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Are You Lucky? Six Steps to Creating Luck


Can you learn to be lucky? Can luck play a role in your career success? The answer to both of these questions is “Yes, absolutely.” Follow these steps to bring more luck and fortune to your life and career.

Can you learn to be lucky? Can luck play a role in your career success? The answer to both of these questions is “Yes, absolutely.” Follow these steps to bring more luck and fortune to your life and career.
1. Expand your Network

Luck is directly proportional to the number of people you know.  People bring opportunities; the more people you know, the more opportunities that will come your way. To grow your network, attend events, conferences, fundraisers, and parties. Put yourself out there, meet people, talk with them and make connections. Also, be sure to cultivate your current friends and maintain strong bonds.

2. Visualize Success

Top athletes visualize winning before a competition. If you are preparing for a job interview or an important professional presentation, visualization will help.  Imagine everything including feeling calm, highlighting your resume, your responses to interview questions and asking the interviewer brilliant questions.  You can visualize success for any goal you want to achieve. Imagining each detail along the path will help you obtain your objectives.

3. Be Positive

A positive attitude is a choice.  You can train yourself to see the best in every situation.  Even when something bad happens, a bright side or a new opportunity can be found. Focus on the positive and look for the silver linings. Negative and debilitating thoughts can affect all of us. Lucky people often use rituals to overcome these thoughts.  They use mantras such as, “You’ve got this.” Or, they have uplifting morning routines like an exercise routine, meditation or walking the dog. Positivity attracts luck.

 4. Give

If you have ever volunteered or mentored, you will know that it makes you feel fantastic.  Not only does volunteering help others, it helps you.  Giving back to the community and those in needs is the right thing to do.  But there are also many unexpected benefits.  You will build connections with those you work with and those you are helping.  You will gain experience, build skills and develop awareness.  Volunteering has been shown to improve health, happiness, and self-esteem.  Lucky people give generously to others.

 5. Set Achievable Goals

Goals that are specific, measurable and achievable will give you direction. Goals that are too lofty or indeterminable are difficult to attain and often fail. Having clear goals allows you to focus on getting exactly what it is that you want out of life and your career.

6. Keep Growing

To rise to your full potential, you should continually challenge yourself to learn and experience new things. Exploring and gaining new insights will enable you to see things from a different perspective. There are many ways to keep growing.  You could earn a new career certification, enroll in an online course, join an association, speak at a conference or ask a mentor for guidance. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone to allow luck to find you.

Lucky people do not rely on luck. They become lucky through self-development, goal setting, positivity, and networking.  Lucky people make a choice. They put in the work required to get the most out of life. Do you want to be one of the lucky people? Get busy.


Tal Turns Twelve


Tal Turns Twelve

Frost the cake, wrap the gifts, fill the balloons, light the candles and stretch those vocal chords; Tal Healthcare turns 12 years old this month! Yes, we’ve been making it our mission to help professionals on the East Coast and throughout the United States, build strong teams, find perfect opportunities, be more successful and take their careers to the next step for over a decade now.
In that time, we’ve:
  • Completed thousands of successful job searches
  • Successfully placed legions of candidates
  • Assisted many in achieving career goals
  • Received numerous accolades and awards for career mentorship
  • Published blogs on a variety of topics including healthcare trends and career tips
  • Secured a multitude of followers on social media
  • Actively engaged with an abundance of candidates and clients
To mark our special day, we put together a little video celebrating our company and those that have contributed to its success. Click below and enjoy! Thank you for being the best part of Tal Healthcare. We look forward to many more years of Healthcare Recruitment!


9 Secrets for a Successful Skype Interview

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If you are in the market for a new job, you need to be prepared for a video (Skype or Facetime) interview. The video interview offers face-to-face time with a hiring manager without the travel time.  To maximize your results, it is important to become familiar with the technology and etiquette. These tips will help you avoid common mistakes and make the most of your video interview.

1. Set the Stage

Put your best “face” forward using these quick and easy tricks. Pick a quiet place with a neutral background and no distractions. Raise the camera so it is level with the top center of your forehead. If the camera is on your computer, you can prop it up with a stack of books. Do not have the camera too close to your face.  Most cameras will distort an image that is too close.  Sit back from the camera about two feet so that the hiring manager gets an accurate view. All lighting should be from the front or be pointing at the front of your face.  There should be no windows behind you.

2. Look the Part

Dress for the video interview as you would an in-person interview. Wear professional attire, from head to toe, not just from the waist up. You may need to stand to address technical issues.

3. Practice

A practice run with a friend will help you to master where to look, what to do with your hands, and how loud to speak. Record the practice run if you can so you can see the results for yourself. You may need to tweak the audio to ensure you can hear and be heard.

4. Body Language

Look at the camera, not the screen. As a reminder, you can print out a tiny picture of the hiring manager, make a hole in it and place the camera through that hole.  This will give you something to focus on during the interview. Use body language that shows you are engaged and interested. A slow and slight lean forward can achieve this. Refrain from fast movements, hand gestures and nodding, as this will be seen by the hiring manager as blurry or jerky. As always, use good posture and try not to tense your shoulders.

