|Top Ten Job Search Tips |
If your perfect job is still elusive, now is a good time to take a deep breath, relax a little and let HealtheDiversity.com help you identify ways to finally land the interview and hear those wonderful words: You're hired.
Competition remains tough in many markets including healthcare. Your edge is that healthcare is one of the fastest growing career fields in the country. Stay patient -- it can be a long process. There are many things you can implement in your job search and MSN Careers provides 10 tips to help you successfully find the right job.
1. Create a job-search strategy.
Stop using the shot gun approach. Employers don't like receiving resumes from candidates who have no business applying for the job. Carefully read postings and determine whether you can do the listed requirements if you started tomorrow. Additionally, tailor your resume to a job's requirements and spend time preparing individualized resumes and cover letters.
2. Define your goals.
Yes, you want a pay check but a career should be more than that. Define what you want and what you offer then you can be a better job seeker by applying for jobs that align with your goals and aspirations.
3. Diversify your search.
Online job boards are a good way to find jobs but career specific job boards like HospitalDreamJobs.com are better. If you're looking for a career in healthcare whether it's in the ER or behind the scenes in the IT department, niche healthcare websites are the best place to be.
4. Evaluate your skills and add more.
If your're a little behind the times or your skills are rusty based on what you are seeing, brush up through online courses or community classes.
5. Be unique.
Your application won't be competing against a handful of others. In all likelihood, dozens if not a hundred applicants will look to get their foot in the door for one job. So be unique. Find the name of the hiring manager or someone who leads the department you're looking to get into. LinkedIn is a terrific way to discover this information. Reach out to him or her with an introduction and let them know you've applied.
Job searching is tedious and you can get so focused you may stop looking at the big picture. Pay attention to how employers are communicating about jobs and how you can speak to them in their own language. Connect with other job seekers or career experts and see what methods you can adopt.
7. Set goals.
don't focus on the one big goal of finding a job. Break it down into smaller, more manageable goals which will set you up for success and less frustration. Chose monthly or even weekly goals like joining a professional organization or volunteering which will help you meet new people.
8. Prepare for anything.
Always be ready. You can never predict when a phone call will come your way so be ready for an interview at any time. Know five examples that demonstrate your best qualities so you can rattle them off without batting an eyelash. Rehearse for interviews with friends or mentors so you don't "wing it".
9. Positive thinking can lead to positive results.
Believe it or not your job search is a method of learning. You'll be frustrated at times but aren't we all at some point in a job as well? The more positive you are the more people will go out of their way to help you.
10. Stay balanced.
Job searching can be exhausting. Create a schedule so you don't burn out. Job searching can feel like a job in itself so treat it like one. Make time for yourself, spend time with friends and family and stay active.
HospitalDreamJobs.com is the best place on the web for finding the ideal health care career. Whether you are just starting out, looking for a fresh start or wanting a career change stick with HospitalDreamJobs.com. We compile tens of thousands of the best jobs in healthcare nationwide.
Posted by Allison at 6:00am in Career Coaching, Career Watch, interview tips| Tags: healthcare job search, Hospital Dream Jobs, hospital job boards, hospital job openings, hospital jobs, job search, job tips
Getting Connected: LinkedIn For Your Job Search
LinkedIn is a social networking website for professionals like yourself, and if you are not on it, you should be. It allows you to reconnect with former colleagues, post your curriculum vitae, and broaden your connections. A fact not to be overlooked: 80% of all companies expect to find their next employee through LinkedIn.
Gone are the days when you can walk into a hospital or clinic and make a casual inquiry about job openings. Most likely, you will just be told to look at the company's website for job postings. And a cold submission to an online job posting won't go nearly as far as a submission through someone in your social network. Nowdays, it is critical to have your resume online and for you to develop a web network of contacts.
Most recruiters first look online when deciding on viable candidates. LinkedIn can eliminate a number of hoops for a recruiter, and if your profile is not readily available but someone else who is equally qualified does have an online profile available, guess who moves on to the interview process? LinkedIn is the new first impression, and it allows you to sell yourself and market your skills and achievements.
When setting up your LinkedIn profile, you can download your current resume then rearrange it to highlight the skills and experience you feel are most crucial for a recruiter to see.
