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We’re hiring! Healthcare trends and COVID-19

THREE TAKEAWAYS FOR JOB SEEKERS DURING A PANDEMIC
“We’re Hiring” is the recap from the Healthcare Hiring Trends and COVID-19 webinars on Tuesday, October 13th where industry panelist discussed healthcare employment during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of soft skills. Here are three of the main takeaways from the sessions.

Images of Panel Discussion Members from Session Two: Shayna Turner, Elena Rothfuss, and Katelynn Wilson.
Panel Discussion Members from Session Two: Shayna Turner, Elena Rothfuss, and Katelynn Wilson.


Employee Health and Safety – Leadership Matters

During the pandemic, businesses leaders realized their first priority was the safety of their employee’s physical, emotional, and mental health. Businesses mandated health symptom protocols and procedures such as temperature checks, mandatory masks and offered flexible and staggered work hours, along with the option for employees to work remotely from home.

Elena Rothfuss, Personnel Liaison Manager, Florida Department of Health Pinellas County stated, 

“We were granted 80 hours of federal sick leave. So as people started being exposed to others who displayed potential Covid-19 symptoms or contracted Covid-19, individuals could stay home and take care of themselves and their families. Additionally, we offered a form of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA,) if there are school closures and parents could be home with children if they couldn’t attend school. Also the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24/7 hours per week to find a mental health counselor or community resources.”

Kim Redeker, Senior Recruiter, BayCare Health System states,  

“BayCare’s leadership encourages team members to grow and to maintain a positive outlook by keeping employees informed. This meant a lot to me just to see how our organization handled Covid internally with our patients and the community.”

Be Open to Change and Extremely Adaptable

Most workplaces have strategic plans which guide their organizations. However, everyone was in crisis mode and it required leadership and individuals to make breakneck decisions with immediate strategic implementation. Therefore, employee’s needed to be extremely adaptable to the implications of the changes in the work environment.

Alison Rabb, Manager of Talent Acquisition, BayCare Health System states,

“You have a plan, and you execute your plan. And then, something might change. So we had to be extremely adaptable and be really able to pivot on a moment’s notice. Since March it’s been a
 complete onboarding process change or a change in our recruitment functions.”

Shanya Turner, Health Equity Officer and Planning Consultant, Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County states,

“Many of our other duties and programs were halted and pushed to the back burner. Some of our staff began working from home as the governor’s orders started coming out. It’s was such a fast-paced environment where rules and directives constantly changed from the President to the Florida governor and the State Surgeon General. We did our best to adapt and stay abreast of all of the information.”

Cross-Training/Re-training and Flexibility

Job seekers should highlight their abilities and flexibility to be crossed-trained in other areas. The pandemic put a halt to normal operations, but leaders had to quickly reexamine their processes and employee resources. Job seekers should be flexible and open to other possibilities based on their set of transferable skills.

Deborah Russell, Human Resource Recruiter, SAS, Operation Par, Boley Centers and PEMHS stated,

“I absolutely love the world of recruiting because you’re able to change someone’s life by looking for the diamond in the rough, they may not have everything you want. But, if they’re pliable, they’re willing to learn, you can usually upgrade people into really great careers if they’re open.”

Alison Raab, BayCare Health Systems, stated,

“We directed our departments to look at their business needs to determine what their staffing needs truly were. In some cases, between departments, we cross-trained some of our staff in the surgery centers because all surgeries were postponed. We were able to utilize those team members and retrain them to staff our drive through testing center which popped up at a very quick moment’s notice. So we retrained and re-educated our team to be available for those services.

In summary, searching for a job in a pandemic brings about additional stressors and anxiety for job seekers. Knowing your soft skills can make a world of difference when making connections with employers and recruiters. Please get engaged and attend our career services events to network with SPC employer partners.

Image showing a man in a business suit with the caption. Virtual Career and Internship Fair October 28, 2020 from 12 pm to 3 pm, register today! Hire SPC Titans


Don’t miss the SPC Virtual Career and Internship Fair on October 28, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM!

