If you’ve just earned your healthcare degree or certification, now is an excellent time to apply for that first job. After all, there’s a steadily rising demand for nurses, therapists, phlebotomists, lab technicians and other professionals. You can also tap into the vast pool of online information - including All Medical Personnel’s extensive resources - for tips on preparing an application, writing a resume, and getting ready for the interview.
Here’s another strategy to consider to get that all-important first job: Become a volunteer. Many hospitals and health systems have formal volunteer programs that allow you to contribute your time, helping patients, clients or employees. This can be a great way to get your foot in the door, since you meet people within the organization and get a firsthand understanding of the organization’s culture. And when you apply for a paid position, you can put that experience on your resume and get an “insider” reference from your supervisor or manager.
However, many job applicants don’t realize that a similar approach can also be used at physician offices, outpatient centers, laboratories and other healthcare employers. Most of these organizations can benefit from volunteer assistance, even if they don’t realize it. So, think about how you might use this strategy before you go into the job interview. Then, you can “raise your hand” and offer to help during your conversation with the recruiter.
The nature of that assistance can vary from workplace to workplace. For instance, a medical office may need clerical help to convert paper charts to electronic medical records. A rehabilitation center might need help in researching what supplier to use for its next equipment order. And almost every healthcare organization can use a new or improved social media program.
So, ask the interviewer for an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and commitment by taking on a project or assignment as a volunteer. It’s a very effective way to separate yourself from the crowd.