How to Get Your First Job as an Ultrasound Sonographer

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Published: 24 Jan 2018      

So, you’ve finished uni and you’re on the hunt for your first ultrasound sonographer job. Your qualifications will only take you so far. After all, everybody else who’s just finished their studies are in the same boat as you are.

You need something extra to help you to land that first ultrasound sonographer job. In the end, it often comes down to how you conduct yourself during the application process. These are the things that you have to do to stand the best chance of landing that first job.

Find Out About Your Potential Employer

This is a tip that applies to practically any job that you might apply for.

The simple fact is that your potential employer wants to see that you care about the role and the organisation you’ll work for. If you walk in with no knowledge of who they are, you’re setting yourself up to fail.

Learning about your potential employer also helps you to create more pointed questions. You can dig into specifics, rather than asking the general stuff that you’d ask at any job interview.

Check online to see what the medical centre’s website has to say. It’s also a good idea to head in and pick up any literature that you can find relating to it. Look for recent achievements and any information about the ultrasound department that you’d be working in.

Know Your Weakness

You’ll be asked for your strengths and weaknesses during your interview. The former question is easy enough to answer, as you can pull back to your medical training and highlight the areas where you excelled.

The latter question is always the trickier of the two. Go into too much detail about your weaknesses and you risk the job. Try to play yourself off as perfect and you’ll give the interviewer reason to believe that you’re dishonest.

Everybody applying for their first ultrasound sonographer job has one key weakness – inexperience.

Highlight it while mitigating it. This means that you recognise that your experience level is on the lower end of the scale. But, you impress upon the interview that you’re looking forward to learning from their professional staff. Any relevant work experience can also help here.

Ask the Right Questions

Your interviewer will give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. This usually happens towards the end of the interview.

Remember, you’re trying to find out if this is a good fit for you too.

Your research likely created a few questions that you may have about the medical centre or hospital.

But there are a few key things that you should always ask when interviewing for your first ultrasound sonographer job:

  • What will my main duties be in the role? (Your interviewer may have already covered this. If so, ask about a specific duty if you have any uncertainties).
  • How do you train employees?

This last question is particularly important because it shows that you have a desire to learn, improve, and excel in the role.

Sonographers Medical is here to help you if you’re looking for an ultrasound sonographer job. Head to our jobs page today to see what’s available near you.

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