In today’s increasingly competitive job marketplace, it’s important that you use every available method to separate yourself from other candidates that are competing for the same jobs you are applying to.
There are several tips and methods that are easy to implement in your healthcare job search to improve your odds of scoring an interview, and eventually landing a job offer.
These tips only require a little bit of time to implement, and will pay off in the long run.
- Seek New Connections On LinkedIn
If you haven’t been using LinkedIn as a healthcare professional, you need to. LinkedIn is one of the best networking platforms around today to ensure that you find as many job opportunities as possible.
LinkedIn is a great platform for you to find healthcare recruiters, employers, hiring managers, and potential co-workers who can recommend an opening for you to consider. As employers and recruiters actively try and solve the healthcare talent shortage, every platform is being utilized to seek and interview qualified talent.
Take a more active role in LinkedIn to find and connect with recruiters and hiring managers who are seeking qualified talent – and connect with them directly by sending a message and inquiring about potential openings. If they have no openings currently available, it is always a great idea to connect with them and let them know about your qualifications and experience so they remember you when an opening becomes available.
- Review Your Cover Letter
The next step in improving your healthcare job search is to ensure that you craft a unique cover letter for each healthcare job you apply to. Many job seekers believe that they should save time to by using a generic cover letter that they can use for every single application they submit.
The problem with this, is that by using a generic cover letter for every position that you apply to – you’re not taking advantage of a key scenario where you can explain your unique skills and experience for each individual position.
No two positions are the same, and you shouldn’t use a generic cover letter that makes it seem as if they are. Take a little bit of extra time to craft a cover letter that truly speaks to the job you’re applying for and identify how you should be the top candidate in the consideration process.
- Use Healthcare Niche Job Sites
The next tip to improve your healthcare job search is to begin using healthcare niche sites. Increasingly, healthcare recruiters and hiring managers are using every tool at their disposal to find qualified talent to fill vacant positions.
Healthcare recruiters and hiring managers are constantly having to deal with smaller recruiting budgets. This means that healthcare recruiters and hiring managers need to spend money on more cost-effective recruiting solutions than some of the largest job sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and Monster which typically focus on volume rather than quality.
One unique healthcare niche site that many recruiters and hiring managers are turning to is HospitalCareers, with over 25,000+ hospital jobs, career advice, and career insights for qualified healthcare professionals.
On healthcare niche sites, healthcare recruiters can narrow down the target audience and only attract qualified healthcare talent without worry about some of the spam or random applications that are typically seen on some of the larger job sites as mentioned above.
You can separate yourself from the spam applications associated with those large job sites by focusing on some of the niche job sites focused on the healthcare industry.
- Review Your Resume
The next tip to improve your healthcare job search is to make sure that you spend a little extra time reviewing your resume. A solid resume is the difference in getting passed over for a job or landing a higher percentage of interviews.
Similar to the cover letter scenario we mentioned above, many job seekers feel that they should create a resume that they can use to apply to every position they are interested in. The problem with this, is that they are often placing unrelated skills to the job in their resume.
When a healthcare recruiter or hiring manager reviews your application, cover letter, and resume, they take note of how you mentioned unrelated skills or experience and think to themselves that you must not have any other skills or experience that would be related to the healthcare industry or individual job posting.
This means that they view you as unqualified and quickly skip over our application. To combat this trend, you should craft a resume that matches each individual job posting, or a specific job category. For instance, if you are a Registered Nurse looking to apply to all nursing jobs you come across, then you should craft a unique resume that details your previous experience, licensure, certifications, and education around the nursing industry.
If you want to go the extra distance, crafting a resume specifically for each job posting will make you stand out amongst every other candidate. One great way of ensuring that your resume is tailored to each job posting is to pull keywords and keyword phrases directly from the job posting without elaborating or exaggerating your valid qualifications.
When you pull directly from the job posting, the individual reviewing your resume will take note of how closely aligned your resume is to the job posting and think to themselves, “This person is meant for this job. They are exactly who we’re looking for.” Which is what you want them to think about when reviewing your resume.
It only takes a little bit of time for you to tailor your resume, and it will pay off in the long run in ensuring that your healthcare job search goes well.
These are just a few of the tips to improve your healthcare job search. A few simple steps is all it takes to separate yourself from the other candidates that are applying to similar positions and ensure that you come out as the top candidate in the recruiter or hiring manager’s eyes.
About The Author
Ryan Bucci is a Content Strategist with HospitalCareers. HospitalCareers is the leading recruitment platform for healthcare job seekers with over 25,000+ hospital jobs, career advice, and career insights.