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Volume 27 Number 120 January 2017

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here are those among us (nearly half of all who voted) who believe that the final outcome of the presidential election is a great thing for us as a nation, and those (the slightly bigger other half) who believe that the outcome is the worst possible thing that could happen to our country. Honestly, I’m mostly just glad that the mud-slinging and name calling campaigns are over. For nearly two years we endured finger-pointing with blaming accusations, witnessed rude comments on national television being spouted from one candidate to another and back again, and frankly, I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed for the system that allows such unprofessional actions to occur, and I’m embarrassed that the two people who were running for the highest position in our land felt compelled to (and actually could!) resort to such lows. While previous presidential campaigns have focused on what brings us together, this election has been proactive in exposing our differences—in painful, insulting ways—generating fear and confusion, and I find that unacceptable. Our country was built on many cultures working together for the common good. I believe it should continue that way. In this increasingly diverse and multicultural country, we must take responsibility for our words, our actions, and how we move forward into the future, and if you ask me, that includes peace and security for each of us.

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Table of Contents An Increase in Veteran Hires

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Six Steps to Finding A Federal Job

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The U.S. Secret Service: From Many Backgrounds...One Star Page 6 Manufacturers are Hiring Again

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The Highest-Paying Tech Skills

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Inclusion and the Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace

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Top Paying Healthcare Careers

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Working at A Skilled Nursing Facility for Seniors

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Core Facets of A Professional Presence

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How Veterans Apply Military Thinking to Everyday Life

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Work/Life Balance: Essential Skills

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Job Search Tips for People with Disabilities

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Space Careers: A Universe of Options

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If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. -African Proverb

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President’s Council Announces Increase in Veteran Hires


the more than five years since President Barack Obama established the Veterans Employment Initiative, a steadily increasing annual percentage of veterans have entered federal civilian service. In fiscal year 2014, according to an Office of Personnel Management news release, the percentage of veteran new hires hit a new high of 33.2 percent, surpassing the previous mark set in FY 2013, when 31 percent of all new Federal civilian hires were veterans. Fiscal 2014 also marked the first time since the president established the Veterans Employment Initiative that new veteran hires increased in a year when overall new employee hires also increased.

‘Ongoing and Sustainable’ Progress for Veterans

The goal of the President’s Veterans Employment Initiative, officials said, is to help federal agencies identify qualified veterans, clarify the hiring process for veterans seeking employment with the federal government, and help them adjust to the civilian work environment once they are hired. “I am confident that together this council is doing what is needed to achieve the president’s objectives and establish the foundation for ongoing and sustainable progress for our veterans for years to come,” said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, vice chair of the council. The council is made up of 24 Cabinet-level members and other independent agency representatives. It is co-chaired by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.

Increasing Focus on Female Veterans, Diversity

At a meeting today, officials said, the council discussed the fiscal 2014 veteran employment numbers and recommendations from the Council’s Women Veterans Working Group. Archuleta had asked Catherine Emerson, the Department of Homeland Security’s chief human capital officer, to lead a working group to assess the hiring of women veterans, officials said. The council approved the group’s recommendation to adopt an addendum to the governmentwide Veterans Recruitment and Employment Strategic Plan FY 2014 -- 2017. The addendum will add measures related to women veterans and diversity to the plan’s existing goal areas of leadership commitment, employment, marketing and information gateway.


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“We know that veterans possess character, team-building skills, and discipline,” McDonald said, “Those traits don’t stop when we take off the uniform. They transfer into the workplace and help their businesses grow and succeed.” Character, Team-building, Discipline

“We know that veterans possess character, team-building skills, and discipline,” McDonald said “Those traits don’t stop when we take off the uniform. They transfer into the workplace and help their businesses grow and succeed.” More than a third of VA employees are veterans, he noted, which “means providing better outcomes and better service to their fellow veterans. Perez said, “My colleagues at the Labor Department who are veterans embody the very finest qualities of our military tradition, and they demonstrate their character every day while standing up for American workers and their families.” Breaking down “silos” across the government to explore innovative strategies to boost veterans’ ranks within agencies, he said, “not only helps us honor the men and women who protect our nation with good jobs, but leads to more dependable, professional, and conscientious government services for the American people.” Article provided by Office of Personnel Management News Release

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Six Steps to Finding A Federal Job

1. U  nderstand the differences between the private and federal sectors. 2. Seek out all federal job vacancies and bid on multiple positions. 3. Completely read and analyze each job announcement. 4. Package a professional federal resume. 5. Don’t give up when you receive your first rejection. 6. Prepare for interviews.

You can learn from rejections by contacting the selecting official and/ or the HR specialist that is listed on the job announcement. Ask what training and/or experience would have enhanced your application package for future positions. If the selecting official or HR specialist suggests obtaining certain education, training or experience, work to achieve their recommendations. A rejection may also be due to things beyond your control such as funding restrictions, a hiring freeze, or your selection may have been blocked by a military member claiming veterans’ preference. You may discover that you did have the specific skills needed, however you either neglected to capture required key words and phrases (skills needed) in your work descriptions or didn’t include critical work history in your application. This happens frequently. It doesn’t pay to debate your qualifications over spilled milk. The job has already been filled. Thank the selecting official for his/her candor and time, then revise your bid for the next opening. Evaluate your federal resume using the techniques listed in Chapter Six of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs to ensure you properly covered in detail your work history, accomplishments, and skills. You must address over 40 specific areas in your resume and include details that prove without a doubt that you have the required skills to be successful and excel in

the position. Remember, the federal resume is nothing like the simple 1 page private sector style resume that you are accustomed to. Write the selecting official a BRIEF letter of thanks and explain that you neglected to incorporate the recommended skills in the original application. Send him or her a copy of your revised application for future reference. Managers appreciate dealing with rational and mature individuals, and you will be remembered. The author of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs used the Individual Development Plan (IDP) process throughout his federal career to target promotions and to work with management to obtain valuable careerenhancing lateral assignments and temporary details. You can do the same once hired. During his tenure as a manager for the Federal Aviation Administration he encouraged employees seeking promotions to develop viable IDPs in concert with management to achieve their career goals. If you should get frustrated, and many do, just think of this: The average annual total compensation for federal civilian workers is $123,049, compared to $61,051 for the private sector. The benefits are outstanding and according to the Congressional Budget Office, Characteristics and Pay of Federal Civilian Employees report, federal employees’ benefits ranged between 26 percent and 50 percent of pay based on time in service, the employee’s age, and retirement system. Federal jobs are well worth the time and effort that you INVEST in the process. Article provided by Helping job hunters find, apply for and land government jobs.

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The U.S. Secret Service

From Many Backgrounds…One Star


he United States Secret Crime Intelligence & Operations Service is recognized as Center (IOC), and the National one of the most elite Cybersecurity and Communications law enforcement agencies in Integration Center (NCCIC). the world and has a 150 year The Secret Service Criminal history of exemplary service. Investigative Division established In addition to their high-profile the National Computer Forensic duty to protect America’s top Institute (NCFI), the nation’s only leaders and visiting heads of federally funded training center state, the overall mission of dedicated to providing state and the Secret Service is far more local law enforcement, legal and diverse than most Americans judicial professionals with a free, understand. The agency was comprehensive education on cyberfirst established to combat crime trends, investigative methods the counterfeiting of U.S. and prosecutorial challenges. currency. Today, the orgaThe complexity of a multiplenization remains committed mission agency calls for a diverse to fighting financial crimes work force, and Secret Service involving credit card fraud, members come from extensive The complexity of this multiple-mission agency calls money laundering, mortgage educational, professional, military fraud, and cyber-security and law enforcement backgrounds. for a diverse work force, and Secret Service members investigations into network The careers within the Secret come from extensive educational, professional, intrusions, data breaches Service are just as diverse as the and child pornography. The agency’s personnel. Visit the White military and law enforcement backgrounds. Secret Service partners with House for a tour and you will be other federal law enforcement greeted outside and in every room through the National Center for Disaster Fraud, the Financial Crimes by members of the Uniformed Division, whose mission is to protect the Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Interpol, the International Organized White House Complex, the Vice Presidential residence, the Treasury

