What's in your physician job search toolkit?

Published On: May 16, 2019
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Before you dive into your physician job search head first, take stock of all the resources available to you. By fully utilizing all of your tools, you can speed up your search and find a position that meets your expectations.


Medical job boards


Whether you're researching jobs to get a feel for your local market or you're actively applying to open positions, medical job boards are a valuable resource. Not only can you see exactly what type of positions are available, but you can also use posted job descriptions to refine your resume and cover letters.

The 2019 Physician Recruitment Industry Trends Survey conducted by Staffing Industry Analysts revealed that physician recruiters use job boards to source candidates more frequently than email campaigns, cold calls or social media campaigns.


Your professional network


According to the Society of Human Resource Management, employee referrals account for 30% of hires, across all types of organizations. Hiring managers value referrals because they tend to be more cost effective and have better retention rates.

You can use this trend to your advantage by leveraging your professional network to learn about new opportunities. Likewise, you can leverage medical job boards and social media platforms to connect add recruiters to your network. To be an effective networker, you should pass along job information when positions aren't a good fit for you.

Your professional network may be able to alert you to new opportunities.Your professional network may be able to alert you to new opportunities.




Your curriculum vitae


When applying to open positions, your CV is often the first thing recruiters and hiring manager see. Therefore, you'll want to make sure your document is highly refined and accurately portrays your professional credentials.

Your CV should use a simple format so that it is scannable - both for humans and machines. Have someone you trust review your document for errors. Recruiters can receive hundreds of applications for a single role, so your CV has to stand out.


Your legal representation


Compared with standard employment contracts, physician contracts are subject to much more strict legal requirements. The American Medical Association recommended that physicians hire a lawyer to review all offers or letters of intent before signing anything. It's important to find an attorney who specializes in physician employment contacts, as a general business lawyer may not have the relevant experience.

Whether you're looking for your first physician job, or you're looking to make a switch from your current position, sign up for free job alerts from myHealthTalent.com to find your dream job. Before you dive into your physician job search head first, take stock of all the resources available to you.