Office Hours: Northern Health Discusses Application Tips, Career Opportunities, And More

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If you’re ready to begin an egg-citing career in Healthcare, Northern Health is ready to connect with you.

On October 15th, Northern Health recruiter Shannon Rodrigues answered your career questions about the Healthcare industry, the opportunities at Northern Health, and what it’s like to live in beautiful northern British Columbia! Over 60 minutes, we covered a wide variety of topics and provided valuable insights into this field.

If you missed the event, don’t worry – we have the full transcript for you. Take a look!


 

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Hi TalentEgg-ers! We will be starting Office Hours with Northern Health at 4 p.m. ET.

TalentEgg
Hi everyone! Welcome to Office Hours with Northern Health. My name is Veronica and I’ll be moderating today’s event.

We’re very excited for today’s Q&A. We’ll be covering a ton of topics, from applications & hiring tips to entry-level career opportunities and more.

We’ve received a lot of advance questions, and we are going to address as many of them as we can in the next 60 minutes. We also encourage you to submit live questions as well!

Before we begin, I’d like to introduce our guest expert from Northern Health. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hello all! My name is Shannon Rodrigues and I’m a Recruiter at Northern Health. I am what some may call a true northern girl, being born and raised in northern BC. I have been working for Northern Health for the last 7 months, but I’ve also worked in different recruitment roles for the last 4 years. I am thrilled to be here today and can’t wait to answer all your questions!

TalentEgg
Thanks – let’s begin the Q&A!

Ken, a Biology major from the University of Windsor, asks:
“What skills and qualities are you looking for in students and new grads?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Great question! The exact skills and qualities we would be looking for would depend on exactly what job you are applying for. We would want to see that you have some skill and knowledge in the area that you are applying for. On each of Northern Health’s job descriptions we do offer up a list of qualifications, skills and abilities. I would encourage all new grads and current students to start by looking at these to see what employers are looking for.

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Carla, a Nursing major from the McMaster University, asks:
“How important are grades/GPA when applying?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Excellent question! I believe a lot of people don’t bring it forward to employers often enough! When looking at new nursing grads, one of the first things we are looking for is your most current clinical rotation. The skills you learn and develop during these rotations are very valuable and are something all Northern Health managers look to first.

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Terry asks:
“What type of personality are you looking for in the people you hire?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hi Terry! Thanks for being here today! When we look for new employees we are looking for best fit! We want someone who is going to be a team player, and who models the northern way of caring. We want someone who loves what they do, because that will translate into their work!

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Monica asks:
“Do you have any advice for formatting a resume? What will make it easiest for the recruiter to look over?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Great question Monica! When formatting your resume make it clean! Don’t make it too cluttered, and make sure you get all skills and qualities on there! Be sure to provide us with your contact info – it is best to put this at the top of the resume!

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Gupita asks:
“What’s the best advice you have for people looking for their first job?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hi Gupita! The best advice I can provide is make sure you are applying for jobs that you are eligible for. Make sure you have a resume that provides related work or volunteer experience you have from the past. In your cover letter let us know a little bit about you and the skills you can bring to our team.

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Sarah, a Nursing major from the University of Victoria, asks:
“Does Northern Health offer summer jobs or internships for students?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
We do have some specific project positions that come up from time to time, but for the most part our summer positions are simply casuals that work mainly in the summer. Most of our vacation time coverage is required in the summer, so many of our casuals come back to Northern Health to work during the summers and then return to school in the fall. Keep an eye on our casual opportunities in your field of interest and ask about the specific hours with the hiring manager to see if their staffing needs can work with your schedule.

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Want to learn more about Northern Health? Check out their Employer Profile on TalentEgg.

Erik, an Occupational Health and Safety major at Ryerson University, asks:
“What opportunities for growth are there with Northern Health?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Northern Health offers quite a few opportunities for growth. This includes educational assistance, professional development through conferences or traditional coursework. Northern Health believes strongly in growing our own and provides the support to staff to see this happen.

