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Career Preparation Toolkit

West Coast Ultrasound Institute

Career Preparation Toolkit

2020

Welcome Message

Dear Medical Professional,

 

A wise person once said, “The hard skills will get you there, however, the soft skills will keep you there.” The WCUI Career Preparation Toolkit for Externs/Graduates is designed to equip you with all the necessary information to help you not just obtain a job but keep it until retirement.

 
HOW TO USE THIS TOOLKIT

 

The Toolkit will help prepare you for the transition from the classroom into externship, and eventually your career job.  

 

Despite what your career goals are, being able to communicate effectively, problem solve, follow simple vs. complex directions, articulate why you want to work for a particular employer, selling your skills, and quantifying your accomplishments are critical to helping you stand out amongst the competition.

 

In addition to providing this Toolkit, the Career Development Department is here to provide lifelong support, resources and encouragement to help you catapult your career. We encourage you to both read and utilize this Toolkit wholeheartedly as a compass to help you navigate and network your way across the finish line to hear those famous words: “YOU’RE HIRED!”

 

We wish you a successful future at WCUI and beyond!

 

Linda Arnold                        

Career Services Coordinator

Anthony D. Sharp, Jr.                            

Director, Career Development  

Before Externship

Congratulations! You have been assigned to your externship site. It may seem a little scary, but it is important to know the purpose of the clinical experience portion of your program. The purpose of externship is to gain hands on experience. Within this experience, you are going to be applying what you have learned in the classroom with “real live” patients. In addition, you will be gaining a glimpse into what your future is going to be, evaluated on your performance, identifying your preferences and most of all growing and learning.

During Externship

It’s now the first day of externship. What do I do now? That is a great question. This is the time to do a series of things to stand out amongst the competition. Some of the “Do’s” include:

  • Arrive early everyday
  • Be dependable
  • Ask questions
  • Take initiative
  • Be friendly to everyone
  • Maintain a professional appearance
  • Remain positive
  • OH, STAY OFF YOUR CELL PHONE! LEAVE IT IN THE CAR

On the other hand, the “Do Not’s” include:

  • Showing up late
  • Complaining
  • Procrastinate
  • Gossiping
  • Laziness
  • Insubordination
  • OH, BEING ON YOUR CELL PHONE!

The worst thing that can happen is to be kicked out of externship. It sabotages the relationship between WCUI and the employer, and negatively impacts your reputation as a medical professional. Remember, your background starts now.

SOFT SKILLS IN THE WORKPLACE

It has been said that, “The hard skills will get you there, but the soft skills will keep you there.” What does that mean? It means that the education will qualify you for the job and get your foot in the door, but it is the basic elements that define human interaction that will help you keep your job. They include:

  • Arriving to work early
  • Giving eye contact
  • Greeting patients with a smile
  • Introducing yourself
  • Accepting constructive feedback from a supervisor
  • Taking responsibility for your actions
  • Expressing appreciation when anyone does something for you
  • Taking initiative
  • Being positive in every situation, regardless if it is negative
  • Actively listening (patients and staff)
  • Openly communicate with everyone
  • Give respect to everyone (patients and staff)

In addition to the soft skills, it is important to be mindful of the image that you are projecting. Within the professional image includes:

  • Appearance
  • Grooming
  • Dress code
  • Maintaining professional and decent conversation
  • Dealing with colleagues and patients professionally
  • Engaging in activities that will not compromise your character both on and off the clock
  • Taking care of your personal health and wellness

Remember, you are the company and everything you do reflects it. The choice of whether it is positive or negative is entirely up to you. Hence, make good decisions!

 

JOB SEARCH DOCUMENT GLOSSARY

Externship is over. It is now time to apply for that career job. However, before we start applying, we want to make sure that we have our documents completed and ensure they are error free. The documents that employers are going to be looking for include: Master Application, Cover Letter, Resume, Salary History and Reference List.

 

Master Application – your legal cheat sheet that has all of your information printed and ready to be transferred to the actual job application (See Appendix A).

Cover Letter – an introduction of you to the employer written in story form (See Appendix B and C).

Resume – a summary of your quantified duties, accomplishments and value (See Appendices D, E, F, G, H, I).

Reference List – a listing of your former supervisors and colleagues (See Appendix J).

APPENDIX A 

MASTER APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name_______________________________________________ 

Address __________________________________________________ 

City, State, Zip _________________________________________________ 

Phone______________________ or Phone 2 ________________ 

E-mail _______________________________________________ 

WORK EXPERIENCE #1:  Start with your most recent job and work backwards. If you have no work history, list volunteer, charitable or non-paid experiences.

