The Joint Commission’s Healthcare Staffing Services Certification Gold Seal of Approval

The Forum Group is proud to announce we have earn The Joint Commission’s Healthcare Staffing Services Certification Gold Seal of Approval.

The Joint Commission has been accrediting hospitals and other healthcare entities since its inception in 1951, with a focus on the delivery of high quality, safe patient care. The Forum Group considers it a great honor and achievement to receive and hold this award. We continually strive to provide Healthcare Professionals that promote patient safety and quality care to our clients.

Our Healthcare Team is eager to support your Allied Health and Nursing needs.

THE FORUM GROUP SUCCESS STORY: KARINA SOTO

The Forum Group is proud to place Karina Soto as a Medicine Clerkship Coordinator at NYU Langone Health.

Karina Soto recently completed her BS in Health Policy Administration with a minor in information science and technology at Penn State University. Being a recent graduate Karina was having a tough time with her job search due to lack of experience in a full-time role. Working in the healthcare industry, helping to provide care for people in need has always been her long term goal.

“My experience during my job search with The Forum Group and with my recruiter Kimberly Kokal was extremely positive. Kimberly was able to help me with my resume and interviewing skills as well as address any concerns I had. I interviewed with Kimberly on Tuesday, got an interview at NYU on Thursday and was working by the following Tuesday. The Forum Group helped me achieve my goal because I always wanted to work for the prestigious organization in the city.  Getting a job at NYU as a recent graduate? What else can you ask for? I’m so grateful for everything The Forum Group and Kimberly have done for me.”

Karina was very happy with her Forum Group experience. “I would recommend The Forum Group because they really care about their candidates and clients mutual happiness and success. If you put forth the effort and show how serious you are about your career, they will never let you down.”

FORUM GROUP SUCCESS STORY: KELLY REIDY

The Forum Group recently had the great pleasure of partnering with Kelly Reidy.

After two years in Legal Marketing, Kelly’s top priority was to find an organization that would foster her growth in a positive work environment; a place where she could learn from a team of experienced legal professionals.

The Forum Group is proud to have worked with Kelly and successfully place her as an Events Coordinator at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Kelly is truly grateful to Forum for this smooth transition. “My experience with the Forum Group and with my recruiter Lauren Tatro was fantastic. Lauren took the time to get to know me and what I was looking for. Lauren worked with me to determine what would work best for me.”

Kelly is ecstatic about her new home. “I have grown so much over the past few months. I feel more confident in myself as a professional and feel more knowledgeable about my field than ever before”.

On behalf of the entire Forum Team, Congratulations Kelly!! The Forum Group lives to positively impact people’s lives. Thank you for giving us a shot!

Forum thanks our Veterans & Active Military Personnel

The Forum Group is honored to support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Over the last year the Forum Group, a veteran owned firm, has raised money through our monthly ‘Jeans Day’ initiative. On Sunday September 24th the Forum Group toured the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and presented the Fallen Heroes Fund with a check of $4,000.

We would like to thank the entire Forum team and alumni that took part in this meaningful fundraising program. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation and their families. Forum is proud to align with such a wonderful organization and their deeply meaningful cause.

Forum Staff members, families and loved ones were reminded of what true sacrifice, teamwork and commitment are all about throughout our Intrepid visit. We thank the heroic men and women that sacrifice so much for our safety and well-being.

FORUM GROUP SUCCESS STORY: STEPHANIE WELDON

Stephanie Weldon is a Forum Group Success Story. She began with The Forum Group as a temp back in February 2017, and recently received permanent placement at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She works as Assistant to the head of the Tumor Division. The New Jersey native has a strong passion for healthcare administration, so she couldn’t be more thrilled with her new position. “Each day that I have been at MSK, I have learned something new and exciting.”

Before coming to The Forum Group, Stephanie received her BS degree in Healthcare Management from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. From there she went on to work at a home healthcare company, and then as an administrative assistant in a New Jersey hospital system. Stephanie recounts that these jobs did not provide adequate opportunity for growth. “I felt as though I was at a dead end. My goal was to land a position that challenged me and encouraged me to learn more about a field that I already had such a passion to work in.”

Stephanie’s current position at Memorial Sloan Kettering feels right, and she credits Forum for a smooth transition–particularly her recruiter Nicole Balabanoff. “My experiences with the Forum Group and with Nicole were fantastic. Working with Nicole really helped ease some of the stress that comes with job searching. She always had my goals and best career interests in mind, and before each interview she really made sure that I was prepared and always offered words of encouragement. Every person I met at Forum was helpful, encouraging, and seemed to want the best for everyone they were helping.”