Diversity & Inclusion Conversation

Join the College-wide Career Services team on Wednesday, September 30th, via Zoom from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for an intimate session with diversity leaders in our local community. Come meet and listen to Ms. Kimberly Jackson, Executive Director of the Institute of Strategic Policy & Solutions at St. Petersburg College and Mr. Cal Jackson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Global Programs at Tech Data.

This conversation, “Diversity & Inclusion Matters in the Workplace,” aims to help students discover how to find out if companies value diversity and why that is essential for innovation in the workplace. Learn how to conduct organizational research during the job search process, and to determine what questions to ask during interviews and then evaluate if a potential employer is genuinely inclusive and matches with your workplace values. 

To register please use the following link:

https://spcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsdeitqTguGNTQiiz79Rn7yoOpOnj5CmL6

For more information, please contact Monica Roberts at Roberts.Monica@spcollege.edu 

Diversity & Inclusion Conversation

Diversity & Inclusion Conversation 

Join the College-wide Career Services team on Wednesday, September 30th, via Zoom from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for an intimate session with diversity leaders in our local community. Come meet and listen to Ms. Kimberly Jackson, Executive Director of the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College and Mr. Cal Jackson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Global Programs at Tech Data.

This conversation, “Diversity & Inclusion Matters in the Workplace,” aims to help students discover how to find out if companies value diversity and why that is essential for innovation in the workplace. Learn how to conduct organizational research during the job search process, and to determine what questions to ask during interviews and then evaluate if a potential employer is genuinely inclusive and matches with your workplace values.  

To register please use the following link:

https://spcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsdeitqTguGNTQiiz79Rn7yoOpOnj5CmL6

For more information, please contact Monica Roberts at Roberts.Monica@spcollege.edu 

Generation Z — 55 Million Strong and Coming to a Workplace Near You

Two people exchanging business cards; soft skills

Generation Z, or Gen Z, those born between the years 1995-2012, are set to replace millennials as the largest generation on earth by 2020. They will be the entry-level workplace talent for the next 15 years. In 2019, Door of Clubs, Inc., an organization that provides targeted college recruitment through engagement with student clubs conducted a study of 12,875 Gen Z college students and found the following workplace trends:

  • Gen Z has an eight second attention span
  • Gen Z is The Shark Tank Generation
  • Gen Z are interested in working for large employers
  • Gen Z want to work for a company five plus years
A group of the Generation Z population sitting working on electronic devices.

SPC’s career services professionals are equipped and ready to prepare our Gen Z population for the workplace through a variety of career related services and resources. Click here to find the career service professional on your campus or online. SPC faculty and staff can also request a career services professional come to your classroom and present to students on a variety of career related topics.

Gen Z has an eight second attention span:

Fact: Gen Z has an eight second attention span versus 12 seconds for millennials. This attention span coincides with the mere six second average time that a human resource recruiter or employer will spend reviewing an individual resume. Students must be able to catch the reader’s attention in a concise, relateable, and error free manner. 
SPC Career Services can help students with their resumes and cover letter writing skills through Optimal Resume.

The Shark Tank Generation:

According to the Door of Clubs Inc., Generation Z is the Shark Tank generation and they want to be able to pitch their ideas to an employer or supervisor. In order to be successful, students will need to craft a 60 second elevator speech or pitch and be prepared to network with human resource recruiters and employers. The pitch must be able to quickly catch the listener’s attention about who you are, what you’re studying, and your career goals. A great pitch will help the listener to determine how they can help you with your career goals.
SPC Career Services can help students with elevator speech preparation and skills.

Gen Z and large employers:

Fact: Gen Z is 37% more interested in working for large employers versus millennials, and will consider 24 employers for their first job. SPC’s Handshake, an online job search resource, will help students find large employers who offer internship and job opportunities. Getting started with Handshake is easy. Career services has preloaded students information in Handshake! Students can activate their account today by logging in with their SPC email address, or click on the Handshake link in MyCourses under Career Planning.
SPC Career Services and Handshake can help students expand their list of employers.

