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October, 2013

You’ve Been Hired…What Happens Next?

By Cindy Adams, Director of Recruitment at Stormont-Vail HealthCare

Listen and follow directions! Once an employment offer has been made and you accept, it’s very important for you to listen and follow directions. You will be given a lot of information. Be sure to write it all down. If you forget a detail, please call your recruiter and ask for clarification.

You will be:

  • Scheduled for your pre-employment screening appointment
  • Asked to enter online reference information
  • Asked to complete online paperwork prior to your pre-employment screening appointment
  • Given information about what to bring/what to wear to New Employee Orientation
  • Given information about New Employee Orientation (where to report, what time, etc.)
  • Given information about where to go following New Employee Orientation

We’ve tried to make the new hire process easier for you by providing you with a ‘Welcome Letter.’ The letter answers many of your questions, and you can use it as a resource should you have questions.

When in doubt, please call us at (785) 354-6153, Option 3.


September, 2013

Applications, Resumes and Typos

By Cindy Adams, Director of Recruitment at Stormont-Vail HealthCare

I review applications and resumes daily and find typos on at least 75 percent of the items I receive. When you have a typo on your application or resume, you are telling the world you don’t care if you get the job. It also shows an employer your lack of attention to detail and carelessness – neither of which are traits employers are looking for. Some hiring managers won’t review an application if it contains even one typo. To avoid this from happening to you:

Spell-check. There are many ways to review your application and/or resume for misspelled words. If you are in doubt about a word, make the effort to find the correct spelling.

Check your cover letter. Many times, applicants use the same cover letter for multiple positions they apply for. We’ve received cover letters addressed to other organizations telling us they’d really love to work for those other organizations!

Don’t leave anything blank. Remember to complete each section of the application and answer each question. Do not enter ‘will explain in interview’ because you might not be selected for an interview if your application is incomplete or if it’s full of typos.

Don’t forget your references. If the application has space to enter reference information, please do not leave this section blank. If you do, you’re again showing lack of attention to detail and an inability to follow directions.

Use proper grammar. Always capitalize your name and other proper nouns and titles. This one may sound strange, but don’t misspell your name on your application and resume. It’s hard to believe, but it happens.

Give current contact information. Make sure to include the best way to reach you, whether it’s a home phone number, cell phone number or email address.  I’ve attempted to contact an applicant immediately after they’ve applied only to learn ‘the number you’ve dialed is no longer in service.’

Check your email. If you are told an employer communicates with applicants via email, please provide a correct email address – and then check it occasionally for messages. We receive phone calls daily from applicants who tell us they’ve never heard back from us - when in fact, we’ve sent multiple emails.

Keep it short. A resume shouldn’t be multiple pages long. It should highlight your employment history and include dates and employer information. It should be used to complement the application, not take the place of it. Do not write on the application ‘see resume’ and leave the entire application blank. 


August, 2013

You’ve Got an Interview Scheduled…Now What?

By Cindy Adams, Director of Recruitment at Stormont-Vail HealthCare

You’re excited, and you should be! You were selected for an interview and now you may be wondering how you should act, what you should say, what you should wear, etc. After 19 years of experience as a recruiter, allow me to share with you my top four tips to a successful interview.

1. Be polite and respectful.
This is true for everyone you come in contact with. We are all one team and we expect everyone on our team to be treated with dignity and respect. I’m looking for potential new hires with high standards of excellence in their customer service skills.

2. Be honest.
You will be asked questions about your past employment/volunteer experience. All you need to do is answer questions honestly and to the best of your ability.

3. Be prepared.
Come prepared to give specific examples of workplace situations you’ve experienced. It’s not okay to answer questions with ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ responses.

4. Dress to impress.
Always dress professionally for your interview. Business casual or dressier is appropriate. Never wear jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or flip-flops. I once had someone show up for an interview in a swimsuit!

The most important piece of advice I can give is to be yourself. This is your time to shine so relax, smile and put your best foot forward!

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