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What are the Benefits of Working in the Medical Field?

There are many jobs and career choices out there. When deciding on a career, the plethora of careers out there can be daunting. You will ask yourself many questions, including which career choice is right for you? Which jobs will bring you the most joy while also allowing you to pay the bills? While there are many answers to these questions, you might want to start your career search in the medical field. There are many reasons why you should get a job in the medical field. One of the main reasons is that there is a demand for workers, which means that it will be easier for you to find the perfect job. Coupled with great pay and benefits, the opportunities available, and more, a job in the medical field is a no-brainer. Are you interested in learning more about a career in the medical field? Continue reading the following infographic to see the top 10 reasons why a job in the medical field is the right career choice for you. Click below to embed this infographic into your website: <img src=”http://abctrainingcenter.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/reasons-to-get-a-job-healthcare-sml-1024×903.jpg” alt=”Learn more about the 10 reasons why you should get a job in the medical field” title=”10 Reasons to get a job in healthcare” /><br /><a href=”http://abctrainingcenter.net/2016/08/what-are-the-benefits-of-working-in-the-medical-field/” title=”10 Great Reasons to Get a Career in Healthcare ” >Benefit of Getting a Job in the Medical Industry... read more

Knowing the Five Types of Bartender Personalities

Bartenders aren’t just drink dispensers who crack the occasional joke. The profession draws lots of different personalities, but the vast majority break down into five basic types. If you’re considering going to bartending school in NYC, take a look at these profiles and see where you fit in: The Hot Bartender – Usually the top earner at his or her establishment, the hot bartender trades on a winning smile and good looks to earn big bucks from patrons. The great thing is that you don’t have to have graced the covers of Cosmo or GQ to be the Hot Bartender. You just have to look better than the other schlubs slinging drinks with you. Paying a little attention to your dress and your fitness can help, and a good personality goes a long way to making you more attractive, especially when you’re hanging around drunk people. The Bouncer – Bouncer bartenders are the order keepers of the bar. They usually started out on the door or working security and earned their spot as a bartender by exhibiting some good people skills or quick thinking. Bouncer bartenders command respect and help ensure everyone has a good time without getting out of hand. The Mixologist – The Mixologist is the artist/mad scientist of the bar. They’re probably the very best in the bar at making top quality drinks and are always experimenting with new concoctions or new twists on familiar favorites. For bars where drink quality is key, The Mixologist is an invaluable player. The Salesman – The Salesman builds a great rapport with the customers and can usually diffuse tense... read more

Demand for Medical Coders Increasing

If you have an eye for detail, and you’re looking for a steady job with wage growth potential in the health care industry, medical coding may provide just the career you’re seeking. Demand for medical coders is increasing, and the field is relatively easy to break into, requiring just a few months of instruction for students in medical training programs in NYC. Medical coders provide a critical service to the health care industry. Medical coding professionals convert patient records into standardized codes used by insurers to determine payments to hospitals and other health care providers. These codes are also analyzed by health care providers and government agencies for important statistical information concerning illnesses and treatment. Demand for more coders is being driven by an aging population that requires more health care, increased paperwork demands by insurers, and a changeover to a new, more detailed coding system. The recently adopted ICD-10 coding standard is more detailed than its predecessor, the ICD-9. The ICD-10 uses more than 140,000 codes, whereas the ICD-9 used just 17,000. The detail required by these new codes is forcing health care facilities to hire more personnel to handle the work of translating patient records into code. According to CNBC, even in good times there is usually a 20 to 30 percent shortage in medical coders, but the demands of the new coding system may push the shortage up to 50 percent. Even in times of economic adversity, the demand for medical coders is likely to continue to grow because of the vital service coders provide health care providers in obtaining payment from insurers. According to the... read more