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Department and foreign diplomatic missions in Washington, DC, as well as any other venues requiring security to safeguard the agency’s protectees. Uniformed Division Officers also make up the Counter Sniper Team, the Emergency Response Team and the Magnetometer Operations Unit. More prominently recognized are Secret Service Special Agents, entrusted to protect the President and First Family; the Vice President’s

Secret Service Administrative, Professional and Technical (APT) personnel fulfill an incredibly broad range of duties in support of the agency’s missions. immediate family; former Presidents, their spouses and minor children; visiting foreign heads of state and their spouses; and major presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses. Special Agents may also serve as members of the Counter Assault Team, and the Hazardous Agent Mitigation and Medical Emergency Response Teams. Secret Service Special Officers perform a range of functions in support of the agency’s protective mission. Special Officer assignments may include physical security posts; monitoring and operating various communication equipment; ensuring the peak operational functionality of protective vehicles and equipment; monitoring surveillance systems; and controlling the movement of people in and out of facilities. Secret Service Administrative, Professional and Technical (APT) personnel fulfill an incredibly broad range of duties in support of the agency’s missions. APT staff include criminal, intelligence and human resources specialists; document, fingerprint and forensic specialists; attorneys, accountants, contract and operations specialists; and social workers and research psychologists. The opportunities within this professional group are limitless. The United States Secret Service has a 150 year history of excellence that is unmatched, and the agency’s dedication to equal employment opportunity is sterling. To learn more about this unique law enforcement agency, visit

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Manufacturers are Hiring Again

or years, the manufacturing sector has seen a decline in jobs due to a decrease in product. Now, it is starting to turn around on both counts and the manufacturing industry is leading the way for economic recovery in the United States. There has been an increase in orders for manufacturing plants and over 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been added. While this is good news, it is dampened with the trend of high retirement rate among manufacturing employees and not enough young blood coming in with experience, interest or skills needed in manufacturing. As such, employers are finding themselves with the need to focus on recruitment and retention if they hope to keep growing. So now the question comes is how do they recruit that talent they need?

Identify The Need

by Audrey Thompson

Identify The Desires

So with that description fitting most of today’s teenagers and young adults, why are companies having trouble filling positions? This negative image in most of today’s youths mind is that manufacturing jobs are dead-end, dirty and prone to lay-offs. This negative image along with the decrease of students who excel in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) has shortened the pipeline that the manufacturing industry uses.

Change Ends Of The Pool

The manufacturing industry is leading the way for economic recovery in the United States . . .and over 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been added.

First they must identify what the talent they need looks like. In an overall package, a person that is ideal for a manufacturing job is somewhat of a “gearhead” mentally. A person with curious and mechanical person that likes to solve problems and make things work better. With the right training and the right manager that can harness that curiosity for growth and new innovation.

What can be done then? Companies need to change ends of the pool. They’ve been looking in the shallow end with undergraduate and vocational students. Now they need to begin attracting and engaging potential job candidates employees in the deep end of the pool. Once they have determined what their ideal employee is like, they need to learn what attracts and interests them.

Move To Different Recruiting Grounds

The movement of career days at colleges and high schools are excellent ideas, but they need to think outside of the box. One strategy would be visiting car shows. This is where you will find true “gearheads”. This is where you find the ones that love the thrill of one the job and off the job mechanics. A car show gives you a casual atmosphere and element

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of deep water candidate fishing. Just as a career fair or job fair rents out booth space, so do car shows.

Network and Socialize

Social media recruiting is not just for office professionals. Social sites like LinkedIn is just as effective in connecting with a new and younger generation of skills and talent with mechanical ability. With FaceBook and LinkedIn, you can seek individuals that have interests and skills that are in alignment with your company’s needs and begin a conversation with them. By networking like this, you create a connection that is more on a personal level and create a platform that puts your company’s opportunities out there.

You Snagged Them, Now Keep Them Happy

After you have found the employees that are right for manufacturing, you need to keep them engaged and happy. History has shown that people employed in manufacturing are hard workers and loyal. Their mindset of being employed is more traditional and have values that built this country. However, they are also more apt to be dissatisfied with the training that can give them better career opportunities and growth. Solution: Create career development programs with in-house training. A program that maps out a clear path for an employee to advance within the company and encourages them to reach their full potential. Today, the manufacturing environment is pressure-filled and production-driven. This can make employees feel beat down, overworked and under appreciated. Employers need to change this negativeness, which will increase retention as well as attract new talent. Solution: Create and establish an employee recognition program. Set up activities outside of the work place that will become established traditions making your company an unique employer. Elementary schools have found that having a themed school day engages the students. The same can be achieved with a themed workday or quarterly events like a company sponsored family picnic or baseball game. Make the employee break area more relaxing with pleasing interior decoration that include sofas, easy chairs, games and television. Catering food is always a winner for the hard working staff. These small expenses will do a lot in making your staff feel appreciated and as if they are part of the big picture.

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The Overall Advice

Get to know your employees as people and not just another number. By knowing an employee’s story, you’ll know what makes them who they are and how they work best. An honest effort for a personal connection will go a long way in recruiting new employees, keeping your employees satisfied and simply just keeping your employees.


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growth for all sectors. While financial experts will tell us that manufacturing is an important piece that is vital for creating jobs, we have neglected preparing the younger generations for that type of work. Over 50% of companies that employ skilled labor are experiencing staffing shortages and they aren’t seeing any promises of those shortages filling up. So where the experts see the problems of employment for the manufacturing sector?

1. Retiring Baby Boomers:

I remember growing up hear other kid’s talk about what their parents did for a living. Many were in some type of a manufacturing job, but I really didn’t pay much attention to what it was their parents did exactly. My mom was in accounting and my dad was in printing. There were factories around the Dallas area where I grew up and we had class field trips to some of them. As an adult my husband and I toured the Peterbilt factory in Denton, Texas and while I had a short lived career selling office furniture, I took a tour of a Steelcase factory. Still though, the impact that manufacturing has on our world never really made an impression on me, and I’m not alone. Those of us that grew up in this part of the country in the 60s and 70s that didn’t have parents, grandparents or other family members working in manufacturing just didn’t make an impression on us. Sadly, the same holds true for the youth of today. Those that did grow up with family that worked in the manufacturing industry had it instilled in them to finish high school, go to college and get a worthwhile career. So now we have accountants and doctors, we have IT professionals and lawyers and writers. What we may have forgotten though is that manufacturing is important and vital to our economy’s

The first half of the Baby Boomer generation that are in the estimated 11 million manufacturing jobs, almost 3 million of them are over the age of 55 and closing in on retirement. If all of those retire at the same time, the dramatic increase in skilled labor shortage will be mean companies have no choice but to send the work overseas. This could lead to reduced investments in the manufacturing industry.

2. A Poor Image:

A recent industry poll revealed that over half of today’s youth have very little to no interest in a career with the manufacturing sector. Over 60% state they are going with a professional career. Why? Manufacturing jobs have always had a negative image in general such as low pay and a stringent work environment. In reality, that is the furthermost thing from the truth. The manufacturing sector is more up-to-date with the latest technology than many other sectors and the work environment is one of the friendliest. Manufacturing plants are one of the most team oriented among co-workers.

3. Failure to Educate:

The only thing that may move as fast or faster than sound is technology and the manufacturing industry is right on top of the state-of-the-art

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equipment and the technology that makes it work and the industry is evolving rapidly. Our schools today are a problem because they can not keep up with the state-of-the-art equipment and technology due to a lack of funding.

So as an employer, what can you do about perplexity?

• Invest in education programs. Invite schools to bring students to your facilities and show them first hand the progressive industry that is manufacturing is and that it does offer a good career. • Get involved with youth programs in your area that partners with employers and the community college so that training for industry skills is available to students. • Participate in career day at local high schools. Register with the local colleges for the internship programs.

