Putting Your Best Face Forward: How to Land That Healthcare Job

Healthcare recruiting agencies are busier than ever. It is a reality: People will need specialized care until the end of time, and the possibilities for employment relating to this field are more plentiful than ever.

How to Land That Healthcare Job

Consider how to increase your chances of finding the perfect fit:

Conduct a ‘smart search.’

Consider location, schedule, and training that you might need. Line up great advocates who will serve as strong references. Be efficient and goal oriented.

It is especially important to promote yourself. Share your goals with some trusted friends, colleagues, and your social media network. Don’t be shy; put the word out there!

Update your resume to reflect your new goals.

Here’s the inside secret about resumes: Anyone on a hiring committee is looking far more at what is in between the lines than what is actually on the lines. What does your resume really say about you?

Let your cover letter briefly tell your story.

The most common mistake people make in cover letters is that they repeat what the resume already makes clear. This is the time to explain exactly why you’re ready for personal growth or healthy change.

Be sure, as well, to take the extra few minutes with each and every cover letter to make sure it is customized. Include, for example, a specific reference to a program that the organization supports, or a training process that they conduct that has attracted your attention. Be absolutely sure to get the right names (correctly spelled!) and titles of to whom the letter should be addressed.

The interview is your time to shine.

The best suggestion here is to immediately seek an interview for a job that you do NOT want. Get the interview, and do a practice run. Of course, you’ll go after it with everything you’ve got, but consider this: It sounds really good to an interviewer when you can share that you were offered a position at XYZ Organization, but you decided it wasn’t the perfect fit for you.

Do your homework long before the interview.

1. Will this be a panel interview or a one-on-one?
2. Who will be conducting the interview? Find out some background information about each person, and during the interview, try to include one or two verbal references to his or her work.
3. Don’t wait until the end of the interview to ask questions. DO have a list of questions, and ask at least one or two of them, but in order for the questions to blend in more organically, listen carefully. There will be opportunities to follow up some of your answers with a question that complements your last answer.
4. Know the organization, its awards or accomplishments, training practices, mentorships, etc. Your tacit references to this prior knowledge will again reveal what’s “in between the lines.” Let them know you’re a go-getter.
5. Arrive early, and if possible, walk the grounds. Get a feel for the vibe of the work place. References to these observations during your interview will go a long way.

This is an exciting phase — Tackle it with energy and commitment! Now might be the very best time to consider a career or job change within the field.

What interests you in working for healthcare?

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Valerie Wilson

Valerie J. Wilson is a freelance writer for many companies and organizations. She may be reached at vwschaffner@gmail or find her on LinkedIn!


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