Office Hours: Northern Health Answers Questions About Hatching A Healthcare Career With Their Team

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Northern Health has an abundance of career opportunities for students and recent grads. Located in beautiful Northern BC, this is a great place to hatch your career!

On February 18th, we teamed up with Northern Health recruiter Shannon Rodrigues to answer all your questions about starting a career with their amazing company. Over the span of 60 minutes, we covered a wide variety of topics from entry-level opportunities, to interview tips, to employee benefits.

If you couldn’t attend the event or want to review some of the answers, we have the full transcript for you here!


 

TalentEgg
Thanks for joining us! Office Hours with Northern Health will begin promptly at 4 p.m. EST. Stay tuned!

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

We have an egg-citing lineup of questions from students and grads, and we’ll be answering as many as we can over the next hour.

If you didn’t get a chance to submit a question in advance, or you have more on your mind, feel free to submit questions at any time during today’s event!

Before we start, I’d like to introduce our guest eggs-pert from Northern Health: Shannon Rodriguez! Why don’t you introduce yourself?

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hi all! My Name is Shannon Rodrigues and I am a Recruiter at Northern Health. I have the fabulous job of matching individuals like you with careers and communities in our Health Authority. I am what some call a “True Northern” girl, as I was born and raised in Northern BC. I moved back after completing my degree for a variety of reasons which include the low cost of living, great job opportunities, and the beautiful landscapes! I am excited to be here with you today and can’t wait to answer your questions!

TalentEgg
Egg-cellent. Let’s begin!

Roger, an M. Ed. in Counselling from Acadia University asks:
“I would like to work up north in your jurisdiction. What can you offer in terms of finding a position that fits my degrees and experience? Can you offer some insight on how I can navigate during the process?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hey Roger! Thanks for being here today!! We would love to have you work in Northern Health! First taking a look at our current opportunities either right here on TalentEgg or through the Northern Health website. Applying for jobs that meet your qualifications in key, so make sure you read the job descriptions thoroughly. When navigating through any hiring process it is always good to connect with a recruiter… Like ME and we will keep in touch with you through the entire process.

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Chioma, a Chemistry major/Philosophy minor at the University of Ottawa asks:
“How can I start a career with your company?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hi Chioma! Thanks for your question! Starting your career with Northern Health will depend on where you see yourself in our organization. I would encourage you to take a look through our TalentEgg page and our website to learn more about Northern Health as a whole and the services we provide to northern British Columbians. Your next stop after that should be our careers page to learn about current opportunities and roles we have available.

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Jordan, a student at Humber College asks:
“Do you have student jobs? If you do, does working as a student help you get a full time job after graduation?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Thanks for the questions Jordan! We currently do have student jobs available for this upcoming summer. The majority of the positions at this moment are employed student nurse (ESN) positions. If you are able to obtain one of these positions it is great exposure for you to Northern Health and allows staff and hiring managers to see how you would fit into their team. There is a high rate of ESN’s who after graduation secure full time employment with us.

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Jien asks:
“Do local applicants have an advantage over remote applicants? I am from Ontario but I am interested in your organization.”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hi Jien! We get this questions quite frequently and the answer is no. Local applicants have no advantage. When we are looking for a new employee in any of our departments, we are looking for not only qualifications but fit. The successful individuals must be able to do the job, but they have to be able to work with our already existing team. We interview people from all over the world as Northern Health is always seeking the best qualified and best fit for our organization!

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Espie, an Arts major with a double minor in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Ottawa asks:
“What types of roles and positions does Northern Health offer for students with a background in psychology?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Great question Espie! We offer quite a few positions for those who have psychology education working in our Mental Health and Addictions departments. A good step to take after graduation would be to become registered as a clinical counsellor. This will then help in your job search!

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Mia, a Food and Nutrition major asks:
“Hello, I was wondering if Northern Health hires for non-hospital roles. Do you only hire doctors and nurses?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hey Mia! Thanks for taking the time to be with us today! Northern Health has quite a few jobs outside of your traditional health care roles. I myself have a business degree! We have departments like HR, Accounting, IT and Communications that do not require you to have a healthcare background! We also have other healthcare roles like lab assistants and x-ray techs. Be sure to explore all Northern Job opportunities right here on TalentEgg!