These are great pro-active options that will help the future of manufacturing, but what can you do now to get the quality help you need? • Register with a staffing agency that specializes in recruiting people that are trained with skill sets that are needed in the manufacturing industry. Yes, as we have discussed here, there pool of people with those skills is shallow, but a staffing agency can be just what you need to find the right people. They have the time because that is what they do and it leaves you more time do the things we suggested about the future employment. • Invest in training current employees so they can gain more and newer skills that will benefit the company in the near future. Create initiatives and develop certification and training programs. Sometimes we so quick to take for granted the items we need and use everyday such as our computers, our phones and more, that we don’t even realize somewhere along the line, they were manufactured. In a plant. By a person. Article provided by Clear Choice Staffing Solutions. For more information, visit

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The Highest-Paying Tech Skills


he average technology salary in the U.S. leapt 7.7 percent in 2015, according to the latest Dice Salary Survey. But which technologies and skillsets drew the highest payouts? Short answer: anything to do with data-wrangling. Dice’s data suggests that, if you specialize in storage, data analytics, or database management, you can expect to earn a hefty paycheck. Scan the following list and see how the various skillsets performed.

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be certain. platform’s popularity has rapidly increased over the past few years, as more database 2015 Salary: $154,749 SAP’s in-memory database management administrators rely on it to rapidly scale system is designed to rapidly handle high their data needs. transaction rates and complex query pro- Cloudera cessing. For years, SAP positioned the 2015 Salary: $142,835 Cloudera (the software company) offers technology as its competitive differentiator in the highly aggressive database market, software and services based on Apache adding features such as an embedded Web Hadoop, including its own Hadoop distriserver and a version control repository. bution, CDH. For those who don’t know, Some enterprises use the HANA platform Apache Hadoop is an open-source framein conjunction with server-side JavaScript work that allows tech pros to run data applications on large hardware clusters; as and HTML to create applications. SAP’s biggest rivals, including Oracle its popularity has increased over the past and IBM, have their own in-memory offer- few years, several companies have stepped ings; more startups are also pushing into forward with unique Hadoop distributions database software, making the market to serve specialized tech audiences. extra-complicated for SAP as it attempts PAAS to stand out. 2015 Salary: $140,894 PAAS stands for Platform-as-a-Service. Cassandra In contrast to SAAS (Software-as-a2015 Salary: $147,811 Cassandra has long hovered near the top Service) or IAAS (Infrastructure-as-aof highest-paying analytics technologies, Service), PAAS revolves around the cloudoutpacing the likes of MapReduce and based deployment of applications and/or services without the need to build out a Cloudera in some surveys. From a tech-pro perspective, Cassandra datacenter or buy localized software. As provides quite a bit of utility; the open- more and more businesses migrate to the source database-management system can cloud, PAAS and other services become wrangle data across multiple servers and exponentially more important. Article provided by datacenters, all with low latency. The


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Inclusion and the Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace


ne of the biggest challenges facing HR and Talent leaders today is the rapid pace at which the workforce is changing across the globe.

Generational turnover, cultural evolution, widespread immigration, emerging markets, and advancing technology have all played and will continue to play a major role in creating an increasingly complex corporate and industrial ecosystem that both breaks down old and creates new barriers to recruiting, developing, and retaining talent. In the midst of these changes, workplace diversity has gained currency in C-suites around the world as business leaders seek to develop a more cohesive, collaborative, and creative work environment as a means of driving continued growth. What often gets lost in the conversation is inclusion, the twin component of diversity that ultimately leads to business success. To help business and talent leaders better navigate the topic, we are going to explore the definitions, benefits, state of, and best practices for diversity and inclusion in today’s workplace.

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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) defines diversity as “the collective mixture of differences and similarities that include, for example, individual and organizational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, and behaviors.” They break down diversity even further into two categories – visible diversity traits and invisible diversity traits. In discussions revolving around diversity, visible traits are often what is emphasized and include race, gender, physical abilities, age, and body type. Invisible diversity traits include things such as sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, education, and parental status among other things. Inclusion, while closely related, is a separate concept from diversity. SHRM defines inclusion as “the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success. It is important to establish a clear understanding of how the concepts of diversity and inclusion differ, as many well-intentioned companies have made the former a priority while neglecting the latter, leading to disappointing outcomes that often undermine the totality of diversity and inclusion efforts.


There are a myriad of benefits to building a diverse and inclusive workforce at every level of a company, not least of which is the need to address a looming retirement crisis by pulling in talent from historically under-tapped demographics. In a recent post we explored the concurrent departure of The Baby Boomer Generation from and Millennial Generation ascendance into the workforce and their implications for companies’ talent

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management strategies. Looking beyond gen- most importantly, research suggests companies to be more centralized while programs in Asia erational changes, a recent study by McKinsey that openly articulate values of inclusion and have and Europe are more relaxed – one commonalfound that return on equity is 53% higher on a diverse workforce tend to appeal to a wider cus- ity around the world has been a heavy focus on hiring and promoting women. average for companies ranking in the top quar- tomer and supplier base. The focus on women is understandable as they tile of executive board diversity while EBIT The Current State of Diversity constitute 50% of the global population and are margins were 14% higher on average. In the past 20 years, diversity and inclusion easier by comparison to integrate into This of course begs the quesan organization due to fewer overall tion, why do companies that pricultural differences with men who oritize diversity and inclusion are heavily represented at the highperform better? est levels in the corporate workplace. Boris Groysberg and Katherine As a result, a majority of business Connolly of Harvard Business leaders are concerned about large School conducted a study in 2013 gaps in mirroring the general popuof 24 companies that had earned lation, particularly with regard to reputations for making diversity three systematically under-representa priority. One of their key finded groups: workers over the age of ings was summed up perfectly by 50, individuals with disabilities, and Paul Block, the CEO of Mersant religious and ethnic minorities. In the who told them “People with difcoming years it will be important for ferent lifestyles and different companies to overcome the hurdles backgrounds challenge each other that prevent these groups from being more. Diversity creates dissent, incorporated into the highest levels and you need that. Without it, of an organization. you’re not going to get any deep Diversity and inclusion will continue to dominate the inquiry or breakthroughs.” The Conclusion discussion in boardrooms and HR divisions across the dynamic created by dissent preDiversity and inclusion will convents organizations from becom- globe as the makeup of the workforce changes significantly. tinue to dominate the discussion in ing too insular and out of touch boardrooms and HR divisions across with their increasingly heterogeneous customer has grown as a corporate imperative. According the globe as the makeup of the workforce base and as a result, working teams are able to to SHRM statistics, 55% of companies are big changes significantly. In order for business and come up with a wider range of solutions to busi- promoters of diversity while 42% of diver- HR leaders to maintain talent continuity and ness problems. sity programs are advocated by the CEO, top broaden their appeal in various market segFurther, an inclusive workplace that under- leadership, and HR heads. While approaches ments, they must develop a clearer understandstands the needs of their employees, making them in various parts of the globe differ – diversity ing of diversity and inclusion and how those feel valued and respected has a significant and and inclusion programs in North America tend concepts fit together. The benefits of building a positive impact on employee retention. Perhaps

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We’re delighted you’re interested in joining Kentucky’s leading health care provider. We are a comprehensive health system strengthened by our Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages and inspired by our shared values. Our vision is to be the premier, integrated, comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth providing high-quality care close to home — reducing the incidence of disease and eliminating inequities in access. We are fortunate to attract people who believe in our mission and who are dedicated to the service of our patients and their families. Whether you have a clinical or non-clinical background, we have allied health, professional, technical, administrative and clerical opportunities from entry level to senior management from which you can choose.

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workforce of diverse people who are empowered to positively contribute to a company’s success are numerous – from better financial performance and more innovative problem-solving to easier employee retention and greater appeal to customers. So much progress has been made in the last few decades, but in order to fully take advantage of the power diversity and inclusion brings to an organization, consider incorporating these three best practices to continue building on the foundation of diversity and inclusion you have established:

1. Continually build pipelines of diverse talent

It should go without saying that minority groups of all kinds are by their very nature, smaller than their majority counterparts. Size constraints of varying degrees can make recruiting the right kind of talent from a given group quite the challenge. Often the biggest barrier to building a diverse and inclusive workforce is the unfounded concern that an organization must sacrifice quality to meet a quota. The truth is that high quality, diverse talent exists but it may be harder to find. Combatting this dynamic requires advance preparation. Companies should make a point to engage with diverse talent on an ongoing basis long before the need arises to pull new people into the organization. By proactively getting to know people of varying backgrounds, business and HR leaders will be prepared to hire diverse talent with speed and confidence.

