I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Getting your first job in your chosen subspecialty or specialty is the hardest thing you can imagine. You may lack relevant experience in interview skills, and employers view you as part child. Plus, there’s a lot of competition because of all the others who have just finished residency or fellowship training. However, this competition is also unprepared for finding a job.
Knowledge and preparation can lift you above the competition and land you in the position you desire. Find your first job through intelligence and diligence using these top 8 job search tips:
1. Avoid limiting your search to the internet.
You’re searching for a job online for the same reasons everyone else is; it’s easy and you can do it in your favorite t-shirt while eating a pizza. That’s why jobs posted online have so much competition. It’s also much more challenging to stand out. Use other resources while searching for a job, including your program director and other physiatry colleagues.
2. Network like your life depends on it.
This is the surest way to get a job. If you can get a recommendation from someone who makes a difference, half the battle is won. Target a short list of highly respected physiatrists and reach out to everyone on that list. All you need is one good contact to land a great job.
3. Take advantage of the career services department of your academy.
These individuals are staffing the office for a reason. They’ll look over your CV and cover letter, help with your interview skills, and hook you up with an academy member. You’ll also be made aware of any upcoming career fairs or potential practice openings.
4. Tailor your CV and cover letter to the position.
It might be convenient to use the same CV and cover letter for each job opening, but you’re seriously hurting your chances of securing an interview. Think about what each hospital system or practice needs, and show that you’re the person to fill that need. This will help you stand out from the competition.
5. Appear professional.
This doesn’t just apply to your clothes. Get an appropriate hair cut for the job you are seeking. Clean up your social media presence and voicemail greeting. A prospective employer won’t be impressed by your “Yabba dabba doo peeps!” voicemail greeting.
6. Stay in touch with your classmates.
One of your classmates might find a great job and put in a good word for you. Continue to build your network. It will prove to be beneficial to remain in touch with those you completed your education with. This holds true throughout your lifetime.
7. Create a website.
Everyone should have a website, or at least a landing page. Post your CV and qualifications and present yourself to the world. Remember to be professional and focus on your strengths. Keep your contact information up to date. Having a website is another great way to stand out from the competition.
8. Put your social media accounts to work.
Though the last, this is the one of the greatest job search tips. Instead of using them for socializing, use those accounts for something more useful. Reach out to everyone you know. LinkedIn has proven to be an effective way to market yourself. Many jobs have been filled via employers and recruiters searching the profiles.
Looking for a job isn’t fun. It can even be intimidating if you’ve never been through the process before. Finding your first professional position is crucial because it sets the baseline for the rest of your career. If you can land a good job now, you can have an even better job in a couple of years. Being underemployed can limit your career progress for years. Following these job search tips, however, will position you for success.
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I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Follow me on social media @DrHassanRehab.