PracticeLink Magazine

Spring 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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PracticeLink.com S PRIN g 2019 57 the J ob S earch issue however, that both you and any potentia l futu re employer a re working toward the same goal — avoiding buyer's remorse! Your challenge is to target the right opportunities with a CV that makes a strong case for you. Since reputation, backed up by evidence, usua lly w ins the day, present yourself in the most complete, compelling light possible. "Physicians often feel like 'My CV should speak for itself and I don't have to change it,'" Lenore DePag ter, D. o ., M B A , medical director of McAllen, Texas-based Cigna-HealthSpring, says. "But sometimes you really have to tell them, 'Yes, I'm a physician, but I've also worked in academic env i ron ments, done resea rch, served on committees and led groups.' They won't magically know, and they may not ask." "Our role is to help both sides make well-informed decisions so that the hiring manager, medical director or department chair feels great about who've they've hired," Daniels says, "and the candidate feels great about the organization they've joined." Win! Find your next practice— and enter to win a $500 gift card—at PracticeLink.com/Win. a dding color How can you show recruiters and hiring physicians that you're on the same page with them over an opportunity? Two options come to mind. First, a cover letter "In the physician world, we don't make decisions about whether or not to talk to doctors based on what they put in a cover letters," Guyant says. "We're basing it on their CVs." Yet introducing your bio with a short note can accomplish several tasks. b y conveying information specific to the position at hand, a spot-on letter shows that you've researched the opportunity, done some soul- searching, and hopefully have a sense of why and how you might function in the role. In fact, Gebhard can point to cover letters that have drawn her in because the candidates have shown that they knew her organization, had ties to the community, and could offer a well-stated reason for wanting this particular position. In short, they had demonstrated that they were not just looking for a job. They were looking for this job. "I always say the CV is the what of who you are. This is what I've done," she says. " b ut the cover letter is the why. This is why I'm interested in this job." Keep it short (even just a few paragraphs) and to the point. If you're stuck for starters, try something along the lines of "Here's the position I'm applying for, and this is why I'm interested." Check and recheck your contact information. It's a real turnoff, say recruiters, to receive something addressed to a hospital or health system that's clearly not their own. Consider including the letter as the body of your email. A separate attachment is fine, but it also can get lost in the shuffle if a recruiter is looking first and foremost for your CV. Also, keep it pointed with your creativity in check. "You've got to understand that this is going to be shared with the people you potentially might work with one day," says Mastandrea. "You want to make sure that it comes across as personable but still professional." As a former pediatric hospitalist, Hamling was concerned that his CV would be overlooked when he decided to move to an outpatient practice. He used his cover letter to explain how what he had done previously would help him transition into a new setting. As someone who also served a stint in Japan as a U.S. Navy contract pediatrician, Hamling has a lot of information to parlay into any prospective employer note. "It's your introduction," he says. "These are the first words they read that are not in a robotic format, so they give the employer a flavor of who you are, what you're looking for along with other details that aren't necessarily easily conveyed through a CV." Second, a professional summary As with cover letters, professional summaries atop physician CVs are not required. b ut a professional summary may still have merit, as long as it's brief, up-to-date and applicable to the position you're targeting. If it doesn't reflect your current goals or a specific job, say recruiters, it can be a detriment. b ut when the information suggests a match, it can focus the hiring team quicker than a cover letter. DePagter agrees, noting that something as simple as "Primary care physician with an administrative background looking for a position in managed care" can alert recruiters to look for other qualifications. "You need to read and understand the description and look at your skills to see how they specifically match," says DePagter. "Then make sure you incorporate them in your CV."

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