Job Title:_______________________________________________

Organization/Company Name________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________

City: _____________ State___________ Zip_________ Phone__________

Supervisor’s Name:  

Dates: from _______________ to __________

Salary: starting ___________ ending _________

Reason for leaving __________________________________________________

Describe what you did on this job:

_________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

Accomplishments/awards/honors:

____________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________


WORK EXPERIENCE #2:  Start with your most recent job and work backwards. If you have no work history, list volunteer, charitable or non-paid experiences.

Job Title:_______________________________________________

Organization/Company Name_________________________________

Address: _________________________________________________

City: ______________ State____________ Zip__________ Phone__________

Supervisor’s Name:  

Dates:  from ________________________ to ___________

Salary:  starting ________________ending_____________________

Reason for leaving ______________________________________________

Describe what you did on this job:

_______________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________

Accomplishments/awards/honors: _________________________________________

___________________________________________________

WORK EXPERIENCE #3:  Start with your most recent job and work backwards. If you have no work history, list volunteer, charitable or non-paid experiences.

Job Title:_________________________________________________________

Organization/Company Name_______________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________

City: ______ State___________ Zip___________ Phone_____________

Supervisor’s Name:  

Dates: from ______________to _____________

Salary:  starting _________________ending____________________

Reason for leaving _________________________________________________

Describe what you did on this job: _______________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

Accomplishments/awards/honors: _________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

High School or GED:  Name and Address __________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Year Graduated __________
or Number of years completed _________and years attended _________________

College or Universities: Names and Addresses __________________________________________________________________
 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Year Graduated ___________
or Number of years completed ______________ and years attended ____________


Degrees/certificates earned: _______________________________________________________


Major: __________________________________Minor:___________________________

 

Training Programs  
(Other Professional, technical, clerical, management, licenses. Certificate etc 

Name and Addresses or location of training:__________________________________________________________________
 

__________________________________________________________________

Dates attended:_______________

Name of the Course__________________________________
 

Description of the Course____________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

 

Certificate/License Earned __________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

 

SPECIAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Current licenses, credentials, accreditations:____________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Foreign languages/American sign language
 

Fluent in: __________________________________________________________________

Knowledge of: _________________________________________________________________

Computer Hardware


Expert in:__________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________

Knowledge of: _________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Computer Software
 

Advanced user of:_______________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________

Knowledge of __________________________________________________________________


___________________________________ _______________________________

Machines/Equipment


Operate: ________________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________________

 

Clerical Skills:_____________________________________________________________


____________________________________________________________________________

 

Skills in Dealing with People: __________________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________


Other Skills Please be Specific: 


_________________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________


MILITARY HISTORY


Branch of Service____________________________________________________________


Dates served: From _____________to__________  


Rank at Discharge___________________

Duties and/or Special Training___________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Security Clearance (if any) __________________________________________________________________

Special Assignments of Campaigns __________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Awards___________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Memberships in Organizations/Volunteer/Community Activities

______________________________________________________________

 

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APPENDIX B

 

Jane Doe

1234 La Cienega Blvd.

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

December 31, 2020

Name of Hiring Manager

Company

Address

City, State Zip

Dear Hiring Manager:

Dr. Elmer Hess once said: “If a man/woman is good in his/her heart, then he/she is an ethical member of any group in society. If he/she is bad in his/her heart, he/she is an unethical member. To me, the ethics of medical practice is as simple as that.” My name is Jane Doe and I am writing to express my interest in the Cardiovascular Sonographer position advertised on your company’s website. From my research, I see that we share the same values – commitment to patient care, quality service and brand enhancement. Given my training at West Coast Ultrasound Institute, I am confident that I can make a significant contribution to your company overtime. 

Although I do not have a significant amount of hands on experience within the field, I do possess a passion and commitment to both ethical practice and professionalism within the workplace. These factors coupled with my classroom training are sure to compliment your company well. During my training in the Cardiovascular Sonography program, I have learned how to correctly and successfully scan patients by participating in “real” patient care demonstrations utilizing the latest ultrasound imaging equipment.

Attached is a copy of my resume and I ask that you please review for a further listing of my skills and qualifications. Should you have any questions regarding my qualifications, please do not hesitate to contact me at (213) 600-1234 or e-mail me at janedoe@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance for your time and kind consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon regarding this exciting opportunity.

Sincerely,



 

Jane Doe

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APPENDIX C


James Doe

1234 La Cienega Blvd.

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

December 31, 2020

Name of Hiring Manager

Company

Address

City, State Zip

Dear Hiring Manager:

I am writing to express my enthused interest in the Imaging Tech Aide position at the Roseville Kaiser Permanente, as advertised in the Career Section. My experience meets the requirements for this position, which I know I will be a great candidate for Kaiser Permanente. Besides my high school diploma, I earned my Academic Associate of Science Degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Westcoast Ultrasound Institute (WCUI) located in Beverly Hills, California. This institute meets the requirements for both ARMRIT and ARRT.