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Ana, a student at McMaster University, asks:
“I’m currently in Ontario but would be willing to move to BC if I was hired. Do you help new grads with relocation?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
You should head on over to BC! It is absolutely beautiful here! We do have relocation packages available. Relocation is determined on a case by case basis. We look at factors ranging from position, profession and geographical location to determine if the position is eligible for a relocation package. The amount an individual would receive would be determined on how far they would have to travel to work at a Northern Health site. Relocation discussions take place at the time of hire.

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Mischa asks:
“Is it better to have a college or university degree when applying?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hey Mischa! That is really a good question! It would depend on what you are planning to take. Most colleges offer 1 or 2 year programs while most universities offer 4 year programs. But it all comes back to what you are planning to take! Personally I did both, I started with a 2 year diploma at local community college and did 2 years of university to obtain my Bachelor’s degree. So find what fits best for you and what career path you want to follow.

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Karen asks:
“What are your expectations for new graduates who apply to your organization?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Thanks for being here Karen! We are always happy to welcome new grads at Northern Health. We would want new grads who are willing to learn! We understand you are coming out of school and we want you to feel comfortable at Northern Health, so ask questions and be open with those you work with.

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Elisa, a Nursing major from York University, asks:
“What is something that most applicants don’t know about Northern Health?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Most applicants don’t know that Northern Health is the largest health authority in BC. We cover the top two thirds of the BC, from just below the geographical centre of the province all the way north to the Yukon border and from the Alberta border to the Pacific Ocean, which includes the island of off the west coast of BC called Haida Gwaii. The communities we service range in size from population of 70,000 to 500 people. Our sites range in size and what they offer each community, therefore I truly believe anyone can find a community to live and work in that will fit their needs!

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Cormac, a Pharmacy major at the University of Waterloo, asks:
“I don’t have a lot of work experience, how can I make up for this on my application?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
This a common question from current students and new grads! The best thing you can do is be willing to learn! Let us know about what work or volunteer experience you do have! We understand going to school is like having a full time job. Show us how you would be willing to learn. Don’t be scared to even let us know that in your cover letter and resume!

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Want to learn more about Shannon? Check out this Q&A and her advice for applicants

Jana asks:
“How can I tailor my resume for healthcare?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Great question Jana. Make sure to provide all related education you have received, which would include all certifications and any licensing you have received. Provide us with CRNBC or CPR certification is great! That way we know you have it off the bat. Also be sure to provide us with all clinical placements you have had to date and any future ones you know you are going to have.

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Debbie, a Nursing major from York University, asks:
“I’m graduating this year from nursing school. What kind of experience would I need if I wanted to work in the ER?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Congrats!! Making it through nursing school is huge accomplishment! To work in ER, there are post diploma courses that we are looking for. We would encourage you apply on positions that you are eligible for upon graduation. Get some work experience under your belt, take any and all additional training you can get your hands on that is related to ER. Chat with the ER manager and ER nurses; let them know you are interested in working in the ER. Grow your skills, and be willing to take a casual or part-time line in the ER to start, just to get that experience. Experience and growing your skills and knowledge is key!

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Anjalie, a Social Work major from the University of Toronto, asks:
“Can you share any information surrounding the culture at Northern Health?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Northern Health has a great company culture and that is one of the reasons I decided to move to Northern Health just 7 months ago! They pride themselves on providing outstanding work life balance for employees and growing talent within the organization. We truly do put employee’s heart and minds at the centre of how the company operates!

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Want to learn more about the company culture at Northern Health? Check out this great “Behind The Scenes” video.

Pamela asks:
“What are the best clubs and extracurriculars to put on your resume?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hi Pamela. Some great clubs you might want to get involved clubs or groups that align with your studies are career goals! I know the university I attended has a nursing club, that went out and volunteered at local care homes, and did homeless outreach! If such clubs don’t exist where you are, create one!

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Tien, a Pharmacy major asks:
“Do you have jobs for Pharmacy graduates?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hi there Tien! Currently we have positions posted for Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Assistants throughout Northern Health. Please visit our Talent Egg page or NorthernHealth.ca to see a full list of these opportunities.

TalentEgg
Great tip, Shannon! Check out Northern Health’s TalentEgg profile to find out more info.

Rita, a Nursing major asks:
“Does Northern Health do video interviews? If so, do you have any tips?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hi Rita! Thanks for such a great question! We have done video conference interviews in the past. If video conference is not available we can also do interviews over the phone!

