How to stand out from other medical job candidates

Published on: Aug 26, 2019


Attracting the attention of recruiters can be a challenge when you're first starting out in your medical career. If everyone else has roughly the same amount of education and work experience, how can ensure that you get noticed?

Here are some key ways to differentiate yourself at each stage of the job search:

How to stand out in a cover letter

Your cover letter is often the first communication you have with recruiters. Unfortunately, your letter is often part of a pile of very similar looking letters.

These tips can help your letter stand out, while remaining professional:

  • Personalization: Always address the reader by name, and mention why you were attracted to their organization.

  • Keywords: Identify keywords from the job description and use them in your message. This shows you pay attention to the details.

  • Post-script: After your professional sign-off, include a more informal post-script, such as, "P.S. I've been meaning to try out ABC Cafe near your office, maybe we could meet there for a quick chat?"

Be sure to avoid gimmicks like colorful fonts or images. Keep your cover letters error-free and professional.

Take full advantage of your notes during a phone interview.Take full advantage of your notes during a phone interview.

How to stand out in a phone interview

A phone interview can be a mixed blessing. On one hand, you have the freedom to refer to your notes, but on the other hand, it might be difficult to judge how the recruiter perceives you. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Prepare your notes: Prior to the interview, collect all of your notes about the position, print them out, and have them easily accessible. You should have the job description ready for easy reference.

  • Write your answers ahead of time: Phone interviews tend to be about the same things, such as your educational background and previous work experience. Find a list of common interview questions online, and write out your answers to each one. Don't read them word-for-word when you respond, but refer them if you get stuck.

  • End with next steps: Before you say goodbye, ask the recruiter what's next. Try to get a firm action item so you can keep the ball rolling.

Usually, if a phone interview goes well, you'll get invited to an in-person interview. That means you're almost there!

How to stand out in an in-person interview

An in-person interview is usually the last step before a hiring decision is made. Be memorable by:

  • Regulating your body language: Pay close attention to how you sit, where you look and what you do with your hands. You're body language can tell others when you're nervous. Take some deep breaths before entering the interview to calm your nerves.

  • Expanding up your resume: It's fine to reference your resume, but the recruiter has already read it. Instead, use examples from your work history to illustrate why you'd be a good fit.

  • Asking questions: Showing interest in the organization is crucial to making the final cut off.

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