Having successfully navigated from temp to perm, Stephanie is very pleased with her Forum Group experience. “I would recommend Forum Group because I had such a wonderful experience working with them during my job search.”

3 Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Questioning Your Career Path

You’re not completely sold that you’re on the right career path, but the idea of making a change is daunting. There are so many unknowns, and we all know the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Plus, if you do decide to change course, you may have to take a step back to develop necessary skills.

The time and energy required to transition into the right career path may be valid concerns, but they shouldn’t stop you from pursuing a path you love. Several years ago, I went from working in finance to being on a human resources team—unconventional to say the least. The decision wasn’t easy. I knew that I would be unsatisfied if I stayed in finance, but I wasn’t 100% sure HR would be the right fit. After hours of conversations with friends, family, and people in my network and months of introspection, I finally worked up enough courage to make the leap. I haven’t looked back.

Before you make a switch of your own, ask yourself the following three questions.

Are You Developing a Competitive Advantage?

In The Start-up of You, authors Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha teach that we’re all entrepreneurs of our own careers. They argue that to become competitive in today’s global market, it’s critical to understand your assets (what you’re good at), your aspirations (what you want to do), and the market realities (what people will pay you for).

As you look at your work history, think of these three areas as puzzle pieces. Having only one or two isn’t enough. You need all three to develop a true competitive advantage.

You’ve likely heard the axiom, “Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This may be true for some, but blindly following passion can lead to an unsustainable career. I’ve found Hoffman and Casnocha’s framework more practical. Know your assets and aspirations in light of the market realities—then pursue a path that maximizes all three.

How Often Do You Think About Work Outside of Work?

The importance of this question is best illustrated through a story. Henry Eyring, a former business professor at Stanford University, tells how he ended up choosing his path. His father, who was a renowned scientist and professor, hoped his son would follow in his footsteps. In Eyring’s words: “My father was [teaching physics] at a blackboard we kept in the basement…Suddenly he stopped. ‘Hal,’ he said, ‘we were working the same kind of problem a week ago. You don’t seem to understand it any better now than you did then. Haven’t you been working on it?’”

Eyring admitted he had not. His father then said: “When you walk down the street, when you’re in the shower, when you don’t have to be thinking about anything else, isn’t this what you think about?”

“When I told him no,” Eyring concludes, “my father paused…then said, ‘Hal, I think you’d better get out of physics. You ought to find something that you love so much that when you don’t have to think about anything, that’s what you think about.’”

I found this true in my life. When I was in finance, I rarely thought about work outside the office. Rather, I thought about people-related challenges my team faced and how I could improve the company culture. To be successful you don’t need to obsess about your job 24/7, but if you’re only thinking about your job during the hours of 9 to 5, it may be a sign you’re on the wrong path.

What Does Your Career Path Look Like 10 Years Down the Road?

Think of those in your company or industry who are more senior than you. Do you eventually want to be doing the type of work they’re doing?

This long-term view on your career is critical because many jobs change as you advance in your field. For example, junior investment bankers spend most of their time building financial models and client presentations, while senior bankers focus largely on sourcing deals and maintaining relationships. Even if you don’t love your current job, it may be a necessary step to develop skills that’ll help you get where you ultimately want to be.

If you don’t know what your current path looks like, schedule an informational interview with someone more experienced. These informal meetings are a great way to find out what you can expect in the future. Consider asking people what they like most about their job, the types of projects they work on, and what advice they’d give to someone in your shoes. I had a lot of informational interviews when I was in finance, and they’re what ultimately influenced me to take my career in another direction.

Determining whether to change industries is no small task, but asking yourself the three questions I’ve shared will help you make an informed decision. Are you developing a competitive advantage by maximizing your assets, your aspirations, and the market realities? How often do you think about work outside of the office? What does your career path look like in the future?

Your answers to these questions will help you understand whether you should double your efforts in your current job or start figuring out your next move.

Mobile Developers – A Career on the Rise

Americans are increasingly using their mobile phones for so much more than calling and texting. Cell phone and tablet use has expanded to include everything from searching the internet, paying bills, playing and purchasing music, reading books, managing calendars, playing games and more. Statista.com reports that in 2014, 36 percent of smartphone and 45 percent of tablet users had purchased at least one app for their mobile device. According to industry figures, the number of mobile app buyers in the United States is projected to reach 85 million by 2019.

Because of this surge in the use of mobile devices and applications, companies are looking to hire specialists who can develop and program for mobile devices. Mobile Developers creates applications and solutions for mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices.  The demand for this type of job has continued to increase as businesses adjust to mobile strategies in their marketing and advertising efforts. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects about a 27 percent increase in employment growth for web developers (which includes mobile developers) by 2024. This growth is predicted as result of the rising popularity of mobile devices and ecommerce.