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Karen, a Kinesiology major from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, asks:
“How can a candidate stand out during the hiring process?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
The best way to stand out would be to tell us why you would like to move to the community in which you are applying. Do your research and find the community that suits you best. At Northern Health, we are all about the right fit, not just for the job, but for the lifestyle. We have so many great benefits to living here, such as outdoor recreation, affordable housing and four seasons. I am confident that you can find somewhere that you would really enjoy!

TalentEgg
This looks like a great time for our poll!

POLL
What are you most interested in learning about today?

  • Living & working in Northern BC (10%)
  • Northern Health’s work culture (10%)
  • Application & interview tips (50%)
  • Information on relocation (30%)

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Ivan, a Health Sciences major from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, asks:
“How is Northern Health different from other healthcare authorities?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Northern Health is different from other health authorities because of our people! People who live and work in the north genuinely love it, and this passion translates through to the work that they do. There is a true sense of the northern way of caring here.

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Nikhat, a Life Science major at McMaster University asks:
“Are there any interesting and challenging part-time opportunities at Northern Health?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hi there Nikhat! We do have quite a few part time opportunities currently available throughout Northern Health. I would encourage to visit the “Jobs” tab on the Northern Heath’s TalentEgg page or NorthernHealth.ca.

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Lesa, a graduate from Kingston School of Nursing, asks:
“I am a Nurse from the Caribbean, presently residing in Ontario. How can I find employment with Northern Health?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hey Lesa! The best way to find jobs at Northern Health is to keep checking our posts on TalentEgg and NorthernHealth.ca. Apply for positions that you are qualified for. Do make sure you have CRNBC, which you will need to have to practice as a nurse in British Columbia. A great place to learn more information about CRNBC and internationally educated nurses would be Health Match BC.

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Aashna, a Nursing major from York University, asks:
“What is the hiring process like?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Northern Health’s hiring process would start with your application to a specific job. Best piece of advice I can offer here it that you read over the entire job posting, and make sure you are qualified for the position before applying. Your application is then reviewed by a recruiter and hiring manager and a short list is created. If you have made the short list, a hiring manager will contact you to set up and interview. The interview is your time to shine! If you are successful in the interview and you are the applicant the hiring manager intends to hire, we will then ask you for references and to complete a police check. Once we have received positive results on those we will go ahead and hire! During this whole process you will either have contact with a recruiter or a hiring manager. So you will have a person at Northern Health to connect with if you have any further questions or concerns along the way!

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Be sure to check out Northern Health’s fantastic career opportunities on their Employer Page.

Marianna, a Nursing graduate from the University of Northern British Columbia, asks:
“What tips do you have for a new nursing grad who wants to start their career in mental health?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
We have many positions available in Mental Health and your experience working with those groups would be a great asset. Although most of our positions require a registered Psych Nurse designation or a Support Worker certificate (comparable to a Care Aide certificate), there are some positions that are available to those without these designations. You will just want to read the job description carefully. For example, some of the positions that require experience and education in mental health are Mental Health Clinician, Life Skills Worker, Activity Workers, Psych Nurse, etc. Again, check careers.northernhealth.ca for postings.

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Mike asks:
“Do bilingual grads have an advantage in the hiring process?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Thanks Mike for the question! BC is an English speaking province. So there is no requirement to be bilingual to work at Northern Health.

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Katy, a Medical Radiography student at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, asks:
“Which certifications are most in demand at Northern Health?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
At this moment we are currently seeking individuals with experience in the mental health field for positions such as Community Mental Health Nurses. Another big one at the moment is individuals who would like to work in home and community healthcare roles which include Community Health Workers, Community Support Workers, and Activity Workers.

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Cynthia, a Social Work graduate from the University of Ottawa, asks:
“I have a degree in Social Work but I’m looking to transition into a more health-focused role. What kind of roles do you have for someone with my background?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Northern Health hires social workers into a variety of different roles. Currently we are seeking social workers to fill roles such as Community Addictions Care Manager, Mental Health and Addictions Clinician, and Waitlist Clinician. I would encourage you to take a look at these roles and see if any of them pique your interest! You can find them on Northern Health’s TalentEgg page under the jobs tab or through the NorthernHealth.ca site!