Comment From Rebecca Bouchard
Do you offer positions for new graduate nurses?

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Awesome question Rebecca! Yes we do have a number of positions that are what we call “New Grad Friendly.” Connecting with a recruiter who will help you determine which of our postings are good for new grads is a great place to start! You can reach me directly via email at Shannon.rodrigues@northernhealth.ca .

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Selene asks:
“What if I want to be considered for multiple locations at Northern Health? Should I send in more than one resume?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Great question Selene! When applying to different sites within Northern Health you will need to apply to each site and each role separately. In many cases the hiring managers from site to site differ. Therefore it is in your best interest to apply to all separately! Here is a little pro tip for you! When applying to different sites, be sure to customize your cover letter for each site or role you are applying for! This could include the community name or competition number! Detail is key to show a hiring manager you have done your homework on the role and the community you are applying for!

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Arpit, a Child and Youth Worker at Ryerson University asks:
“What are some of the things you are looking for in an interview?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Fantastic question Arpit! Any interview should feel like you are having a robust conversation! But some tips that might help you in your interview would be showing up on time, being prepared to speak about your education and experience in relation to the position you have applied for, and do your homework on the community and role you have applied to! Also come geared with some questions you may want to ask the interview panel about the role. If you have done your homework and prepped yourself for the interview the rest will be a piece of cake.

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Jamie, a student at the University of Calgary asks:
“Is it true that you mostly hire older, more experienced people over young graduates?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hey Jamie! Thoughtful question.. I like it! But this is false. Northern Health LOVES new grads! We look at new grads as our up and coming stars! You are the people who will be helping us run Northern Health in the future and we don’t ever lose sight of that! New grads, like you, bring new fresh insights and a unique set of skills to our organization!

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Shia asks:
“How soon is too soon to start applying if you’re still a student who’s about to graduate?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hi Shia! Good question!! Apply now!! You are so close to graduation, you can be considered for role now, pending the successful completion of your program! So really you could have a job with us before you even graduate! Wouldn’t that be wonderful!!

Comment From Derek
Can you share some standard interview questions we can expect?

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Thanks for the question Derek. Our interview questions range and change depend on what role you are applying for. You will be asked the standard: What interests you in this role? Why did you apply for this role? Tell us about your strengths? Just be prepared to chat about your experience and have a few situations in mind that you can use as examples for the situational questions! An interview should feel like a robust conversation, just relax and be yourself!

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Maria, a student from St. Francis Xavier University asks:
“Are there any designations that nursing grads can take to become more employable?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Awesome question Maria! Nurses are an important part of any hospital, clinic or health authority. Any extra education you can get is always a good idea, I would encourage you to explore any avenue that will allow you to expand and grow your skills as a nurse. Right now across Canada there is a shortage of specialty nurses. If any RN specialty areas interest you I would say seek out that training. Some of these courses can be taken through distance education. Another good tip would be looking ahead to where you would like to see your career go, which units you would like to work on 5 or 10 years down the road. Start researching what education you need to get there, and how you would get that education. A great example of this in Northern Health is some of our sites require our RNs to have a rural remote nursing certificate. So if you see yourself working as a smaller more remote site, start looking into how to obtain the Rural Remote Nursing Certificate!

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Kara asks:
“I saw you have a rural nursing incentive program on your website. Can I get more information on this? How can I qualify?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hey Kara!! Looks like you have already been looking around our website! For more information on the rural remote incentive you can contact me directly at Shannon.rodrigues@northernhealth.ca and I would be than happy to let you know which Northern Health sites still have positions available and what the requirements would be to obtain one of these positions.