Seven Drinks Every Bartender Needs to Know

Today’s bartenders have a lot of drinks to memorize. Specialty drinks are becoming increasingly popular, and requests for unique and unusual concoctions are becoming more common as the Internet and other means of mass communication are making once obscure drink recipes more commonly known. Getting a good grounding in the basics can help and, whether you’re a veteran bartender or just earned your bartending license in NYC, knowing these 10 drinks will keep the majority of your customers happy. The Manhattan – How can you bartend in New York and not know this one? Take two to two-and-a-half ounces of bourbon or whiskey, one ounce of sweet vermouth, and two dashes of bitters, build your ingredients over some ice, and strain into a martini glass or a rocks glass. Usually garnished with a cherry. Long Island Iced Tea – A crowd-pleasing favorite with a long history and a powerful punch, the Long Island Iced Tea is made with half an ounce of vodka, half an ounce of rum, half an ounce of gin, half an ounce of triple sec, half an ounce of tequila and half an ounce of sour mix. Start by building the first four ingredients over ice, and then add the sour mix and soda. Usually garnished with lemon or lime. The Margarita – Immortalized by Jimmy Buffett, the margarita is a happy hour favorite. Luckily, it’s a pretty easy drink to mix. Combine an ounce of tequila, an ounce of cointreau or triple sec, with an ounce of sour mix over ice, and then shake the drink and pour into a highball glass complete with... read more

Five Tips for Caring for the Elderly

Elder care is a growing employment field as an aging population and a trend to geographically dispersed families makes finding caregivers for older Americans an increasingly important priority. As more people are reaching advanced ages, demand for qualified elder caregivers is growing exponentially. Within the next two decades, about 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over the age of 65, and 90 percent of them will have one or more chronic health conditions. The Eldercare Workforce Alliance estimates that about 3.5 million health care and direct care workers will be needed to accommodate the elderly population by 2030. As you can see, there is a long-term need for elder care professionals. The elder care field isn’t for everyone, but for caring compassionate people with a desire to make a difference and a living, it presents promising career opportunities. If you’re considering going into the field, these career and practical tips may help: Get professional training – Certification programs for elder care providers will make you more employable and increase the salary you can hope to learn. Training programs don’t have to be expensive and don’t have to take years to complete. There are many recognized and respected programs that can provide you with a valuable career credential in a relatively short period of time. It’s all about respect – Seniors are adults who have taken care of themselves for most of their lives. Accepting outside help can be tough. Give them as much independence as possible, and let them know your role is to provide support, not to take over their lives. Be vigilant – A good... read more

Tips for Nurse Aides on Staying Healthy

Nurses devote a lot of time and energy to helping their patients stay healthy and make good, health-conscious life decisions. When it comes to making their own health decisions, however, many nurses are much less attentive, spending more time worrying about others than they do about themselves. The good news is, there are some relatively simple things nurses can do during their day to improve their health, helping them live happier, longer lives and enabling them to take care of even more patients. Exercise Regularly Nurses work long shifts at an exhausting job, which means that many neglect to find time for physical activity outside of work. This is a mistake, as exercise not only burns fat and keeps the heart healthy, it also helps people deal with stress and tension, and helps improve mood and attention span. In other words, exercise is something every nurse should find time in their day for. Even if you don’t have time for hours of exercise every day, you should still find at least 20 minutes for physical activity at least twice a day. This can be as easy as taking a walk or a jog during your lunch break, or visiting the gym before or after work. Sleep Well Just as important to health as regular physical activity is sticking to a full sleep schedule. When people don’t get enough sleep, they come to work tired, cranky, and more likely to make easily avoidable mistakes that, in the medical field, can lead to serious medical errors that can compromise a patient’s health. That’s why it’s very important for nurses to renew... read more

6 Qualities of Great Medical Professionals

The medical field is one that encompasses a wide variety of jobs, from nurses and doctors to medical coders and lab techs. While each of these jobs has their own set of skills that is needed to do them well, there are some qualities that all medical professionals, regardless of their exact positions, can be said to have. Communication Skills The medical world is a fast-paced one, where everyone has to constantly be on their toes and ready to respond to a coworker’s request as quickly as possible. Because patients’ health and lives are often dependent on medical staff being able to share and receive knowledge and verbal commands at a fast pace, the ability to communicate quickly and clearly is one of the most important skills for any medical professional to have. Teamwork Medical professionals very rarely work entirely by themselves. Rather, they are part of a larger team that works together to solve problems and provide patient care, and that only works when every member of the team is willing to cooperate to the fullest. If you’re going to make it in the medical profession, then it’s critical that you be able to work as part of a team. Ability to Learn New Things The medical field in the 21st century is evolving rapidly, with new technologies and new policies driving hospitals, doctors’ offices, and health clinics to make changes to the old ways of doing things. In order to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape of healthcare, medical professionals need to be able to adapt to new ways of doing things as they happen. Non-Judgmental... read more

