PracticeLink Magazine

Summer 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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Page 52 of 83 S UMMER 2019 53 the I nterv I ew issue of day do you feel most productive? These questions are a good starting place, but everyone's vision includes different priorities. Take time to assess any other factors relevant to your life, your immediate needs and your long-term goals. CO n SID er YOU r FAMILY You don't live in a vacuum. Whether you're single and eager to explore or married with children and pets, the job you choose will influence the people in your life. It's important to ask for their input— even if you think you already know their opinions. "No matter where you are in the continuum of medicine, you'll be spending a significant portion of your waking hours at work. The people important to you also need to be happy, satisfied and successful without your physical presence," says Termuhlen. "You need the support of the people close to you." As you talk with family and friends, make sure to address these areas of conversation: • Employment: Will your spouse or partner need a new job? What setting provides adequate opportunities for his or her field of work? • Transportation: Do you need to be close to an airport or another transportation hub so you can easily travel to family back home? Does anyone in your immediate family need access to public transportation in your new city? • Region: Do any of your family members have a strong preference for or against a certain climate or geographic region? Are any of them passionate about a sport or activity that's only available in certain settings? • Children: What are your children's needs? Consider schools as well as recreation, arts and athletic programs. How might your family change in the next five to seven years? • Family support: Do you need to consider childcare, senior resources, religious organizations or any other special circumstances? Once you develop a list of your family's priorities, combine it with your own and use both lists to drive your job search. Step 2: Research the opportunity Educating yourself about the workplace, the position and the community will not only make you look more prepared, it will also help you feel more confident. Your interviewers will appreciate the effort you've put in, and you'll be more equipped with background information. e XPLO re t H e P r OG r AM A n D O r GA n IZA t IO n These days, it's easy to learn about an employer even before you've stepped foot in their building. "Use the organization's web presence to find out as much as possible and ask people with whom you have connections," suggests Termuhlen, adding that a spreadsheet can be a helpful way to track details. Start with the basics: the organization's history, size and specialties. Then dig deeper on their website to learn about their core values, partner organizations, charitable programs and plans for growth. You can also look at their media releases or search Google News to find out what big events or changes they've experienced lately. If you speak directly to any of the organization's employees, focus on their firsthand experience instead of facts you can easily find online. Ask about their job satisfaction, the corporate culture and what a typical workday involves, as well as what they think about the area and community. As you collect information, make note of things that strike you as either positive or negative. These may become topics for conversation in your interview. G et t O K n O w YOU r I nterv I ewer S You'll feel more comfortable if you familiarize yourself with your interviewers ahead of time. Scan your meeting agenda for each person's name, then take a minute to look up his or her bio on the organization's website or LinkedIn. Search online for anything they've published in professional journals or national publications. When searching online, you're likely to uncover personal details as well as professional information. Stacy Potts, M.D., associate professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School, says you should avoid paying attention to this. "It's nice to mention information to make a connection, but keep to what you find in professional bios, not social media," she explains. Congratulating someone on a

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