Health Chaos Goes On

Health chaos goes on. Last week I had facet joint injections with steroids to hopefully, take away spinal pain caused by scoliosis and spinal compression fractures. And I have tried calling the clinic back to try to schedule subsequent injections to the right side of my spine. But why is no one returning my calls, after 3 days? I left messages for the staff who were supposed to be helpful. No calls returned. This is embarrassing to me as a health professional. Is this what my profession has been reduced to? Yes. There is a dumbing down of the nursing profession which I find disgusting.

So how do you find work in this profession that is worth your time, deserving of your education and experience? Seems that insurance companies are the only viable places to look for work in Seattle. Sure, you can apply for other positions that seem to be creative, but then you find out that they “really liked you” but had to hire an internal applicant, or they just don’t know who they want or what they want this “who” to do….well. can’t help out there, since they aren’t asking me, though I bet I could if they asked my opinion. It seems so clear that I could help them take another look at what they really wanted to do with their program, or what they wanted to hire someone to do.

Then there is the thought of retirement and health care…so apparently medicare starts at age 65. but social security allows you to collect benefits at 62. so unless you have worked for some local, state, or federal government job for 30 years or more and are “vested” (like working for an auto union for your entire life), how do you pay for health care? At the time in your life that you need health care the most.

Got scared last week when seen by the doc who did the spinal injections. He detected a heart murmur. Well no surprise in a post menopausal; woman. But I got out my stethoscope and could not hear it; neither could my internist. And as she said, with a woman as slender as I am, it is easy to confuse breath and heart sounds. By the way, the physician who did the spinal injections was amused that he had never treated someone who weighed less than 100lbs. I weighed 99 that day. But I am supposed to weigh 108. I had better eat a lot of rich foods for thanksgiving!

Looking For Work

I am in a frenzied madness of looking for employment. There are two concerns that I would like to share: how to share your resumes (and/or cvs aka curriculum vitaes) and how to read these crazy job descriptions.

Everything one applies for requests a resume. They seem to not care about a cover letter and/or a cv. I feel it is very important to send an individualized cover letter with every job application that states your qualities and interests. I submit my “short resume” which is two pages long, as well as my ten page curriculum vitae which some employers appreciate and request.

On the other hand, I am really disappointed by the quality of the job perspectives I find on some job search engines (not their fault). These job descriptions are sometimes lengthy, disorganized, want you to do everything. I find these job descriptions to be so unprofessional, that I have to bite my cheek and apply anyway. These descriptions include everything in addition to cleaning the kitchen sink. Why don’t they describe the half dozen activities that they truly require? If they cannot do that, the employers do not really know what/who they are looking for and create a junk basket of words. Which means if you accept the position, it will be awhile before it is clear what is really expected, which frustrates the employer, and does not bode well for your initial evaluation.

Even though all the recruitment folks recommend that you submit a brief resume, my experience is this: if you have had a long professional career, submit a lot of information, but make it interesting and readable, in small doses i.e. cover letter, short resume, and your lengthier cv (curriculum vitae).

Best wishes.

[tags]looking for employment,curriculum vitaes,recruitment,evaluation[/tags]

The Ridiculosity

The ridiculosity of recruiting for positions when it is clear the employer wants an internal candidate…

I have experienced several situations in which I have applied for positions in which the job description stated that an internal candidate was preferred who “knew” their system. This generally involved positions that required familiarity with the institution’s research protocols. And I have had the misfortune of applying for positions where this was not stated.

Sometimes during the interview I was told that they would prefer to hire someone who already knew the internal operations of their organization. Why are they wasting my time and theirs?

And at other times, after interviewing well, I was called, only to be told that they “really liked” me but that they had to hire an internal candidate. This has been true for civil service positions, or those that required union membership, or “frozen” positions, usually in public health.

Isn’t this all a bit unfair, unscrupulous, and abuse of my time and integrity? Their time too, though I don’t need to care about that…

Today I had a great interview, for an hour and a half with a manager who was developing laryngitis. I felt bad and should have offered to get her a bottle of water, since I brought one for me. But we were both too busy talking to drink water, which was good. I am being invited back for a second interview with two other persons. And this time I have to have the courage to say “I realize that interviewing and selecting a candidate is difficult. Just as you are interviewing me, I am interviewing you as well. We want this to work for all of us. I don’t want you to waste your time; neither do I want to look for another position from the first day that I am employed by you, which is an experience that I had”.

It is so important to welcome, introduce a new employee. And I spent a year, out of financial necessity, with an insurance company who did not do that. From my first day I knew that my decision to work with them was a disaster, and I began searching for another position.

Speaking of “positions”: think about what you are looking for. Do you want a job, which implies, I believe, unskilled labor, or do you, as a professional, want a “position” which implies bringing education, experience, integrity to your work? And watch your language: do you want to work “for” them, or “with” them?

[tags]ridiculosity,internal candidate,civil service positions,public health,interview,interviewing,insurance company[/tags]