Each summer our editorial staff gathers to brainstorm ideas for the next year’s issues. Usually, I arrive at this little conference with a list of 25 or so ideas I’ve ranked according to my interpretation of what is most useful for the magazine that year. Writers query some topics, readers sometimes suggest a few, and others pop into my conscience seemingly from nowhere, often while I’m in the middle of cutting back the hydrangeas.
It’s a sellers’ market for physicians right now. Doctors won’t have to worry about being unemployed, like millions of other Americans, but that doesn’t mean you’re home free. Physician recruiters tell us job candidates are constantly asking for help with navigating their career search: How to get started, how to interview, and how to negotiate a contract are just a few. We began to toss around the idea of dedicating an entire year to helping physicians find their way through the dizzying maze of starting a career, especially given the fast and furious pace of digital information today.
The more we talked, the more devoting a year to your job search concerns made sense. So, out went my list, and here is the first of our 2009 issues that will comprise UO’s year-long “Job Search Handbook.” Les Picker starts us off with “Job Search 101,” an introduction to breaking down the overwhelming task of finding the perfect job into manageable steps. In “Do a Site Visit Right,” writer Karen Childress spells out exactly what to do—and not do—to figure out the characters and the community you’re thinking about joining.
It is our sincere hope that this year’s UO will answer all of your questions about navigating a job search in today’s world. Our mission is to provide the information you need to launch a rewarding and successful career. Good luck and Happy New Year!
– Mollie Vento Hudson, Editor