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1. Revitalize your resume. Take a fresh look at this critical document, as your first impression with prospective employers. Can you strengthen your qualifications with certifications in your field or volunteer experience? Clarify your achievements? Correct any errors? Search online for examples of well-crafted resumes in your field, and see what you can do to polish your professional presentation.
2. Record your success stories. Prepare for future interviews by drafting short stories (3-5 sentences) that answer common hiring questions, like “Tell us about a problem you solved successfully.” “What is your greatest personal achievement?” “Why did you decide to pursue this career?” “What strengths to you bring to this role?”
3. Reach out to your network. “The best time to network is in advance of job opportunities being posted,” says Hannah Morgan of US News & World Report. The holidays are a great time to reconnect with old acquaintances and let them know you’re looking for new opportunities.
4. Review your social media presence. Hiring managers often search candidates’ social media, so make sure they’ll find only positive content. Ask friends to untag inappropriate photos or posts and create/update your profile on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn.
5. Remember to take care of yourself. Make time for exercise, healthy food and a good night’s sleep. You can enjoy the festivities, but stay in fighting form – you’ll want to be feeling good when opportunity strikes.
Above all, remain confident. You have an excellent education and the support of your instructors and your American Institute Family. The Career Services team is here and ready to help with practice interviews, resume reviews, and networking skills, so be sure to schedule time to meet with them if you haven’t already.
October 24, 2016, All Locations – American Institute joined the nation again this year in celebrating the contributions and dedication of Medical Assistants during Medical Assistants Recognition Week – “MARWeek” – an annual event sponsored by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Medical Assisting students and staff at American Institute were treated to appreciation meals and a special message from their Campus Presidents.
“As providers of healthcare career education, we’re close to Medical Assistants while they are training and once they go into the field, so we know just how hard they work to ensure exceptional patient care,” said Christopher Coutts, Chief Operating Officer. “It’s a challenging role, yet we see Medical Assistants provide caring smiles and good humor each day, because they love what they do and the people they help.”
“The Heart of Healthcare” is the theme of MARWeek, a reference to the critical role Medical Assistants play helping to ease anxiety and enable patients to effectively engage with their health care providers.
“Students choose Medical Assisting because they truly care and want to help people,” said Brooke Baran, Vice President of Education. “Our hands-on training program, which includes mock patient visits and role plays, prepares our students to confidently take their place on the medical team.”
Healthcare providers recognize that having skilled, caring professionals on the front lines improves the patient experience, which can contribute to better health outcomes. As a result, Medical Assisting is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations.*
“I’m personally grateful for the Medical Assistants who have assisted me and my family through some difficult moments,” said Mr. Coutts. “It’s important to recognize their contributions during MARWeek and throughout the year.”
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm.
October 8, 2016, West Hartford, CT – It took American Institute student Ricardo Jackson a little longer than he expected to finish the 5K race at this year’s Hartford Marathon.
“I started off late and was in the back of the group. I ran faster to try and catch up, and I wore myself out,” Ricardo said. “Another runner came up along side me, and she encouraged me to keep going. She guided me on breathing and helped me to set a good pace.”
Boosted by his fellow runner’s support, Ricardo kept going. And going. Instead of a 5K (3.1 miles), Ricardo finished the half-marathon, running 13.1 miles in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds.
“I just thought ‘This is my moment, I have to do it.’ And I went for the gold,” Ricardo said. “The woman I ran with said most people don’t complete the half-marathon on their first try. She was amazed. I was a little amazed myself.”
American Institute is a proud sponsor of the Eversource Hartford Marathon, which attracted more than 12,000 runners this year. AI medical assisting students provided blood pressure screenings during the pre-event expo and at the race, demonstrating their skills and gaining valuable experience providing hands-on care.
Ricardo is enrolled in the Computers, Networking, and Security program at the West Hartford location. He hopes to use his new skills to get a better job and eventually continue his education in audio engineering and music production.
“Once I got into class, I was transformed,” Ricardo said. “I feel great every morning, and I like the progress I’m achieving. If I can make this change, anybody can make it.”
According to the AHA, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year, but it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. By wearing red and discussing the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women, the Go Red For Women campaign helps educate women and their healthcare professionals on ways they can fight this disease.
As a provider of healthcare career education, American Institute is proud to support this effort each year in each of our campuses and help educate future medical professionals and potentially save lives.
October 2015, Margate, Toms River, and Clifton – This October, American Institute students and staff spent the month fundraising to support the fight against Breast Cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime according to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, and many of the American Institute family have been personally impacted by the disease and are passionate about supporting this cause.
Margate students and staff held a ‘Pizza Day’ fundraiser along with asking clients at the Student Salon for donations after their services. The Margate and Toms River teams also walked in their local Making Strides Against Cancer Walks to show their support.
Team Clifton held a Go Pink day on campus to raise funds where students and staff donated to wear pink instead uniforms or business attire. Together, we were able to raise over $600 in donations for the American Cancer Society to help in the fight against breast cancer.
November 14, 2016, all locations – While companies often slow down their hiring as the winter holidays approach, you can use this time to continue building momentum in your search for the right position as you head into the new year. And with the right focus, you may get a jump on companies who are […]
October 24, 2016, All Locations – American Institute joined the nation again this year in celebrating the contributions and dedication of Medical Assistants during Medical Assistants Recognition Week – “MARWeek” – an annual event sponsored by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Medical Assisting students and staff at American Institute were treated to appreciation […]