4 physician job search mistakes to avoid

Published on: Dec 11, 2017


These four mistakes could hurt your chances of finding your next physician job.

1. Publicly visible social media accounts

Social media has given us the ability to share our lives with the world. In many cases, that's a good thing. We're able to keep in touch with friends and loved ones from any distance. When it comes to your job search, however, social media can be a detriment.

HR expert Liz Ryan, writing in Forbes, explained that anything racy, objectionable or argumentative has no place in your publicly visible social media accounts. Your Facebook page, Instagram account and Twitter profile should be made private, so only your close friends can view them.

Professional networks such as LinkedIn should remain open and only feature content related to your work.

2. Not using your network

Your professional network is one of the most valuable job search tools you possess. This is true whether you've just graduated medical school or have been practicing for years. Reach out to your classmates, coworkers and professional acquaintances to see if they know of any opportunities at their places of work. Even if they don't know of anything specific, they may be able to point you toward someone who does.

Use your professional network to gain a leg up over the competition.Use your professional network to gain a leg up over the competition.

3. Not having a plan

Finding physician positions can be a long and challenging task. If your search is comprised of helter-skelter attempts to brush up your resume, apply to job postings and meet with the occasional recruiter, it's hard to gauge your progress.

CIO recommended developing a methodology for your search. Rather than accomplishing a few random tasks through the week, you should write down a plan, monitor it and make adjustments based on what you learn. For example, you may start by applying to five job postings a day, making three phone calls a week and writing one professional article a month. If you get more leads from one task, you can focus more time on it, relative to the others.

4. Ignoring physician recruiters

You shouldn't have to search for physician jobs alone. Recruiters have long-standing connections with healthcare organizations that you simply don't have the time or resources to cultivate for yourself.

Consider meeting with a few recruiters to learn more about what options are available to you. Even if you don't choose to partner with someone, you'll still gain valuable insights into the current physician job market.

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