5. Avoid Interruptions

Be sure that all other computer applications and programs, especially if they have sound notifications, are closed.  Secure pets away from your interview area. Notify any people in the house of your interview schedule so that they do not disturb you.

6. Check Your Username and Profile Picture

In the video interview, the hiring manager’s first impression of you is your username and profile picture.  Be certain that both are professional.

7. Talking Points

During the video interview, it is okay to use notes. Print out your resume and talking points, including news about the company and questions you want to ask. Be sure you don’t read off these notes. Instead, format the information so it is easy to scan and find at a glance.

8. Timing

Who is calling whom? Ahead of time, be sure to determine who will be initiating the video conference. Either way, log on to Skype five minutes earlier than scheduled.  This will make you available when the video is initiated or enable you to have a few minutes of calm before you initiate the video.  If the hiring manager is a few minutes late, be patient. When the hiring manager enters the video do not mention their lateness. Be ready to engage when the video interview begins.

9. Thank You Notes

Follow-up is a must. Show your genuine interest in the job. Send email thank-you notes to everyone who was in the video interview. Hiring managers expect this level of professionalism.

The video interview is a chance to showcase your potential and professionalism. Follow these tips to bring you one step closer to getting hired. You will know the interview was a success when you get asked to attend an in-person interview. 

Ten Critical Trends Impacting Healthcare in 2018


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Now that the eventful healthcare year of 2017 is behind us, what can we expect from the healthcare industry in 2018? Last year, healthcare faced many changes.  In 2018, the rate of change will increase as healthcare continues to evolve.  Entering the year 2018, these are some of the emerging trends to watch:

 1. Continuing Shift from Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Model

Value-based healthcare is a healthcare delivery model in which hospital and physicians are paid based on health outcomes. In this model, providers are rewarded for helping patients improve their health using evidence-based medicine. Whereas, in the fee-for-service model, providers are paid based on the amount of healthcare services they deliver.  Value-based healthcare is beneficial because patients will spend less money while achieving better health.  Providers will gain efficiency while reducing costs and risk.  However, moving from a fee-for-service to value-based system is taking more time than expected.  In 2018 the move to value-based healthcare will continue.

2. Predictive Analytics

Large amounts of healthcare data have been collected for years.  These datasets are now large and complex.  Predictive analytical techniques can be used with vast amounts of patient and medical data to inform individual patient treatment options.  Precise predictions can be made regarding complications and outcomes of specific protocols.

3. Wearable Devices

Wearables, apps, and biosensors are helping providers to remotely track patient health, engage patients and create more efficient ways to care for patients. Sensor-based accessories have been designed to manage heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, sleep and more.  You can expect additional wearable items to soon be available, all with the goal of increasing health, reducing trips to the doctor, and saving money.

4. Security

Due to the large amounts of confidential information being gathered in healthcare, which includes credit card numbers, social security numbers as well as patient health data, our industry is particularly exposed to security risks.  Through education and regular checks and balances, healthcare organizations can develop a culture of security to reduce a portion of security breaches.  Trending numbers of healthcare organizations are hiring Chief Security Officers (CSOs) or Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) to further address security issues.

5. Transparency

In healthcare, everyone wants greater transparency.  Patients want transparency in access to information regarding costs, insurance coverage, and alternative treatments.  Physicians want transparency in accessing information regarding which potential referral partner has the best outcomes. Payers and providers want transparency in quality, utilization and patient satisfaction. Continued increases in transparency will result in improved health outcomes and reduced costs.

6. Electronic Health Records

Fairly new, Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have come into widespread use within the decade. Quick access to patient medical records is only the beginning of how EHRs can benefit healthcare.  EHR innovations will transform healthcare. They will be used to solve public health mysteries, facilitate precision medicine, and perhaps take medicine in a whole new direction.

7Physician Burnout Prevention

Physician burnout is an epidemic.  Healthcare organizations are recognizing the impacts of burnout on patients, quality, and finances. Promoting physician wellness will become a priority for practices and healthcare organizations.  Interventions such as workflow redesign, discussing difficult cases with other providers, and improving communication within the practice have been shown to be effective.

8. Convenience

Patients will continue to demand more accessible healthcare options. Growth in urgent care centers, pharmacy care, mobile care delivery and telemedicine have offered patients the convenience of healthcare during the right hours. It turns out this widely requested convenience is good for health.

9. Scope of Practice

The scope of practice is an issue regarding who can practice what kind of medicine, in what settings and under what type of physician supervision. It is an issue that involves all practitioners – physicians, nurses, chiropractors, pharmacists, dentists, therapists, psychologists, physician assistants, and midwives. The shortage of psychiatrists and primary care physicians have caused Medicare and some states to consider removing barriers to the scope of practice. In 2018 we will see some roles redefined.

10. Health Systems Partnering with Community Organizations

Partnerships between Health Systems and Community Organization have shown to be effective means for improving the well-being of larger populations.  Instead of waiting for patients to come through the doors, hospitals can make a preventative impact on the population. This collaboration allows for the mediation of root causes of disease before people become ill.