2. Be flexible and lead by example

Flexible work arrangements can be very beneficial to the development of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Flexibility such as work-from-home options help to alleviate the pressures of recruiting diversity candidates who may be a good fit for a role but may not be in a position to relocate. For candidates who are able to relocate, such flexibility often helps to reduce the impact of leaving behind a support system of friends and family who might otherwise step in to assist with things like child care.

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Flexibility provides the added benefit of aiding in the recruitment and retention of women at the senior level who, despite working full-time, still take on the bulk of household and child care responsibilities. The key to making flexibility work is leading by example. It is not enough to simply put a policy in place – employees must understand and believe that taking advantage of flexible work arrangements will not reflect on them negatively. Very senior leaders should find ways to demonstrate that sometimes family considerations take precedence – and that’s okay.

Senior leaders should find ways to demonstrate that sometimes family considerations take precedence – and that’s okay.

3. Emphasize mentoring and coaching

Providing access to leadership and training opportunities for women, minorities, and other historically underrepresented groups at lower levels in the organization will boost efforts to craft a more diverse and inclusive senior leadership team by ensuring that diverse candidates are eligible and qualified for promotions. Mentorship programs have the added benefit of fostering inclusivity by offering employees a feeling of belonging and a safe place to discuss sensitive issues. This also creates a “chain of command” of sorts for escalating issues to senior leaders who are then enabled to keep an eye on the challenges of promoting diversity and inclusion, and can re-calibrate programs or approaches as needed. Diversity and inclusion is a complex and nuanced topic with many factors for business and HR leaders to be aware of. In the coming months we will further explore ways to boost diversity and inclusion efforts but these three best practices are a good start for companies that are struggling to recruit and retain people from varying backgrounds. To develop a better grasp of how strong your diversity and inclusion efforts are, download our employee engagement survey to gain an understanding of the perceptions your employees have around this topic. Article provided by Experts in Leadership Risk Management

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12 Top Paying Healthcare Careers by Susan Kemppainen


here’s no argument that healthcare is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs in healthcare are expected to grow at an astonishing rate of 23% job growth over the next decade, with an estimated 974,000 new jobs expected. This rapid growth is due, in part, to greater health insurance accessibility and the maturing of the large Baby Boomer population. Hospitals, health systems, private practices, long-term care facilities are looking to boost their services with qualified, licensed clinical and support (or ancillary) staff. Colleges and universities, recognizing the need to educate qualified clinicians and ancillary personnel, are increasingly offering online courses and degrees for those interested, or already employed, in healthcare. Online, accredited degrees, allow students to quickly move into the work force; and, provides currently employed clinicians or healthcare workers easier paths to advance their education to the next level. Most, but not all, healthcare careers can be attained through accredited, online education. Salary ranges for healthcare professions vary depending on the degree, area of study and licensure. Employment and earnings (not including physicians) for those working in healthcare range from $20,000 to $102,950 annually and requires individuals with diverse educational and technical backgrounds to qualify for positions in the clinical and non-clinical healthcare setting. EDUCATIONAL DEGREES AND ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS Depending on the career path, students should be aware of requirements for specific healthcare positions. For instance, students may obtain a Registered Nurse (RN) degree at a two-year community college or a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN), a Master of Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practices (DNP) at a four year school. Not all careers require graduate education; but, salaries will, naturally, be higher for more advanced degrees. Many medical careers stipulate students attend an accredited institution. Referring again to nursing as an example, most states recognize the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) educational standards. Depending on the career, be certain your school of choice is properly accredited for your field.

Additionally, most of the higher paying healthcare careers require either certification, licensure or both. It’s important you determine that your online program of choice meets your state’s specific licensure requirements.


The more advanced the medical degree, the more expensive it might be. There are a variety of resources available for qualified students through Federal Financial Aid, scholarships and loans. Currently employed students may want to check with their Human Resources Department to see if the employer offers tuition assistance for employees advancing their career. In 2015, President Obama presented a proposal to provide tuition-free community college programs for qualified students. Several states are currently offering tuition-free community college education. Check with your community college to see if you’re eligible for such a program.


The scope of careers in healthcare is broad. Not all healthcare careers involve direct patient care, but can span careers such as public relations, human resources and computer technology. Best Medical Degrees has collected a list of the highest paying healthcare careers based on information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Forbes Magazine and U.S. News and World Report. The ranking is from highest to lowest expected salaries and, in some cases, provides links to additional information such as online programs or additional information with educational requirements.


To become a Pharmacist, students must complete a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited pharmacy school. There are three and four year program options, requiring a Bachelor’s degree for admission; and, some pharmacy schools even accept high school graduates into six-year programs. Pharmacists fill medical prescriptions per physician orders, educate patients on how and when to take a prescribed medicine and inform them about potential side effects they may experience from taking the medicine.

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Pharmacists may find employment in hospitals, clinics, pharmacy or drug stores. The median salary for Pharmacists is $120,950 annually.


Becoming a Podiatrist requires a four year graduate program to obtain a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Coursework includes anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology among other subjects; and, a clinical rotation is required. Podiatrists diagnose foot, ankle, and lower leg problems through physical exams, x rays, medical laboratory tests, and other methods. They provide treatment for foot, ankle, and lower leg ailments, and may prescribe special appliances to help the patient with mobility. Some, accredited 4. OPTOMETRISTS Requiring a four-year Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree, optometry online degree programs are available. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projstudents study anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, optics, visual sciects a 14% ten-year job growth and a median salary of $120,700. ence, and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the 3. ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES (APRN) visual system. There are some online programs available which also The Bureau of Labor require clinical experiences and students may choose a speciality in Statistics estimates family practice, low vision rehabilitation, pediatric or geriatric optomadvanced Master Degrees etry, and ocular disease, etc. The average salary for licensed, certified in Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Optometrist is an annual $101,410 and can expect, according to the Midwives and Nurse BLS, a 27% job growth over the next ten years. U.S. News and World Practitioner positions to Report ranks this career #11 in its Best Jobs report. grow 31% over the next 5. PSYCHOLOGISTS decade with an average Depending on the educationannual salary of $102,670. al level and career path, mediThese specialized nurses an salaries in the field vary, provide primary and speaccording to the Bureau of ciality care. An undergradLabor Statistics Occupational uate degree in nursing is Outlook Handbook. Graduates required before entry into a Outstandingworking Careers, Winning Care as humanAward resources manmaster’s program in APRN. agers can earn up to $100,000,


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while graduates working as counselors in schools, social work, non profits, etc., may see salary ranges from $39,000-$56,000. Approximately 50% of psychology prepared graduates work in hospitals or other health services, 10% in private business or nonprofit, 16% in governmental agencies, with the remainder in schools and universities (American Psychological Association). The American Psychological Association cites 15 subspecialties in this field.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice concentrates on the clinical practice of nursing and provides employment opportunities in nursing administration and/or clinical nursing faculty positions, as well as direct patient care. The BLS estimates salaries for this degree to be an average of $96,940 with a 34% job growth projected over the next decade. In 2006, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) endorsed the opinion that by 2015, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) would be designated as the terminal degree for licensed nurses.

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facilities. With the large Baby Boomer population aging, schools of nursing, in an attempt to address this rising need for qualified gerontology nurses, are providing online nurse practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and MSN programs with gerontology specializations. Several schools offer either an acute care or primary care track option.



