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10 Things to know about your job search

10 things to know about your job search that will ensure a smooth and successful experience

  1. A good recruiter is your advocate, and can be a great tool in launching your job search. During the initial contact with a recruiter, you should establish clear guidelines as to what you expect from each other during the recruitment process. An ethical recruiter will protect your confidentiality during your search and will not release your information to any potential client without your consent. Even though placement fees are typically paid by the hospitals, practices, or clinics, they should never affect your starting potential.
  2. Determining your criteria before you initiate your search will minimize distraction caused by jobs of less significance and will save your valuable time for exploring other potential jobs. Identify your geographic preference, including the region, state, and city, in which you are willing to practice. Determine your ideal practice type; do you prefer a single or multi-specialty group? Would you rather join a private practice or an employed opportunity? Is location the most important determinant or is it the style, mission and values of the practice? What sort of community is best suited to your life-style? Time spent in honest soul searching before beginning your search is time well spent, and will pay off in the long-run.
  3. Try not to work with too many recruiters at once. Find recruiters that you trust and upon whom you can rely. Based on the information you disclose, your recruiter will provide job opportunities geared to meet your professional and personal needs. Stay organized and don’t duplicate any recruitment efforts you or any other recruiter has already started.
  4. Be honest about your background information and motivation for job searching because that information will always come out in the end. It is best to address any issues before a site visit or reference check reveals them, thus casting doubt upon your honesty.
  5. Your CV is your first impression; therefore it should be clean, clear and professional. There are some common mistakes you should avoid when designing your CV: Typos, confusing work/education history, unexplained gaps and too much information. Have your reference letters and/or list prepared and ready to go.
  6. Remember your manners. As you move through your search process, the folks with whom you are interviewing are acutely aware of your demeanor. If you are unpleasant, brusque, rude or demanding during the initial telephone contact with the hospital/practice representative, you may not get a chance to interview. Return calls and reply to emails in a timely fashion. After an interview make sure to send a personal note to the key players, thanking them for their time and reiterating your level of interest. Follow up periodically but not intrusively. The behavior that you display in the interview process is seen as predictive of your behavior once you join the group, so from start to finish be unfailing polite and pleasant.
  7. It’s great to feel like you’ve found your dream job; however maintaining an open mind throughout your selection can increase your job potential and/or offer other back up options. In a job search, it is never wise to put all of your eggs in one basket, as unexpected issues may arise and you could find yourself starting all over again, thus losing valuable time.
  8. Notify your recruiter(s) of any changes that may affect your job search. If you have accepted a position or have decided to stop your search until further notice, please let your recruiter and other relevant individuals know. A good recruiter works closely with the hospital or practice with whom you are interviewing, so keeping him/her up-to-date only helps you. Remember, your recruiter is your biggest advocate.
  9. Once you receive a contract, have an attorney help you evaluate the offer. Make sure the lawyer you work with is a healthcare attorney and has extensive experience with agreements in the state you plan to work in. If a friend or a family member who is a lawyer is reviewing the agreements as a favor, you may find yourself feeling uncomfortable asking for revisions or additional help. If you ask a mentor or a program director to review the agreements, they may not be abreast of the ever changing regulations and may give you inaccurate or out-of- date advice. If you use a general attorney, his/her lack of familiarity with healthcare laws and regulations can reflect poorly on you while increasing your overall bill.
  10. After you secure a new position, get an immediate start obtaining your state licensure, hospital privileges, DEA number, state controlled substance permit and any professional affiliations that will keep you abreast of any recent happenings in your field. Depending upon the state, these items can take months to be issued and may delay your start time. If you have narrowed your search down to one state and feel confident that you will practice in that state, it may behoove you to apply for your medical license in advance.