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46 | SUMMER 2014 cy, searching for a job in one state while living in another can be a challenge. To maintain self- assurance, preparation is key. He advises, "Get involved in the medical association of the city in which you want to live." Those associations and their respective conferences, Palmer says, allow new physicians a way to rub elbows with like-minded professionals. Those connections can provide a conf dence boost and can lead to your f rst job. Ylitalo says that f nding a good time for inter- views, juggling communication with recruiters and physicians in different time zones, and the amount of time spent traveling on airplanes can also be a strain. "However," he says, "that seemed to be a minimal disturbance in an otherwise fun and exciting process." By starting early, Ylitalo had a contract in place almost a year in advance, which gave him plenty of time to weigh his options. RELATED: Job Search 101 Bridget Bailey, D.O., an anesthesiologist with Greater Colorado Anesthesia, says that new physi- cians are more likely to get the job they want if they get hyper-specif c in three areas: "You must f rst def ne what you want, the lifestyle you desire and where you want to live," she says. Once a physician moves beyond the "just any job" mentality to pinpointing exactly why a spe- cif c position is a good match for their long-term career objectives, the process gets a little clearer and conf dence levels increase. Articulating your strengths on an early CV F or physicians just out of residency, the short-form curriculum vitae (CV) remains key to unlocking gates guarded by recruit- ers, who can open the doors to group physi- cian interviews. Based on the CV information that outlines a physician's training experience, education, licenses and aff liations, recruiters can quickly evaluate a physicians' outlined skills and qualif cations against the needs of the hiring practice or hospital. "That CV evaluation will take place in 30 sec- onds or less, so pick a form and stick with it," says Chad Anson, who has spent the last four years in recruiting and is currently the vice president of physician recruitment in the San Antonio division of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). For physicians entering the job market for the f rst time, Anson also stresses the importance of using the short-form CV. "Once a doctor has a body of published work, the long-form CV then becomes appropriate," he says. Bailey suggests highlighting research projects on your CV in lieu of published work. "Those [research projects] can put a physician in prime position for group practice interviews," she says. For physicians who are making the transition from training to private practice or from one practice to another, author Alan Kronhaus, M.D., says in his book Choosing Your Practice that "doc- tors should provide a narrative/preamble or cover letter which articulates the candidate's interest and strengths." As CEO and cofounder of Doctors Making Housecalls, Kronhaus says his company remains in constant hiring mode and his team vigorously searches for the physicians who can ac- curately articulate their specif c strengths by way of their CV, as well as in the interview. RELATED: Is your CV helping you? When physicians use the CV or cover letter to identify what is unique about their credentials or themselves, recruiters and physician groups take note. Palmer, who interviews many residents for his group practice at Oakdale Obstetrics & Gy- necology, says, "We want to see a description of what sets the candidate apart, instead of a laundry list of accomplishments; our group wants to see a physician's 'M.O.' [modus operandi]." You got this: Interviewing with confidence Continued from page 44 Continued on page 48 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 . i n d d 4 6 243-Sum14.indd 46 6 / 1 3 / 1 4 1 1 : 2 9 A M 6/13/14 11:29 AM

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