During my education, I completed many courses and earned certificates that do not only meet the qualifications but also exceeds them. I have earned a certificate from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA). This course gave me a well understanding of how important privacy of health information is, the security in electronic records, administrative simplification, and insurance portability. The second certificate I hold is in MRI Safety, a more in-depth course on the bioeffects, safety and patient management in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Venipuncture is another certificate I have earned which was completed at WCUI. My last certificate which is a requirement for any medical facility is in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) from the National CPR Foundation. This certificate is valid until May 10, 2020.

Aside from the certificates I hold, I have passed classes which are all imperative for the medical and/or MRI field. Some of the classes I have passed are Anatomy of the human body, Cross Sectional Anatomy, Mathematics, Patient Care, PACS and Cultural Diversity. One of my favorites was the Cultural Diversity class because it taught me how to provide better care for all patients from different cultural backgrounds. The other classes that in fact meet and exceed the requirements of the position are Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology, and Physics in MRI. In sum, these courses are all very important to know as a Tech Aide as a major duty is speaking with the patients first hand. Patients could and will have questions on the imaging technique they will be going through. As a Tech Aide, it will be my responsibility to know the answers.

My experience and knowledge continued outside the completed courses. A requirement in this position is to have 6-month externship, which I completed a total of 1000 recorded hours at Pro-Health Advanced Imaging in West Hills, CA. Not only did I prepare patients for their MRI procedure but, for CT and X-Ray as well. Aside from my internship at Pro-Health Advanced Imaging and Adventist Health White Memorial hospitals in Boyle Heights, CA, I possess three months of hands on experience with a 3.0T machine, plus three additional months at Optima Diagnostic Imaging in Beverly Hills, CA with a 1.5T machine.

If you are seeking a dedicated tech aide to provide patients with an excellent care at Kaiser Permanente, please consider my qualifications. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the phone number or email address listed above.

Thank you in advance for your time and kind consideration,

Sincerely,

 

James Doe

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APPENDIX D

DRAKE BELL, ARRT (S)

(661) 123-4588 | dbell@gmail.com

SUMMARY

ARRT Registered medical professional with strengths in ultrasound scanning, report composition and multitasking ready to pursue an Ultrasound Technician position at a medical hospital whose primary purpose is to serve others. 

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated competency in the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, including:
  • Vascular Sonography
  • Abdominal Sonography
  • Gynecology-Obstetrics
  • Capable of effectively communicating with all levels of administrative and medical staff
  • Proven clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to implement ultrasound procedures and give proper instructions to patients
  • Knowledgeable of PACS/DICOM
  • Utilize appropriate positioning and techniques for various protocols to ensure accurate imaging

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Advanced Imaging Center, Palmdale, CA                                             July 2016 – October 2016

Ultrasound Technologist Extern

  • Assisted with a total of 20 biopsies.
  • Helped with shredding and scanning documents to keep office cleaned and organized.
  • Safely lifted patients into their cars after procedure.

EDUCATION

West Coast Ultrasound Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Academic Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography 

CERTIFICATIONS & REGISTRY

  • ARRT Registered
  • Sonography Principal Instrumentation (SPI)
  • CPR/BLS & First Aid (AHA)
  • HIPAA

Proficiency operating the following machines:

  • Phillips HD XII & VII
  • Samsung
  • Sequoia-Siemens
  • GE Logic, GE Vivid E & GE 7

RELEVANT COURSES

Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation        Vascular Sonography

Advanced Vascular                 Advanced Anatomy and Invasive Procedures

Oral & Written Communication            Medical Terminology

 

VOLUNTEER

Santa Rosa Catholic Church Health Fair, San Fernando, CA                                    June 2016

St. Catherine of Siena Church Health Fair, Reseda, CA                                            July 2016

  • Volunteered at each aforementioned health fair as a scanner performing echo exams on 20-100 individuals from the community.
  • Referred community members to a healthcare facility for follow up care.

 

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APPENDIX E

JAMES DENNIS, RDMS

(661) 888-8888 | jdennis@yahoo.com

SUMMARY

ARDMS Registered professional with strengths in ultrasound scanning, report composition and multitasking ready to pursue an Ultrasound Technician position at a medical hospital whose primary purpose is to meet the needs of each and every patient. 

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated competency in the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, including:
  • Vascular Sonography
  • Abdominal Sonography
  • Gynecology-Obstetrics
  • Capable of effectively communicating with all levels of administrative and medical staff
  • Proven clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to implement ultrasound procedures
  • Knowledgeable of PACS/DICOM
  • Utilize appropriate positioning and techniques for various protocols to ensure accurate imaging

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Ultrasound Pros Imaging, Lancaster, CA                                         November 2015 – May 2016                    

Ultrasound Technologist

  • Enthusiastically answered 6-8 phone calls a day and processed payments ranging from $25.00 - $40.00.
  • Performed OB ultrasounds in first, second, and third trimester and identified gender.
  • Maintained ultrasound machine to ensure proper functionality.

