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Job Search Tips for 2016
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It's time to reassess your professional profile.
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In short, while you don't have to reinvent the job search wheel, you do need to take stock of how well it's rolling across ever-changing professional terrain.
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It's time to reassess your professional profile
By Valerie Neff Newitt
Major, world-changing events occurred in 2015. World powers reached a nuclear agreement, Greece voted "no" to a bailout deal, a terrorist strike on Paris rocked the globe, and free flowing water was found on Mars.
How does this relate to you and your healthcare job search? Like the rest of the world, you, too, have changed. You must reassess your professional profile to reflect your own emerging and breaking news "headlines." New capabilities, preferences and goals must be defined. In short, while you don't have to reinvent the job search wheel, you do need to take stock of how well it's rolling across an ever-changing professional terrain.
Tips for re-inflating your job search for 2016:
1. Google your field. What are the trending topics? What emerging areas of specialization or interest pertain to you or your experience? What emerging areas appeal to your forward-moving educational goals? These can be the signposts to direct your future, so pay attention. These are also topics for inclusion in resumes, networking conversations and general professional awareness.
2. Keep your focus. Like New Year's resolutions, job searches quickly grow old and tiresome. Take time to go over your goals -- whether educational, professional or financial. Make a to-do list of just two steps to move you closer in one or each area. Assign target dates for each one, and place the dates on a year-at-a-glance calendar. The idea is not to pressure yourself, but rather to get goals in view and on track. When one goal is met, cross it off and put a new one up. Progressive and continual improvement is key, and taken in incremental steps it can be achieved without angst.
3. Give yourself a makeover. Clearly we're not talking about changes in hair color or adopting a smoky eye. This makeover is all about updating and fine-tuning your persona and resume for 2016 impact. What are the actions you have undertaken in the last 12 months that up your professional ante? Have you participated in a multi-functional committee? Have you taken a workshop in ICD-10? Have you gained newfound expertise in EHR documentation? Have you attended a conference? Have you volunteered outside or inside your workplace? Have you gained a certification or taken CEUs worthy of comment? Have you corresponded with a study author? Every positive step you've taken is fodder for job-search confidence.
4. Reconnect. Networking never goes out of style. If it's been a while since you've reached out to connections, do it. Now. Just as things in the world at large (and your personal world) have changed, so has it evolved in their professional environments. Ask about new job openings, departments, internships, and career drivers. Find the new frontiers in the old locales. Remember, an insider's tip about a new job opening will always go to the very last person who about it. Be first, be last, be in between.
5. Take advantage of us. ADVANCE has taken some of the "pain" out of job searches by putting together a collection of resources that can guide you every step of the way. These include informational articles pertaining to career development, interviewing, salary advice, and much more! Take advantage of us; your success is our business.
Valerie Newitt is on staff at ADVANCE. Contact: email@example.com