One of the best features on LinkedIn is your ability to request a recommendation from people in your network. These recommendations will appear on your public profile so that any recruiter can easily see the positive impact you have had in your various positions. We recommend that you have at least three recommendations and keep them current.
LinkedIn now has a feature similar to Facebook which allows you to start conversations. Looking for advice on a difficult decision? You no longer need to make phone call after phone call or send an email blast out. Simply post your dilemma on LinkedIn and everyone in your network will see it. Someone from your network may not have the answer but may be linked to a specialist in his network and can get the word out. The possibilities are endless!
Another great feature about LinkedIn, which is especially true for the seasoned professional who has worked at several hospitals and/or clinics over the last decade or so, is the ability to find former colleagues. Once you start this, the domino effect begins. This is where the real networking happens. A former coworker can introduce you to a friend or colleague of his and then you are "LinkedIn" with someone new, and so on. The more"Connections" you have the wider your "Network" becomes and your profile is reached by more and more people.
Posted by Julie at 5:00am in Job Search Tips, Linked In| Tags: Linkedin, Linkedin job search, medical job search, networking
How to Keep Job Skills Current
Take for instance, two close family members of mine. They are both well-educated and experienced in the film production industry. But six years ago, they moved from California to Oregon. This year, they moved back to California and are struggling immensely to find jobs in their arena. After four months, one of them finally found a starter position in administration in the industry but it is low-pay and his entire paycheck won’t even cover their rent. And she found herself interviewing for a barista position the other day-discouraged that her Dream Job in the film industry is not yet to be found. I stress that they are very experienced in their arenas. But apparently six years out of state was detrimental to getting their Dream Jobs back-in spite of the networking and industry volunteering they are doing while there.
I encourage you to keep your job skills and networking current-even if you are gainfully employed and think you will be there forever. If this economy has taught us anything-it is that no job is truly secure. We've seen huge companies take losses and close and people with twenty years plus seniority kicked to the curb. Our economy and employment rates may improve-but no one else will watch your back better than you.
Although the biggest argument I hear against this is the lack of time to network, etc, I want to stress the priority of it to you. If the unthinkable happens, you will regret not finding the time to keep current. So make it a goal and invest some time in this now by:
1. Remain educated in your field. Don't hesitate to take continuing education workshops or even take classes toward an upper degree in your field. If the time comes, someone with current education is much more valuable than someone who has not continued their education in many years. Education, of course, will benefit you personally too.
2. Stay online. Odd, I know. But while you have ikely been happily employed for the past several years, the job search has moved mostly online. Familiarize yourself with job listings, who is hiring in your industry and do not hesitate to look at the financials of public companies. Scour industry websites, newsletters and blogs. Learn as much as you can.
3. Improve your platform online. When a Twitter friend I know was laid off from his insurance position, he held over 50 “informational interviews” with various companies. Basically, he messaged us and asked for one to learn more about the companies we are with. Many of us gave him some time and due to this network, he has had several job offers. So dig up that old Twitter account and start making yourself valuable to your followers online. Already on Facebook or Linked In? Find friends in your industry and become a resource to them. Join the groups and answer questions when you can. Also consider other social sites in your industry.
4. Make some contacts. Remember that doctor you met at a conference last year? You still have his business card in your briefcase. Set aside a couple of hours each month to connect with people via email or phone, even if you just leave a voicemail. Or send them a card in the mail with your business card and thank them for the time they spent with you/class they taught, etc.
5. Stay technologically current. This can be difficult, but is important. You will be at an extreme disadvantage in future job searching if you do not use email, know how to navigate a website, cannot use Microsoft Excel etc. What's an iPad? Find out, if you don’t know. For good technical advice, read some tech blogs and keep up with the changes in the industry. Also consider learning software specific to your industry.
6. Keep your resume and references current. Keep your resume on the computer and add to it as you increase your learning, skills and job duties. And remember that someone who was a reference when you were job searching six years ago may not remember you well today. Find current references who can and will give a glowing report.
Following these tips will serve you well when and if you need to find a new job. You will already be halfway to your goal.
