For those in high-demand careers, like the healthcare industry, there are usually a lot of opportunities. But the job-hunting scene is rarely fun for anyone.
If you’re in the market for a new position as a physician, how easily you find your perfect fit depends on a lot of factors. The field you specialize in, your location, and what income you’re looking for are just a few.
The better prepared you are, the quicker you’ll be able to narrow your search down to the job you want. Use these seven tips to find—and land—your next interview!
1. Keep Your CV Updated
Preparing your curriculum vitae and resume are time-consuming necessities. As a physician, your CV is sometimes even more important than your resume.
These two documents are so essential to nailing coveted healthcare positions that many physicians pay big bucks to have them professionally designed.
At least once a year, you should update your CV and resume with new skills you’ve picked up, even if you’re in the same job. Technology changes fast, and as you learn new tricks, write them down before you forget about them!
2. Decide What You Want
With your CV and resume on fire and ready to go, you can start hunting the classifieds online. But where to start?
If you’re typing in “physician jobs” in your area, you might end up with a wide variety of openings you have no interest in. Come up with your must-haves, like location, type of practice, and salary.
Narrow down your search to your specialty, then start knocking out the ones that don’t meet your criteria. Remember that benefits and salaries are often negotiable, so don’t toss out any that are reasonably close to your targets.
3. Be Real About Your Expectations
Negotiable perks are one thing; unreal expectations are another.
Before you get frustrated because none of the jobs you’re looking at pay what you want, check the average salaries in the area. You could be way off base for what the going rate is in that location.
If that’s the case, don’t stress it!
Widen your search area to however far you’re willing to drive. Sometimes, even the next county over pays a lot more than where you’re currently looking. It could be well worth the extra travel time!
4. Organize Your Approach
Once you start putting in your applications, you’ll be getting calls to set up interviews. You’ll need to be ready for any that want you to be there the next day.
Instead of scurrying around at the last second trying to find everything you need, put it all together in one place. Grab a briefcase or stable folder to hold your documents. Include a copy of your resume, CV, medical license, and driver’s license.
Keep an interview outfit ready, clean, and pressed. Put the shoes you’ll wear next to it, along with any accessories. Get dressed, grab your documents, and you’re ready to go!
5. Network Outside the Online Jobs
Word-of-mouth referrals are one of the most powerful ways to get a job. If someone you know knows someone in charge, they can put a good word in for you.
A lot of employers would prefer to hire a person with a connection to someone they know. Especially in the medical field, it can be risky to hire a physician with anonymous recommendations. Sure, the reference has a name, but how does the employer know they’re legitimate, too?
Use your connections to network outside the basic online classifieds. You’re not taking advantage of the system. You’re using your resources!
6. Prepare for the Interview Questions
It doesn’t matter how many interviews you’ve done, it’s always a little nerve-wracking to go to your next one. Everyone has their own interview techniques and you’re never quite sure what you’ll be expected to do or know.
Before your interview, try to think of some questions you might be asked. In the professional physician field, chances are really good you’ll be required to verify your credentials and experience.
You may also be asked questions to probe your opinion on certain medications or treatments. There will likely be case study questions to check your competency in the field, and possibly logic and common sense questions.
The more Q&A practice you give yourself, the better prepared you’ll be at the interview.
7. Follow Up After Every Interview
When you leave the interview, it’s not technically over. A lot of hiring decisions are made based on the interviewee’s follow-up steps.
Send the interviewer an email or card thanking them for their time, as a start. Then, if you haven’t heard back from them in a few days, call and let them know you were excited about the position and ask if it has been filled yet.
If they’re still deliberating, you can offer to answer any questions they may have that could clarify your skills and experience. The more they know, the more likely they are to choose you.
The job search journey can be over quickly, or it can take a long time to find just the right fit. No matter which way it works for you, the important thing to do is to keep a positive mindset.
Between your dedication and professionalism and these seven tips, you’ll have that dream career before you know it!