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Career Management

Let The Candidate Beware…

15 September, 2008 Posted by John G. Self
I just finished reviewing a Confidential Position Prospectus for a major southern California academic medical center. The search firm leading the assignment is one of the largest in the world. I was more than a little surprised. Read more»

When Young Came to Town….

11 September, 2008 Posted by John G. Self
His 550-bed teaching hospital and a 586 bed nursing home Erie County Medical Center and Erie County Home (ECMC) – recently separated from Erie County the result of a sale to a new created public benefit corporation – had no bank account and little cash. The heavily unionized workforce was not tuned in to accountability or the importance of productivity. Excessive benefits drove wage/salary and benefit costs to Read more»

BIG IDEA: Secondary References Can Be Dangerous

27 July, 2008 Posted by John G. Self
As soon as you give up the name of a former colleague to an interviewer, you have just provided a Secondary Reference. If this person does not remember you, or if they did not think highly of you, well...you may have opened a whole can of worms that could kill your chances of employment. Read more»