This is a challenging yet exciting time for healthcare.  Technology and data are driving efficiency and improving outcomes.  2018 is the year to embrace change.

In the News: Tal Healthcare Gave back to the Community in 2017

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January 15, 2017 – Giving back is an important part of the Tal Healthcare Company philosophy.  Our employees and leadership are committed to helping our community, locally and at large, to get stronger and healthier. Together, we strive to improve the lives of those in need.

Listed below are some of the ways in which Tal Healthcare gave back during the 2017 year:

  • For Thanksgiving, we donated several crates of food to the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, a food bank that provides food and emergency assistance to the most vulnerable members of the Northern Westchester community to ease the burden and pain of hunger.
  • Through the Junior League of Northern Westchester Holiday Sharing Drive, we supported a family recovering from domestic abuse by filling their holiday gift lists.
  • We contributed to a local Puerto Rico Relief Drive by dropping off a carload of needed supplies.
  • We sent a pile of cards to a 9-year-old boy with cancer who wanted cards for his last Christmas.
  • We helped in the fundraising efforts of several Federally Qualified Health Centers. These are health centers that provide medical services to patients in need regardless of their ability to pay.

We look forward to many more opportunities for giving in 2018.

New Year Prescription for Well-Being: 10 Tips to Build Your Best Future



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Disclaimer: This content is not intended as a substitute for a primary care physician advice, diagnosis or treatment.

This is a career prescription for living your healthiest and most productive year. These are 10 action items you can do right now to have the best year yet. We all want to be healthy, but for many, unless you set a goal to take care of yourself it is unlikely to happen. See what happens when you add these goals to your 2018 calendar.

Here are 10 tips to take better care of yourself this year:

1. Be Proactive in Reducing Stress

There are so many reasons to schedule relaxation: you deserve it, it’s good for you and it takes very little time.  These activities will reduce your stress in minutes: meditate, breathe deeply, be present, laugh out loud, listen to music, get moving, write down what you are grateful for.  Practicing any of these stress-relieving activities before you get overwhelmed will keep you on the healthy and productive track. Take a few minutes to schedule stress reduction.

2. Schedule Time Slots to Step Away from Work

Reclaim personal time. Set specific time slots when you won’t work. Instead, spend time on yourself, your family and your friends. Start with scheduling these slots for first thing in the morning and dinnertime. Make these slots sacred times to spend with family and friends without any work tasks. Reclaiming personal time can be life-changing.

3. Take a Real Break for Lunch

Lunch is an important chunk of time in your day so plan it accordingly.  Taking a proper break will allow you to accomplish more in the long run.  It will increase your productivity and creativity.  The most important aspect of lunch is getting up and away from your desk.  Use this time to connect with friends, run an errand, or get exercise. When you return you will be refreshed and rejuvenated. Don’t forget to eat, but you can do that at your desk after you return to work.

4. Make Time for Fun

Fun is defined differently for each person. Is your idea of fun spending time with family or friends, reading, going to a concert, or going to a ball game?  Whatever it is, make sure there is time on your schedule for fun.  Having fun will give you a more positive outlook on life. That positive attitude will put you in the zone to achieve positive result at work.

5. Seek Out Feedback from Your Boss

A lot of stress at work comes from not knowing exactly where you stand with your boss.  Keeping that bottled up until your yearly review makes receiving the feedback even more stressful.  The more often you ask for feedback, the less stressful it becomes. Put some time on your boss’s calendar to check in and get the feedback that will put you in a place where you can grow and improve.

6. Find Friendship at Work

Social connections are a basic human need.  There are true health and happiness benefits that stem from friendship.   It can be tricky balancing work and friendships, but don’t let that keep you from getting to know the people at work.  Take five minutes in the morning to get beyond “hi.” Take 20 in the afternoon to grab coffee or go for a walk with whoever you can. It will make your days healthier and set you up for success.

7. Exercise More

Exercise will make you feel better, give you more energy and jump-start your career.  Exercise helps memory and improves thinking. It doesn’t matter which kind of exercise you do, they all have the same results.  So, get moving toward a healthier and more successful year.

8. Drink More Water

Drinking water is essential to your health. Water energizes your muscles, helps your kidneys and keeps things flowing in the gastrointestinal tract.  Dehydration can lead to headaches and crankiness. An easy way to get enough water is to drink a glass with every snack and meal. This is something you can schedule. More water will keep you healthy and happy.

9. Eat Right

It is true, you are what you eat. Food directly impacts our cognitive performance.  A poor decision at lunch can derail the whole afternoon. Some tips for eating healthy: make your food decisions before you get hungry, eat small frequent meals, and keep healthy snacks at your desk. Fruits and veggies will make you feel happier, more engaged, and more creative.

 10. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential to better health. There is a lot of literature out there to help you get a better night’s sleep; do your research. There are also many free sleep apps available for your phone. Schedule the sleep you need in order to move your career forward.


Taking care of yourself will bring you and your career to the next level. Schedule time to take care of yourself and watch your work and life improve dramatically. Give it a try and make 2018 your best year yet.

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