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Jeremy, a student at the University of Toronto asks:
“Are there any unique benefits that Northern Health offers their employees?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Love this question Jeremy! Northern Health is a unique health authority from the geographical area we cover to communities we serve. This then trickles down to the employees that work for us. As an organization, Northern Health prides itself on providing all staff with work/life balance! Up here in the north we play just as hard as we work! The cost of living in most communities is reasonable and well below the national average. We also have the shortest commute times! It takes me 7 minutes by car to get to work each day! This frees up more time to enjoy the things you like to do outside of work! I could use up the rest of the office hours to talk about the benefits you would receive working for Northern Health, but I will just leave it with these few!

Comment From Rebecca Bouchard
My significant other and I are both nurses and are wanting to move north together. However, we would not be willing to move if only one of us is employed. Would you take that into consideration when hiring?

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hi again Rebecca!! Yes we would take that into consideration. We would also work with you to find a site that would be able to have both of you join their team! We believe in recruiting families to the north! We can work with you and your partner to find you both employment with Northern Health!

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Micha asks:
“How can I know if my extracurricular experience in sports is relevant or not?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hey Micha! You sports experience is great! It shows us that you are a team player and work well in a team environment! This is very important when working in health care. At Northern Health you would be part of an integrated health team, which means you could be working with a variety of health care professionals outside of your own practice!

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Sunil, a Business student at the University of Alberta asks:
“Are there any in-demand business jobs in healthcare that I might be able to transition into?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hey Sunil! Great question!! As of right now it is a bit of a competitive market for new grads with business degrees. Northern Health does hire new business grads into departments like Human Resources, Finance, and Communications. Stay tuned to our Website and our TalentEgg page for the most update job postings!

It’s time for our poll, everyone! Be sure to vote below 🙂

What are you egg-cited to learn more about today?
  • What it’s like to work in Healthcare (10%)
  • Northern Health’s culture (30%)
  • Work/life balance (0%)
  • Living in Northern BC (10%)
  • Entry-level opportunities (40%)
  • Application & interview tips (10%)

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Sonom asks:
“I’d like to know about your work environment.”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hey Sonom! This is a pretty big question!! Northern Health is a pretty big organization! We cover the top two third of the province of British Columbia serving about 300,000 people through our Acute care facilities, Public Health Teams, home and community care teams, and mental health and addictions teams. We have over 2 dozen hospitals and 14 long term care homes. We have many public health units and many other offices that provide specialized services. Your work environment could differ based on which type of facility or community you are working in, and in what role you are working in. Overall though, like I said before, Northern Health prides itself on providing work/life balance for all NH staff. All sites work as collaborative teams that help each other out. Like one of our own staff stated “…where opportunities of a large center coexist with the heart and soul of a small community”

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Rhiannon, a Pharmacy major at the University of Waterloo asks:
“Do you actually read every single resume or is there a system that screens them automatically?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Great question Rhiannon! Being a recruiter I assist managers in reading through every single resume! We don’t believe in having an automated system. We know you take lots of time and energy to put together a well thought-out resume and cover letter; we will take the time to read it! So no worries when applying to us, a human will be looking over all your documentation.

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Kasia asks:
“Are there certain things you’re looking for in our resume, besides the qualifications?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Great question Kasia! Outside of your education qualification we would be looking for closely related work, practicum or volunteer experience. Be sure to provide us with details from past experience of skills you learned and would be bringing to the job you applied for.

Comment From Victoria
What qualities are you looking for in your ESN roles?

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hi Victoria! Thanks for your question!! We focus on 2nd or 3rd year students who a looking to get more experience in acute settings over the summer months.

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Samira, a Kinesiology major at the University of Saskatchewan asks:
“Is the application process different for people who don’t live in British Columbia?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Thanks for the question Samira! The application process is the same for applicants applying to Northern Health. Where a person lives does not impact the application process.

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Henry asks:
“What kind of personality fits in best with your organization?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Nice question Henry! Northern Health looks for applicants who not only meet the education qualification of the position you have applied for, but we are looking for people who truly believe in the northern way of caring. This means loving what you do and doing what you love, we believe this will translate into the service you provide our patients.