Kern Valley Healthcare District, Lake Isabella, CA                                                          March 2017 – May 2017    

Ultrasound Technologist 

  • Answered multi line phone system and replenished ultrasound supplies.
  • Conducted abdomen, OBGYN, small parts, and vascular ultrasounds.
  • Prepared preliminary sonography reports for radiologist and submitted via PACS.

 

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APPENDIX F

James Raymond, R.T.(MR)(ARRT)

(615) 333-5555 | jnraymond@yahoo.com

SUMMARY

ARRT (MR) Registered professional seeking a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist position that will allow me to utilize my MRI scanning ability, skills in operating the GE 1.5T & 3.0T magnets and commitment to the provision of quality patient care through ethical practice. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Optima Imaging, Los Angeles, CA                                                          January 2017 – Present

MRI Technologist (Per Diem)

  • Performed MRI patient studies including: Brain, upper and lower extremities, Abdomen, musculoskeletal, spine, and hip/pelvis studies for patients of affiliate clinics.
  • Transported patients from patient beds to mobile imaging unit via wheelchair or gurney.
  • Selected proper imaging coil(s), software options, and imaging parameters according to the specifications of the examination protocols and supervising radiologist.
  • Submitted scanned images along with detailed patient histories to radiologists via PACS, CD, or film.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Tower Advanced Imaging, Beverly Hills, CA                                         June 2019 – December 2019

MRI Technologist Extern

  • Performed MRI patient studies including: Brain, upper and lower extremities, Abdomen, musculoskeletal, long bone, arthrogram, hip/pelvis, prostate, breast, and head/neck MRA angiogram studies.
  • Selected proper imaging coil(s), software options, and imaging parameters according to the specifications of the examination protocols and supervising radiologist.
  • Submitted scanned images along with detailed patient histories to radiologists.
  • Provided wonderful patient care and positioning of patients to promote patient safety.

White Memorial Hospital, East Los Angeles, CA                                 January 2019 – March 2019

MRI Technologist Trainee

  • Conducted MRI studies on classmates to acquire the knowledge of the concepts related to medical imaging technology.
  • Learned how to operate the 3.0T scanner.

Optima Imaging Center, Beverly Hills, CA                                            April 2019 – June 2019

MRI Technologist Trainee

  • Facilitated MRI studies to perfect scanning techniques.
  • Acquired knowledge of how to operate the 1.5T scanner

EDUCATION                                               

West Coast Ultrasound Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Academic Associate of Science Degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging 

 

CERTIFICATIONS & REGISTRY

  • ARRT (MR) Registered        CPR/BLS & First Aid (AHA)     • MR Safety  
  • Venipuncture HIPAA        • HIPAA            • OSHA
  • Medical Imaging EKG, PM, ICD, CRT &Monitoring Devices in MR Environment
  • Medical Imaging Sexual Harassment Prevention Training.

Proficiency operating the following machines/software: GE Universal 1.5 T software: 11.1x & GE Signa HDXT 3.0 T software: 16x

 

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APPENDIX G

Toni Mowry, LVN

(310) 444-4888 | Toni.Mowry@gmail.com

SUMMARY

Bilingual compassionate and caring licensed LVN professional seeking an LVN position that will allow me to utilize my clinical skills, nursing training and hands on experience to further contribute to the provision of quality healthcare, while promoting health and wellness.

EDUCATION

West Coast Ultrasound Institute School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA

Vocational Nursing Diploma

CERTIFICATIONS & REGISTRY

  • CPR/BLS & First Aid (AHA)

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Kennedy Care Center, Los Angeles, CA                                                      April 2018 – June 2019

Sunray Healthcare Center, Los Angeles, CA

Paja Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Manchester Medical Group, Inglewood, CA

Vocational Nursing Clinical Rotations

  • Delivered primary care for pediatric populations and low-income individuals, such as administering immunizations, routine lab, and vital signs.
  • Applied nursing skills learning including head-to-toe assessments on pediatric and pregnant patients for ultrasound diagnostic imaging.
  • Performed sub-acute care, focusing primarily on wound care, trach. care with supervision, medical surgical interventions and medication administration including NG tube, G-tube, PO, IM, Subcutaneous, eye drops, and ear drops.
  • Successfully completed 900+ clinical hours working directly with a total of 30 patients per week, specifically taking vital signs, collaborating with RN in performing head to toe assessments, medication administration, preparation of injections and insulin and assisting patients with ADL’s.

