PracticeLink Magazine

WINTER 2015

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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winter 2015 PracticeLink.com 87 Did you specify when you are avail- able to begin practice? If you trust someone else to know your specialty's training duration and do the math, your CV may be erroneously recorded in the database as not available until next year. Any resemblance to a "buckshot" candidate? Candidates who don't have a lot of geographic ties sometimes list 10 or more states of interest or check "open." Some leave all fields blank. Their job search resembles a buckshot pattern with reponses scattered all over the country. This is irrelevant to some employers but backfires with many more who have observed over time that a candidate who doesn't care where the job is located doesn't stay in the job very long. If you don't have ties, keep your preference statement general but thoughtful. I liked one that said "Medium-sized city with four seasons, conservative social values, within two- hour drive of a hub airport." Another said "Cities where soccer is a reli- gion." Both statements rule out a lot of locations, but these opened doors and caught our attention. Is your digital footprint free of contradictions? Take a look at your cover messages, CV and your online profiles on the major job search boards. If the profile you made two years ago says "I'm look- ing for warm major metro areas in the Southeast," then the Utah, Colorado and Oregon recruiters will be skepti- cal of your sudden interest. Proofread your cover letters to avoid copy/paste errors. Every day, recruiters receive messages extolling the wonders of the location —but ending with a statement about an entirely different region. Are you aiming at jobs that are a fit for your CV? Job search is not much different from the residency match process. You respond to some jobs where you are competing with graduates of programs more prestigious than yours, several that are likely fits, and some that are safe bets. Your faculty can help you know what this looks like for you personally. Don't count on nuanced explana- tions from the recruiter about why you didn't get the invitation. Here in PracticeLink Magazine and in job search 101 sessions, we give you the scoop on how employers tend to think and act. When it comes to individual employment process decisions, we have to stick to the HR explanation that decision-makers have "moved on to other candidates who are a better fit for the practice." What comes up when we Google your name? What pops up on Pipl.com or Spokeo? Most candidates are savvy enough to lock down their own Facebook account. Employers still see photos that you would not have chosen because other people have named/tagged you. You and a nephew with your hands posed in what appear to be gang signs. You and a bunch of friends in interesting Hallow- een costumes. An arrest mug shot from that colorful college spring break fasco. Or most commonly: A residency bio and photo calculated to make you sound fun and approachable to the fourth-year med students the resi- dency program is trying to recruit. I've seen bios list hobbies like shop- ping, competitive Call of Duty video gaming, celebrity gossip and binge- watching Netflix seasons of "The Bachelor." Those bios were never intended to be read by employers, but that's what pops up when employers Google you. These mid-to- late-career physicians are looking for serious, dependable physicians ready to carry on the prac- tice's legacy. So get busy making sure that's what shows up online. Have you had your CV checked and edited by a trusted faculty member? Your mentors have your back, and helping you find the best job is in the institution's best interest. They will explain that nomination to "America's Best Doctors" does not belong on your CV because anybody who orders the coffee table book is included. Mentors will help you edit out things like fast food jobs and college committees. They will catch grammar gaffes and word choice errors in your cover letter template. They will correct "advise" to "advice" or replace "site" when you should have used "cite." Consult them! "Watch and wait" is a sound medical approach to many conditions, but a silent phone for a job-searching physi- cian is not one of them. Complete this checklist, and you should see a significant uptick in recruiter and employer responses within a few days. l Therese Karsten (Therese.Karsten@HCA healthcare.com), MBA, FASPR is a senior in- house recruiter assisting HCA afliated and hospital-employed practices in her markets. "Watch and wait" is a sound medical approach to many conditions, but a silent phone for a job-searching physician is not one of them.

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