According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, MSN and Nurse Practitioners with gerontology specialties enjoy a median salary of $96,460 (2012) and the job outlook is growing at an amazing 31% average rate over the next few years. These nurses can expect to find employment in hospitals, physician offices, outpatient and long-term care

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Physician Assistants are state licensed clinicians who examine, diagnose and treat patients, order tests such as X-rays and blood work and prescribe medications. Ranked #4 in Best Jobs by U.S. News and World Report, Physician Assistants hold either bachelors or masters degrees with the masters degree considered to be the terminal degree. Most programs may be completed within two years, although some may require longer. Programs for MSPA (Master of Science Physician Assistant) are accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Working physician assistants holding a bachelors degree, may want to obtain a Master of Health Science (MHS) or Master of

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Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) to allow for 11. HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATORS better career flexibility. The BLS estimates PA salaries to be averaged at With the advent of more health related $95,820. services, in hospitals, out patient clinics, 9. MEDICAL PERFUSIONISTS long-term care facilities and physician Medical Perfusionists assist groups, the need for qualified healthcare surgical teams during cardimanagers or administrators (the title is ac and pulmonary surgeries. interchangeable) is growing at a steady Operating a heart/lung machine pace. Medical administrators typically (equipment that artificially hold, at least, a Bachelor degree; but, replaces heart or lung functions many go on to receive an Master of during surgery) perfusionists Business Administration. The Bureau of are an integral part of the surgiLabor Statistics estimates median salaries cal team. Perfusionists monitor for this category to be $92,810 with an and correct the patient’s status expected job growth increase of 17% over by administering various blood the next decade. products to the patient, regu12. CLINICAL TRIAL lating different medications, and observing and controlling the patient’s NURSES temperature during surgery. Students study courses in biology, chemistry, As research in oncology treatanatomy and physiology, as well as additional specialized training to sat- ments advance, more clinical isfy the requirements of certification and licensure. According to Forbes trials are added to determine Magazine, qualified perfusionists can earn $93,500 annually. the safety and efficacy of new


The government regulations contained in the 2012 Affordable Care Act requires healthcare providers to integrate electronic health records technology opening job opportunities for qualified, masters prepared Health Information Managers. Positions in HI and HIM include: Clinical data analysis, application analysis, health information management, information technology consultant, clinical informatics manager and chief information officer. U.S. News and World Report estimates the median salary range for clinical data analysts at $55,000 to about $95,000 for clinical informatics managers.


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chemotherapy drugs or other treatments (such as the use of lasers). These trials are closely monitored by hospitals offering clinical trials and must meet specific requirements by the National Institute of Health, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare clinics. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the minimum requirement to become a Clinical Trials Manager. These nurses work closely with physicians to precisely administer drugs and monitor chemotherapy treatments. Most nurses who wish to become Clinical Trials Managers work in oncology for a few years and obtain certification. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the estimated salary for these managers is $92,600 annually and has a strong 17% projected job growth during 2014-2024. Article provided by


As Oklahoma’s largest and most diverse hospital, OU Medical Center features a winning team of world-class academic and private physicians, nurses and health care specialists; a team that is earning an international reputation for excellence, innovation and positive outcomes; a team of medical professionals capable of treating a full range of patients, from the tiniest premature baby to the most critically ill senior; a team that supports Oklahoma with quality patient care, medical education and research. We offer a variety of opportunities in various fields. For more information about us or application procedure visit:

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Working at A Skilled Nursing Facility for Seniors


by J. Lang Wood

he elderly frequently suffer from serious illnesses or injuries that require extended periods of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Families may not be able to provide the specialized care that these seniors require. The skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a category of medical treatment facility for people who need intensive medical treatment over a longer term than is generally provided by a traditional hospital. It is not a nursing home, although the two terms are often used interchangeably.

History of Skilled Nursing Facilities

Nursing homes have been a feature of care for the elderly for many decades. As medical technology and treatment improved, the need for a different type of facility became evident. In addition, the ability of families to care for ill or elderly family members decreased due to changing lifestyles and moving to other areas for employment opportunities. The skilled nursing facility came into being to fill this need. Skilled nursing facilities were designed to provide the trained staff and specialized equipment that was necessary for improved treatment of illnesses and injuries for patients. Because of their ability to offer this intensive treatment, millions of people have been able to regain physical function and the ability to care for themselves.

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Skilled nursing facilities must be licensed by the state and generally provide a number of different services for patients, including:  killed Nursing Facilities offer intensive sessions in speech S therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. · Stroke Recovery - Intensive therapy to help speech, motor function and daily living skills are available. · General Wound Care - SNFs provide intensive monitoring and treatment of serious wounds or wounds that fail to heal properly. · Acute Medical Conditions - SNFs provide intensive medical care for those patients with life-threatening illnesses. · Parkinson’s Care - Some SNFs provide care for advanced cases of Parkinson’s disease. · Custodial Care - SNFs can provide care for those whose medical needs are so profound that around-the-clock care is needed.

Who Needs a Skilled Nursing Facility?

Generally, it is the elderly that may have need of the skilled short-term care of a skilled nursing facility, but this is not always the case. Younger patients who have catastrophic injuries or severe illnesses may require the services of a skilled nursing facility to help them through the worst of their recovery period. Many patients receive care at the SNF and leave the institution after they have regained sufficient function to be at home or in a less medically intensive facility. Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance will generally pay for skilled nursing facility care, when it is medically required.

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Choosing the Right Skilled Nursing Facility for Your Loved One

If you have the responsibility for choosing a skilled nursing facility for an elderly loved one, you should keep a few points in mind. Not all facilities provide all types of services. You should get a thorough assessment of your loved one’s physical and mental condition before choosing a facility to ensure that the SNF can provide the services he or she will need. If possible, get a reference from someone you know who has had a loved one stay at the facility. Check the reviews online and visit the facilities. Ask questions of the facility managers, such as: · Is the medical staff on-hand 24/7? · How are medications and procedures arranged? · Can they manage the patient’s current medical condition? · Is the staff friendly and do they take the time with patients and family? · Is there frequent employee turnover? · Is the facility cheerful and well organized? · How are emergencies handled? Choosing a skilled nursing facility for your senior loved one is a heavy responsibility that can be made easier with good research and a clear understanding of what the patient needs.

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Core Facets of a Professional Presence


by eil Kokemuller

rofessionalism has a somewhat different meaning from one industry or career to the next. However, several core aspects of projecting a professional presence remain constant in most employment settings. Recognizing these elements and managing your image contribute to job success, promotions and high earning potential.

Dress and Grooming

Your dress and grooming are the most important factors in creating a positive first impression and maintaining a strong professional image. Though the clothes vary by industry, maintaining a quality, ironed look for your wardrobe is expected. Other things you should do to maximize your visual impression include combing your hair, shaving and covering up visible tattoos.

Poise and Confidence

Poise is courage under pressure. Most occupations have periods of time where you face a sense of urgency or pressure to perform. A poised professional remains calm, shows discipline in decision-making and actions, and conveys stability during moments of pressure or stress. A confident demeanor conveys confidence to managers, colleagues and clients. Showing confidence in your abilities and work improves your chances of gaining favor with each of these stakeholders.

Positive Facial Expressions

A person’s facial expressions tell a story even without spoken words. A friendly smile when greeting someone creates warmth, comfort and rapport. In sales, for instance, get a prospect on your side with an engaging smile. A frown demonstrates a lack of confidence, enthusiasm or enjoyment in your work. Such negative facial expressions contribute to toxic work environments and deter repeat business from customers.

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SavaSeniorCare The SavaSeniorCare affiliated facilities believe that successful careers are built upon RESPECT, and positive resident and patient experiences begin with positive employee experiences. We realize our employees chose a career where taking care of others is their main goal. We believe that creating an environment where everyone knows his or her value and importance is key.

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Entrance and Carriage

The way you “carry yourself” communicates important messages about your character. Posture, stride and pace, along with your facial expression affect how others perceive you. A person who “lights up a room” upon entering commands attention from coworkers or customers. A positive initial impression impacts the overall perception others have of you. Walk talk with a firm, confident stride.

Body Language and Gestures

Other body language movements and gestures affect your presence as well. Some habits, such as rocking back and forth, crossing your arms and avoiding eye contract may cause a person to perceive you as nervous, reserved, lacking confidence or disinterested. Instead, show engagement with eye contact, a calm presence, and natural movements and hand gestures.


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How Veterans Apply Military Thinking to Everyday Life


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hen you serve in the armed forces, lives rely on everyone working together towards a larger purpose. Military thinking can also be very useful after you have served and veterans can excel in many areas.

FRIENDSHIP, TEAMWORK AND LISTENING Veterans learn to be part of a team

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expertise to deal with it, that puts you in a much better position than those that rely on technology to do everything. This means that you’re often better prepared and more flexible when things don’t go exactly to plan.

