), nursing, speech therapy, and more.

For Employers: When a member of your team leaves it can be hard to find the perfect person to fill their shoes. Filling a permanent position can be risky, since the time and training it takes cost money. If it doesn’t work out, you have to start all over again. Medical staffing is a great way to have someone else do the searching for you and to narrow down the candidate pool. Recruiters understand the healthcare field and will conduct thorough background checks and verifications on your behalf. Even after a candidate has started working for you, the relationship continues to fill whatever needs may arise.

Travel Staffing
Travelers journey to a location in a temporary capacity to fill positions for professional development, adventure, and higher pay.

For Candidates: Do you enjoy your job? Do you enjoy travel? Sometimes being a full-time employee may seem like you can’t have both, but you really can. Travel positions open up a world of opportunities. Travel all 50 states, spending approximately 13 weeks in each spot. While there you will make new acquaintances, and hopefully friends, at work while being able to check out the sights on your time off. Take on as many or as few travel positions as you like.

For Employers: When your need for extra staff members is temporary, why go through the process of hiring another full-time employee? Travel staffing is a great way to find someone to cover for maternity leaves, the “busy season”, or while you’re waiting to find someone for permanent coverage. Travelers work at your facility for a pre-determined number of weeks and hours based on your needs.

Per Diem Staffing
Per diem means “per day.” Medical professionals, mainly nurses, fill short-term staffing needs at a facility.

For Candidates: Scheduling flexibility, consistency, and competitive hourly rate… just some of the makings of a great career as a per diem nurse. MAS provides New England per diem services throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Gain experience working in a variety of facilities and never get bored with the same old routine. Work only the shifts that are convenient for you, whether it is day, evening or overnight. Best of all, per diem work offers maximum earning potential. Many per diem nurses end up making more than their permanent counterparts.

For Employer: When someone is out it can be stressful on the rest of the staff. Healthcare facilities have to operate as a team, and each person is an important piece of the puzzle. Rather than feel the loss, allow medical staffing agencies to fill in your staffing holes on a daily basis. Per diem staffing can be utilized when you know someone will be out, if you are expecting an increase in patients at a certain time, or for unforeseen circumstances.

 

Hospital Nursing Jobs: 3 Interview Blunders

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Are you looking for hospital nursing jobs? Whether you are a veteran nurse who has been working in a hospital for many years, an experienced nurse who is looking for a change in work environment, or a nursing student fresh out of college, developing a relationship with a medical staffing firm can help you gain access to the hospital nursing jobs you want. You may find yourself interviewing with an employer you didn’t even know was hiring. Additionally, staffing agencies can help you to prepare prior to any meetings with potential employers, fine tuning your resume and interviewing skills. Recruiters know the secrets of job hunting that you may not, including the 3 top mistakes most interviewees make:

1. They don’t know their goals. One of the most likely questions an interviewer is apt to ask is some variation of, “What are your goals?” This is a response you should have thought about prior to the interview. One way to figure your goals out is to think about short term objectives, and then describe how they can benefit the hospital. You can also address long term goals you may have. If you are unsure about you goals, talk it out with your staffing company recruiter.

2. They focus on the negative. It is important to stay positive throughout your interview. Even if it seems like the interviewer is asking a “trick” question or is inquiring about your weaknesses, turn them into positives by describing how you learned from them or what you did to correct your mistakes. Additionally, NEVER talk badly about a past employer. Your potential employer will question how loyal you will be to them in the future.

3. They don’t follow up. You may have had a great interview, but in order to ensure the hospital nursing jobs you’re going after becomes yours, you must stay at the top of the pile. Hiring managers go through countless interviews. Make an extra good impression by sending a thank you note the following day. Additionally, ask about the time frame in which they are hoping to make a decision before leaving the interview, and then call to follow-up.

Avoid these blunders and you will be ahead of the pack with your job interviewing skills. In order to truly have the advantage, partner with MAS Medical Staffing. Contact us today!