WORK EXPERIENCE

UCLA Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Los Angeles, CA                   July 2017 - Present

Patient Care Coordinator

  • Serve as Patient Care Coordinator for Dr. Jason Jonas.
  • Primary contact for office administration, financials, patients/surgeries, aftercare, and public relations.
  • Maintain patient privacy and cater to specific discretionary needs of high-profile clients.
  • Quote and book 20-50 patients for surgical procedures as well as coordinate pre and post op appointments.
  • Remain current regarding newest technologies, products and surgeries.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bilingual (English and Basic French)       • IV fluids/IV pumps
  • Injections and immunizations             • NG, Gastric tubes
  • Tracheotomy care/Artificial airways         • Oxygen therapy

 

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APPENDIX H

Janet Jones, RDMS (PE)

(310) 234-5678 | jjones_9@yahoo.com

SUMMARY

ARDMS Registered medical professional seeking a Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer that will allow me to utilize my training and abilities in Pediatric Echo, patient care and report preparation to provide excellent service to patients and offer value to the employer.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Able to perform cardiac ultrasound on newborns and children that are born with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
  • Trained in correct protocols for evaluation of CHD
  • Strong understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the common congenital heart lesions and the common cardiac surgeries performed
  • Received didactic classroom instruction and on campus laboratory training in understanding how to perform a proper CHD examination
  • Capable of effectively communicating with all levels of administrative and medical staff
  • Utilize appropriate positioning and techniques for various protocols to ensure accurate imaging

EDUCATION

West Coast Ultrasound Institute, Los Angeles, CA                                        

Academic Associate of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography

Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease Certificate

CERTIFICATIONS & REGISTRY

  • ARDMS Registered, Pediatric Specialty
  • CPR/BCLS (AHA) & HIPAA 
  • National Certified EKG Technician (NCET)

Proficiency operating the following machines:

  • Phillips HD XII & VII
  • Samsung
  • Sequoia 510 & 512
  • GE Logic, GE Vivid E & GE 7

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA                                                      August 2018

Pediatric Echo Extern

  • Replenished and stocked supplies (gel, sheets, EKG leads, and towels).
  • Took patient’s vital signs.
  • Successfully attained any and all possible images necessary for cardiologists’ evaluation (2D, Color, PW, CW, M-Mode functions).
  • Accompanied lead sonographer to complete the report for the Cardiologist.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Medical Legal Experts, Lawndale, CA                                December 2016 – Present

Executive Assistant

  • Handle all HR and payroll for 20+ employees.
  • Process Chiropractic license renewals, continuing Education grading, time-off requests, etc.
  • Update company websites and blogs, prepare and order all marketing materials for trade shows.
  • Organize other necessary arrangements whether connected to work or CEO’s personal life.

 

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APPENDIX I

JANET JONES, RDCS-AE

(310) 234-5678 | jjones_9@yahoo.com

SUMMARY

ARDMS-RDCS registered professional seeking a position as a Cardiovascular Sonographer that will allow me to utilize my training and abilities in vascular procedures, patient care and report preparation to provide excellent service to patients and offer value to the employer.

EDUCATION

West Coast Ultrasound Institute, Los Angeles, CA                                        

Academic Associate of Science Degree in Cardiovascular Sonography

St. John’ Academy, Los Angeles, CA

Diploma    

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the field of Cardiovascular Sonography, including:
  • Vascular Sonography
  • Diseases of the heart
  • Preventative and screening protocols
  • Entry level clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the care of patients undergoing cardiac ultrasound procedures
  • Skilled in protocol including 2D M-Mode and Spectral Doppler of echocardiography including PW & CW with the ability to recognize anatomy and pathology
  • Trained in problem-solving techniques in the basic concepts and principles of physical science
  • Able to effectively communicate with all levels of administrative and medical staff
  • Utilize appropriate positioning and techniques for various protocols to ensure accurate imaging

CERTIFICATIONS & REGISTRY

  • ARDMS-RDCS Registered        • Sonography Principal Instrumentation (SPI)
  • CPR/BLS (AHA)                             • HIPAA Certified

Proficiency operating the following machines:

  • Phillips 
  • Sequoia-Siemens
  • GE Logic, GE Vivid E & GE 7

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA                                                      August 2018

Cardiac Sonography Extern

  • Identified cardiovascular pathology by performing a variety of tests daily, such as 2D & M-Mode Echocardiograms, EKG, Stress/Dobutamine Test, TDI, and Spectral Doppler.
  • Composed preliminary reports outlining the results of each exam.
  • Correctly sterilized TTE probe to ensure protection of patient.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Medical Legal Experts, Lawndale, CA                                December 2017 – Present

Executive Assistant

  • Handle all HR and payroll for 20+ employees.
  • Process Chiropractic license renewals, continuing Education grading, time-off requests, etc.
  • Update company websites and blogs, prepare and order all marketing materials for trade shows.
  • Organize other necessary arrangements whether connected to work or CEO’s personal life.

