If you have just completed training in a healthcare-related field, the next step will probably be that of searching for a job. That is unless you are one of the lucky few, who are head-hunted straight from college. Those are individuals who find that they are already receiving job offers, before they graduate! So, in other words, those are individuals who find jobs searching for them, as opposed to them searching for the jobs! But the reality for most people is that they will have to search for jobs. And given the fact that there are so many people with qualifications in healthcare-related courses, the search may not be an easy one. Chances are that you may go for a few weeks, or even a few months, before you finally land a job in a healthcare related field.
Whether you ultimately land your dream job in the healthcare field will depend, to a great extent, on how you go about your job search. In that regard, there are some 5 viable ways in which you can find jobs in the healthcare field:
- Visiting the ‘careers’ sections of healthcare companies’ websites: In most of the healthcare companies’ websites, you will tend to find a ‘careers’ page, where current job openings are advertised. Therefore if you are looking for a job in the healthcare field, you need to make a habit of visiting such ‘careers’ pages regularly, and checking to see whether there are jobs you can apply for there. Chances are that you will soon or later find jobs that are suitable for you, which you can proceed to apply for. So the first step here is to identify the healthcare companies you’d want to work for. The second step is to search for those companies’ websites. Then the third step would be to visit those companies’ websites, and navigate to the careers pages, to check the current openings. You may need to do this for a while, before you eventually find a suitable position. But you may also be lucky to find jobs that you are qualified for being advertised the first time you visit. You never know – but the most important thing is to take the initiative, and ensure that you visit the said ‘careers’ sections of healthcare companies’ websites on a regular basis.
- Visiting the job listings websites where healthcare jobs are advertised: Most of the job listings websites nowadays allow you to ‘filter’ for the specific types of jobs you happen to be looking for. Others allow you to enter keywords, indicative of the types of jobs you are interested in. You can use these capabilities to narrow down to the specific types of healthcare-related jobs you are interested in, which you can then go ahead to apply for. Some of the job listings websites have so many jobs at any given point in time. It is therefore highly unlikely that you’d miss the type of job you are searching for — although at times, you may find that the jobs that are currently advertised are based too far from where you are. Nonetheless, if you make a habit of searching through these job listings websites, chances are that you’d soon or later find the type of healthcare-related job you are searching for.
- Submit your resume at the local labor/unemployment office: In most places, there are government offices where people who are searching for jobs are supposed to go for assistance. Such can be of great help to you, if you are searching for a healthcare-related job. It is really just a question of making a visit to the local labor/unemployment office, filling in some simple forms, and leaving your resume there. People who are looking for workers often visit such labor/unemployment offices, and if they happen to find your resume there, they may just opt to hire you. It takes very little time and effort to deposit your resume at the local unemployment office or the local labor bureau. Yet it can lead to a very good job in the healthcare field.
- Networking with people who are working in the healthcare field: If you take the trouble to network with the people who are working in the healthcare field, they may alert you whenever there are openings in the healthcare companies they work for. Then you can proceed to apply for those job openings. Remember, not all job openings are advertised. Sometimes, when a healthcare company has a job vacancy, it simply tells its staff to help it find suitable people. And, ironically, such job openings tend to the most lucrative. Needless to say, if you don’t take the trouble to network with the folks who are working the healthcare field, such job openings would be out of reach for you. Even if they don’t alert you about job openings at their places of work, the individuals who are already working in the healthcare industry can be helpful in other ways. They can, at the very least, give you tips to help you in your job search. They can tell you how they managed to get the jobs they are currently holding in the healthcare industry. Then, if you apply the same strategies, you could find yourself working in a similar capacity within the healthcare industry.
- Proactively sending your resume to healthcare companies: So this is a question of first identifying the healthcare companies you’d want to work for. Then you search for the email contacts of those companies’ HR departments. Having gotten the HR departments’ contacts, you proceed to email your resume to them. So this is really about submitting ‘unsolicited’ resumes. You never know. Some of these companies maintain databases of resumes that they receive in this manner. They usually go through those resume databases, whenever they want to hire people. This means that having submitted your resume in this manner, you may be contacted the next time one of the companies you sent your resume to wants to hire. Or you may be lucky, to find that one of the companies you send your resume to happens to be looking for people with qualifications like yours, at just the time when you send your resume. They would then call you for an interview straightaway, and then hopefully proceed to hire you for the healthcare-related job you applied for.