As an upcoming or recent graduate of a healthcare education program, your knowledge and skills are in higher demand than most and the job market tends to be tilted in your favor. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that landing a job is a sure thing right out of college. Getting hired in healthcare, like any other industry, requires careful planning and a systematic approach that begins well before you submit your first application.
This guide teaches you how to land a job in healthcare step-by-step, from building a professional network to signing that final job offer. We’ll walk you through the entire process, and provide expert tips along the way to help you create a winning resume, find good job opportunities, stand out from other candidates, and nail your interviews.
Step 1 Build Your Professional Network
The first step to getting hired in healthcare is developing a solid professional network. Ideally, this will begin well before graduation and continue to grow as you inch closer to employment.
Step 2 Optimize Your Resume and Review Your Online Profiles
Fine-tuning your resume and reviewing your online presence are also important measures. This is something you should consider doing before you begin the job search and send out application materials. Your resume and social media profiles are often the first impression potential employers get, so it is important to make sure they accurately reflect your accomplishments and public image.
Step 3 Master the Job Hunt
Once you have refined your resume and cleaned up your social media profile you are ready to begin the job search in full force. First, you need to know where to look. Most healthcare employers use online job sites to publicize new openings, but you can also find some possibilities through word-of-mouth in your professional network.
Step 4 Start Applying for Jobs
First you built a strong professional network. Then you optimized your resume, cleaned up your social media profiles, and initiated a targeted job search. Your search probably returned a ton of possibilities that you narrowed to suit your own interests and needs. Now you are ready to take the most important step: submitting applications. Here are some things to keep in mind as your gather your materials.
Step 5 Prepare for the Interview
Once you’ve sent out applications, resumes, and cover letters, you will hopefully start hearing back from hiring managers who want to schedule interviews. Interviews can be stressful, but being well prepared will help the experience go smoothly. Here’s some advice to help you with that.
Step 6 Evaluate Job Offers and Make a Decision
If things go successfully, once you complete the first round of interviews, you should start receiving job offers. Ideally, you will have more than one. So how do you evaluate the opportunities and weigh your options? You’re not obligated to take the first offer you’re given, so take some time to consider the factors most important to you.
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Andrea Clement is the President of Clem.co, Healthcare Communications and Career Collateral. She has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare staffing industry, including ten years as a healthcare recruiter placing physicians and advanced practice clinicians in hospitals and health systems across the country, and more than a decade of experience providing media relations and communications for a variety of corporations including healthcare staffing, clinical research, medical publishing, and physician consulting firms. From 2007-2018, Andrea wrote about healthcare careers and provided online medical career / job search advice for About.com, which is now VeryWell.com and TheBalance.com, both of which host much of her health career content currently.