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Success as a Private Caregiver

Posted in Articles, Finding a Caregiving Job on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 | 177,252 Comments

As a private caregiver, you should have a formal conversation with the patient every week to discuss what is going well and what needs improvement. Frequently communicating with the patient is a great way to ensure the success of your relationship. You and your patient will feel more comfortable asking questions and expressing any concerns to each other. If a problem does not get addressed, it will probably continue and could possibly get worse. Open communication with the patient will prevent any unnecessary stress. You should only agree to things that you are comfortable with. For example, if you do not want to work overnight shifts, be honest with the patient. During the weekly conversations, write down what is being discussed and make sure you understand what is expected of you.

Give yourself a trial period. If you feel that the line of communication you have with the patient is not effective after the trial period, you may wish to start looking for a different job. Make sure you give the patient notice before making any decisions.

Success as an Agency Caregiver

Posted in Articles, Finding a Caregiving Job on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 | 12,468 Comments

It is essential that you establish a line of communication with the agency’s management. If you experience any problems with the patient, you will need to communicate the problems with the agency’s management. Management will then make the changes where necessary. If there is a problem, do not wait to address your concerns to the agency’s management. If a problem does not get addressed, it will probably continue and could possibly get worse. Open communication with the agency’s management will prevent any unnecessary stress.

You also need to establish a line of communication with the patient. You should have a formal conversation with the patient every week to discuss what is going well and what needs improvement. Frequently communicating with the patient is a great way to ensure the success of your relationship. You and your patient will feel more comfortable asking questions and expressing any concerns to each other. You should only agree to things that you are comfortable with. For example, if you do not want to work overnight shifts, be honest with the patient.

During each weekly conversation, you should take notes and send them to the agency. This way, everyone involved will be entirely aware of any worries you may have. If you feel that the line of communication you have with the patient is not effective, you should ask the agency to reassign you to another patient.

Interviewing for Caregiving Jobs

Posted in Articles, Finding a Caregiving Job on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 | Comments Off

In order to obtain a job as a caregiver, you must prepare yourself for success. First, you must develop your resume. A resume, in essence, is a summary of you. It will show what you have to offer. Here are a few tips for creating the perfect resume:

• List your contact information. Include your name, telephone number, address, and e-mail.
• State your objective. This is the most important part of your resume because it will tell the interviewer exactly what you are trying to achieve. The rest of the information on your resume will support your objective.
• List your education, work history, and other relevant experience. You should list these in reverse chronological order with the most recent experience listed first.
• List your certifications, licenses, skills, and abilities. Only list those that are relevant to your objective.
• List references. Make sure to include your references’ names, job titles, and telephone numbers.
• Edit your resume. You should extensively proofread your resume and make any necessary changes. It is also a great idea to have someone else proofread your resume.
• Limit your resume to one page.

After completing your resume, you should mentally and physically prepare yourself for an interview. You should be mentally prepared to describe yourself, answer questions, and ask questions. You should also be physically prepared by dressing appropriately and presenting yourself in a confident manner. Here are some tips to ensure your success at an interview:

• Research the job position. You should completely understand all aspects of the job you are interviewing for. This will both impress the interviewer and contribute to your confidence during the interview.
• Know your resume. You should be able talk extensively about yourself and your qualifications. Be prepared to answer any questions regarding the information on your resume.
• Leave early. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find the location of the interview. Showing up early is also a great way to show your enthusiasm for the job.
• Bring multiple copies of your resume.
• Relax yourself and maintain eye contact throughout the interview.
• When answering questions, avoid saying “we.” You want the interviewer to hear what you personally are responsible for.
• Dress appropriately. You should wear appropriate business-like attire, be aware of your personal hygiene, wear light cologne/perfume, and avoid chewing gum.
• Turn off your cellular phone before the interview.
• Show enthusiasm for the job.
• Practice answering questions about yourself before the interview. Give yourself a dress rehearsal. Dress for the part and have someone formally interview you.
• Develop questions for the interviewer. Especially when working as a private caregiver, asking detailed questions about the patient’s situation is necessary. You will want to fully understand all of the job requirements, so it is important that you come to the interview with questions in mind.
• Avoid using “um,” “like,” and “ya know.” These types of words do not portray professionalism or confidence.

After the interview, make sure you follow-up with your potential employers. Send a thank-you note reiterating your appreciation for the opportunity to apply for the position. You may also call for any updates on their hiring decisions.