Big News: The Abra web portal for talent users is here!
In response to overwhelming feedback in a survey conducted earlier this year, we just launched the Web Portal for talent, allowing users to access Abra seamlessly from any device.This web portal brings all the features of the Abra mobile app to a larger and more accessible screen. Now, you can match with job opportunities, connect with employers, and manage your profile with greater ease and efficiency.
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3 things we're excited to discuss at HLTH conference next week in Las Vegas
Next week, the Abra leadership team is thrilled to attend HLTH in Las Vegas from October 8th-11th.On a call this week preparing for our attendance at the event, we reminisced on conversations at the ViVE event back in March and we were struck by how many valuable insights we took away from conversations that week.With that said, here are three things we are excited to discuss at the upcoming event all while learning from the great and curious minds of our industry.
The future of the Health IT job search and what's coming next
Andrew Seaman, Senior News Strategist at LinkedIn, notes, "The healthcare sector is experiencing an unprecedented digital transformation, which is accelerating the demand for tech-savvy professionals." Taken a step further into healthcare technology, specifically, and this is all the more relevant insight. The truth is, technology is not only reshaping job roles but also the way professionals are sought after and hired.
Tips for Optimizing Your Abra Profile
As a Healthcare IT professional, you can leverage the power of Abra to keep your pipeline full of engagements that align with your work preferences and help advance your career goals. Creating a customized talent profile is free when you join Abra. Your Abra profile allows you to showcase your experiences with various roles and products, highlight associated certifications, licenses, and skills, and specify contract preferences, desired pay rate, and upcoming availability.
Must-Read Blogs and Resources for Healthcare IT Contractors
Blogs are a great source of information for Healthcare IT contractors to gain insight on the latest IT trends, news, innovation, and technologies. There are many blogs that focus on healthcare technology, but we’ve highlighted a few of the best resources for helping you stay in the know about what is happening in healthcare IT. Be sure to bookmark and follow these blogs and resources so that you can give them a read on your next work break.
How to Attract and Retain Healthcare Tech Talent
With companies across all industries searching for tech talent to fuel innovation and digital transformation, attracting and retaining skilled IT talent is a major challenge for every company including healthcare enterprises. Healthcare organizations are increasingly realizing that to attract and retain tech talent they need to do more than offer attractive compensation. Today, attracting and retaining IT talent requires new strategies for recruiting this talent and a focus on providing an employee experience that meets this cohort’s evolving expectations and priorities.
3 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your next Health IT interview (and what to do instead)
As a Healthcare Technology consultant, securing the right role is an ever-present priority. Abra matches you to the right opportunities for your skills and experience, but the next crucial step in achieving this goal is acing the interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your expertise in implementing and supporting enterprise technology while leaving a great impression on the interviewer. To help you stand out the hiring process, we have compiled 3 valuable tips on things to avoid during your Health IT interview along with insight on how to leave a lasting impression and increase your chances of landing the gig that’s right for you.
Harnessing the Power of Technology: Transforming Healthcare Recruitment
Technology is transforming healthcare recruitment, becoming a critical enabler for finding and hiring high quality IT talent. Today, healthcare enterprises are harnessing the power of technology to source, screen and hire candidates with more speed and precision than ever before to enhance the effectiveness of their talent acquisition strategies. In this blog, we will examine the ways in which technology is transforming healthcare recruitment and contributing to business success.
Five Ways to Strengthen Your Personal Brand
Personal brand is defined as a “widely-recognized and largely-uniform perception or impression of an individual based on their experience, expertise, competencies, actions and/or achievements within a community, industry, or the marketplace at large.” Having a strong personal brand is important for professionals in all sectors, including IT contractors. Why?
Four Ways to Secure More Health IT Engagements
While opportunities for health tech contractors continue to increase, finding engagements is a time consuming and often frustrating process. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are ways to streamline the process of landing more engagements. Here are five tips to help you do just that.
Guide to Setting Professional Goals
When you take a road trip and have the benefit of a GPS mapping out how and when you will get to your destination, that provides a level of confidence and comfort. Professional goals act in a similar fashion. These goals guide you along the way in your career progression and keep you on track to get you where you want to go. Professional goals are essentially a roadmap to success. Studies show that people who have clearly defined goals are more successful than those who don’t.