 

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APPENDIX J

John Doe

(213) 333-6333 | johndoe@yahoo.com

PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES

Dr. Michael Hendrix

Medical Doctor

Diagnostic Imaging

1234 La Cienega Blvd. Suite 429

Los Angeles, CA 90010

(310) 288-2222

drhendrix@ymail.com

Relationship: Professional

Years Known: 4

Dr. Paul Stevenson

Instructor

West Coast Ultrasound Institute 

291 S. La Cienega Blvd. Suite 500

Beverly Hills, CA 90010

(310 289-5123

drstevenson@wcui.edu

Relationship: Professional

Years Known: 5

Anise Keating

Vocational Nurse

Nurses, Inc.

4560 Beverly Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90221

(310) 123-4567

nursekeating@hotmail.com

Relationship: Professional

Years Known: 6

 

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REASONS FOR LEAVING

 

When it comes to filling out an application, the question applicants dread answering is: Reason for leaving. Not to worry. Here are some example reasons to use:

  • Reorganizationthis means that there is something internally going on in the corporate office that is affecting everyone on the local level.
  • Laid off it happens to us all and employers understand that. Sometimes this can occur as a result of reorganization.
  • Not enough hours this is a valid reason as employers understand that you want to work more, not less.
  • Temporary/Contract/Seasonalthese are all in the same family. Employers understand. Be sure to put this in parentheses “()” next to your job title on your resume.
  • Family Managementyou had to take time off and take care of a loved one.
  • Better opportunityyou took it because you desire to grow.
  • Seeking growthyou are always looking for a greater position to grow both professionally and personally.
  • Career Changeit happens and employers understand you are looking to change fields to spice things up.
  • Returned to Schoolemployers love when you go back to educate yourself.
  • Relocatedyou moved city to city, state to state, etc.
  • Medicalmedical procedure, surgery, pregnancy, etc. 
  • Personal Managementyou took some time off for personal reasons, get yourself together, went through a rough time, etc.

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DRESS CODE

We have all heard the phrase: “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” This applies to many areas in life. However, when it comes to the job interview, appearance is everything. When it comes to attire, you want to make sure that you not only dress professionally but make a statement when you arrive. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

  • Always wear a suit
  • Ensure that your clothes are clean, wrinkle free and fit comfortably
  • Shoes are polished
  • Your hair is professionally styled
  • Your nails are neatly trimmed and clean
  • Make sure tattoos are covered
  • Wear a watch
  • Keep jewelry to a minimum of one piece
  • Tie your hair in a ponytail

Additional gender-specific tips include:

WOMEN

Wear low heeled, conservative closed toe dress shoes

Nylons are a must

No purses, carry a portfolio

Minimal makeup

No fingernail polish designs/no perfume

MEN

Wear a neck tie

Wear dark colored socks

Carry a briefcase or a portfolio

Clean-shave

No cologne

 

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SAMPLE OUTFITS

TIME TO INTERVIEW

 

The documents have been prepared and the interview date has been scheduled. Now, it is time to prepare to give the sales pitch of your life. When it comes to preparing for the job interview, it is essential that you research the company. It is this question that is the core of the interview. It will let the employer know if you want to be a part of their family simply because of the name or the mission and values. This information can be found simply by combing through their website for at least 30 minutes to find out what you both have in common. 

Some sample interview questions include:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • What would you do if you were scanning a patient and they start to freak out?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Describe for me a time when you dealt with a difficult co-worker?
  • You have just introduced yourself to a patient and described the orders that the doctor has given. The patient says no. What would you do? 
  • Describe a strength as well as a weakness  that you have
  • What would you do if a machine wasn’t working?
  • You are in the elevator with hospital staff and a colleague begins talking to you about a patient’s pathology. What would you do?
  • You just finished scanning a patient and they begin probing you to make an educated guess on their results. What would you do?
  • You have just introduced yourself to a patient and described the orders that the doctor has given. The patient states that they would like a tech of a different gender than you. What would you do?
  • What machines are you skilled in using?
  • Why should I hire you?

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PHONE/SKYPE INTERVIEW TIPS

 

Phone interview?! WHAT?! OMG! Before you panic, this is just an important as the face to face interview. With that, we want to treat it at such. Here are some tips to prepare and navigate through the telephone interview:

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TIME TO INTERVIEW THE EMPLOYER

 

Let’s face it, after you have been grilled by the employer you want to leave and go home. Actually, you want to know if you got the job or not, right? While this is going through your mind, the employer has the nerve to ask you: “Do you have any questions for me/us? Be honest, you are thinking, heck no I don’t. I’m nervous and about to use the bathroom on myself."
 