Veterans understand and manage risk better

In the armed forces, planning, strategy and minimizing risk are vital, and wherever possible you will act to maximize your own strengths and advantages. In your personal life and the world of business, this can mean that you find it easier to understand risk, control it wherever possible and act in the ways that are most likely to be good for you and those around you.

When you’re in the military, you trust your life to the people around you. In life or death situations, everyone has to do their jobs properly, without question or hesitation. In civilian life, this makes it easier to appreciate how important it is to have a team around you that you can trust. You’re the perfect team member, listening, acting and understanding what’s best for everyone. Veterans lead by example If there’s a truth of leadership in the Veterans become military, it’s ‘Show, Don’t Tell’. The best better listeners In the military, you learn to listen to, commanders are those that lead by examunderstand and obey those with more expe- ple, that understand what needs to be done rience or seniority. Outside the military, and don’t hesitate to do it themselves. In this can be extremely helpful as you’re civilian life, this means that you can demmore likely to pay attention when someone onstrate things to others more easily, and has something valuable to add, rather than that you often have solid, rational thinking just trying to get your own opinion across. behind your decisions.

LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF The military teaches you to When you’re trusting your life to a squad look after your appearance

Veterans value the people around them much more

mate, that trust creates a very strong bond between you. It deepens friendships, camaraderie and the trust that you place in other people. Outside the military, it means that you tend to hold on to your closest friends, rely on them and develop closer ties with your loved ones.

DECISION MAKING AND LEADERSHIP Veterans can make quick, confident decisions

The focus in the military on having the perfect appearance - Cleanly pressed uniform, perfect shoes, short hair and appearing clean and tidy can have benefits in civilian life. Not only does it make you stand out from others that don’t care about how they look, it also gives you an advantage in job interviews, positions of authority or anytime that you’re in the public eye.

Veterans think about their diet and appreciate good Lives can be saved or lost on the basis of food more

a good or bad decision. Military strategy teaches you to make fast, confident decisions based on the information that’s available at the time. One of the great drawbacks of modern life is having too much choice and procrastinating about the right thing to do. Veterans often find it much easier to make and stick to a decision.

The armed forces consider proper nutrition and diet to be very important, which makes you much more aware of the food and drink that you’re putting into your body. Military rations are designed for nutrition rather than flavor and because meals can be hard to come by whilst out on operations, it’s vital to eat as well as posVeterans rely on their sible, when you can. When you leave the wits and instinct military, this understanding of food means The military has come to rely more and that you’re able to appreciate the nutrition, more on technology, but the best soldiers flavor and texture of food more easily than trust their wits, instinct and training above others. everything else. Technology can always go wrong or break down, but if you’ve got the right understanding of the situation and the Article provided by

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Work/Life Balance: Essential Skills

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develop the skills needed to maintain a productive work and life balance, take stock of the skills you currently have and develop a plan to try out new techniques that improve your capacity to get through each day in an unharried manner. Use these tips for becoming proficient at managing your time, relationships and commitments.

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Communication Skills

Maintaining a healthy work and life balance with your family, friends, co-workers, superiors and community involves lots of communication, whether you realize it or not. Your attitude and demeanor convey how you’re feeling. To improve your morale and that of those around you, communicate your expectation of others and ask that they arrange the same for you. By developing your active listening skills, you can learn to confirm, clarify, paraphrase and summarize conversations.

Resolve Problems

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Becoming adept at problem solving enables you to make faster decisions and keep your life from spiraling out of control. By framing a problem, identifying the alternatives, considering the worst case scenario, thinking creatively, getting help when necessary and making a good choice, you can minimize the amount of bad decisions you make. Learn from your mistakes and approach problems as opportunities for growth and exploration.

Make Friends

You may be tempted to isolate yourself when you become overwhelmed with work and home tasks. However, by engaging other people and caring for them can enrich your life. Getting out and making new friends offers you new perspectives and a fresh outlook on drudgery you may face in everyday details like shopping, laundry, child care, cooking, cleaning and other family logistics.

Locate Resources

In your community, workplace and religious centers, resources abound to help you cope with work and life balance issues. Utilize your personal and professional networks to get advice about everything from what to make for dinner, where to locate a competent dentist or how to update your resume. When you have enthusiasm and passion for your long-term goals, every step of the way may seem less daunting. Get help to make the journey less arduous. In summary, use the skills you develop at work in your personal life and vice versa. Draw on both your strengths and weaknesses to get things done. Merge different aspects of your life when the situation calls for it, generally speaking, leave work at work and home at home. These boundaries allow you to focus on the moment at hand. Resist the temptation always to be on call, despite the ubiquitous connectivity we have available. While it does allow you to work at your convenience, it shouldn’t be at someone else’s convenience all night and all day. By acknowledging the different roles you play, developing skills in each of these areas of your life and integrating (yet separating) your work from your family, you can successfully maintain a healthy balance. This is not always easy. Article provided by

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Job Search Tips for People with Disabilities


here are plenty of satisfying jobs for people with disabilities. All kinds of Americans have found them, and you can too. It just takes dedication to the job-search process and a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone. After all, the best jobs tend to go to those who demonstrate so much confidence in their abilities that employers are able to see past their limitations. With that in mind, here are eight tips to help you get through this part of your journey:

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Too often, people with disabilities fall into the trap of being willing to take any jobs that they can get. They don’t seek out specific job opportunities, and they exude an ambivalent attitude about their ambitions. But potential employers want to see that you have genuine enthusiasm about a particular line of work. So it’s essential that you get serious about narrowing down what you really want to do. Even if you can’t narrow it down to a specific career, see if you can figure out which skills you want to use or develop. Having more well-defined goals shows potential employers that you truly care about making a contribution. Renowned for the quality of our services by being recognized with various industry, association, and national awards, Christiana Care Health System (CCHS) is committed to being a premier health provider by advancing medical treatment in the Mid-Atlantic region. We recognize that, in addition to state-of-the-art technology, cutting edge services, and treatment modalities, our team members are the ultimate foundation of our success. As such, we are committed to providing best in class workplaces in addition to offering competitive salaries and benefits, work/life balance and opportunities for both personal and professional growth. Recognizing that diverse viewpoints are responsible for creating a united vision, we are proud to have a workforce that represents the best aspects of the communities we serve. We are an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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2. Find Help

Conducting your job search alone might not be the best idea. You may be able to avoid a lot of common mistakes—and achieve success more quickly—by enlisting the support of others. Most communities have non-profit or government-run agencies that provide assistance to people who are seeking disability employment. Why not find out what they offer?

3. Know Where to Look

A lot of job opportunities can be found through organizations that actively generate or promote openings for those with disabilities. In some cases, you might even be able to take advantage of special hiring processes. That’s why it’s smart to get the support of local agencies; they can often show you where those opportunities are. Two great examples of where you can find disability employment openings include: The National Telecommuting Institute, Inc. (NTI)—This not-for-profit organization specializes in identifying and developing work-at-home opportunities for Americans with physical disabilities. NTI matches people with part-time or full-time jobs—and helps train them—in fields like virtual customer service, technical support, survey work, qualitycontrol monitoring, and business-to-business telemarketing. In fact, roughly 85 percent of the opportunities developed by NTI are home-based customer service jobs for commercial companies and federal government agencies. USAJOBS—As part of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), this

January 2017 resource helps a lot of people with disabilities connect with good job opportunities throughout the federal government. In 2015 alone, USAJOBS listed over 360,420 job announcements—for opportunities in more than 145 countries—from over 500 federal agencies. Plus, it offers information about the Schedule A Hiring Authority, which often gives federal agencies a faster option for hiring individuals who have psychiatric, intellectual, or severe physical disabilities.

4. Make Your Ambitions Known

Don’t be shy about telling friends, family, or other people that you encounter in your life about your employment aspirations. Make it known that you’d like to find a good job so that they see you as someone who is actively trying to make things happen rather than someone who is sitting idle. You’ll likely get more encouragement that way, attain better job leads, and maintain a higher level of hope and optimism.