3 Benefits of Working with Medical Staffing Agencies

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With so much of your time spent performing your job, you want to make sure you are happy in your career.  You have chosen this rewarding vocation for a reason! By connecting with medical staffing agencies, medical professionals are able to reap many benefits that ensure job satisfaction. Here are 3 great benefits to working with medical staffing agencies like MAS Medical Staffing:

1. Different Opportunities Based on Your Preferences

Not everyone is comfortable in the same types of work settings. Some people like stability and want to know where they are going every day. They thrive on routine and enjoy bonding with colleagues or clients they see on a daily basis. These individuals would prefer a permanent position. Others are adventurers and want to help others while fulfilling their desire to see other places. In this case a travel position may be the exciting opportunity they are looking for. For those that want flexibility, but are not willing to leave their state for weeks on end, per diem could be the way to go.  With so many different opportunities, it is difficult not to find a position that works for you.

2. Low Stress Job Searching

One of the most stressful tasks is job searching. Scouring websites and classified ads and trying to figure out if you are qualified enough is not the most enjoyable way to spend your time. So don’t! You have better things to be doing – like your job. Medical staffing agencies can conduct searches with your preferences and qualifications in mind. By knowing about unadvertised positions and who the key decision makers are in an organization they can get the right results. When the time does come that a position has been found, our staffing specialists can help you prepare your resume and help you prep for your interview.

3. Networking

As in any industry, networking is important. Although ideally your skills and qualifications should be enough for an employer to realize your great potential, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s about who you know. Knowing people who can help get you to the next level could mean a better payday. Medical staffing agencies can act as your contact and endorse those skills you want employers to know you have.

Special Ops Staffing is one of those agencies eager to help you achieve your career goals. With a dedication to employees and clients, MAS has hundreds of jobs waiting to be filled by the right candidate. If you are as convinced as we are that we can help you, give us a call!

5 Ways To Avoid Career Burnout

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You’ve been working some crazy overtime hours. Maybe the facility you’re employed with is in a hiring freeze. In our current economy, this is not uncommon – and unfortunately, that means you have to pick up the slack.

You know how important your healthcare job is. With physical therapy jobs, occupational therapy jobs, or nursing jobs, your patients rely on you to get them healthy and feeling better. Sometimes that pressure becomes too much – especially if you’re working overtime and ALL the time. Sure, you love your paycheck nowadays – but your health should be your number one priority.

Career burnout is serious. Some signs of burnout are:

  • Feeling depressed
  • Being constantly tired
  • No longer interested in work
  • No longer interested in socializing

There are definitely ways to avoid burnout. The most important thing is to remember is to take time for yourself. Here are some tips on how to avoid career burnout:

  • A lot of spas offer massage discounts for medical professionals. Do some research on spas in your area and treat yourself twice a month.
  • Set aside 10-15 minutes each day for “quiet time.” Use this time to meditate, stretch, or do some yoga and deep breathing exercises.
  • Exercise and eat healthy. You’re always making sure your patients are taking care of their bodies – but what about you? It may seem impossible during your busy days to make sure you eat a well-balanced breakfast and lunch – but you must make time. Plan out your meals for the week so you can grab them quickly. Drink water all day long.
  • Spend time with your friends and family. If you feel yourself withdrawing from social functions, recognize it and make more of an effort. Call up that hilarious friend of yours and meet for coffee. Allowing yourself to laugh and enjoy yourself for an hour can make a huge difference in your week. Being around the people you love can pull you out of your funk – remember that.
  • Know if it’s past the point of self-help. There is absolutely no shame in seeking professional help. Going to therapy to talk out your problems can be the best thing for you – especially if you don’t want to put the burden onto your friends and family members.

7 Reasons to Look into Travel Therapy Jobs

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Are you considering travel therapy jobs?

MAS Medical Staffing specializes in travel therapy assignments. We have many travel contract assignments for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, along with placements for their assistants. PTA (Physical Therapist Assistants) and COTA (Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants) are all potential travel therapy jobs.

What exactly is a traveling therapist? As a licensed therapist, you can move around the country under contract assignments and gain experience at different facilities. Travel therapy jobs usually last around thirteen weeks.

1. That means three months to experience living and working in another part of the country – from New York to Hawaii and anywhere in between. When your thirteen weeks are up…

2. …You can take off as much time as you like before taking on another contract assignment.