9 Reasons to Get a Job in the Medical Field

Are you looking to start a new job? There are many career paths out there, but few are as rewarding on a personal and financial level as working in the medical field. If you’re not sure whether or not a job in the healthcare industry is right for you, consider these 9 things about working in the medical field that you should know: It’s a secure field – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, eight of the top 20 fastest growing professions are in the healthcare field. Given that there are already 13 million healthcare jobs in the U.S., the demand for medical professionals of all stripes is high enough that there is little fear of downsizing in most healthcare professions.[i] It pays well – Because of the high demand for healthcare workers, pay in fields related to the medical industry tend to be on the high side, even the entry ones. In fact, the average entry level wage for medical workers is between $15 and $50; that number goes up the more experience and training you have.[ii] You can live almost anywhere – Demand for healthcare workers isn’t contained to a few geographical locations. The need for people to work in the medical field is nationwide and constant, meaning most people won’t have trouble finding work near the place they want to live. There’s a wide variety of job types – The medical field is a large one, with many different types of jobs besides nurses and doctors. Whether you prefer to work alone or in a group, chances are there’s a career option in the... read more

Confessions of a Bartender

By Dave Herwitz, Director, ABC Training Center I came across a great article recently (Confessions of a Bartender: 10 Things Every Bartender Absolutely Hates About You) on the online version of the Huffington Post which offers humorous but true advice on how to comport oneself the next time you find yourself in one of the city’s drinking establishments.  To our many bartending students, well let’s say we’ll prepare you for all of these scenarios.  And for everyone else, let’s hope you’re not guilty of too many of these “sins.”  The article can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/19/bartender-confessions-10-things-they-hate_n_2719789.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular Questions?  Comments?  Contact us at... read more

Never Missing a Beat

By Dave Herwitz, Director, ABC Training Center As I write this, the Tri-State area is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.  Many homes are still without power.  Parts of Queens and Staten Island look like war zones.  The geography of the Jersey shore is changed forever. Amid all of the storm’s destruction and aftermath, we all heard stories of bravery and heroism from first responders.  No surprise here as these men and women constantly put their own safety aside in order to help those in need.  They’re truly a special breed.  And every day we saw stories on television and in the papers chronicling what they did for countless New Yorkers. However, there is another group of people who I consider to be just as important to the well-being of our citizens in times of crisis: health care workers.  While Sandy was battering the area, thousands of health care workers reported for duty to look after those who could not look after themselves: the sick, frail and elderly.  I’ve heard so many stories of Nurse Aides, Health Aides and Medical Assistants who went out and dutifully reported to work.  Many of these folks pulled double and triple shifts.  Many camped out and slept in their place of work.  Many did so while being away from their own families, who were home contending with property damage, power outages, etc.  And all of this was done for the sake of patients who would otherwise be complete strangers.  To the countless patients and nursing home residents across the area, the continuity of care was there and was never disrupted. Our healthcare workers in... read more

Information is Power

By Dave Herwitz, Director of Admissions, ABC Training Center This month’s job tip illustrates the importance of researching any potential employers BEFORE the interview. OK so you’ve done your due diligence and have sent out dozens of resumes.  Your persistence has paid off because you’ve finally received a call back.  Congratulations, you have an interview lined up for next week.  Now what?  You rest up and go into the interview and hope for the best.  Right?…Wrong!  Your interview starts the second you schedule it.  What do I mean by that?  In a word: research.  Simply put, you should – no, you MUST research your prospective employer.  The old saying that “information is power” couldn’t be more relevant when it comes to prepping for a job interview.  And in this day and age, where information about anything is literally at our fingertips, there is no reason why anyone should go into an interview cold.  Better information gives you better insight into the environment of the facility.  Better information also leads to better question on your part, giving you an edge over others. So what kind of information should you be looking for?  First there’s the easy stuff like the history of the facility, types of services offered, etc.  Then try to dig a little deeper.  Try to get a feel for who the administrators are.  What are their backgrounds?  Their education?  You may be surprised to find out that many have started out just like you.  Then try to get third-party perspectives on the facility.  Are there any reviews online?  How about Department of Health violations?  All good info to... read more

