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Top Tips to Help You in Your Job Search

This is a guest post by UA Brands.

Does the thought of dragging out your old resume and spending hours hunting the job boards seems like a daunting task? If you’re like most nurses, the answer is probably “yes”. Who wouldn’t be tired after spending all day on your feet dealing with patients, emergencies, and trying to find time to eat something in-between?

Here at UA Brands, we are passionate about helping top talented job seekers find the job that fits them perfectly! We know how much better it feels to be working in a job that’s a great fit and in a company that you feel at home.
With that in mind here are some of our top tips that will help you prepare for your job search and help you along the way!

• Make sure that your resume is proofread by a friend or family member who has excellent grammar and spelling skills. Your resume is all about putting the best of you on paper and you want your skills and experience to shine through, not a spelling or grammar mistake!

• Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job you are applying for. Although it can be easy to make a generic resume and apply to hundreds of jobs, take those few minutes and tailor your resume and cover letter to touch on points that were mentioned in the job description. It makes a big difference when we see a candidate has put in the extra effort.

• Do your research beforehand! If you get called in for an interview or a phone interview, do your research on the company! If you really want to wow the interviewer and set yourself apart, do some research on the interviewer. Nowadays, with the internet and LinkedIn, it’s so easy to find information about companies and their employees.

• Speaking of LinkedIn…create a profile! LinkedIn is a key social media site that recruiters often use to find top talent. In 2012 – 92% of US companies stated that they have used social media networks to find potential employees and 73% of US companies have successfully hired a candidate through social media.*

• Prepare your own interview questions about the job, the company and culture, and even about the interviewer themselves. It shows interest and excitement over this position and can give you an edge over other candidates.

• Always say “thanks”! Sending a short note via email to your interviewer and anyone you met, is a great way to keep your name in their minds! Try to send it 2-3 days after the interview. If you don’t hear back after your thank you note, it is appropriate to send a follow-up email after a week.

For more tips and tricks on job searching, interviewing, resume and cover letter help, and all things job search related, please follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UABrands we post tips and tricks every week as well as motivational quotes on Mondays, Hump Day Humor on Wednesdays and Friday’s Heroes on Fridays. To find out more about UA Brands and our current open positions, please visit us at http://www.uabrands.com.

We wish you luck on your next job hunt!

*Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruitment Survey Results. http://recruiting.jobvite.com/resources/social-recruiting-reports-and-trends/
Kara Loomis is the Recruiting and Retention Coordinator at UA Brands. She has been with UA Brands for over a year and is passionate about all things related to job searching and hiring. To find out more about UA Brands please go to http://www.uabrands.com. You can follow Kara on Twitter and Instagram at @uabrands.

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5 Ways to Indulge in SPRING Trends!

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Something Floral – Whether it’s a flower in your hair or a floral print top…anything floral is the number one must have trend for this Spring season. The easiest way to incorporate this trend in your day is with the Electric Floral mock wrap scrub top from HeartSoul! The top also has bursts of bright colors like Citrus Blast and Orange Pop! Shop floral scrubs at Uniform Advantage: http://www.uniformadvantage.com/pages/dpt/floral-print-scrubs.asp?navbar=4

2118Spring Eats – Whole Foods Market often features recipes they come up with themselves, and their Fresh Pineapple Salsa will surely get you in the mood for Spring. The colors evoke a sense of happiness and the flavors will have you running for never-ending spoonfuls! Check out the recipe: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/fresh-pineapple-salsa?crlt.pid=camp.bTfloUyQeKpj

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Pretty Pastels – Who said pastels are boring? Not this Spring! Pastels can help you transform your nails to fun and bright. Play around with different designs or just find a classic subdued pink to add a change to your basic nail. Want to be a bit more edgy? Add a bit of bling with a glitter topcoat!

