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5 Ways a Job in Healthcare Wins the Career Lottery


5 Ways a Job in Healthcare Wins the Career Lottery

Healthcare jobs are some of the most sought-after in the nation, and for good reason. The perks of healthcare are unlike any other:


Perk #1: Job Growth

Healthcare jobs are booming at the moment–especially in Houston. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8 of the top 20 fastest growing professions are in the healthcare industry. And the industry in total has over 13 million jobs. With the U.S.’s aging population and advances in medicine, these numbers will only keep rising. Job growth, job security, and being needed at your job are all perks of a job in healthcare.


Perk #2: Make a Difference in People’s Lives

In healthcare you will be able to make a difference in people’s lives unlike with any other career path. From helping save lives to bringing new life into the world—you can make an unforgettable difference in patients’ lives daily. A healthcare job offers you the unique opportunity to help people and get paid well.


Perk #3: Flexible Hours

Because many healthcare facilities run 24 hours a day, you can work at any time. Shifts at odd hours are perfect for those who are looking to spend more time with their family or pursue further education. Lots of shifts also means that it is relatively easy to switch with a coworker if you need to.


Perk #4: Dynamic Work Environment

No two days on the job are the same. The exciting and fast-paced nature of the healthcare industry is what makes it so adaptable to TV series and movies. There’s a reason healthcare jobs work so well on-screen: there’s never a dull moment. Time can fly while you’re working (and this can’t be said of many other jobs!).


Perk #5: Outstanding Pay & Benefits 

A healthcare job may not be as lucrative as winning the actual lottery, but it does pay well. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare administration jobs offer an average salary of $85,000 per year. Most healthcare jobs offer salaries that are at least enough to live on, in addition to benefits that are above average.


There’s one more way that a job in healthcare is like winning the career lottery: there are many levels you can start at. Starting from the level of a GED and up, there are jobs that require no prior training. If you would like to get your career in healthcare started today, click here to find a job with Hire Priority in Houston.

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What’s Your Superpower: Finding Your Competitive Advantage


What’s Your Superpower?

Finding Your Competitive Advantage to Get Hired

In today’s competitive job market, standing out is essential to getting hired. One single open job can bring in countless applicants, piling up on a hiring manager’s desk and all looking the same. How can you stand out? If you learn how to work your competitive advantage you can be a manager’s pick over someone who has even more skills or experience. Here’s how:


Pick Your Strengths & Highlight Them

What’s your competitive advantage? Maybe you aren’t sure yet, or maybe you are new to the job search process—and that’s okay! Think of your strengths as the skills that have most allowed you to succeed.
Perhaps you are a persistent person, seeing projects through until the end when others have lost interest. Or maybe your strength is that you are detail oriented–always able to see the little things that others overlook.

If You Have Experience in the Industry:

If you have apartment industry experience, then your competitive advantage will be your experience and the parts of the job you are best at. Make sure to highlight these in your resume and interview, along with any special awards or recognition you have received. This doesn’t mean you have to toot your own horn; but when asked to discuss your experience, focus on where you have excelled.

If You Don’t Have Experience in the Industry:

If you don’t have apartment job experience—do not fear! You still have skills that are relevant. Perhaps you have worked in a sales job or another people-oriented position; and these will have equipped you with communication skills that apply to an apartment job. If you don’t have a set of professional skills to go on, perhaps you want to sell your competitive advantage as your hard work, determination, or passion to succeed.

Keep in mind: most job seekers will say that they are hardworking and motivated. Your competitive advantage will come when you can show in your resume or interview why you embody the strengths you claim to have. For example, it is not enough to just say that you are motivated. But if you can tell a story of a time when you had to accomplish something very difficult and didn’t give up then you will stand out as motivated.

Your competitive advantage is unique to you.

You know your strengths and weaknesses better than anyone, so when you think about what to highlight in your job application be sincere in what you are best at. Hiring managers can see through a candidate who lists a strength that they don’t show proof of. It will also be difficult to stand out if you try to emphasize too many strengths: they will just come out jumbled and you won’t be memorable.


Use Your Superpower…

If you haven’t done it already, take a moment to figure out what your competitive advantage is—the trait that would be your superpower if you had to pick. Highlight your unique strengths during the job search process and you will both stand out and convince a hiring manager that you are the one for the job.

Get started today by submitting your resume for a job placement: Apply now.


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6 Ways to Interview with Confidence


How to Interview with Confidence

Man And Woman Waiting To Enter A Job InterviewExuding confidence is key to acing your job interview! Whether you are feeling confident or not, your interviewer will be looking for signs that you are comfortable in your own skin and can handle the pressure of a professional setting.

The good news: confidence is a tool that can be sharpened just like any other skill. Here’s how:

 1. Focus on Your Interviewer

By focusing on your interviewer you will both show them that you are paying attention and also force yourself to stay present. If you are hanging on to the words your interviewer is saying you won’t have time to let your nerves get the best of you.

