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Here’s Some Important Advice on How to Handle the Job Interview

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As part of the study by WalletHub into the best and worst cities for finding a job in 2016, reporter Richie Bernardo consulted several experts for their insights on the economy.

Paul Harrington is a professor of economics and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University. Bernardo asked him, “What fields are expected to grow the most in the coming decades?”

Harrington chose to focus on healthcare, saying, “The pattern of growth in the health industry has diverged from its earlier growth path. Hospital employment is still growing, but at a much reduced rate, and employment in the nation’s nursing homes is flat and will likely decline. Very strong gains in ambulatory care with high-end nurse practitioners, physician assistants, various imaging specialists, and all the therapeutic occupations, including PT, OT, and Speech Therapy. Also, tremendous growth in [the] low-skill home-health care industry with home health workers growing at a very rapid pace.”

Beyond healthcare, Harrington said that “the professional, scientific, and business-consulting industry is growing very rapidly.”

Harrington said the biggest challenge for job seekers today is “slow GDP growth.” No matter what the politicians say, the economy is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, meaning the economy has “a crummy overall pace of new job creation and a lot of labor-market underutilization problems remaining, especially among people under the age of 30. A lot of the demand for labor that was expected to materialize with the exit of the baby boomers from the labor market has not yet materialized. Boomers are staying in the job market after age 65 at surprisingly high rates--especially those with higher levels of educational attainment.”

Finally, Harrington offers some practical advice for new job seekers, warning about the extent to which “potential employers can screen them.”

As physicians and advanced practitioners, it’s not enough to rely on your skills alone. According to Harrington, “Employers look for signals that prospective hires send, that includes dress, casual behavior, the quality of the résumé, tattoos, inappropriate contents in social media accounts, and a host of subtle messages that give even just a bit of insight into a worker’s likely behavior on the job. But employers also have very active screening activities including psychological profiles, tests, and behavioral measures that are often imbedded in online applications, but are not explicitly labelled as a test--a lot of risk for an applicant if they are unprepared for the testing process. Also, it remains the case that employers still place a lot of emphasis on the interview process itself. So how a job seeker connects with the employer in an interview still matters enormously.”

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, what concerns do you have about the state of the current economy? Have you had a hard time making progress in your job search?

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