Archive for October, 2010

Job-Switching: Is the Writing on the Wall?

Posted by Excite Health Partners on October 27, 2010 in News

According to a recent poll by TechRepublic, almost 50% of the people who participated indicated they didn’t want to be working in the same job a year from now. The article cites the recession as the primary reason many people are probably staying put, but indicates that once the economy improves, there’s the potential for mass attrition as many of these people move on to better opportunities.

This means that even in a so-called “recession-proof” industry like IT, you could face a lot of competition if you wait until the market improves. A lot of factors will play into whether you decide to actively look for work now, but if you decide it’s the right move, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting the job you want.

Educate Yourself
Ever see a job listing and think, “that’s the perfect job for me!” only to realize there are a couple of key skills they want that you’re lacking? Sometimes they’re programs or hardware you’re not familiar with. Sometimes they’re looking for non-IT skills you’re not confident about. Either way, don’t just sit back and wait to get the experience from your current employer. Go out and get it! Take a class, attend some webinars, subscribe to blogs and read them religiously, ask for similar responsibilities in your current position. Many nonprofits would be glad to have some extra help from someone who isn’t exactly an expert if they could get it for free – and they can usually be really flexible if you’re a volunteer.

Professionalize Yourself
If you’ve been in your current position for a while, you’ve likely fallen into your comfort zone. In your free time, do whatever you can to make yourself look like the candidate your future employer just can’t pass up (spruce up your resume, prepare for interviews, etc.)

Seek Outside Help
If you’re currently employed, spending time at work (on someone else’s dime) trying to find a new job could be career suicide. Even if you’re not working, as an individual, you only have so many resources.

You need to take a more global approach. You could go to other job sites, but you have specialized and distinctive skills and both you and your future employer need the personalized service and industry knowledge to ensure you’re really the right match.

Excite Health Partners can help. We’ll do most of the work to help you achieve your goals. We’ll review your skill-set and find out what you want. We’ll search our database of employers for a match. Once you get the job, we’ll even check up on you to ensure we helped you find the right opportunity. We know there are jobs out there. We just need you to contact us so we can fill them.

EPIC Certification vs. EPIC Credentials

Posted by Excite Health Partners on October 14, 2010 in News

The Breakdown

As we mentioned in our last blog, EPIC consultants are in high demand. Our last post probably left many wondering what they could do to qualify for one of the many exciting positions we have open.

When it comes to EPIC, it isn’t enough to simply understand how the software works. Getting a job requires that you become EPIC certified or credentialed.

EPIC Systems offers over 30 specialized applications. IT professionals can become EPIC credentialed or certified in one or more of these. But there’s a difference between EPIC certification and EPIC credentials, so before you decide which route to take, here’s a general overview of each.

EPIC Credentialing

Getting EPIC credentialed enables you to become an EPIC trainer. The credentialing process requires you to train with EPIC or an affiliated provider of EPIC services. Unlike EPIC certification, EPIC credentials are only valid for the institution for which you’re credentialed. If you move on to another institution, you have to become re-credentialed. The process requires not only training, but that you actually present sample lessons and gain EPIC’s approval.

EPIC Certification

EPIC certification is a somewhat complex process. Because there’s such a dynamic learning curve for EPIC software, you must spend several weeks in training (how many weeks depends on which EPIC discipline you choose). You’ll have to travel to Wisconsin to be trained at EPIC’s headquarters. Additionally, you’ll have to periodically get continuing education to ensure you’re on top of the latest changes and updates. However, once you’re EPIC certified, you can take that certification with you to any institution for which you decide to seek employment. You must be certified separately in each application, and you may want to choose multiple disciplines to make yourself more marketable.

Whether you choose credentialing or certification, the process will likely take several months. However, gaining one of these valuable designations is the first step to a financially and professionally rewarding career. For more information, go to EPIC Systems’ website at