We had the opportunity to ask Blake Babcock some questions on IT jobs in Healthcare. This is a topic our readers should care about because the jobs pay very well and there is a shortage of talented IT people who have specialized skills related to healthcare. With Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Akron Children’s Hospital and Summa there are plenty of big healthcare job opportunities. But what do you need to do to increase your chance of getting one of these jobs?
Question: Tell me a bit about yourself and how long you have been in the business of helping people find jobs.
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I’ve been in the staffing industry since I graduated college in 2008.
Question: How has getting a job changed over the years?
There was a time when your resume was essentially your first impression. Now with social media and google, people can find out much more about you than before. I research everyone I meet with and speak to.
Question: You work specifically in IT and Healthcare – what are the hot skills in that area that everyone wants?
If you’re Epic certified you’re going to be in high demand. There’s also a number of business applications such as: qlik, tablo, and cognos that are highly sought after.
Question: What is the benefit of working with someone like yourself to find a job?
Hospital systems hire us specifically to staff a projects so often times we are your only way in if you’re interested in contract work. In regards to the permanent placements that we do, we work with hospital systems across the country so we have our hand on the pulse of the market. It’s incredibly difficult as an individual to apply online and make it through the black hole of applying that way. We are in direct contact with the hiring manager. We also help people craft their resume or provide guidance on changes that would benefit them as they search or suggest possible roles based on their background that they hadn’t considered previously.
Question: If your triplets were in high school right now, what skills would you be making them focus on to be more employable?
The ability to effectively communicate, work harder than everyone else, and be kind. Simple but effective list.
Question: What kinds of people do you hope read this article and contact you?
Individuals that need our assistance hiring for their team and or people looking for the next move in there career.
Question: What are some mistakes people make when interviewing for these kinds of jobs?
Not asking questions. If you’ve done your homework on the position and organization you should have at least a few questions. It shows your interested and provide another opportunity to keep the conversation going.
Question: How do people find out more about you?