Tips for a Successful 2013 Job Search

Tips for a Successful 2013 Job Search

Although 2013 should be a strong growth year of healthcare employment, the competition among professionals for the best positions remains high. In order to give yourself the best results in your job search, we listed several tips that should help you make the most of your career hunt in the New Year!

Try implementing the following tips to help boost your job search success in 2013:

1. Stay calm, patient and proactive: Set a specific goal each day. How many hours will you spend searching and applying? How many applications will you submit? How many contacts will you reach out to in your personal network of professionals? Make sure your goals are reasonable. This will give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

2. Update and proofread your resume: Make yourself stand out. Hiring managers may receive hundreds of resumes for one open position. Qualified candidates with spelling and grammatical errors in their resume and cover letter can quickly be overlooked and tossed aside. Have a friend or family member review your materials before sending your documents to ensure any errors are caught.

3. Be open to temporary and contract work: Getting your foot in the door is one of hardest parts of a job search. Once you are in, you have the chance to prove yourself as indispensable so they do not want to lose you. If a full-time position opens up, you will be one of the first to be considered.

4. Consider working with a recruiter: Finding employment can be a full-time job in itself. Recruiters can act as a second pair of eyes for your job search. They work directly with hiring managers and HR and are trained to help candidates stand out to potential employers. They will help coach you on interviewing skills and resume writing as well as prepare you for your interview with the potential employer.

5. Make your resume public: Job boards such as Career Builder and Monster are used by recruiters and other hiring professionals to find potential candidates with qualifications that match their open positions. Create an account and upload a copy of your current resume. Be sure to make your resume searchable by employers by including as many keywords as possible that relate to your experience.

6. Create a LinkedIn profile: Recruiters and employers often use LinkedIn to search for and reach out to potential candidates. LinkedIn allows you to create a searchable online version of your resume and also allows you to connect and network with other professionals.

7. Utilize your personal network: It is important to keep in contact with a personal network of professionals to get your name out there as a potential candidate. Remember that each person you contact knows another network of professionals. A recommendation from another professional within the industry or organization will make you stand out more than just a resume on a computer screen.