Five steps to getting a new healthcare job in 2016
If you want a new healthcare job in 2016, now is the time to take action. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants (PAs), nurses, therapists, laboratory technicians and other healthcare professionals will be in big demand this year, according to studies of the U.S. labor market.
Here are five basic steps for advancing your career, regardless of your professional background, training or experience.
- Set a goal. Take some time to think about your ideal position. Do you want greater responsibility in an organization? Do you want to provide more specialized care, such as working in a pediatric, oncology, urgent care or rehabilitation facility? Do you want to stay in your community or move to a new location? Having a clear goal will help you stay on track during your job search.
- Prepare an action plan. You can’t sit back and wait for someone to offer you the ideal position. Instead, you’ll have to make things happen. That means dedicating time to your job hunt on a regular basis. Having a weekly “to-do” list is a great technique for keeping things moving forward.
- Update your resume and social media profiles. Before you start reaching out to your contacts or responding to online job opportunities, you should take a look at your resume to bring it up to date and highlight your accomplishments. You should also look at your profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites to be sure they are in line with your resume and convey a professional image.
- Start networking. In healthcare, as in other professions, who you know can be more important than what you know. Reach out to your colleagues, friends and family members who may be able to advise you or help open the door to a new opportunity. Get involved with civic, business, educational or charitable activities that provide opportunities to meet other professional in your community. You can also become more active in social media groups, post endorsements or testimonials, and build your online network as well.
- Respond quickly to postings. Keep your resume and cover letter on your mobile or desktop device so you can reply ASAP to new openings posted online. It’s much better to be at the head of list of candidates, than to send in your application at the last minute. It gives the recruiter more time to call back and discuss your credentials and experience.
Whether you’re new to the healthcare job market after earning a degree or certification, or have years of experience already, this five-step process can provide a great foundation for a successful job hunt in the coming year!