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Angelina, a student at the British Columbia University asks:
“Does meeting a recruiter on campus increase your chances of getting hired?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Love this question Angelina. Meeting with a recruiter on campus allows us to provide hiring managers with more of your story, other than what you provide us on paper. We will ask you questions about where you would like to relocate and why. Information like this is not typically found on cover letters and resumes therefore can sometime be useful for the hiring manager to know.

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Maria asks:
“In your opinion, what is the most important part of the application/interview process?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hey Maria thanks for your question. The process as a whole is important, but the cover letter is a really great spot to stand out. A well written cover letter and crisp resume can make an applicant stand out. Be sure to take your time and perfect these, as sometimes this is the first point we are getting to know you.

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Henrietta asks:
“Are the same people who are at the job fairs the ones who do the hiring?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hey Henrietta, this is a very good question! The people you meet at job fairs are typically recruiters, who will assist in the hiring process. Northern Health from time to time will bring hiring managers with us to events so applicants can speak directly to someone who will be doing the hiring! This is always a great question to ask when you are talking to companies at career fairs!

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Farhad asks:
“Will I be able to choose the location I work at in British Columbia? Or will I be assigned a location?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Awesome question Farhad! You have 100% control of where you want to work within Northern Health. You will apply to positions only in the communities you would be interested in relocating too. All Northern Health communities are great have something unique to offer to its residence!

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Kunil asks:
“What are the career growth opportunities like at Northern Health?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
hanks for your question Kunil. Northern Health offers a wide variety of internal training programs to help you with your career growth, as well as we have a tuition reimbursement program if you choose to get more education outside of our organizations. Our internal programs range from cultural competencies courses to leadership programs. You can even take a 2 hours course on how to learn how you can use Microsoft Outlook to make you more productive. The growth opportunities are endless!

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Michael, a Life Sciences major at McMaster University asks:
“Do you screen based on how broad your educational background is? Will I need to get a post-grad certificate to be considered for a job at your company?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Thanks for being here Michael. It would all depend on what job you would be applying for. A great place to start would be right here on TalentEgg or on the Northern Health website and look at different job descriptions and what requirement you would need to be successful in obtaining that job. Extra education is never a bad idea! The more you can learn or become an expert in a specific area is a great idea!

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Punam, a student at the University of Winnipeg asks:
“What kinds of experience are you looking for from graduates? Do you consider extracurricular activities as experience?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Hey Punam! Thanks for your thoughtful question. We understand you are a new grad and might not have a ton of related work experience. We will look at a combination of your schooling, work or practicum experience as well as extracurricular. Your most recent practicum placements can be extremely valuable because those skills and knowledge will be fresh in your mind.

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Jenna asks:
“Are you online hiring for nurses? Do you have other job opportunities?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Thanks for your question Jenna. We currently hiring in all healthcare areas. For an up-to-date list of the careers we are currently hiring for check right here on TalentEgg or on the Northern Health careers website.

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Farah, a student at Mt. Allison University asks:
“How important are grades vs experience for new graduates when submitting a resume?”

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter

Hey Farah! Thanks for being here today! Experience is a big one for us! In most cases people don’t include grades in their resumes, but your experience will be able to really tell us what you were able to do. So be sure to provide as much detail as possible in your work experience!

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And that’s a wrap! Thanks for all your egg-cellent questions.

We’ve covered a lot of ground. Hopefully everyone has learned something new about Northern Health and their career opportunities.

A HUGE thank you to Shannon for eggs-pertly answering everyone’s questions. Any thoughts to share?

Comment From Shannon Rodrigues- Northern Health Recruiter
Thank you for being here with me today and letting me chat with you about Northern Health! If you would like to learn more about our organization be sure to check out our TalentEgg page, or check out the Northern Health website. You can also connect with a recruiter by email at hr@northernhealth.ca . Thanks again and have a wonderful day!

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We have a lot of Office Hours events coming up this month. You can explore them all here…be sure to sign-up and submit an advance question. (It only takes 30 seconds!)

Thanks again, everyone. Have an egg-cellent afternoon!

Ready to start your career at Northern Health? Explore their roles here!

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