Whether you work as a physician or epidemiologist, finding work within the healthcare sector can be difficult, especially when so many talented individuals are searching for work at the same time. Therefore, it is important that you make use of all available resources in order to put your best foot forward when applying for a new position.
After all, you have to demonstrate to the potential employer that you are the best choice for the job, and may be facing tough competition from other prospective candidates.
With that in mind, here are three things you should always remember when applying for a job!
1: First Impressions = Resume
Your resume serves as your employer’s first introduction to you. Therefore, it is essential that you make a good impression. Too often, resumes are disregarded due to a simple lack of professionalism and care (i.e. poor spelling and grammar), so ensure your CV is clean, presentable, and free of any errors.
You should also ensure that your CV is focused – don’t provide any surplus information that is not relevant to your chosen job, or does not demonstrate necessary transferable skills. Remember, you only have a short amount of time to capture their interest, so keep the information brief, but enticing.
Thankfully, there are plenty of resources available online that guide you through the process of writing an effective physician CV or resume.
2: Search for your dream job, it won’t find you.
Sometimes, a job offer will fall into your lap unexpectedly. However, most of the time, especially when searching for your dream job, you will have to put the hard work in yourself – sending of application after application in the hope that you catch someone’s attention.
However, there are plenty of resources, such as PracticeMatch that can help make the process a little easier. Practice Match helps healthcare companies find help by providing them with the appropriate tools they need to source, recruit, and retain healthcare practitioners within their company. If you’re looking for work, you can list your resume on their platform and wait for potential employers to contact you. In the last month, they’ve secured 368,881 candidate matches.
3: You are more than your resume.
A strong resume is sure to catch an employer’s eye, but you need to bring more to the table than a few qualifications, no matter how impressive they may be or how many years spent in education. In fact, your personal skills and attributes are just as important as your qualifications, especially when working in a high-stress environment. Therefore, be sure to show off these skills when you are invited to an interview. In addition to academic qualifications, you need to be able to demonstrate the following:
- Strong communication skills
- Good time management skills
- The ability to think on your feet
- Conflict resolution skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Leadership skills
- Your ability to work as part of a team
- Your ability to take direction/criticism
- Your flexibility
- Your attitude and approach to work