Gwen Darling

Gwen Darling is the Editor of Healthcare IT Today, and CEO of, THE Healthcare IT Career Center destination where Job Seekers and Employers  Connect!  

What was your first job?
If you don’t count babysitting for Lou Piniella when I was 12 (not for Lou, for Lou’s kids), my first real job was as a summer day camp counselor in Lighthouse Point, Florida when I was 14.  They put me and another clueless 14-yr. old in charge of 50 five-year-olds.  By the end of the summer I’m pretty sure I would have committed a violent crime if I had to hear the words, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send Ms. Gwen right over,” one more time.

What was your worst job?
In my very early twenties, I worked as a travel agent for a very small agency in Virginia Beach, Virginia, back in the days when most people used a travel agent.  And I quickly learned why most people used one – it was to have someone to blame when something (anything) went wrong.  I was the reason that Mrs. Carpenter’s peas were cold on her QE2 cruise, completely responsible for seating Mr. Bishop next to the woman who got sloshed and spilled her drink on his new interview suit, and if I hadn’t booked Mrs. Bradley on the earlier flight with the shorter layover, she never would have run into her husband’s mistress and been forced to get hauled off the airplane by security.  I’m not making this up.  This job gave me my first taste of  “Monday Morning Dread,” which, as I’ve come to learn, is a clear and absolute sign that something needs to change.  Fortunately it did before I lost my cool and told someone just exactly what they could do with their cold peas.

What are you going to blog about?
As CEO of, I communicate daily with BOTH Healthcare IT job seekers, and the Healthcare IT employers and/or recruiting firms who are seeking them. Because I am equally invested in the success of the candidate and the employer, I’m in a unique position to provide perspective based on interactions with both sides of the Healthcare IT hiring equation.  My blog will focus on current opportunities, hiring trends, career development, tips for making the perfect match, and “word on the street” insight. And probably some other cool stuff.  Because, really, what’s cooler than Healthcare IT?

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