"No Experience Necessary" – A Cautionary Tale

By Dave Herwitz, Director of Admissions, ABC Training Center A few years ago I wrote the following article for a local magazine here in New York City.  It was done in response to a disturbing trend that saw scam artists taking advantage of recent immigrants, specifically from Russia.  Unfortunately, these scam operations still exist and so the article remains as relevant today as it was when it was published in 2007.     “No Experience Necessary” – A cautionary tale about an employment scam aimed at young Russian immigrants. The ad in the help-wanted section of the Russian language newspaper advertised a bartending job in Manhattan.  “No experience necessary” – the ad stated. “Julia,” a 20-year old from Moscow staying in Brooklyn for the summer on an S-1 visa, was interested.  She only had a few hundred dollars to live on for her trip, and jobs were proving hard to come by.  Rent in New York was expensive: she was paying $250 a month to share a small one-bedroom apartment in Coney Island with four other Russian girls.  There was only one bed, and a small couch.  All her roommates worked at what they referred to as the “agency”: a man who sent them out to work in the clubs as dancers and strippers, taking a large percentage of their earnings as a fee. Julia didn’t want to do that.  She considered herself an intelligent young lady, highly educated in her home country, with a talent for speaking foreign languages and a background in several customer-relations jobs at hotels around the world. But she had no green card, no... read more

6 Seconds

By Dave Herwitz, Director of Admissions, ABC Training Center 6 seconds.  Not a lot of time.  It will probably take you 6 seconds to read the title of this blog post and the first sentence or two.  Yet according to research done by the Ladders employment website, job recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds looking over your resume to determine if you are a “fit” or not (http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-04-09/news/31311078_1_recruiters-study-position).  Not a lot of time, is it?  Think about all of the years of school and training.  Think of all the hours spent studying and preparing for tests.  For those of you already working, think of all the long hours put in to your career.   And all you get are 6 seconds to make an impression.  6 seconds to make the recruiter, who has just scanned over several dozen resumes, take notice of yours.  Not fair, but it’s the reality of the job hunting game. Too many people put very little thought into their resume.  And yet it is one of the biggest sales tools in your arsenal.  It’s what gets you in the door, so it MUST be effective.  It MUST make the recruiter say: “I need to talk to this guy a little more.”  One of the biggest pieces of advice I like to give is the “second pair of eyes” test.  Create your resume and have a trusted friend, relative or colleague look it over and ask them: “would YOU call me in for an interview?”  Brutal honesty is the key here.  Tell them to be as forthcoming as possible.  And don’t take offense to anything that... read more

Our Most Valuable Assets

By Dave Herwitz, Director of Admissions, ABC Training Center As many of our friends know, ABC Training Center has been a staple in New York City’s medical career training field since the early 1970s.  That’s a long time in this business and over the years we’ve witnessed countless changes all around us – political, technological, economic, etc.  But all along, we’ve been fortunate to have had steady leadership that realizes that a successful business is one that can adapt and change with the world around us.  Doomed are the companies that are not fast enough to change and adapt.  (See Blockbuster Video Stores, Palm Pilots, CD/Record stores and, most recently Kodak, for proof of this.). And while ABC has been quick to adapt to a changing world, there’s one area of our business that has pretty much stayed the same: our teachers.  Instructors are the number one asset of any school and they are probably the single most important reason why thousands of our students have achieved career success over the years.  At the end of every course, we ask students to write down an honest assessment of their instructors here at ABC.  I’m always amazed at the responses we get, such as: “I have no areas of concern.  When you talk, you know what you are talking about.  Thank you.” “I want you to continue teaching at ABC because you make students successful.” “You treat everybody with respect and encourage us to learn everything.  Keep it up.” “Amazing instructor, need not change anything.  I loved the hands-on and her teaching patterns.” “It was a pleasure to be with... read more

