General Tips for Getting a Medical Job

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Published: 5 Mar 2015      

Job hunting is stressful at the best of times and it is easy to lose heart when the applications you send aren't even replied to, never mind getting you an interview. Perseverance is the key to job hunting success but for those in the medical profession it is important to get everything right. After all sonographers, radiologists and other specialists need to be able to demonstrate competence and confidence during the application process if they are to stand any chance of showing potential employers that they will make a valued addition to the medical staff.

With that in mind we at Sonographers Medical thought we would compile a short list of tips that can help medical professionals on their way to job hunting success.

Tip #1 - Find the Right Job

For some people applying for every position available is a good idea, as it can give them experience with the application and interview process until they find something that is relevant to them. For those in the medical profession this isn't so much of an option as a poor reputation can be garnered from applying to positions and then turning them done if you are accepted.

Sites such as our own can help you find jobs in your area and for your speciality. Think long and hard before making an application as it is important that you put a lot of effort into making that all-important first impression.

Tip #2 - Your CV

Crafting a good CV is the first step towards getting your foot in the door and a poorly created CV will often be immediately discarded, especially if it does not contain the information the employer needs.

The idea is to be clear and concise throughout. Not only does this make the CV easier to read but it also demonstrates that you won't get caught up in unnecessary information when working.

Keep paragraphs short and ensure all relevant qualifications and experience are front and centre. Employers want to know about you to an extent, but the first thing they look for is whether or not you have shown you can do the job. It goes without saying but do not embellish the information in an effort to make yourself look good. In the medical professions this will come back to haunt you.

Tip #3 - The Interview

If you manage to get to the interview stage it is vitally important that you fully research the institution that you are applying for and what both the interview process and the role in general require of you. Turning up uncertain on the day will create a poor first impression that is difficult to recover from.

Dress appropriately for the interview, with clothing dependent on what the interview itself entails. Ensure that you have all relevant references available and make sure to practice answers to potential questions. 

As with most job interviews, part of the secret is striking up a rapport with your interviewer. Question them about things relating to the job and ensure that they understand you take the process seriously and want to understand as much as possible about it. 

 

With these tips in mind you will have a more solid foundation to build from. They are not a guarantee of success, as you can never fully determine what any potential employer is looking for, but they will at least help you get started along the road.

One last thing. If you have applied for a position and failed to get it, whether you have not gotten past the interview stage or didn't get an interview at all, it is worth asking for feedback on your application as a whole. Be polite and do not demand anything and you may find you get some useful information about how you can improve the manner in which you present yourself to potential employers.

 

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