Posted by Julie at 9:33am in Continuing Education, Hospital Job Search, Job Search Tips, Twitter| Tags: current job skills, get a job, healhcare job, job discouragement, job networking, job training, networking
Reinventing Yourself: A Formula for Change
Twenty years ago, Wendy had no idea this is where she would end up. Here's what I call Wendy's formula for change:
1. Be resourceful-While raising her son, Wendy felt that an administrative job would be an improvement over waiting tables. Unfortunately, she did not have the time or money to go to school to learn the programs she would need to use in an office setting. She did not even have a computer. So she borrowed friend's computer and taught herself the programs in her spare time. Then she started applying for temp jobs where she continued to learn on the job. Do not let perceived obstacles stand in your way.
2. Be a life-long learner-Although getting into the company didn’t require previous medical experience, Wendy wound not be where she is today without some continuing education (she took classes in Bradycardia and Tachycardia) and reading medical journals on a regular basis. Take advantage of your employer's education reimbursement programs and read industry periodicals whenever you can.
3. Be aware of emerging trends-As many jobs are being eliminated, waves of new jobs will emerge, including jobs like Wendy's, because baby boomers are aging and technology is advancing. “Someone has to support the inventors and the cardiologists and the MDs who create these devices,” she says. Look for jobs in emerging markets rather than in sectors that will be obsolete within a few years.
4. Be willing to test the waters-After temping in various industries, Wendy was hired as a temporary buyer/planner for the medical device company. She found herself "surrounded by dedicated, happy coworkers and soon started to feel a similar sense of success and dedication. Through the years she temped for them in a variety of departments and was finally promoted to her current post, which she feels is more exciting than admin work in other fields. The path to your dream job may not be clear-cut, but as you try different things you learn and grow and will discover what makes you happy.
Posted by Julie at 6:00am in Career Coaching, Continuing Education, People Like You| Tags: Career Coaching, dream job, Hospital Dream Jobs, hospital jobs, how to reinvent yourself, job coaching
Tackling the Interview Q&A
Lifed.com recently posted the top interview questions you are likely to hear, and their tips on some winning answers.
Q- Can you tell me about yourself?
A- This is not the time to tell your life story. Instead, pick out a few key highlights of your education and career which are relevant to the job, and help make it clear that you are the best candidate.
Q- Why should I hire you?
A- Review the job description in detail before your interview so you are prepared for this question. Then, be specific. Point out some of your biggest achievements, as well as skills and experience that could benefit the company should they hire you.
Q- Why did you leave your previous job?
A- Keep it positive! Instead of bemoaning your old job, talk about why you’re excited about this one. For example, if it’s a bigger company, mention the growth opportunities this change could offer you.
Q- Could you explain the gap in your resume?
A- Many people have gaps in their resumes. Be honest – it’s too easy for an employer to do a reference check and find out the truth. Perhaps you were laid off, or took time off for family/personal reasons, but explain that you used the time to re-evaluate your career goals, and find a job that you planned to stay with for a long time.
Q- What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
A- Again, think about the job you’re applying for now. Mention positive aspects of your previous job that will be a part of this new position, and negative aspects that won’t be.
Q- Have you ever worked with a difficult boss?
A- Spin this one into a positive as well. Describe the difficult boss as “challenging,” and discuss something you learned from this experience.
Q- What are 5 words your previous boss would use to describe you?
A- Provide exactly that, don’t ramble! Think about the job description and the adjectives used. Do any of these apply to you? Hopefully they do. If so, use them.
Q- What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
A- Again, think about the job description. Is there a quality needed that you possess? If so, talk about that as your strength, and be sure to provide an example from your work history. And if asked about your weakness, turn it into a positive. For example, if you have limited experience in a particular area, does this company offer training? That could be yet another reason you’re excited about the position.
Q- Where do you see yourself in five years?
A- This question is usually about the hiring manager making sure you aren’t going to take the job, and then leave in a month. So state your desire to stay with this company so you can learn and grow and advance your career.
Q- Can you describe your dream job?
A- This is another question where the hiring manager is looking to see if you are a good fit for the company. So think about the job description and also the company culture when you’re answering this one, and how those correspond to who you are and what you want. If you want to dream big, go ahead, but in this case the hiring manager just wants to be sure that you’ll be happy at the company for more than a few years.
Q- What salary are you looking for?
A- This is a tough one, because you don’t want to undervalue yourself, or price yourself out of the position. If you know how much you need to make, and have to give a number, go ahead with that. But the best answer is to turn it back on the interviewer: “What is the salary budgeted for this position? I’m sure we could negotiate something if I were offered the job.”