 2. Posture

As humans, body language is one of the top ways we assess someone when we first meet them. To embody confidence in your posture do the following: sit up straight with your shoulders back, smile, don’t fidget, and make eye contact.

 3. Shake Hands

Shaking hands when you first meet your interviewer is a sure way to show them that you are confident. It’s hard to go wrong with a handshake—and going for it will make you stand out as polite and professional.

 4. Stay Positive

This tip includes staying positive both about yourself as well as about your work experience. Whether you have years of experience in the apartment industry, or none at all, stay positive about the skills you do have and how they can contribute to your next job.

5. Prepare

Preparation is one of the greatest keys to confidence–How can you be confident proving you should work at an apartment job when you don’t know anything about the property? Make sure you’ve got the basic facts about the property and job down before your interview.

6. Take a Breath

The apartment industry is dynamic, fast moving; but this doesn’t mean that your interview has to go a million miles a minute. If you feel your confidence lagging, slow down and take a breath. Often, when we are nervous we tend to over-talk and ramble, but pressing pause for a minute will stop this.


Even if you walk into your interview without confidence, practicing these few things will convince you and your interviewer that you’ve got it. There’s no need to over-do it or force these habits; but you will find that they will come naturally once you give them a try.



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5 Things to Do in the First 5 Minutes of Your Interview


5 Things to Do in the First 5 Minutes of Your Interview

A lot can go wrong in the first five minutes of an apartment job interview; but a lot can also go right if you are prepared! First impressions are made quickly, and an employer will be taking note of at least these five things when you meet them.


Start off acing your interview by doing these 5 things:

 1. Don’t Be Late

In fact, you should plan to be early for your interview, especially if you usually show up to places a couple minutes behind. No matter if it’s the middle of the day or rush hour—traffic in big cities like Houston can be crazy—plan for bad traffic and a wrong turn.

2. Dress to Impress

Even if you have a flawless resume and work experience, you must impress your employer by dressing up for your meeting. Whether the property you are interviewing for is casual or formal, always dress a notch up from what you expect.

3. Shake Hands Like You Mean It

A hiring manager may cycle through a number of interviews in a busy day for an apartment job. Stand out by shaking hands when you first meet, making eye contact, and expressing your gratitude that they are meeting with you.

 4. Hand Over a Copy of Your Resume

Unless you have been told not to bring your resume, show up with the best copy you’ve got. This sign of preparation is a mark of professionalism that your interviewer will appreciate.

 5. Use Positive Body Language

When you walk into your interview you should seek to embody your full potential—be confident that you are the best person for the job because this is what your interviewer is looking for. Sitting up straight, smiling, and making eye contact will all convey confidence even if you aren’t feeling it!


All it takes is 5 minutes to make good impression, and these 5 things will set you far ahead of many candidates.


Have an apartment job interview coming up? Check out our other resources to ace it on the Hire Priority Blog.

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4 Golden Rules to Writing a Great Cover Letter


 4 Golden Rules to Writing a Great Cover Letter

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While the Internet is full of helpful cover letter tips, most advice is generic—use good grammar, show off your strengths, etc. This information is helpful, but will it really make your cover letter stand out? A cover letter could make all the difference in getting you hired—and for this to happen it will need to be more than just generic.

Craft a cover letter that not only follows proper etiquette, but also demonstrates your competency for the job with these golden rules:


1. Don’t ramble.

When re-reading your cover letter ask yourself: ‘Would I stay interested reading this?’ If your own cover letter doesn’t get you excited then it sure isn’t going to spark the interest of an employer. Try cutting out everything that is repetitive or unnecessary and replacing it with material designed to hook your reader.

2. Don’t Summarize Your Resume.

Employers ask for both resumes and cover letters for a reason (they are both meant to give different information). A cover letter is your chance to shine: to convince your reader why you are perfect for the apartment job you’re applying for. If you want to work in leasing, don’t just list the relevant skills you have—paint a picture of how you skills, passion, and determination combine to make you a leasing professional who will get the job done.

3. Do make it specific.

One of the greatest cover letter turn offs for employers is a cover letter that could have been written for almost any apartment job. Using a generic cover letter tells employers that you aren’t willing to put in the effort to write a unique letter, and therefore must not truly want the position. On the other hand, writing about how your strengths match perfectly with the position requirements will put you one step closer to your first day working at a new property.

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4. Do Finish with a Closer

While your entire cover letter should be designed to convince an employer why you are right for a job, the very end of your letter should close the deal. A simple summary sentence—something short and sweet—that drives home the way you would benefit the hiring employer, will leave them with a good impression.

The most persuasive cover letters don’t seek to outright sell your skills, but to communicate clearly how you will benefit an employer and why they should hire you. Employers don’t want to read the same standard cover letter over and over again, they want to know why they should hire you. And your cover letter is a chance to show them, using these 4 golden rules.


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