However, you do have questions because you want to ensure that this is the right fit for you. Here are some example questions:

  • Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills would serve the company and position best?
  • What do you like most about working for one of the best hospitals in the country?
  • What are the immediate challenges of this position?
  • If granted the position, what are the performance expectations within the first 3-6 months?
  • I know the shift hours are 8am – 5pm. 
  • I reviewed the job description and did not see the shift. What are the hours for this position? Will overtime, travel, or on-call ever be required?
  • Is this a new or veteran position?
  • What are you looking for in a new hire that you may or may not have had with the previous candidate who served in this role?
  • If chosen, what might I expect in a typical week? 
  • If selected, who would I directly report to?
  • What are you looking for in the ideal candidate for this position?
  • What is the company culture like?
  • What is the communication style like in the office?
  • How will performance be evaluated?
  • What migraine headache do you need help with relieving as it relates to this position?
  • What is the next step in the hiring process? 
  • Do you have a business card?
  • How soon are you looking for someone to start?
  • When can I expect to hear back from you?
  • Out of respect for protocol, If I do not hear from you on ______, would it be okay to call or email you to follow up?
  • Do you have any more questions for me?

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CLOSING STATEMENT

 

That is all the questions I have. Thank you so much for your time. I am excited about the possibility of working with you all and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

AFTER THE INTERVIEW

 

After the interview, you want to make sure you submit a thank you card to the employer – the same day. It is important to express appreciation for the invitation you were given to interview for the position. If you happened to have forgotten your thank you card, submit a thank you e-mail. Below is a sample:

 

December 31, 2020


 

Scott Sanders

Director of Nursing

Nurses Incorporated

2900 31st Street

Santa Monica, CA 90405-3035
 

Dear Mr. Sanders,

 

Thank you for taking the time to discuss the Licensed Vocational Nursing position at Nurses Incorporated with me on Friday, December 28, 2020.  In addition, thank you for allowing me to present to you and your team today. After meeting with you, finding out what is required of me, and the resources provided, I am further convinced that Nurses Incorporated is where I want to be an employee, should the opportunity present itself.

 

I really appreciate you taking the time to interview me for the position. Overall, I feel I would learn a great deal from working at Nurses Incorporated as a whole and enjoy working with you, especially the compassionate team. 

 

I look forward to hearing from you regarding this exciting opportunity.  Again, thank you for your time and generous consideration, it is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, 


Janice Downs 

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WHAT IF THE PHONE DOES NOT RING?

 

Not hearing a response from an employer is aggravating. However, there are some other factors to consider:

  • You pick up the phone and call to check the status of your application
  • HR Overflow – exercise a little patience as Human Resources may only consist of 1 person reviewing 100+ applications/resumes.
  • Deadline – employers will not review applications until after the deadline has passed.
  • Review in Progress – BE PATIENT
  • Picked someone else or not – this is the reality, which is why it is important to keep on applying.
  • SW SW SW…NEXT – Some Will Some Won’t So What…NEXT. Do not put all of your eggs in one basket, keep on applying. There are hundreds of employers out there with jobs.
  • Good News: There is something else around the corner WITH YOUR NAME ON IT!

Let’s keep it 100, you will not get the first job you apply for whether it be online or in person. However, if you are truly hungry for the job that you spent 15+ months training for, you will do what it takes to get what you want. Remember, Rejection is Direction, which means you will get a few no’s before you finally get your YES!!!

 

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WHAT SALARY ARE YOU SEEKING?

 

When it comes to discussing salary, it is a tough thing to deal with. However, it is not hard to do. It all boils down to two things – research and presentation. What you are researching is the “Industry standard” rate of pay for your field. To obtain this information, you can go to the following sites:

The three words to remember when discussing salary with a prospective employer is most aggressive offer. Although you do want to do your research and know the average salary for your respective field, you do not want to pigeon hole yourself from receiving the best offer. Answering the question about salary is all about presentation. For example, let’s say that you found out that your industry standard rate is $28.00 an hour. Again, we want to ensure we get the best offer possible. So if you were asked in the interview, it may sound something like this:
 

“I am well aware of the fair market value/industry standard for the position. However, I am willing to entertain your most aggressive offer.”
 

Whatever you and the employer agree upon, be sure to get it in writing. Once you obtain the contract/employment agreement, review it for accuracy. If you agree to the terms, sign and date it and obtain a copy for your records.
 

Remember, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.

 

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IT’S DECISION TIME

YES, everyone wants to hear those words – CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE HIRED! However, there are times where you may be in a position where you may have more than one decision to make. Regardless of which job offer you choose to accept, PLEASE let the other employer know that you are turning them down. Why? Because they have business to conduct and you do not want to hold them up, nor burn your bridges. Here is a sample rejection of offer letter:

December 31, 2020
 

Justin Braxton

CEO

Winner Industries

291 S. La Cienega Blvd.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Dear Mr. Braxton,

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with me about the Ultrasound Sonographer position. I really appreciate your time and consideration in interviewing me for the position. 