Job requirements for mobile development careers include a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or a related field, as well as experience in software development and mobile application development, such as iOS or Android application development.  Some employers may also require candidates to have advanced certifications in areas such as advanced web development and in mobile application development. Employers are looking for strong candidates, who in addition to relevant education, also have substantial work experience in mobile development, as they may be developing applications that can potentially reach millions of users per day.

As people rely more and more on their mobile devices, the industry’s employment growth will remain strong. “The biggest shift in the industry is mobile technologies,” says Andrew Ruditser, a Lead Technology Coordinator at Maxburst Inc., a web development company on Long Island. “We have to make sure our sites don’t just look good on desktops, but also on androids and iPhones.”

If you are looking for a career as a mobile developer, consider contacting a professional and established recruiting firm such as The Forum Group. For over four decades The Forum Group has successfully placed thousands of individuals in meaningful and rewarding positions. Contact The Forum Group, an experienced staffing and recruiting company, to help you secure a career in mobile development.

The Future is Promising for Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapy is a growing industry for careers today and it is expected to expand even further in years to come.  Historically, occupational therapists worked with injured, ill, or disabled patients to help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.  However, as people live longer and remain more active later in life, occupational therapists are now needed more often to help senior citizens maintain their independence as well as regain movement and perform normal activities after an injury or stroke.  In addition, there is a growing need for occupational therapists to work with children who are afflicted with an autism spectrum disorder and help them to perform a variety of daily tasks as well as to improve their social skills.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 27 percent by 2024, which is a much faster rate than the average for all occupations. With an often flexible work schedule, competitive pay and diverse work environments including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, medical offices and in-home services, US News and World Report ranked occupational therapist as #17 on its list of 2016 Best Health Care Jobs.

Occupational therapists work with patients to build or restore their abilities to perform the daily tasks of life.  The role of an occupational therapist can vary greatly and the job may look very different depending on the age of the patient and the specific issues that they may be experiencing.  An occupational therapist can treat patients with mental, physical, emotional or developmental disabilities or injuries. “We help people to perform the everyday “occupations” of life, regardless of age, ability or disability,” says Samia Rafeedie, a Doctor and Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California.

Occupational therapists require at least a master’s degree in occupational therapy as well supervised fieldwork and clinical experience. In addition, all states require occupational therapists to be licensed and pass a national examination.

Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses, injuries and disabilities and it can be a very satisfying and rewarding career. Samia Rafeedie adds, “Occupational therapists enter patients’ lives at some of their most challenging moments – a catastrophic change or illness – and they get to fashion a positive future and provide hope. And that is priceless.”

For over four decades The Forum Group has successfully placed thousands of individuals in meaningful and rewarding positions. Contact The Forum Group, an experienced staffing and recruiting company, to help you secure a rewarding career in occupational therapy.

Interested in a Career in the Growing Tech Field?

If you are looking for a career in the information technology (IT) field, but don’t know where to start, let a specialized recruiting company’s expert staffing specialists get you started on the right path.

Staffing specialists help with medical staffing, legal staffing and support, accounting and finance recruitment, IT staffing, and more. In fact, more than 3 million employees work for America’s staffing companies during an average week, and during the course of one year, they hire over 14 million temporary and contract employees. As many as 76% work full time.

What kind of job are you looking for?

Types of Information Technology Jobs

Network Engineer: A network engineer designs computer networks, focusing on high-level design. They select and configure data communications components. This position generally requires a candidate to have a bachelor’s degree in network administration, information technology, or computer science. In addition to a degree, one may also choose to earn an IT certificate in networking like the Microsoft Network Engineer certificate and/or the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification.

Service Delivery Manager: A service delivery manager oversees the delivery of service technology to clients and customers, establishing policies for high service performance. The manager also supervises employees and receives customer feedback. This position requires technical knowledge, patience, and communication skills.

Quality Assurance Analyst: The quality assurance analyst is responsible for creating and executing a test plan to ensure that all software or technology meets a certain standard. Products are tested in terms of performance, reliability, functionality, and stability, as well as compatibility with other systems. To qualify for this position, a candidate must earn a BS or BA degree.

PHP Developer: A PHP developer creates programs, applications, and websites using the PHP scripting language. Duties include software testing, website administration, and user training. PHP developers are generally required to have a bachelor’s degree in information science, software engineering, computer science, or another related field.

There are a number of different information technology opportunities out there, and that number grows every day as tech continues to change and evolve. By working with a specialized recruiting and staffing company, you can find your perfect job in the tech industry.