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Medical Job Search - How to Get a Medical Job - Career Planning for Medical Jobs

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If you are interested in pursuing a medical career, the process can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are just getting started in the healthcare industry. However, if you plan ahead, think through your decisions ahead of time, and break the process down into manageable steps, you can obtain a rewarding and profitable medical career.

Be Sure a Health Career is Right for You:

Before you do anything else, be sure that a career in the healthcare field is right for you. If you’re unsure, ask yourself a few simple questions which may help to clarify your goals. Many health careers require lengthy educational, training, and certification processes. Medical jobs may often be stressful, due to long hours. A medical career sometimes requires sacrifices of time and money which could impact you and your family. Therefore, it’s important to be certain that you are a good fit for the health career you desire.

Decide Which Medical Job is Best for You:

Research various careers, including educational requirements, salary, hours, and job responsibilities. Avoid making your career decisions based solely on what your friend tells you or what your parents want you to do. You need to be aware and prepared for your future professional career. You are the one who has to live with your career choice for years to come!

Get Educated, Licensed, and Certified for your Medical Job:

Once you've decided on the best career, it's time to start studying to obtain the prerequisite qualifications needed. Most medical jobs require multiple certifications and licenses before starting work. Depending on which type of job you're pursuing, the education and certification process could take weeks, months, or years to complete.

Search and Apply for Medical Jobs:

A variety of resources are available to help you to search and apply for medical jobs.

  • Medical job boards offer healthcare job postings for a variety of employers.
  • Professional networking is a great way to meet other medical professionals who could become valuable contacts to help you get your foot in the door with a potential healthcare employer.
  • Medical recruiters can be an excellent resource for finding top medical jobs.
  • Medical professional associations and their websites can be an excellent resource of information including career trends, potential employers, and medical job postings.

Interview Successfully:

The job interview can make or break your medical job search. Therefore, you want to be sure you are aptly prepared for this critical part of the search process. You need to know what to do, and what not to do on an interview. Below are things you should prepare prior to interviewing.

  • Professional attire
  • Accurate directions to the interview location
  • Names and titles of people you will be meeting with during the interview
  • A list of questions to ask the interviewer
  • Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins of Interviewing!

Accept the Job, and Get to Work:

...and enjoy your new health career! While this is the end of the job search process, you are now at the beginning of another process: that of building and advancing your career. Now is the time to join the national and local professional associations if you haven't already, and continue to nurture your health career. Set goals, plan ahead, and work hard to achieve professional success in your health career for years to come.

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