5. Start Volunteering

equal opportunity employment journal visible limitations. But it’s best to turn those limitations into positives by acknowledging your challenges and explaining why they’ve given you abilities that other people might not have. For example, maybe your disability has given you more persistence, a better work ethic, and an ability to take on new challenges at a higher level than other professionals. Focus on how you can add value to each organization, and describe your talents in as much detail as possible. If you need accommodations, then be honest about it. But make sure that you know what those might be. For instance, will you need a flexible work schedule, adaptive equipment, modified job duties, or any special day-to-day assistance? Let potential employers know what you’ll need, but try to keep them engaged about all of the great things that you can contribute in spite of your limitations.


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8. Don’t Give Up

Even the most talented and qualified It’s amazing what you can learn through volunteer opportunities. Many people with people without disabilities sometimes run disabilities have gained marketable skills into roadblocks. So if you’re not getting the through volunteering and gone on to find opportunities you want, don’t lose hope. great jobs that pay well. Plus, being a volun- Keep trying. Your confidence and selfesteem are the biggest teer gives you a chance assets that will keep to expand your network you in the running. It’s of professionals who Don’t be shy about only a matter of time can serve as references. before your job-search And it’s a good way telling friends, family, efforts start generating to avoid social isolation while getting used to or other people that you results. Stick with it. working in a structured Helpful Laws encounter in your life and Resources environment. Did you know that 6. Think Carefully about your employment a new section of the Before Revealing Rehabilitation Act of aspirations. Your Disability 1973 is now generating You may want even more employment to avoid disclospossibilities? It requires ing that you have a disability during certain all American government agencies—as phases of your job search. After all, you well as all companies who get money from probably don’t want potential employers the federal government—to work toward pre-judging your abilities or stereotyping building workforces consisting of at least you before even having the chance to meet seven percent disabled adults. you face-to-face. That’s why a lot of disAnd don’t forget this: The Americans ability-employment counselors recommend with Disabilities Act also includes a lot of not mentioning your limitations on your protections from employment discriminaresume or in your cover letter. tion. The law is designed to ensure that That said, in some situations, revealing everyone is able to be involved in their your disability can be to your advantage. communities, and that includes those who For instance, if you are going after a job in envision working while disabled. a federal agency, then disclosing your disMany resources even exist to help ability can make you eligible for Schedule employers understand what accommodaA hiring. And some employers actually tions can be made for workers with variseek out professionals with disabilities in ous types of limitations. For instance, the order to add more diversity to their teams. Job Accommodation Network publishes a In addition, at the application or interview stage, you might be legally required to dis- comprehensive alphabetical listing of that close your disability if you will require any information. With this kind of resource at your fingertips, you can be more open special accommodations. about your impairments.

7. Interview Like a Pro

Every job interview is an opportunity to showcase your strengths. So it’s essential to play up your talents and abilities. Obviously, your disability may become a topic of discussion, especially if you have

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SPACE CAREERS: A Universe of Options


by Domingo Angeles and Dennis Vilorio

tudying the effects of gravity on the human body. Building the next generation of telescopes. Explaining discoveries about the solar system in understandable terms. These are just a few examples of the projects that workers undertake in jobs related to space exploration. Astronauts may be the most well-known space workers, but they hold few of the jobs. The logistics of space missions require a large team of workers with a variety of skills. “It takes the persistence and intelligence of designers, engineers, scientists, and storytellers to bring a project together,” says Nasreen Alkhateeb, a multimedia producer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). “The potential of what you’re good at, what you want to do, and what you already know may fit with a career in space.” This article describes some of the science, engineering, technical, and communications options in space exploration. Keep reading to learn about different types of workers involved in space-related occupations and whether one of these jobs might be right for you. You’ll get an overview of these careers, including brief descriptions of occupations, what the work is like, and how to prepare for them.

Exploring space: An overview

For centuries, space exploration was limited to what astronomers could observe from Earth. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century that humans began to physically explore space. And U.S. workers continue to be active participants in the research, design, and communications involved in extraterrestrial travel.

Technicians testing a vessel

In many ways, space missions build on what the early astronomers learned, often with the same motivations. For example, observations of tiny fluctuations in the light from distant stars helped scientists discover exoplanets orbiting in other solar systems. “It’s important to answer questions like: How does the universe work? Why are we here? Are we alone?” says Maggie Masetti, a social media lead at NASA. Many of the technologies developed to explore space have also resulted in innovations that benefit our everyday lives. For example, the precision required to cut large mirrors for telescopes has improved laser eye surgery; materials created to soften spacecraft landings were modified for radial tires and memory foam; and research into solar-powered aircraft was adapted to improve solar cells for residential, commercial, and other uses.

NASA, the federal agency that specializes in air travel and space exploration, has about 17,000 workers. And even though most of these workers never leave Earth, they are involved in the projects that do. NASA, the federal agency that specializes in air travel and space exploration, has about 17,000 workers. And even though most of these workers never leave Earth, they are involved in the projects that do. “A lot of people don’t realize the depth and breadth of what we do,” says Steve Sabia, a user interface designer at NASA. “We have all kinds of missions studying all kinds of phenomena, including earth science and exploring comets, asteroids, neighboring planets, deep space, and so much more.” Other government agencies that employ workers in space-related occupations include the U.S. Department of Defense, the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Science Foundation. Private companies, including those that contract with federal agencies, employ workers in industries such as aerospace product and parts manufacturing and scientific research and development services. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics survey does not collect employment and wage data by detailed occupation in space-related industries. However, the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program publishes industry data by county. For example, space research and technology in Harris County, Texas—home of Johnson Space Center—employed 2,920 in March 2016, with average weekly wages of about $2,540. The map shows the location of NASA employment in occupations related to space work.

Space Work

Space missions require workers in many different occupations. Scientists, engineers, technicians, and media and communications workers often collaborate on projects. For

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example, scientists may set a goal, such as being able to observe stars forming. Engineers might then design a product for those observations while working with technicians to make the product. Media and communications workers document the process to share the information with the public.


Scientists of all kinds usually specialize in a particular field—and those who work on space projects are no exception. Regardless of their specialty, scientists whose work focuses on space help to answer questions about our universe. Lots of different types of scientists contribute to our understanding of space, including the ones described in this section. BLS projects about 8,600 job openings overall between 2014 and 2024 for astronomers, atmospheric and space scientists, and physicists. However, this number includes projected openings for these scientists in all types of jobs, not just in space exploration. Astronomers. Astronomers observe objects within the universe, including planets, stars, and galaxies. They may rely on earth-based equipment, such as telescopes, or on space-based equipment, such as probes, to collect data on celestial bodies. Analyzing the data they collect provides clues to some questions, such as the age of certain planets. Atmospheric scientists. Atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists, observe weather and climate. They prepare long- and short-term forecasts by analyzing data from computer programs and from instruments such as weather balloons, radar systems, and satellite images. These scientists also may study atmospheric phenomena, such as the Northern Lights and trade winds. Plasma physicists. These scientists study plasmas, which occur naturally both in interplanetary space and in stars. Their research contributes to our understanding about the universe but also applies to our everyday lives. For example, plasma physicists may study the interaction between the sun and Earth to improve space-weather forecasts, which may help to protect satellites, power transmissions, and aircraft communication systems.

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Engineers solve problems, often working on teams. Designing a new rocket, for example, may involve the contributions of several types of engineers. Some engineers may design hardware, such as instruments used to collect data. Others may develop stronger materials. Still others may run diagnostics and tests on products they are developing. BLS projects about 171,900 job openings overall between 2014 and 2024 for aerospace, computer hardware, electronics, and mechanical engineers. This number includes projected openings for these engineers in all types of jobs, however, not just in space exploration.

January 2017 Engineer Testing Launch System

Aerospace engineers. These engineers design, construct, and test aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. In their designs, aerospace engineers must consider each environment’s limitations. For example, because jet engines don’t work in space, where there is no air to push, aerospace engineers instead use rockets, which use liquid oxygen and propellant to build thrust. Computer hardware engineers. Hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and equipment that is used to measure activity in outer space or on Earth. They document their work, writing detailed descriptions of how their designs function so that others may use the products they develop. Electronics engineers. Electronics engineers focus on specific equipment, such as the instrument panels in aircraft and spacecraft. They may design new components or inspect existing ones to ensure that the equipment is safe. They may also develop maintenance procedures for the components they design. Mechanical engineers. These engineers often partner with other workers to create products—including sensors, tools, engines, or other machines—that support space missions. For example, mechanical engineers may collaborate with aerospace engineers to develop the steering mechanism on rocket nozzles.