So far so good, right? First, you’ll chat with one of our amazing travel recruiters. They will give you a list of potential jobs that match your preferences. Depending on your discipline, you may need to apply for a new license in each state – but…

3. MAS will cover the expenses and aid you in submitting the paperwork. We want to make it as easy as possible for you.

You may be thinking that moving will cost you more money, and having to find a new place to live every few months will take up a lot of your time. MAS Medical Staffing takes care of all that for you, too.

4. We cover travel expenses and find you a place to live. Not only that – but we give you a…

5. Weekly housing and food allowance.

Wait, it gets better.

6. Generally, the pay for travel therapy jobs is around the per diem rate for whatever area you choose, but only a certain percentage of your income is taxed.

Being a traveling therapist allows you to explore different professional settings and gain the best experience from different facilities,

7. Allowing you to expand your resume and become as proficient as therapists come.

Ready to find travel therapy jobs? Contact MAS Medical Staffing today, and we’ll set you up with an awesome recruiter who will help you find the best possible fit for you and yours.

5 Great Perks of Hospital Nursing Jobs

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Every career has its ups and downs and hospital nursing jobs are no exception. It can be tough but extremely rewarding. For those considering a nursing career, here is a look at some of the perks hospital nursing jobs have to offer. If you are already one of the nurses out there who work tirelessly to ensure others are well, here is a reminder for you about why you chose to take this route!

  1. Flexible schedules. Many nurses who work in clinics or physicians’ offices are able to maintain a traditional 9-5 shift, but that may not necessarily be what you want. While it can be difficult for a hospital nurse to stick to a set schedule every day, that is not always a downside. Some people enjoy the night shifts, having the day hours to devote to their families. It can also be easier to trade shifts with another nurse if you need to make an appointment or have an event to attend.
  2. No extra desk job weight. Here is a job that can actually help you stay in shape. Hospital nursing jobs involve very little time where you have the opportunity to sit. Constant movements like lifting, pushing, pulling and walking will help you stay in shape and keep off the extra pounds that tend to creep up on unsuspecting office staff.
  3. Job Security. There is no better time than the present to be a nurse. Medical workers are expected to continue to be in high demand for the next several years. There are not many other jobs where employees are feeling the security that nurses do. Projected opportunities are currently excellent.
  4. Financial security. Money is always a concern when it comes to the mention of jobs. It’s only natural considering that is the reason most of us work. Hospital nursing jobs offer excellent benefits, especially when working with a company like MAS Medical Staffing.
  5. You help save lives. There are not many jobs more important than those that involve the health and well being of others. To be able to save someone’s life is something few people can say they have done. As a member of the exclusive club, you deserve a pat on the back. It may mean working long hours, or dealing with emotionally draining situations, but the gratification of helping others is something not many professionals get to say they do on a daily basis.

Top States for Physical Therapy Jobs

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Being a Physical Therapist is a challenging (but rewarding) career. You can work just about anywhere – but where should you go? Which states have the highest salaries? Everyone wants to be paid top dollar no matter what profession they are, so let’s look at the top paying states for Physical Therapy jobs.

Top paying states for Physical Therapists (and their annual mean wages):

1. Nevada ($115,220)

2. Alaska ($96,800)

3. California ($91,330)

4. Texas ($90,890)

5. New Jersey ($90,750)

High salaries are great, but how about the states that have the best employment rates? Going where the jobs are available is obviously a good move!

States with the highest employment levels for Physical Therapists:

1. California

2. New York

3. Florida

4. Texas

5. Pennsylvania

Here at MAS Medical Staffing, we have many open Physical Therapy jobs around the country, with more coming in daily!  When taking a position through us, we guarantee the best pay for each contract or placement.

Just because we are talking about Physical Therapy jobs, don’t think we have a lack of Physical Therapist Assistant jobs! PTA jobs are also on the rise for the same reasons as Physical Therapists, with Texas being the number one state for PTA jobs. MAS Medical Staffing has many Physical Therapist Assistant jobs available around the country, too.

Give us a call today to find your next PT or PTA job!

