Trade Facebook for face time
If you’re looking for a new healthcare position, the holiday season provides plenty of opportunities for face-to-face networking. Even in today’s digital age when application letters, resumes and offers fly back and forth via email, texts, LinkedIn and Facebook, there’s a great deal of value in shaking hands, engaging in conversations and getting to know other professionals in a social environment.
Let’s say you’re interested in a position at a local hospital, clinic, medical laboratory or other service provider. You may know someone who could invite you to a holiday party or activity. You could also contribute to a holiday toy drive or charitable campaign. These are some of the ways you can make a favorable personal impression on someone who could potentially hire or refer you to your ideal position.
Along with taking advantage of these types of person-to-person networking opportunities, you should do a little homework about the organization and think about how you want to present yourself, even if you are a temp. For instance, you might be able to pick up a nugget or two of information about the organization that you could drop into the conversation.
If a hospital is opening a new oncology or OB/GYN unit, then it would be natural for you to ask about how the project is coming along. Or if the CEO or chief medical officer recently received an award, you could tuck that knowledge away for a possible congratulatory remark.
At the same time, you should think about how you want to present your job search – or not. After all, you probably don’t want to say, “Hi, I’m Debbie and I’m looking for a permanent floor nurse position.” There are certainly more subtle ways to let others know that you’re in the job market. For example, you could mention that you’re considering a career change and ask for advice about gaining a position with greater responsibilities. Or you could simply engage in a friendly holiday conversation, and perhaps follow up with a note or request in the New Year.
For many healthcare professionals, the holiday season provides a valued break in busy day-to-day schedules. Take advantage of this time to get out in your local professional community and get to know your colleagues. It’s a step that can help get you moving toward a more rewarding position in 2016. Good luck!