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Tami Russell

Tami Russell is PDI's Director of Public Programs and Distance Learning. She manages PDI's extensive certificate program curriculum.

Recent Posts

Is Becoming A Paralegal A Good Choice for Career-Changers?

Posted by Tami Russell on Apr 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

For many of us, changing careers can be an overwhelming prospect.  There are new terms to learn, new rules to absorb, new skills to master, new people to meet.  Too often, staying in an unfulfilling job seems like the safest option.

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Topics: paralegal

Upstream Takes On Unique Meaning in the Energy Industry

Posted by Tami Russell on Apr 25, 2017 6:41:09 PM

Oil and gas industry professionals have a vocabulary that is somewhat unique to their industry.  Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream are three terms that oil and gas industry professionals toss about as they discuss the stages of production, from discovery to delivery of oil and gas.  Terms can be a little intimidating for industry newcomers.

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Topics: energy

What Are The Requirements For Becoming a Private Investigator?

Posted by Tami Russell on Apr 20, 2017 11:05:00 AM

Here’s is a review of a common question we get at The Knowledge Nook. Because many individuals interested in the career of a Private Investigator are former law enforcement officials, or active officers considering retiring from law enforcement, individuals in other careers may feel this is not the right career for them.

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Topics: private investigations

Knowing How Long To Keep Records Can Make Tax Day Easier

Posted by Tami Russell on Apr 18, 2017 3:45:30 PM

Tax season (for most of us) comes to a close tonight as many of us rush to the post office to mail our Federal tax returns.

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Topics: lifelong learning

Explaining the Acronyms Common to Medical Billing/Coding

Posted by Tami Russell on Apr 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Individuals with a background in healthcare, such as nurses and medical assistants, are often drawn to the world of the medical coder and/or biller.  Although a strong background in healthcare is NOT required for individuals interested in medical coding and billing, it is certainly an advantage to come into the field with an understanding of the healthcare industry.

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Topics: medical billing and coding

What Are Some Essential Tips For Preparing For A Job Interview

Posted by Tami Russell on Apr 11, 2017 2:56:05 PM

Anyone who has ever been on a job interview knows that nervous jitters can get in the way of making a great impression on a potential employer.  What are some must-have preparation tips to make sure you are ready for anything an interviewer might throw your way?

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Topics: careers

What Are Important Traits For Successful Medical Assistants?

Posted by Tami Russell on Apr 7, 2017 3:29:30 PM

What makes a person good at his or her job?  Experts will point to a lot of clues for success such as a love for the work, a desire to excel in a particular field, and a deep interest in the day to day tasks. 

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Topics: medical assisting

HR Professionals Must Deal With Emerging U.S. Workplace Trends, Issues

Posted by Tami Russell on Apr 4, 2017 4:50:41 PM

It would be incorrect to assume that human resource professionals just spend their days hiring and firing employees, or preparing payroll for the next pay period.  There are numerous positions within most corporate HR offices, and the kinds of tasks that unfold are complex, and vital to the success of an organization.

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Topics: human resources

Blogs, Websites Offer Easy Insight into A Forensics Career

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 31, 2017 5:29:26 PM

Forensic science technicians are part of a criminal investigation team.  Specifically, these professionals are focused on collecting and analyzing crime scene evidence.  It's important to understand that forensics entails more opportunities than just on-the-scene specialists.  The career includes criminalists (the people who re-construct crime scenes), computer forensic specialists, and toxicologists (those who deal with body fluids), among many other jobs.   There are myriad opportunities for thoe interested in law enforcement to become involved with crime scene science.

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Topics: crime scene investigations

What Are The Pros, And Cons, of Working As A Dental Assistant?

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 28, 2017 3:00:01 PM

We spend a large portion of our waking lives at our jobs.  It only makes sense that we find the career that provides not only a solid income, but reasonable levels of satisfaction and contentment. 

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Topics: dental assistant

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