I wanted to provide you with some “eleventh-hour” advice just before the job posting at Kaiser Permanente goes live. I expect to see that posting tomorrow, Tuesday 8/27/2013 for 2, 20-hour/week acupuncture positions. If you have not already read my previous posts regarding this, I would urge you to do so since they contain basic information about how to navigate the online application process which is used exclusively at Kaiser Permanente.

Aside from getting your ducks in a row regarding the online job recruitment system that Kaiser uses, here are a few tips which you may find helpful during any periods of waiting for things to happen.

1. Meditate on what you really want. If you are not 100% certain that working at a hospital as a acupuncturist is what you want, your lack of will could undermine your chances of getting hired into such a position. Getting hired into this kind of position will require total commitment on your part as a prerequisite. I will be spending more time writing about what it’s like to work in a hospital as an acupuncturist in future blog posts.

2. Visualize yourself in the position. Every day spend at least 10 minutes using creative visualization. Sit quietly, breath gently and naturally and close your eyes. Envision yourself, driving to the hospital where you want to work. See yourself get out of the car, walk into the building and arrive at your desk. Put on a lab coat and start your work day in your mind’s eye. See yourself giving acupuncture to patients. Spend time  developing this vision even further. Do it every day, or multiple times per day if you have the wherewithal to make that happen.

3. Decide what your  minimum requirements are for a job offer that you will accept. This may be hard for you to wrap your mind around, but you should be absolutely willing to say “no” to a bad job offer. I would not accept less than $40/hour in terms of an hourly rate or $80,000 per year as a starting wage for full-time employment as an acupuncturist in a hospital setting in the Bay Area at this time. At the same time, keep in mind that if benefits are offered, they should be factored into the decision as a part of the compensation package. Your time and energy is valuable and you should be well compensated for it.

4. Ask for letters of recommendation. Getting letters of recommendation together before an interview can sometimes be a stressful affair. Do yourself a favor and call in your requests for letters of recommendation early. Ask those who have worked with you professionally in your field as this will carry more weight than recommendations from classmates or teachers. Try to get 3 good letters written before you interview. Ask those who are writing your letters to send you a soft copy to review, for a signed copy on letterhead mailed directly to you, and for them to keep a couple hard copies (again, on letterhead) on hand to mail to whomever might request one in the future.

5. Put your wardrobe together. You are going to want to wear business formal clothing to your interviews so do what it takes to get that together in advance. Business people (and people in general) will judge you the moment they see you for the first time and will decide whether or not they would like to work with you within the first few minutes of meeting you. The importance of how you present yourself through clothing cannot be overstated. Do some research if this is not your forte. Don’t immediately for “power colors” either as this may backfire and cause you to come across as arrogant or over-confident. When in doubt, tend toward the conservative.

Thanks for reading! I hope that these “eleventh-hour” bits of advice will help you reach your goals.

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