If you are interested in pursuing a medical career, the job search can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you are just getting started in the healthcare industry. However, if you plan ahead, think through your options ahead of time, and break the process down into manageable steps, you can get a rewarding and profitable medical career. In fact, the healthcare industry is one of the few that is rapidly growing.
Here are 5 good tips from a healthcare recruiter to help you plan your job search efficiently:
Do not overestimate your experience. The process of recruiting and hiring for a particular position by a healthcare recruiter can be frustrating and rewarding at the same time. If you’re looking for a job, don’t waste the recruiter time and resources. How to avoid wasting time? Firstly, do not exaggerate your CV when you know that the truth will be out during the interview process. When you try to hype your achievements, the recruiter will definitely find out the truth and that will not be a good way to start your journey in the medical field.
If you are not willing to relocate, don’t say you are. Many healthcare practitioners and aspiring ones say they are willing to relocate. Then, when asked in for an interview, they reveal that they are in fact not willing to move. This wastes your time and the recruiters time. Additionally, this can ruin your chances of being called again by the recruiter if they see other roles that fits your profile. Be sure of what you want before saying you are willing to move.
Do not shoot for the stars. Many graduates wish to start at a higher level without knowing that they need to gain more experience and start from a lower entry level post. If you just graduated, you need to work hard and strive to attain those higher positions. A recent medical graduate should not try to be a chief medical doctor or a nursing director. These positions should be a career goal and you need experience to get there.
Listen and learn. If they are interested, recruiters will call you for a chat or an interview. Remember, recruiters work for small hospitals, large agencies and everything in-between. Do not be quick in rejecting offers, listen to what they have to offer. Find out what hiring practices and working practices exist in those areas as well as other areas of the country. Not only will it help you to know your own marketability, but you may be pleasantly surprised at what could be offered to you.
Keep your resume relevant and searchable. It is very simple to post your resume everywhere while job hunting but it is hard to always remember to keep it updated. Do use reputable online portals but don’t use so many that you forget where you uploaded your CV and you forget to update them with current contact details, certificates and even your current position. Recruiters searching for a candidate will go through several job portals and if they find you twice with completely different details on your CV, they may decide to ignore you. Why, because it might be a waste of time for a recruiter to contact you only to find out that you are no longer interested in the job or you are over qualified for it.
Recruiters are just like you, they have a job to do. And, they have a certain amount of time to get that job completed. A recruiter or employer may have high hopes on you due to certain experience or skills that you possess. If you are not looking for a job or you have already found one, be courteous and email or call the recruiter back, they can update your status and will talk to you the next time you’re looking for a job.