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Do: Put yourself in target rich environments (often!) THE EXPLOSION OF ONLINE RESOURCES has changed the dating game. It also enhances the interviewing op- portunities and process for employers and employees. "The ability to meet a prospective candidate online and learn if the physician's interests are compatible with the practice's are invalu- able," Fassler says. "If there is an interest in moving forward, it is easy to express and to set up the next steps in the interview process." In addition to online op- portunities, physicians look for prospective employers at CMEs and conferences. Employers are doing the same thing at these venues. Every social setting presents an opportunity for you to market your skills to prospec- tive employers. Even physicians who are perfectly content in their jobs should maintain con- tacts across their specialty to ensure f exibility should they ever consider—or be forced to consider—a new practice. RELATED: How to use a conference to start your job search Do: Learn your relationship lessons AS YOU GO ON MORE INTERVIEWS , you'll get a better handle of the ebbs and f ows of the processes. Learn- ing from the past is critical to anticipating the future. Gary Chimes, M.D., has worked for academic medical centers and is now part of a private practice in Wash- ington state. "A physician should create a vision of what he or she would look for in an employer and see if that vision matches reality," he says. For Chimes, moving to a private practice environ- ment in a totally different geographic setting was im- portant in creating his personal vision. "I like the out- doors and enjoy outdoor physical activities. I wanted to work with an employer who had that same enjoyment 36 | SUMMER 2014 Continued on page 38 Do: Be realistic about what you want NOT EVERY JOB IS THE "RIGHT" JOB for a physi- cian. As you go through the interview process with a prospective employer, you'll get a "gut feeling" whether this potential job op- portunity is appropriate. In addition to describing your education, experience and back- ground, your CV should also tell a story about what you want to do professionally. You may have multiple CVs: an academic one for a university position and a clinical one for a private prac- tice. "As a private practice physi- cian, I am not necessarily inter- ested in the number or type of papers published by a prospec- tive physician hire," says Steve Fassler, M.D., a colorectal sur- geon and shareholder in Colon and Rectal As- sociates, a private medical practice in suburban Philadelphia. Before you start the interview process, make sure you can clearly identify what type of job situation would make you most happy. A savvy employer will also determine what kind of candi- date would be the best cultural f t—and be able to, in a relatively short period of time, determine if you're it. "Interviewing is just like dating," Fassler says. "The f rst meeting, you f nd out about the person. At the second meeting, you f nd out if you like the person." As the prospective hire, you need to be trans- parent for there to be a possibility of a long-term relationship. To further the potential relation- ship, you must be able to clearly articulate your short-term and long-term goals and how you'll add value. You also should be able to determine relatively quickly whether the opportunity is the "right" one to achieve your personal and profes- sional goals. RELATED: Love where you land Finding The One Continued from previous page 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 . i n d d 3 6 243-Sum14.indd 36 6 / 1 2 / 1 4 1 : 5 6 P M 6/12/14 1:56 PM

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