Tips for Negotiating a Health IT Consulting Contract
Negotiating Health IT consulting contracts can be a little stressful and challenging whether you are just starting your consulting career or are a seasoned professional. To navigate the negotiation process with confidence and set yourself up for success, follow these five tips:
Abra Unveils Updated Brand and Launches New Website
This strategic move, including a new website with refined messaging and visuals, signifies Abra's commitment to transforming the Health IT staffing industry and providing an unparalleled experience for both healthcare employers and talent along the way.
8 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Resume
When was the last time you updated your resume? If it has been awhile, there are probably some key engagements, skills and achievements that are missing from your resume. As an IT contractor, your resume needs to be continually updated to reflect your unique value proposition in a way that makes you stand out and more successfully land engagements that enhance your career trajectory.
How to Grow Your Career in Health IT Contract Work
More and more people are choosing contracting as a career path. This is especially true in the IT sector where flexible work options, the ability to work on a variety of interesting and challenging projects and the opportunity to work with the latest technology are just a few of the factors swelling the ranks of contractors in this industry. Making the leap into IT contracting may be easy but succeeding in this career requires more than just the right skill set.
Working from Home: Tips for Boosting Productivity
While many knowledge workers in the Health IT sector work from home and value the benefits of increased flexibility, no commute and better work/life balance, keeping productivity high amidst the distractions of home can be a challenge. Here are five tips on how to keep productivity high and conquer the challenges of working from home (WFH):
Soft Skills: What They Are and Why Health IT Pros Need Them
Healthcare companies looking for IT talent value technical skills in candidates, but they also look for talent with soft skills. Soft skills are personal attributes that relate to how effectively a person works with other people. Communication skills, leadership skills, time management, problem-solving and empathy are all examples of soft skills. While difficult to measure, these interpersonal skills complement hard skills and are critical to work success.
Tips For Avoiding Burnout
Burnout is at an all-time high across industries today. For all it’s advantages, when not handled intentionally, remote working can blur the boundaries between professional and personal life. The pandemic increased burnout, taking a toll on workers’ mental and physical health. For Healthcare IT contractors, demanding workloads, long hours and tight project deadlines further escalate the risk of burnout. The good news is, there are small tips contractors can incorporate into their daily routines to help reduce burnout.
Avoiding the Healthcare IT Skills Gap
The IT skills gap in healthcare is growing more acute on pace with rapid digitalization and technological innovation. As healthcare organizations continue ramping up technology investment, they are finding that the talents and competencies of their workforce don’t match up with the specialized skills needed to support technology projects and implementations.
Taking the Frustration Out of the Healthcare IT Job Search
With Abra’s data-driven platform, healthcare IT professionals gain choices that allow them more autonomy and control over their job search journeys…and a lot less noise from recruiters messaging and calling about opportunities that aren’t the right fit.
Optimizing the Healthcare IT Candidate Experience with Talent Platform Technology
Hospitals and health systems are leveraging technology to improve a wide range of processes from integrating electronic health records (EHRs) data in real-time to automating workflows to monitoring patients remotely and much more. Today, talent platform technology can help healthcare enterprises do the same when it comes to improving the IT job candidate experience.
The Future of Work is Flexible
The COVID-19 pandemic and acceleration of digital transformation reshaped working paradigms and approaches for both employees and employers. Increasingly, employees are prioritizing flexibility in the where and how of work to achieve a better work/life balance and employers are turning to flexible staffing models to become more agile and efficient.
Introducing Abra: The World's First Talent Platform Designed Exclusively for the Healthcare IT Ecosystem
The healthcare sector today is seeing surging demand for tech talent. This demand is increasing across industries, reflecting the massive shift toward digital transformation and setting up fierce competition for tech talent. In this environment, it is no surprise that sourcing IT talent is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare enterprises today.
Solving for the Healthcare IT Talent Squeeze
The pace of innovation and digital transformation in healthcare accelerated during the pandemic and is unlikely to slow down. The need for information technology (IT) talent is increasing as healthcare organizations turn to technology to drive efficiency, improve patient care and reduce costs.
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