Medical Staffing Agencies: 10 Tips For Working with a Recruiter

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Are you researching medical staffing agencies? Working with a recruiter can be an excellent way to land some of the best jobs out there. It opens doors to more opportunities, and can also be less stressful than having to go through the search alone. However, job seekers still have a significant role in the process. Aside from having to have the right credentials, they must be able to work with the recruiter in a way that will assure success.

To make the most out of your partnership with one of the medical staffing agencies you choose, follow these 10 quick tips. They will help both of you to stay on the same page and get the results you want as fast as possible.

  1. Have a well organized resume. In order to get any job, recruiter or not, this is important. However, recruiters especially need this if you want them to sell you to hiring companies. Make sure your resume reflects your achievements and what makes you the best candidate for the type of position you seek.
  2. Don’t expect too much information upfront. If you’ve ever searched our job bank on the MAS Medical Staffing website, you know that the company with the opening is referred to simply as “our client.” This is to protect the privacy of the organization and the staffing firm. Prior to sitting down for an interview, candidates that work with recruiters may not get as much information as they would like right away. They must rely solely on the job description available, but not to worry, all the information you will require to make a decision will be given to you when the time is right.
  3. Keep records of your job search. Applying for several positions without knowing the name of the company can be confusing when a recruiter calls you and says, “I’m getting back to you about the RN position you applied for.” You are then left scrambling to figure out exactly which of the 36 RN jobs you sent your resume in for that they are talking about. To eliminate these moments of panic, write down all the jobs you apply for in a notebook or keep a spreadsheet on your computer, include the job title, the medical staffing agencies you spoke with about the position, and the date you applied. You may also keep notes on the emails or phone calls you made regarding the position.
  4. Present yourself as a professional. Your recruiter is your gateway to your next job. As such, they will be assessing how you would be as an employee. Their reputation is on the line too, and presenting consistently late or sloppy workers to hiring managers is not something they will do. Be professional in all your interactions to show them you are serious about finding a job and that you would be a great candidate.
  5. Be reliable. As with nearly all areas of life, if you say you are going to do something, then you should do it. Don’t leave your recruiter waiting for a certain document that you said you would send over. If you want your recruiter to put in their full effort, you must too.
  6. Be specific. If you don’t want to be inundated with a bunch of job offers that you don’t want, then you have to be upfront and honest about what you do want. It is OK to be picky if you are willing to wait for the right job to come along. Knowing your preferences will help the recruiter to make the best match for you. They will also appreciate not wasting their time trying to round up openings you will inevitably decline.
  7. Be proactive. Recruiters have hundred of contacts and are busy making new ones all the time. With some companies, job seekers feel that their recruiter is ignoring them, which is not the case. Candidates must also play a role in maintaining their relationship. This means checking in every once in a while. Give your recruiter a call every few weeks to hear about the latest openings and make sure that you stay the top of their list.
  8. Be loyal. It is acceptable to work with more than one recruiter. Most people feel it increases their chances of getting hired. However, sometimes conflicts arise, such as being contacted by two different medical staffing agencies for the same job. In these instances it is in good taste to be honest with the second recruiter and let him or her know that someone else is presenting you for the position. Having both recruiters give your name to the hiring company will not improve your chances of getting hired, and may reflect poorly on you. You may also damage your relationship with one or both recruiters.
  9. Ensure confidentiality. It should go without saying that you can expect confidentiality when you talk to a recruiter, but to be safe, make sure you discuss your expectations on this topic. This may be particularly important to you if you are still currently employed. You should feel confident that you can trust your recruiter and that your information will not be sent to a company without your consent.
  10. No longer looking? Respond anyway. If you have already found a new job, or made the decision to stick with the one you have, don’t close off contact with recruiters. There may be a time down the road when you are in a position again where you will want to use medical staffing agencies again. They may also be able to present exciting opportunities to you that trump the job you have now. Even if you are not interested at all, get back to them in a timely manner to explain that you are not currently looking. This way you can still keep you contact and continue to be in good standing with the person.

Special Ops Staffing is the premier medical staffing agency for licensed medical professionals and therapists in DFW Area. To meet with a recruiter from a reputable medical staffing firm with proven results, <a href=”/contact”>contact us today</a>