Technicians working with engineers or scientists contribute to space exploration in a variety of ways. For example, they might help engineers test designs or determine whether climate conditions are suitable for launching a mission. BLS projects about 44,400 job openings overall between 2014 and 2024 for aerospace engineering and operations technicians; avionics technicians; and life, physical, and social science technicians, all other, which includes meteorological aides. But this number includes projected openings for these technicians in all types of jobs, not just in space exploration. Aerospace engineering technicians. These technicians help engineers design, develop, and test products. For example, an engineering technician working on a space rocket might help with an engine test by setting up and conducting tests, recording results, and comparing those results with test objectives for recommending changes. Avionics technicians. These technicians attend to the communication, navigation, and other systems central to aircraft and spacecraft. Their tasks may include testing electronic instruments, installing instrument panels, and replacing malfunctioning components. They also make a record of any problems and repairs, information engineers may then use for improving future designs. Meteorological technicians, also called meteorological aides, measure weather or climate-related conditions to produce data for meteorologists. For example, to ensure

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that conditions are safe for a space launch, these technicians may release weather balloons to assess wind activity in the atmosphere.

Media and communications

Media and communications workers describe the collaboration involved in developing new technologies—and help the public to understand the importance of the work. These workers use a variety of media to convey information, but they have the same goal: to explain the science of projects or discoveries in an easy-to-understand format. BLS projects about 145,800 job openings overall between 2014 and 2024 for photographers, producers and directors, public relations specialists, and technical writers. This number includes projected openings for these workers in all types of jobs, however, not just in space exploration. Photographers. The amazing images from space missions are taken by astronauts or special cameras on spacecraft, not by photographers. Photographers for space projects work on earth to capture all of a project’s milestones, documenting its progress. The photos become a historical record that shows the project’s different phases, from inception to launch. Producers. Producers are in charge of the budget, the production schedule, and hiring crew members to create educational videos. They may work with directors, who are responsible for creative decisions, and a crew, which may include film and video editors. Videos are helpful for teaching concepts or illustrating processes, such as the steps for assembling a telescope. Public relations specialists. These workers keep the public informed about space activities and discoveries. For example, they may respond to requests from the media for project details or fulfill requests from schools for educational speakers. Public relations specialists also help prepare the information that is shared through a variety of channels, including news releases and blog entries. Technical writers. Technical writers often work closely with scientists to present complex information in a way that the public can understand. They may use photographs, diagrams, charts, or other visual material to complement descriptive text.

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Many workers in space-related careers say that bringing a cutting-edge project from idea to fruition is one of their job’s biggest rewards. The Highs and Lows of Space Work

Workers in space careers do a lot of different tasks, but they have similarities when it comes to the rewards and challenges of their jobs.


Nearly all the occupations highlighted in this article had median annual wages higher than the $36,200 median wage for all workers in 2015, according to BLS. But because the BLS data for these occupations are across all industries, NASA data may be more relevant for assessing what workers in space occupations earned. In March 2016, the average NASA salary was $119,665. About 60 percent of NASA positions are in professional, engineering, and scientific occupations and are usually at the GS-7 to GS-15 levels in the federal pay scale. Many workers in space-related careers say that bringing a cutting-edge project from idea to fruition is one of their job’s biggest rewards. The thrill of seeing a project’s progress in person—as it’s assembled and eventually launches into space—is especially satisfying. “I can see the real James Webb Telescope 15 feet away from me,” says NASA user interface designer Sabia. “Realizing that it will be folded up and put on a rocket blows me away. I feel immense pride knowing that I was a part of that.” Workers also say they enjoy sharing their interest in space with the community or their peers. They may answer questions from the public, for example, or hear from scientists who are eager to use new tools. These

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interactions may cover topics outside a worker’s area of expertise, which in turn may lead to more collaboration—and help those workers better understand their own projects. And some workers have opportunities to try experiences that are not part of their job description. For example, to gain first-hand knowledge of how certain activities affect the body, NASA flight surgeon Joseph Dervay sometimes flies in a 2-seat jet and scuba dives in specially designed water tanks with astronauts who are practicing spacewalks. “We’re still learning how to protect the body from the effects of long duration spaceflight,” he says. “I love working on a variety of projects that are relevant to spaceflight, and hopefully the knowledge we gain also benefits health and well-being on earth.”


As satisfying as a career in space exploration may be, some of these jobs are stressful. Pushing the limits of science and technology often comes with high stakes: minor errors can be costly, resulting in the loss of multimillion dollar projects—or even lives. Workers also say that keeping up with technology is a constant challenge. Often, the time required for a project to be planned, built, and deployed means that better options have since become available. Knowing that there are more powerful computers, more precise instruments, and more efficient software programs than what existed in creating a project can make the assignment seem dated before it is released. “You never feel like you’ve mastered your work,” Sabia says, “because it’s always changing.” And while being in the pubAmong the most essential skills workers lic eye may be rewarding, being in the bullseye is not. need for any space exploration project is the “Even though comments are ability to work well as part of a team. not directed at me personally,” says NASA social media lead Masetti, “I’m privy to all the criticism we get.”

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Some skills are common across all careers in space exploration. But you might need education, experience, or training specific to the occupation you want to enter. You can begin preparing as early as high school if you’re interested in pursuing space work.


Among the most essential skills workers need for any space exploration project is the ability to work well as part of a team. “Any project is such a huge endeavor, and there are so many people involved in the process,” says NASA multimedia producer Alkhateeb. “Ultimately, it could not be completed without the collaboration that happens between people in multiple agencies.”

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Interpersonal skills are crucial for sharing discoveries and ideas—including those from people other than colleagues. “Sometimes when you’re working with the public, you see information through their eyes, and it helps you communicate better with your colleagues,” says radio astronomer Doug Roberts. Workers in space exploration also should be curious, adaptable, and diligent. And they must be able to work well under pressure. For example, a mission’s success might depend on completely redesigning a machine component. Engineers and engineering technicians must be able to set aside their frustration with the failed design and solve problems quickly, in order to come up with an alternative.

Workers in space exploration also should be curious, adaptable, and diligent. And they must be able to work well under pressure.

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Other skills may vary by occupation. For example, mechanical aptitude is important for technicians, who may have to assemble detailed electronic components by hand.


Except for photographers, every occupation shown in the table typically requires an associate’s, bachelor’s, or doctoral degree at the entry level. But you don’t have to wait until college to start preparing for a career in space exploration. Having a strong background in science is helpful for space careers even if you don’t want to become a scientist. Biology, chemistry, and physics provide a foundation for understanding the world through observation and experiment. And, if your school offers them, consider taking classes in subjects that involve the solar system or nature, such as astronomy, earth science, and environmental science. Mathematics and computer science are also useful in many space-related occupations, including those in engineering and science. And communications classes, such as language arts and speech, can help you hone the skills you’ll need to work as part of a team on any space project. College degree programs vary by level and specialty. For example, technicians may need to earn an associate’s degree or get certification specific to their training, such as in electronics, control systems, or power testing. Bachelor’s and doctoral degree programs may include a range of courses but focus on a major area of study. For example, technical writers must have a solid background in the sciences but also need to be adept at the rules of grammar. If you want to sample the work before pursuing a space career, apply for an internship. NASA internships are available for high school through graduate-degree students and teachers for fall, spring, summer, and year-long assignments. Full- and part-time opportunities allow participants to engage in scientific or engineering research, development, or operations activities or to assist with administrative or business processes.

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The occupations described in this article are not the only ones involved in space exploration. For example, purchasing managers may plan, direct, and ensure that contracts related to space missions meet the needs of a project. To learn more about occupations that may work in space exploration, along with hundreds of others, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Each OOH profile includes detailed information about job duties, wages, job outlook, and more. Article provided by The Bureau of Labor Statistics

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