Q- What do you know about our company?
A- This is exactly what it sounds like. The interviewer wants to test you! He wants to make sure you did your research – which shows that you are really interested and serious about the position. So do your homework, and give a thorough but concise rundown of what you know.
Q- Why do you want to work here?
A- Another test question to see if you’re serious about this company or just looking for any job you can get. Do your research, and then give some specific reasons you’d be excited to be at this company in particular. Is it one of the top 10 in its field? Is it known for its philanthropic ventures? Find out what interests you in particular and talk about that.
Q- Where else have you applied?
A- The hiring manager will be happy to know that you’re serious about this industry, and aren’t just applying to any job you can get. So mention a few other companies, but don’t go into detail. You want the interviewer to know that you’re serious in your search, and also in your strong interest in this position in particular that you are interviewing for.
Q- Do you have any questions to ask me?
A- Again, show that you’ve done your homework and that you’re interested in this position. Ask questions such as when the company expects o extend an offer for the position. And what the first projects would be for the person who fills this role.
If you are going on an interview, most likely you will be asked some or all of the above questions. You might even be asked some other questions that you did not prepare for. But if you do your research, you will always be prepared. Hospital Dream Jobs is a great place to start. Know as much as you can about the job you are applying for, and the company you are interviewing with. So when you get to the interview, you can be confident that it's what you want, and that your skills and experience make you a great fit.
Do your homework, but most importantly, bring your confidence and passion, and you’ll nail that interview.
Posted by Julie at 6:00am in Career Coaching, Job Search Tips, interview tips
Unusual and Fulfilling Healthcare Jobs
Nutritionist/Dietician - A nutritionist advises on food, nutrition, and how these impact an individual’s health. Nutritionists work at schools, hospitals, spas, rehabilitation facilities and other sites. This job requires a college degree with associated courses, and a license or other certification.
Health care professionals, whether or not they are looking for a new job, must read and keep up with medical news and trends. Careers in the medical field can pop up at any time and certain fields like those in IT become hot for a season and you have to be ready to take advantage of those jobs when they appear. The best way to stay alert for new jobs and trends is to read industry newsletters and online publications, as well as blogs and other industry communications. The following tips can help you stay informed and up-to-date on what’s happening in the medical field:
1. Participate in medical job boards
Whenever you have the opportunity to chat online with other healthcare professionals, make sure to indicate if you are interested in furthering your career in a certain field. This will assist you in sorting through the gossip and find those who might assist you in your health care employment search. Look for health care job boards that offer response opportunities.
2. Read about health care careers
Your education does not end with a diploma. It is crucial to review job boards to look for trends in hiring. Whether you participate in a trade group or are relying on medical staffing agencies to help you find a career in the healthcare industry creating your own avenues for developing a career network.
3. Follow careers in healthcare
Review the websites of medical staffing agencies and advice columns (like what we feature on HospitalDreamjobs.com) to stay current with the latest news and trends. This is both helpful for the job seeker and employer. Trade shows and events sponsored by any medical trade groups you belong to are great ways to see first-hand the health care jobs news and trends in action.
HospitalDreamJobs.com is more than a passing online jobs board. We strive to be the best online health care career resource available to the young high school student thinking of a medical career to the seasoned veteran who may be looking for a change in pace.
HospitalDreamJobs.com does the research to get you the best advice, tips and trends affecting health care. Our interactive site also features videos, a hospital directory and links to licensing boards and recruitment agencies among other valuable tools.
Posted by Julie at 6:00am in Career Coaching, Career Watch, Hospital Dream Jobs, Hospital Job Search| Tags: healthcare jobs
According to an article on healthcareers.net, there is huge demand for qualified health care professionals in nearly every aspect of the health care field. But, then you look at how long you have to spend in school and the cost can be prohibitive. If you’re someone looking at a career change the thought of attending classes and holding down a full-time job may be enough to squash any health care career ideas.
But wait! Your career in health care may not be that far away. In fact, many different schools offer programs that take just a few months to complete. Today, there are specialty schools, colleges and hospital programs that offer training to get you started much sooner than you might think. Now don’t expect to be a practicing surgeon after 12 months but there are nursing programs that can get you on your feet in a year, depending on the specialty.
