6 Surefire Ways to Mess Up Your Healthcare Job Search

There are so many things that you must do to get a medical job. You have to get all of your degrees, licenses, certifications, and registrations. You have to stay current on all of them with CME. You have to network and apply and interview for jobs...the list goes on. It might be easier to discuss what not to do in your healthcare job search. Here are six fails to avoid.

Personal Health, Habits, and Hygiene

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For many healthcare professional roles, standards for personal care, health, and conduct are high. Several years ago, many healthcare facilities cracked down on smoking, obesity, criminal history, and social media, just to name a few. Even tattoos and piercings are taboo for some employers. You may not be able to change some of these overnight, but stopping smoking and scrubbing your social media feeds are two ways to start.

Shoddy CV or Resume

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If your CV (or resume) is not up to par, you will not stand out from the competition in your candidate pool. Your resume (or CV) is the key tool for landing an interview. Without a great CV, your job search could stall very early in the process, in the application stage. Use these tips to improve your CV.


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The interview is a "make-or-break" part of the search process for job candidates. If you are not fully prepared with questions to ask, answers to give, appropriate attire to wear, plus excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills, you may not be as successful as you'd like to be in your healthcare job search.


Ineligibility for the Job

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For healthcare professionals, it can sometimes be overwhelming to keep up with all the certifications, licenses, registrations, degrees, exams, and continuing medical education credits (CME) to remain active and eligible to practice your medical profession legitimately and legally.

If you miss just one class or fall short on one exam, you could render yourself ineligible for employment in the state you wish to work. Particularly if you are relocating, be sure to check with the local and state boards in your new location, to confirm you are up to date with all necessary details to work there.

Burned Bridges or Bad References

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How and why did you leave your previous positions? Even if you resigned and left on your own accord, without getting fired, you still could have issues with your references if you did not exit gracefully.

Even if an employer is horrible, it's best not to tell them how you feel about them when you leave, or to sound off to your former co-workers. Just as bad, don't post about it to social media, as your angry words may follow you for a lifetime. You will only create bad feelings that can turn what would have been a good reference into a bad one.

Non-Existent or Poor Social Media Presence

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In today's world, recruiters and hiring managers check everyone out online. If you cannot be found, at least on LinkedIn, there may be some skepticism from your potential employer. It may appear that you are hiding something, or that you are behind the times, or not computer literate if you are completely absent on professional networking sites.

If you are online (which you need to be), your profiles should be accurate and free of typos or misspellings. Additionally, be sure that your profile does not reveal any potentially controversial or detrimental information about you.