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Funky Kicks – Fun and crazy shoes are in…but that doesn’t mean you have to be in pain. Combine fashion and comfort with Alegria shoes in Flower Power! With the long shifts you do on your feet, you need something that will be there for you! These shoes are slip resistant, encourage proper posture, and are designed with a footbed to form to the natural shape of your feet. Whoa…sounds like a winner! Check out all Alegria shoes at Uniform Advantage: http://www.uniformadvantage.com/pages/dpt/shoes-alegria.asp?navbar=7

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Braid Fever – Do away with the perfect sleeked ponytail, and give in to Braid Fever! Celebrities are also sporting all types of braids from a tight fishtail to a Dutchreverse. This way your hair will be out of your face, yet look like you put some effort into it.

Show Off Your Shape: Alluring Apples!

Show Off Your Shape: Alluring Apples!

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If you have an Apple figure, you most likely have narrow hips, most of your weight accumulates above the hips and your back, ribs, and shoulders are broad! Let’s Show off that shape with some easy tips and tricks!

  • Do: Sport monochromatic ensembles, use empire tops to help conceal bulge
  • Do: Wear boot cut or flared scrub pants to create an even line from the shoulders on down
  • Try:  Elongate your torso and show off your narrow waist with a v-neck top

To find other body types that reflect you, check out our infographic: http://www.uniformadvantage.com/a-day-in-scrubs/hot-topics/best-scrubs-for-your-body.asp

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Show Off Your Shape: Perfect Pears!

Show Off Your Shape: Perfect Pears!

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If you have a Triangle or Pear shaped body you would see that your hip measurement is larger than bust measurement with a small to average sized waist, and narrower hips compared to your shoulders and torso. To show off your shape use some of these helpful tips and tricks! Let’s show off those hips!

  • Do: Look for dark wide-leg pants, they will slenderizes thighs while creating a longer and slimmer silhouette
  • Do: Opt for boat neck tops under a hip-length jacket, drawing attention to the open neckline broadens the shoulders to offset fuller hips and evens out lower body proportions
  • Don’t: Reach for skinny pants, they won’t create a flattering shape, along with items that are too oversized
  • Try: V-neck, side stretch panel tops, the contouring and vertical seaming will help create a favorable line, paired with boot cut or cargo pocket pants to “balance” overall shape

To find other body types that reflect you, check out our infographic: http://www.uniformadvantage.com/a-day-in-scrubs/hot-topics/best-scrubs-for-your-body.asp

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Congratulations to Kevin Jacobson, the first recipient of the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship at Miami Dade College

Uniform Advantage recently formed an agreement with Miami Dade College to give a scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund to one lucky nursing student each semester. Per the scholarship, we will be giving away $500 to be used towards tuition, books and fees and a $100 Uniform Advantage gift card, which can be used towards nursing scrubs and accessories. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, and must be accepted into one of Miami Dade College’s nursing programs.

The first recipient of the scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund1 is Kevin Jacobson.  Kevin is attending Miami Dade College to receive his Associate of Science Degree in Transitional Nursing. When asked what made him want to go into nursing in the first place, Kevin told me that he had always known he would be working in the medical field but that his feelings were confirmed by his time spent in the Navy. As a hospital corpsman with the Navy, Kevin worked closely with nurses on duty around the world, and he realized that this level of patient care was better suited for his personality than any other type of medical profession.

After attending boot camp and corps school, Kevin spent another year at the medical ward before he was sent to the Navy Clinic for sick call. He was at the clinic when he got the news that a tsunami had ripped through Indonesia and that his services were needed overseas. Working on what Kevin calls the “Floating Hospital”, the Mercy Ship, he gave medical attention to the people from Indonesia, as well as those from the Philippines and Bangladesh, affected by the tsunami. He recalls that when his group first arrived in Indonesia, the victims of the tsunami were not very fond of Americans, but by the time the American soldiers and doctors were ready to leave, they saw a different side of Americans and were very appreciative.

Following five years in active duty, Kevin is now in the Reserves out of Hialeah, Florida, where he is putting his medical knowledge and experience to good use and attending Nursing School at Miami Dade College.  Thank you, Kevin, for all of your hard work locally and internationally, and congratulations on winning the scholarship!

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 1 Miami Dade College awards the scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund to one nursing student each semester.  For more information, visit the Financial Aid Department.