Getting What You Want

First, you need to prepare a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV). These documents are going to be critical to the success of your job search, so you don't want to throw them together in a couple of hours. Work on them and have other people, preferably people in the medical field, review them and provide you with feedback. Then work on them some more. If writing is not one of your stronger talents, then hire a professional. Before you choose a professional, make sure to see examples of work they have done for others in the medical field. 

Second, you should post your CV online. Most recruiters and employers prefer clicking on a link to downloading an attachment. Plus, if your CV is online then you have more control of its formatting and appearance. This may not always be the case with attachments because different word processing programs present documents differently and there's no way to guarantee that you and the employer will be using the same program.

Third, make contacts. According to an article at the American College of Physician's web site, 80% of all medical jobs are acquired through networking. That means this is a good time to start getting in touch with anyone you know in your field. Call physicians you worked with during your residency, contact old professors from med school or senior residents, and get in touch with your own physician. Take any opportunity you can to meet and mingle with other physicians.

Another way to make contacts is to start looking through medical journals and similar publications for employment ads. Some hospitals and practices post these ads in order to attract physicians. These ads might be a good starting place. You can also find a number of sites online that are dedicated to making it easy for physicians to find available positions (we recommend the NetDoc Physician Jobs site).

Of course, not all available medical positions are advertised so you might want to start calling or sending resumes to any hospital or practice you are interested in working for. Be prepared for low response rates with this technique since many employers you contact won't have any openings and others will be turned off by your job search methodology. Some firms, however, specialize in tracking down unadvertised positions this way (see for example).

Before you begin contacting these potential employers, you may want to do some research on them to be confident they'd be a good match for you. For example, you might be eager to apply for a position at a certain hospital only to discover they have a very high turnover rate meaning something prevents physicians from wanting to remain there for very long. That information might give you second thoughts about applying.


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