A New Job in the New Year
Getting a new job is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. But without a personal commitment and a solid strategy, that goal is likely to evaporate before the end of January. That’s because getting a new healthcare job – like starting a healthy new diet or fitness routine – requires a sustained commitment of your time and energy.
So, here are four suggestions to put you on the right track for a new position in healthcare this year:
Set a clear goal. Whether you are a new nursing graduate or a veteran physical therapist, you probably have a picture of your ideal position. The first step toward making that dream a reality is to write down a description of your goal. Be as specific as possible. For instance, would you rather work in a hospital or a physician’s office? Would you prefer working with children, women or seniors? Are you willing to relocate for a new position? This goal-setting process will help you stay focused and moving ahead with your search.
Prepare a written plan. Treat your job hunt like a new work-related assignment. Identify the steps that need to be taken in order to reach your goal. Do you need to prepare a new resume and cover letter? Do you have contacts who could help get your “in the door” for an interview? What organizations in your area are the best prospects for you?
Dedicate time each day or week to your search. If you want a new job, you have to make it a priority in your daily schedule. That might mean getting up an hour earlier each morning to send out emails and posts, or spending half a day every Saturday sending out emails and responding to posts on job sites.
Consider a temporary position. If your job search isn’t producing immediate results, consider a temporary assignment. Many healthcare organizations have an immediate need for qualified professionals and rely on staffing agencies like All Medical Personnel to fill those positions. In many cases, these temporary assignments add to a candidate’s credentials and experience, and may result in an offer for a permanent job.
As we move into a New Year, our staffing team wishes you the best of luck in 2015!