Working Your Network

By Carlton Fenton, Job Placement Coordinator, ABC Training Center Our January job tip speaks to the importance of working your networks and connections within the organizations that you wish to work for. If you follow the advice of career experts, you know to “dig the well before you’re thirsty.”  In other words, prepare for your next job search by continually building and strengthening the relationships within your professional network.  Asking your network for job leads is not a best practice of professional networking.  Instead you should find and assess jobs that you are a match for and then locate advocates to help you connect the dots.  It works like this: once you’ve identified a position you’re interested in and for which you are a solid match, identify your advocates before submitting your value proposition cover letter and targeted resume).  The number one best source is people that are currently working at the facility (H.R. professionals, your peers, recruiters that work with the facility or hospital). Since every corporation has its own culture and processes, business intelligence is the most effective way to navigate the system of gatekeepers.  Accurate information is invaluable.  There are lots of stories about qualified candidates who were great matches for positions.  But these candidates missed out on opportunities because they didn’t present their skills in the proper manner for the target company.  You need to speak their language.  After all, isn’t that what a targeted resume is all about?  Once you’ve identified advocates for a position, you’ll be armed with the information and support system that allows you to manage the hiring process for maximum... read more

Be the First to Get the Interview

By Jay Brill, ABC Training Center Our second installment of our Job Tips series looks at an effective way to fill out a job application quickly AND accurately, therefore getting a job offer sooner.  Here at ABC Training Center, our graduates often report that they are completing interview applications only to find out that someone who has already seen the interviewer has already gotten the job. How do you try to be the first interviewed?  The answer is by completing the employment application accurately and thoroughly before anyone else does.  If you are the first one into the office, you have a good chance of getting the job. Here is how you do it: Get some 3×5 blank cards At home, write down all of the important information you may be required to provide on a job application. Name of the schools you went to and the dates Social Security number References with names and addresses Any certificates or licenses that you hold Former addresses, current phone number, etc. After you are given the employment application to complete, whip out your cards, copy the information, be ready to begin the interview. Good luck. Questions?  Comments?  Contact us at... read more

The Recession is Over! Really?

By Dave Herwitz, Director of Admissions, ABC Training Center So the New York Times reported two days ago that while the recession was “officially over,” average household incomes had fallen more in the two years after the recession ended than it did during the recession itself (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/us/recession-officially-over-us-incomes-kept-falling.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=recession&st=cse).  That’s absolutely laughable.  That’s like a doctor telling you that you’re cured of an illness yet you’re still feeling terrible and not functioning properly.  That’s like saying that a war is over but bombs are still falling…I can go on and on.  According to the article, “Between June 2009, when the recession officially ended, and June 2011, inflation-adjusted median household income fell 6.7 percent, to $49,909, according to a study by two former Census Bureau officials. During the recession — from December 2007 to June 2009 — household income fell 3.2 percent.”  Look, this is by no means a political commentary or criticism on how any one party is doing its job.  But when is someone in Washington going to step up, declare and ACT like this a true national  emergency?  Once the envy of all nations, we’ve become the poster child for excessive spending and failed economic policies. Just look around.  When I do, I see nearly 10% unemployment and continuous foreclosures across the country.  There was a time when the people running this country were looked upon as great men and women who were in some way looking out for all of us.  Those days, unfortunately are gone.  So what does that mean?  Well it means that it’s up to you and you alone to better yourself.  Just ask any... read more

Pomp and Circumstance

By Dave Herwitz, Director of Admissions, ABC Training Center Last month, ABC Training Center celebrated a special day when we held our annual graduation ceremonies at St. Nicholas of Tolentine School in the Bronx.  That day marked a huge occasion for everyone involved.  For us as administrators, it was an opportunity to see so many of the eager faces who have come through our doors.  And while so many of our grads have come from various walks of life, they all accomplished the same goal: making a difference in their lives and in the lives of their loved ones by completing their medical career training with us.  There were students from our CNA, Home Health Aide and EKG/Phlebotomy classes.  There were Pharmacy Tech grads as well as Medical Billers and Coders.  For the grads themselves, well, the sense of accomplishment of completing a top-notch medical training course was apparent. The medical career training that they’ve completed is beneficial on several levels.  With the present economic situation, our recently graduated friends have put themselves in an advantageous position to not only survive, but thrive in, the current downturn.  They’ve become a source of pride and inspiration to those who know them.  And as their careers progress, they will only become more marketable and valuable to whoever employs them in the future.  With that said, I’d like to congratulate each and every one of them on a job well done.  Graduation Day at ABC Training Center: one of my favorite days of the year.   Questions?  Comments?  Contact us at... read more