4 terms to avoid using in your next medical job post

Published on: Jun 25, 2018

Ready to write your next medical job posting? Do your best to avoid these four common words:

1. "Rockstar"

Using trending phrases such as "rockstar" or "guru" can alienate your job posting, plus, they can mean different things to different people. When writing a medical job posting, consider the reader's perspective: What will he or she think when seeing words like these? Chances are there is a better way to describe the position. After all, your organization doesn't really want a "rockstar" physician, it wants an experienced medical professional. Use concrete language and avoid words that don't carry significant meaning.

2. "Results-driven"

Asking for a medical professional who is "results-driven" assumes that many applicants don't care about patient outcomes. Additionally, the desired outcome for a specific patient is unique to that individual. Consider, for instance, the difference between the desired outcome for a hospice patient compared to a patient who makes an appointment for their yearly physical.

In essence, "results-driven" is a meaningless phrase because it could have so many potential connotations. It indicates that the person writing the job post hasn't given serious thought to the requirements of the position. Avoid these empty phrases and get into the specifics of the job.

When writing job listings, avoid cliched phrases that lack real meaning.When writing job listings, avoid clichéd phrases that lack real meaning.

3. "Multi-tasker"

Almost every medical professional has a busy schedule. It's expected that physicians and nurses are able to juggle multiple patients during a single shift. Again, this word isn't very useful because it's not really saying anything of value. It could be applied to any position in any industry.

Instead of making a broad statement, consider listing out some specific responsibilities of the position. What does an average day look like on the job? What other positions will interact with the new hire? How will the new hire be expected to collaborate with other professionals? This information is much more valuable to the job seeker.

4. "Self-starter"

When job postings use "self-starter," it typically means that the person applying to the position should be able to manage his or her own daily tasks. In a medical setting, professionals will certainly need to make snap decisions without turning to a superior - but there's also a lot more collaboration.

Rather than putting this emphasis on the job seeker's ability to take hold of the reins, consider listing the type of education and experience required of the position. After all, medical job seekers have spent considerable time in school, which shows they are invested in their career.

If you're ready to post your next medical job listing, visit myHealthTalent.com today to start interacting with qualified candidates.

Ready to write your next medical job posting? Do your best to avoid these four common words: