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My name is Russ Hovendick and my life has centered on helping others. To me there is no greater fulfillment than being able to play a part in positively impacting an individual's life.

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The essential guide to confidence in job interviews

Practice the potential questions at home

Before you’ve gotten to your job interview, practice at home with a friend or family member. Get a hint of what’s to come with some practice questions. Although they will likely focus their queries on nursing and the medical sector, there are still some all-rounders you can bet on being asked.

If you’ve prepared some general points in response to questions you’re certain you’ll get asked, you’ll be entering the interview with less nerves and a clearer mind. Have some solid answers prepared to impress your interviewer – the more practice you do, the better.

Back yourself up with a worthy CV

If your CV is good enough, you’ll have laid a foundation for your potential employer and already set yourself up as a viable candidate for the position. Part of your job is already done if your CV does a fraction of the work for you. this way, you can enter the room with the confidence of knowing you’ve already made a good impression.

Make sure to include all of your education and work experience, making it very clear what your previous roles entailed in order to give your potential employers a hint of how experienced you are in the nursing field. Hobbies, interests and other details should all set you up as a trustworthy candidate.

Be sure to present yourself as a desirable candidate

When it’s time for the interview itself, be sure to immediately present yourself as confident as soon as you arrive. Make sure you dress appropriately, looking smart and presentable – a must if you want to appear confident and prepared in the eyes of your potential employer.

Don’t slouch, be polite and positive and maintain a confident demeanour throughout the interview, and you’ll come off as a standout candidate without a doubt. Your confidence emanates from how exactly you present yourself, so you need to be conscious of this.

Talk yourself up – modesty isn’t the key

When you’re being asked questions about you as a person, make sure you’re talking yourself up to your fullest potential. There’s simply no point being modest – you don’t know what other candidates have said about themselves, and so it’s important you’re not falling behind.

Again, it’s important to be confident in this aspect and ensure you’re promoting yourself to your fullest potential – a lacklustre interview isn’t going to make you particularly memorable. Go all out and really talk yourself up in order to make a worthy impression.

Don’t have anything to hide

Last but not least, don’t hide anything from the employers. Be honest about things such as why you left your last job – they will appreciate the truth more than any cover-ups, and you’ll once again come across as a trustworthy individual.

It’s all about standing out and being genuine in your interview. Should you be timid and reserved, you’re unlikely to make much of an impression at all. Be confident, and you’ll have much more success. Good luck.


Nolan Ruby -Flag Post Goes Viral

Russ interviews Nolan Ruby, Veteran Affairs Advisor of Directional Motivation about his recent post that went viral on social media and facebook.

Career Corner: Promotions

In today’s Career Corner segment Russ visits with Sarah Blakely and Kevin Hurd about Promotions.

Scholarship Winner -Karla

Directional Motivation founder Russ Hovendick speaks with scholarship winner Karla.
Karla will be attending the University of California Los Angeles studying to become an occupational therapist.

If you would have an interest in applying for our scholarship please click here

Come visit us at the Country Apple Orchard this weekend!

Come visit us at the Country Apple Orchard this weekend!
Russ will be available to sign copies of his new book “I Have A Secret.” Books will be available for sale in the country store.


Scholarship Winner -Namrata!

We are proud to announce our scholarship winner for August 2015 is…..Namrata.

Namrata will be attending Georgia Tech as a freshman in the fall, majoring in business administration and minoring in pre-health. She plans to fulfill all the requirements for occupational and physical therapy school after graduating successfully with a bachelors in business. Namrata’s hope is to someday be able to open her own rehabilitation clinic for pediatrics.

New Children’s Book Series – Berry Patch Friends

Russ Hovendick shares information on his new book I Have a Secret with Sarah Blakely.

This is the first book in the new Berry Patch Friends series. I Have a Secret was written to help parents convey the message of “I Love You” to their children, which is lacking in so many homes today. It’s so rewarding as an author, to hear comments back from readers stating that they absolutely love this book. Typical comments are that “It is adorable”, “Oh How Fun” or that “It brought a tear to my eye” and this excites me, realizing that it is connecting with my intended audience. I trust that you will enjoy this book, as well as future books in the series.

This fun book takes you on a journey through the berry patch with mother bear and her little cub. The book begins with the mother telling her cub that she has a secret. The anticipation of the secret paired with cute pictures immediately grabs the attention of readers.

To purchase the book on Amazon click to buy now

Our thanks to KDLT for producing the career corner segment.

8 Tips for Hiring Veterans with Disabilities

Guest Blog
By: Amy Klimek

When looking for skilled workers to grow your business, consider hiring a veteran. Nearly 1 million vets are out of work in the US despite having training and abilities that make them valuable additions to any workforce. Many veterans return from duty with disabilities, but don’t let these challenges prevent you from including them in your place of business. Get informed with these tips for hiring a disabled vet.

Use Available Resources
There are many resources for veterans looking for work and those who wish to hire them. Find potential employees through websites such as the Department of Labor’s One Stop Career Center or the Wounded Warrior Project. Hire Heroes USA also works to match qualified veterans with employers seeking specific skills.

Understand the Challenges
Disabled veterans deal with both physical and mental challenges. Some may have visible disabilities such as lost limbs while others have suffered traumatic brain injury or deal with post-traumatic stress. Make sure that you understand the needs of people with these conditions before hiring a disabled vet. Doing your research fosters understanding and reduces the fear and uncertainty that many employers struggle with when faced with the idea of hiring disabled workers. Know that disabilities don’t always remain the same; conditions may get better or worse over time, and it’s important to be prepared to work with challenges that arise in the future. Read More →

Career Corner: How to Ask For a Raise

In today’s Career Corner segment Russ visits with Laura Monteverdi about How to get a raise.

Career Corner: Getting Through Tough Times In Your Career

In this segment of Career Corner Russ speaks with Laura Monteverdi about dangerous times in your career.

Our thanks to KDLT for producing the career corner segment.