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86 winter 2015 I n j o b - s e a r c h a d v i s o r y s e s s i o n s w i t h residents and fellows, the most urgent questions come from physicians perplexed about why they aren't getting calls and interview invitations. Graduating physicians' pipeline of inquiries, phone interviews and site visits should be full in the winter months. If it isn't, you don't have time to watch and wait. Run through this checklist to see if any of these issues are reducing the number of calls you are receiving. Are you on employers' radar? If you aren't getting emails and snail mail about jobs in your specialty, you may not be in the AMA Masterfile or you may have told them not to release your name. Allo- pathic med schools and most ACGME accredited residen- cies report physician names and graduation or training status to the AMA's Masterfile, the foundation of most physician mailing lists. Go to or call (800) 262-3211, press 1, extension 4031, to check your record. Has your name or email address changed? If you have married or divorced or deleted email accounts, employers' communications may not reach you. Check your listings for accuracy. If the AMA, PracticeLink and other resources don't know you are completing training in a few months, employers can't include you in notifications. By THERESE KARSTEN Why aren't they calling me? W hen you're in f ull job -sea rch mode, it ca n be concerning if you don't hea r from recr uiters. But do t hey k now you're in t he ma rket? JobDoctor Career search advice from a physician recruiter Are you checking email and voicemail regularly? Recruiters pose follow-up questions based on your initial online response. If you don't respond, your candidacy is essentially on hold. We may check back again, but only if we haven't already filled the position with a candidate who was ready for next steps. Do you have enough oars in the water? Recruiters typically post jobs on multiple sites known for good traffic for the specialty and type of candidate we need for that search. Use both broad categories and tightly focused channels to increase your likelihood of connecting with the jobs you might want. Email volume is a short- term problem if you make an email address specifically for the search and delete the account or unlink it from your primary email box once you've found your job. Have you connected the dots for employers? Recruiters prioritize incoming responses and correspon- dence according to how closely candidates match the search criteria. After essential training and eligibility criteria, we scan for a connection (family, spouse, friends, history of living or vacationing here). Connect the dots for us and explain why you want to live and work in our community. Unless the tie to the location on your CV is obvious, a "cold" response with no cover message and no clues in your profile is going right to the bottom of our priority list.

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