Unfortunately, I regret to inform you that I will not be accepting the offer. I have accepted another offer with another company that fits in line with both my professional and personal goals.

I wish you the best in securing a candidate that will fit your company needs, and wish your company continued success for years to come.  Thank you again for your time and kind consideration.

Sincerely,
 

Julie Davis

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PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
 

When it comes to our investments, we protect them. How do we do that? By purchasing an insurance policy. In like manner, the same goes for your career. Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO) is an organization that holds the policy to secure the future of your career. This is mentioned to you during externship, but worth repeating. To protect your investment, please visit www.hpso.com.
 

 

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HAS IT BEEN 2 YEARS?!

 

One of the main requirements is CPR/BLS Certification. The CPR card only lasts for 2 years. Please make sure that you keep your CPR Card updated. Wherever you go to renew it, make sure it is from the American Heart Association. If you are looking for a place near campus, give Ms. Ziva a call at A+ CPR at (310) 967-9239. She is located at 1080 S. La Cienega Blvd. Suite 211 Los Angeles, CA 90035.

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WHO HAVE YOU TALKED TO LATELY?

 

When it comes to job searching, the best way to obtain one is through networking. Networking involves talking to people, meeting people, going to various events (parties, mixers, luncheons, chamber meetings, etc.) and more. Now, you may be saying to yourself: “I am not a sociable person.” I get it; however, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. All it takes is a little conversation and the networking will take its course. Here are some ways to network:

  • Join Professional Association and attend conferences (ARRT, American Nurses Association, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
  • Have a conversation with your friend, neighbor, doctor, church member, medical provider, etc.
  • Join groups on LinkedIn and start/join a conversation
  • Attend social events that you are invited to by others
  • Go to health fairs
  • Volunteer

A wise person once said: “Life was not meant to be a solitary affair.” It takes people to help connect the dots to opportunities. Truth be told, that is how we found our hairstylists, mechanics, babysitters, tailors, etc. – through a referral. YES, the same can happen with a job opportunity. 

Socialize!

 

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B.R.A.N.D. (Becoming Relevant Attractive Needed & Demand)

 

When it comes to developing a brand, one must consider what comes with the territory. It takes advancing yourself (personally and professionally), being careful of how you conduct yourself (publicly and privately), taking a stand, and in some cases, watching what you post. Social Media is the world’s most powerful tool to attract followers, share valuable and personal information, network with others, and more. The way you choose to use this resource is up to you. Keep in mind, the consequences will either hinder or enhance your brand. How do you protect your brand? Here are a few tips:

  • Be careful what you post, comment, like and/or share
  • Take down what you would not want your grandmother to see
  • Be mindful of who you hang with online
  • Watch your actions
  • Use your powers for good, not evil
  • Continue to enhance your skills, learn more and lead by example

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AFFIRMING WHO YOU ARE

A wise person once said, “Life is not about finding yourself, but about creating yourself.” As you prepare to continue your journey into the working world, there will be times when you want to give up. In addition, there will be times when your competence will be challenged and your inner voice will speak to you to get you to doubt yourself. What is the remedy? To make it a daily practice to affirm who you are and who you are becoming. How do you do it? Command your morning. You command your morning by speaking out loud what you know to be true. For example: 

  • I am grateful to be alive. 
  • Today is going to be a great day. 
  • I am a successful Sonographer.
  • I am a compassionate Vocational Nurse.
  • No matter what comes my way, I am going to conquer it fearlessly.
  • I am a patient Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound Technician.
  • I am a vivacious Vascular Technologist.
  • I am a magnificent MRI Technician.
  • I am capable of handling anything that comes my way.
  • Nothing will stop me.

Think about it. You took some major steps to get to this point. You conquered a lot to get to externship. Now, it is time to take it up a notch, grab the bull by the horns and give it all you got. You are stronger than you know. If you do not believe me, take a moment and think back over everything you overcame to reach this point. I’ll wait……………… Now, look at where you today. How do you feel? This is just the beginning of what is to come. Keep going, the finish line is up ahead. I affirm that you will make it.

See you at the finish line.

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ADVICE FROM A PATIENT

 

This may be a normal day at work for you 

But it’s a big day in my life.

 

The look on your face and the tone of your voice can change my entire view of the world.

 

Remember, I’m not usually this needy or scared.

 

I am here because I trust you, help me stay confident.

 

I may look like I’m out of it,

But I can hear your conversation.

 

I’m not used to being naked around strangers.

Keep that in mind.

 

I’m impatient because I want to get the heck out of here.

Nothing personal.

 

 I don’t speak your language well.

You’re going to do what to my what?

 

I may only be here for 30 minutes, 

But I’ll remember you the rest of my life.

 

Your patients need your patience.

 

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