Gen Z want to work for a company five plus years.

Fact: 58% of Gen Z want to work for a company five plus years. To find the right company, students must prepare and understand the interview process.  They must anticipate interview questions, articulate their most marketable skills, and showcase their abilities for the job. Students should also understand that they are interviewing the company. Knowing the right questions to ask in an interview will help to determine whether the company will be a good fit for them.
SPC Career Services can help students with Interviewing and Salary Negotiation skills.

There’s a lot for Gen Z to do to prepare themselves as they enter the workplace. SPC’s career services professionals are available to provide support and resources. Click here to find the career service professional on your campus or online. SPC faculty and staff can also request a career services professional come to your classroom and present to students on a variety of career related topics. Click here for more information on SPC’s employment preparation.

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Are you LinkedIn?

Linkedin scrabble graphic

LinkedIn, what’s all the buzz? How can it help you? Let’s explore.

What is it?

LinkedIn is an employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps. With over 500 million members, students can engage and build professional networks with industry professionals. Employers are able to post jobs while job seekers are able to post their resumes. Those with profiles are able to research companies and find or make connections.  

Why use it?

  • It’s no longer enough to simply have a solid resume. Students now need a professional online presence.  
  • 94 percent of recruiters used the service to find job candidates. This is part of the hidden job market.
  • LinkedIn profiles with professional headshots get 14 times more views.

I’m in! What’s next?

  • Meet with a career services professional on your campus or center.
  • Request your instructor to arrange a classroom workshop.
  • Request a career services professional to present a workshop to your student group or organization.

Benefits of a LinkedIn profile?

  • Build a professional profile that helps you stand out.
  • Connect with employers, recruiters, and alumni.
  • Conduct a personalized job search.
  • Join industry-specific groups and keep up with trends.
  • Follow companies and learn about their staff and cultures.

Upcoming Workshops and Photoshoots

  • Seminole Campus will be hosting a Working Wednesday focused on LinkedIn on March 20th from 12-2pm in the UP Lobby. At this event you can have your professional headshot taken for your profile. For more information contact Lynne Wolf, wolf.lynne@spcollege.edu.
  • Health Education Center LinkedIn Workshop, April 10th, 11-12pm in Room 274C. For more information contact Monica Roberts, Roberts.monica@spcollege.edu.   
  • LinkedIn Headshot Photoshoot, Thursday, April 11th, 11-12:30pm, Health Education Center, Room 274C. For more information contact Monica Roberts, Roberts.monica@spcollege.edu 

Helpful resources

LinkedIn Profile Checklist screen capture
LinkedIn Profile Checklist screen cap.

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Successful Healthcare Job Fair

photo of student at a healthcare job fair

It’s a team effort as more students attend the 2018 fall healthcare job fair. Over 150 students attended St. Petersburg College’s Health Education Center’s (HEC) Healthcare Job Fair on Tuesday, October 16. This is an increase of 94 students compared to 56 who attended the 2018 Spring Career Fair.

According to Monica Roberts, the HEC Career Outreach Specialist, “We really increased our marketing efforts to raise awareness for our students enrolled in the HEC health education programs, and our faculty, staff and administration played a critical role in passing along details of the event. It’s a team effort.”

The healthcare field has a very robust future. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare occupations are predicted to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026. This growth is expected to impact the increase in students interested in SPC’s health education programs across all disciplines. As more students enroll in our health education programs, we will be able to increase the volume of organizations who will be in attendance at both our fall and spring career fairs providing viable job opportunities and internships for our students.

Considering a career in the health field? Join us for the Health Sciences & Vet Tech open house. This event will take place on Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The place to be is the Health Education Center located at 7200 66th Street North in Pinellas Park.  Come meet faculty and staff.  Ask questions about the program, admissions and career forecasts.  Talk with current students who can give you “the inside skinny.”  Hear about resources for students and future students supporting career success.

For more information about this event, please contact Monica Roberts, Career Outreach Specialist at the Health Education Center. Monica can be reached at Roberts.Monica@spcollege.edu.

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