Tips for Physicians Contemplating a Change
JSM offers ten tips to those who are being
downsized, are contemplating a change, feel
stuck or trapped in their current position
or are looking for their first position yet
have no idea where to start.
Maintain perspective. If you're healthy and
if you have the support of your family, then
you have a lot to build on. There are some
things you can never get back. A job is not
one of them.
Focus on your new job. Think you don't have
a job? Wrong. You are now employed as a job
seeker. You have to put the same hours and
energy into seeking a job that you did working
Assess what you can do. You have a variety
of skills, you just haven't been paid for
all of them yet. Consider all the things you
can do and how your skills might transfer
to various areas of employment.
Polish your CV. It's surprising, how few people
have CV's that effectively reflect their accomplishments
and skills. Get your resume up to speed and
have it read and critiqued by family members
Be knowledgeable. Study and know what is happening
in your industry. What other organizations
do what your former employer does? How many
are in your area? Which ones are up and coming?
Trade journals, newspapers and employment
guides can keep you current.
Be proactive. It's been awhile since physician
candidates truly had to beat the bushes to
find work. While Internet job sites and newspaper
wants ads are important sources of job leads,
you may have to do more than respond to such
ads. Find resources that can help you . Send
your CV out and get the word that you are
Do your research. Most organizations have
web sites, brochures or annual reports that
describe what the companies do, their philosophies
and their culture. The more you know about
the companies you are applying to the more
you will stand out.
Be methodical. Set goals for your daily job
search. Resolve that you will send out X number
of CV's/week, make time available for telephone
and recruitment calls, develop a game plan
and strategy, clearly define your parameters
and what you are and are not interested in,
call recruiters and employers, then stick
to those goals.
Look the part. Being downsized or simply accepting
the fact that you are going to be looking
for a new position can be a blow to your confidence,
stressful and anxiety provoking. But looking
your best is a confidence builder. While money
may be tight, don't scrimp on the clothes
you need to make a good impression.
Recharge. Do those things that make your feel
strong, satisfied, and happy. Train for a
race, teach your child chess, or volunteer
for a cause. Your time is precious whether
your are being paid for it or not.