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Zachary asks:
“Do you do telephone screenings? How can I make a good impression?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hey Zachary! Thanks for being with us today! Some hiring managers will do pre-screening telephone calls. Be yourself! Be open and honest with the hiring manager. Also do research into the communities you apply for. Hiring managers are always impressed when you already have some knowledge of their community!

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Chandra, a student at the University of Victoria, asks:
“I graduate in May 2016. Can I start applying to work with you now?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Only 7 months to go!! Right now would be a great time to start looking at job postings, get a feeling for what we are looking for and what qualifications are attached to what jobs. This is also a great time to start looking into what communities these jobs are in. Start learning more about the communities we serve and start thinking about where you can see yourself. 2 months prior to graduation is the time to start applying!

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Xiu, a Biology major at the University of Waterloo asks:
“What mistakes do you look for in job applications?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
The biggest mistake we see is people applying for jobs that they are not eligible for! Make sure you read job posting all the way through and that you meet the qualifications! We don’t want you to waste your time! Also make sure you include a cover letter. This is a great place for you to include information that might be a little awkward to fit into your resume. An example of this would be your willingness to relocate, or take extra course work.

TalentEgg
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Jennie, a Child and Youth Care major at Ryerson University asks:
“What are the benefits of relocating to BC for a career with your organization?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Thanks for the question Jennie! You will be relocating to one diverse organization! We have some of the most BEAUTIFUL landscapes in this country! But you will be joining an organization that will put your heart and mind at the forefront of how we operate! Northern Health strives to provide its employees with the best work life balance – and have I mentioned the short commute times? We are talking 10 minutes or less from your house to work!

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Cara, a graduate from Conestoga College, asks:
“Do you conduct remote interviews for people living out of province? How would that work?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Great question! We do conduct both phone and teleconference interviews! Considering we are such a large health authority, sometimes the interview panel is not even all in one location! So don’t sweat it, if we think you are a fit, we will find a way to interview you!

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Hana, a Nursing graduate asks:
“What types of questions can we ask during the interview that will impress the interviewer?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
We love to hear about community questions! We want to see that you have already engaged with learning more about us be it our organization or the communities we serve! Also any role related questions are great. We want to know that you are genuinely interested in working for Northern Health and can already see yourself in the position.

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Want to learn more about the relocation experience with Northern Health? This Queen’s University grad shares her story

Rosa, a Life Science major at Waterloo University asks:
“If we apply from another province, will we be expected to fly to BC for the interview?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Great question Rosa. There would be NO expectation for you to fly to BC to interview! We would arrange either a phone interview or a teleconference.

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We have time for a few more questions, everyone!

Carrie, a student at the University of Victoria asks:
“What is the number one thing recruiters want to see from applicants?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Hey Carrie! Recruiters want to see you have the education and/or experience to fill that role! Provide us with as much information around your education, experience, and practicums! Let us know about who you are in both your cover letter and resume!

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Arun, a Business major at Humber College, asks:
“Do you have any opportunities for graduates who did not major in healthcare?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Yes Arun!! Northern Health most definitely has roles that are not health-care related. We have HR, Communications, and finance departments, just to name a few! It is best to check our current job postings to get a good idea of what non-healthcare roles Northern Health has.

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And that’s a wrap! Thanks for your great questions, TalentEgg-ers. We’ve learned a lot about the healthcare industry and the opportunities at Northern Health.

A special thanks to Shannon for her expertise and insights. Anything you’d like to say before we go?

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Recruiter- Northern Health
Thank you so much for taking the time to be here today with me! I had a really great time answering your questions! If you think of any other questions, please feel free to contact me at any time: Shannon.rodrigues@northernhealth.ca!

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If you’re just tuning in, we’ll be posting a full transcript of today’s event on TalentEgg.ca in the next few days. And Northern Health’s experts will be returning in November for another Office Hours session – how egg-citing!

Thanks again for joining us, TalentEgg-ers. Have an egg-cellent day!

Begin your career adventure with Northern Health! Check out their job listings here.

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