Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. Whether you’re a physician or a nurse aide, we’ll tell you how to find and land a job in the potentially lucrative healthcare field.
According to the Department of Health & Human Services, more than 8,000 turn 65 each day in the U.S. By the end of 2011, there will be more than 49 million seniors scattered throughout the nation – a number that skyrockets to 72 million by the year 2025.
Translation: The job outlook in healthcare looks exceptionally good compared to the prospects in many other industries. But since qualifying for a job in healthcare and actually landing a good job in healthcare are two very different things, you’re going to need help to find a position that fits your background and career goals.
- Evaluate Your Qualifications. While some healthcare positions are extremely specialized (e.g. orthopedic surgeons), others require little or no previous healthcare experience (e.g. medical assistants, aides, secretaries, etc.). In many cases, first-time healthcare workers leverage entry level positions as stepping stones to better positions.
- Network in Local Healthcare Organizations. Local healthcare associations offer tons of networking opportunities for jobseekers. Participation in regional medical societies, nursing associations, volunteer organizations and other groups can be invaluable sources of contacts and references.
- Find a Mentor in Healthcare. One of the ways veteran healthcare professionals give back to the industry is by mentoring the next generation of medical workers. If you haven’t done so already, find a mentor who is established in your target job market and ask them if they will be willing to help guide your career – starting with your job search.
- Identify Niche Job Boards. General job boards have a certain amount of value for any job hunter. But in the healthcare sector, you may have better luck identifying job boards that specialize in medical job listings. In addition to searching for medical job boards online, be sure to check out the job boards posted by hospitals, physician groups and other medical employers.
- Work Your References. At some point in the job search process, you’re going to need references – people who are qualified to assess your performance as a student, intern or former employee. It’s common courtesy to ask for permission to use these individuals as references before you submit their names to potential employers. But while you’re at it, ask your references if they know of any openings and subtly recruit them as an ongoing resource in your search efforts.