Research is key in choosing any career and the same applies to health care because there are so many different opportunities to be involved. The first step is to determine what requirements are needed to enter a certain field. If you plan to continue working while attending class, many schools offer weekend, evening and even online programs in certain fields like health care management and medical billing.
Health care is one of the most broad-based career fields available and is no longer thought of as just nurses and doctors. There is an entire team of people who function, often behind the scenes, to ensure the delivery of quality health care. With so many options available, anyone can find a career path that fits their interests and needs.
Short-term training allows anyone to pursue a career in health care faster than a traditional four-year university. But remember, a quality program offers flexibility and plenty of educational options.
And don’t forget, once you get the required education and training come back to HospitalDreamJobs.com to quickly find that health care dream job! We compile tens of thousands of job postings nationwide to save you time and the frustration of having to navigate and search through countless other sites.
Posted by Julie at 6:00am in Career Coaching, Continuing Education, Nursing
Tis the season for graduation which comes with a flood of fresh faces looking to get their feet wet and start life. Online job searching is pretty much the norm these days and with so many sites and a dizzying array of advice, job searching can be just as hard as landing the job itself.
An article posted on PCMag.com provides some excellent online job managing tips for the new grad or the seasoned veteran looking for a change.
Where to Look for Job
Of course we advocate HospitalDreamJobs.com especially if you’re looking for a career in the healthcare field. In fact, the article states that the big, comprehensive ones can only get you so far and it’s better to focus on industry specific sites. HealthCareDreamJobs is award winning and a favorite among those looking for careers in the healthcare field.
Save Your Application Materials
You are not going to use the same resume or cover letter for every job. Each job opening will require specific strengths and experiences that will differ from other positions. Your application and resume should be tailored to each job-however, you’ll be able to use pieces of one resume to fill another one. In addition, especially if you’re a new grad, you’ll be sending out dozens of applications and a month may go by before you get word of an interview. By that time you may not even remember the specific position. If you’re organized, you can easily re-fresh your memory and get prepared.
So each time you apply for a job keep a copy of everything sent and use these tips to stay organized:
Set your email account to “save” sent email
Dates, Deadline and Successes
Track and save the date you’ve submitted applications and the deadlines (if applicable) of those job postings. You can use a spreadsheet or set up email folders to enable a more efficient sort and search method. In addition, keep track of the responses to your applications because it means you’ve done something right and you can figure out what worked.
Job hunting takes tame and entails a lot of paperwork. New grads and anyone actively looking for a job or a new career should expect to send out 30 applications a month. You can get disorganized fast. But if you get organized and employ the tips outlined above your time on the web will be more efficient, less stressful and hopefully very successful.
Bookmark HospitalDreamJobs.com if you’re looking for a career in health care. We compile tens of thousands of the best jobs in health care nationwide. In addition, we also provide you with the tools and information needed to make an informed decision about your future.
Posted by Julie at 6:00am in Career Coaching| Tags: find job, healthcare jobs, Hospital Dream Jobs, job search, job tips
The survey, conducted in 2011, indicates that first-year medical school enrollment will boast a 29.6 percent increase between the school years of 2002-03 and 2016-17. The AAMC was hoping to see the change by 2015 to address an expected physician shortage.
“U.S. medical schools are doing all that they can to address a serious future physician shortage in this country. We’re pleased to see that enrollment continues to grow, both through the expansion of existing medical schools and the establishment of new ones,” said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.
The AAMC surveyed deans from 134 U.S. medical schools and received a 95 percent response rate. Researchers filled in gaps by using answers from the previous year’s survey for those schools that did not respond. Additional findings from the survey included:
Of the projected 2002–2016 growth, 58% will be at the 125 medical schools that were accredited as of 2002. New schools since 2002 will experience 25% of the growth, and the balance (17%) will come from schools that are currently in LCME applicant- or candidate-school standing.
“Otherwise, it may become more difficult for medical students to complete their training and for patients to get the care they need—as our population continues to grow and age, more doctors retire, and 32 million Americans enter the health care system as a result of the Affordable Care Act,” said Kirch.
HospitalDreamJobs.com makes it easy to find the best job in health care because we compile the tens of thousands of health care jobs posted nationwide. In addition, we also provide you with the tools and information needed to make an informed and educated decision about your future.