Job hunting can be a tough process, but there are ways to make it easier on yourself by following some of the tips we’ve outlined in this article. These have been collected through our own experiences working with job candidates, along with research and knowledge from the employer perspective. Even if you’re not currently in the throes of searching, be sure to keep these in mind!
Make sure your resume is up-to-date and accurate
In a survey conducted by Resume Builder, only 1 in 4 American workers affected by Covid updated their resume. While taking the time to comb through your current resume might feel tedious, it has been proven to pay off in the long run. Your resume is essentially the first impression a hiring manager will have of you. A well-written resume that provides a clear summary of your work experience and qualifications will ensure the best first impression. Be sure your dates of employment are accurate and that the document is free of any typos or spelling errors. Try to avoid simply copying and pasting the job description of your previous positions on your resume. Instead, use bullet points to accurately list your core responsibilities and achievements. You also want your resume to be visually appealing by using a simple and consistent format throughout the document. Keep in mind that hiring managers are often receiving hundreds of resumes for a single job posting! By submitting an organized and concise resume, a hiring manager will be able to find the information they need with ease which leads you one step closer to an interview.
Do your research
Our Recruiters at Med-Scribe always stress the importance of finding a job that not only meets your needs, but also provides a sense of satisfaction and work-life balance. While it may be tempting to apply to a multitude of positions to increase your odds of being selected for an interview, this may lead to dissatisfaction in the long run. Before applying to a job, take the time to thoroughly read the job description. Make sure that the job duties align with your experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications. Applying to jobs that you do not qualify for can lead to burn out both on your end and on the hiring managers end. You also want to ensure that the requested schedule and pay rate would be a fit for your needs. Unless a job posting specifically states that there is room for negotiation, most often the stated schedule and pay rate is firm. Lastly, research the company to make sure their values and business model would be a good fit for you. Reviewing their company website, employee testimonials and customer reviews can provide a wealth of information and insight into whether that company would be a good fit for you or not.
Monitor your phone calls and emails
Don’t let a missed call or email cost you your dream job! After applying to a job, make sure to monitor your phone calls and emails for any communications from the hiring manager. Keep in mind that emails may go into your spam box as well. If you are busy during the day and unavailable to answer your phone, make sure your voicemail box is empty and that your voicemail message is professional. Be sure to return any missed calls within 24 hours! Remember that hiring managers are reviewing hundreds of applicants so you don’t want to miss your opportunity to schedule an interview. If you happen to be caught off-guard by a phone call and are unable to present yourself in a professional manner, simply ask if you can give them a call back in a few moments so you can move to a quiet location.
Be honest with yourself and the hiring manager
Honesty is always the best policy! Take the time to assess your career goals to determine which type of position would truly satisfy you and be the best fit for your needs. Make sure to only apply to positions that you believe will be a good fit for you. If you happen to decide after an interview that maybe that position is not your cup of tea, don’t be afraid to speak up. Hiring managers would much rather have you inform them after an interview that you are no longer interested then have you unsatisfied in the position and potentially resigning soon after starting. By being honest with yourself and the hiring managers, you can ensure that both your time and theirs is spent more efficiently.
Work with a staffing agency (Like Med-Scribe!)
Our goal at Med-Scribe is to help candidates in medical and administrative fields to find their dream career. We use an individualized approach to work with you and obtain a clear understanding of your career goals and what type of position would be the best fit for you. We then advocate for you and reach out to our clients on your behalf to arrange interviews. There are no fees for our services and we will never stop rooting for you. We want you to find that perfect position just as much as you do! If you have any questions about our process and if being a part of the Med-Scribe team is the right career move for you, please visit our website at www.medscribe.com or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at this toll-free number: 1-800-278-1463.