Be career-ready

Knowing what to expect from the world of employment and the job interviewing process is important to students as they look forward to their future career.  EHOVE Adult Career Center’s Medical Assistant program was pleased to have guest speaker Krystal Tavenner of NOVIDEA Healthcare attend their Speed Interviewing event, as well as many other individuals who volunteered their time to help students prepare for their next step.

Tavenner has worked at NOVIDEA Healthcare in Cleveland and Toledo for ten years, and talks to students at EHOVE about employability.  As part of the event, students in the Medical Assistant program had four fifteen-minute interviewing sessions, as they rotated from table to table speaking with different individuals practicing their interviewing skills.  This was nothing new to Tavenner, as she has been educating EHOVE students for ten years now, helping them out with interviewing techniques for their next big step as they near graduation.  

“I feel with the instruction-based curriculum, EHOVE Adult Career Center produces top talent in the market place,” said Tavenner.  “One of the best things I find in recruiting is that the instruction at EHOVE has a one-on-one relationship, and these things make a big difference.  I’m always quick to refer EHOVE graduates in this program to available jobs because they have both the clinical and soft skills that are so important in a physician’s office.”  

Tavenner says she values the soft skills the most with employability.  “Anyone can learn clinical skills, but soft skills cannot be learned,” she said.  By soft skills, she is referring to respect, politeness, vibrant energy, a positive attitude and being a nice person, all valuable assets to any employer combined with clinical skills.  

“I really enjoyed the speed interviewing because it prepared me on what to anticipate at a formal interview,” said Medical Assistant student Dawn Demaree (Huron).  

“I thought the speed interviews were a great way to prepare us for the future, and the constructive cristiscm will help us grow,” said said Medical Assistant student Mike Hamton (Plymouth).
“A very nice way to ease our nerves, and help our confidence,” said Medical Assistant student Tina Brown (Monroeville).  

Tonya Lloyd, Medical Assistant Director and Patient Care Technician Coordinator, at EHOVE sees many benefits that Tavenner brings to her students.  "She benefits EHOVE Medical Assistants each year by talking to our students about building the initial resume, cover letter, and importance of interviewing prep and practice," says Lloyd.  "Interviewing is a skill.  She shares specific and important strategies to enhance one's chances for interview success."

If you or someone you know is interested in EHOVE's next Medical Assistant program, go to the program page or call 419-499-4663 x280.