Do you feel like moving on from your current advanced practitioner job, but you’re not in a huge hurry to do so? If so, you’re not alone. Many healthcare professionals take a more passive approach to their job search and let career opportunities come to them.
One factor working to the advantage of those seeking physician assistant jobs and nurse practitioner jobs is the healthcare worker shortage and the dire need for professionals like you. Therefore, hospitals, medical practices, and other healthcare facilities are always on the hunt for qualified advanced practitioner talent.
To increase your likelihood that you’ll find new career opportunity (without making your job search a full-time job in and of itself), check out these four job search tips for advanced practitioners.
If your dream job at a sports care facility or rehabilitative center opens up, you want to be ready to leap for the opportunity. And, if you get the call from a prospective employer and have to pause to brush up on your resume, you might lose valuable time.
Professionals in every industry – not just advanced practitioners – should maintain a current resume that they can quickly tweak to meet the requirements of a future job opening. Keep your resume handy on your laptop or phone that you can easily update it and send it along when opportunity comes knocking,
If you use job boards or social networks in your passive job search, ensure your resume is set to “searchable” so that recruiters can find you.
Networking, especially with past employers and colleagues, is a powerful passive job search strategy for advanced practitioners. Employers often find the referral process to be valuable for connecting with advanced practitioner job candidates. When healthcare administrators work with a strong team of health professionals, they can’t help but wonder if their friends and past colleagues are as diligent and talented.
You don’t have to stay in constant contact with these potential “referrers,” but strive to keep them in your professional network. Connect with them via social media or say “hello” at conferences and other industry events. They may very well lead you to your next career opportunity.
Keeping up with the trends associated with your advanced practitioner job is sensible, whether you’re actively or passively seeking a new job. You want to ensure your skills and knowledge remain current and relevant, so anytime you add a new training course or certification to your resume, you stand out even more.
In your research, familiarize yourself with your profession’s current market salary to ensure you are always taking a step forward when an opportunity arises.
Even if you aren’t actively searching for a new position, you never know what might spark the desire for change. Perhaps you’ve considered travel or per diem work as a nurse practitioner or working as a physician assistant in a new setting, such as a pediatric center. In any case, scan job boards and talent communities to see what types of jobs are out there. Who’s hiring? What are their requirements? Getting a pulse on the job market will prepare you to take a more active approach to your search when you’re ready.
If you come across an employer that piques your interest, consider setting up an informational interview to learn more about their company and work culture. Making a good impression in an informational interview will certainly keep you on that employer’s radar as a potential hire.
You don’t have to feel stuck in your current job to remain open to new possibilities. With these tips, you can stay up to date and ready for anything while still enjoying your current work as an advanced practitioner.