Top tips on finding the perfect healthcare job

So, you want to work in healthcare. The call of the medical profession is too strong, and you absolutely must find a way to work to help save lives…but how do you make sure the medical job you’re applying for is the right one for you?

Aspiring to work in healthcare is a noble call to arms - you’re following in the footsteps of many millions of selfless individuals in helping care for your community and the most vulnerable in society. You’ll also be discovering just how rewarding a career in healthcare can be, both personally and professionally.

However, every employer has its quirks, every job has its draws, and you need to be aware of what constitutes the right job for you.

After all, healthcare candidates have a right to know what a good opportunity looks like - and navigating the fast-changing world of healthcare recruitment and job opportunities can be difficult!

So below you’ll find an easy to understand list of healthcare application priorities - a 4 point highlight reel of what to look out for when you’re applying for a role in healthcare, and what sort of job advert, description or employer brand message represents an objectively good place to work!

   1) What's the career development plan?

Healthcare is a dynamic and rewarding industry to work in, and you’ll have no end of opportunities to increase your healthcare skill set and specialize in a certain field. However, at the point of application, you should be keeping an eagle eye out for career development as a promoted aspect of the job.

The last thing you, or any candidate within the healthcare industry, wants is to be pigeonholed into a role without any idea of how and where your career could develop. In fact, most candidates now entering the healthcare workforce straight out of school (Gen Z healthcare workers) stipulate career growth as one of, if not the, most important factor in a job.

You deserve to see your career with a healthcare provider mapped out. It should incentivize you and drive you to succeed in your job.

   2) Seek reviews

Helpful employer review websites like Glassdoor can help you get to grips with the working culture and pay scales of a certain employer. But we say: look a little bit further into the brand messaging and communications of a potential employer to get a look at their reputation and community relationships.

How do they speak to their audience? Do you want to work for this company based on how they relate to their people?

You should take a few minutes to explore any employer’s social media channels and local media/news stories to see if anything untoward comes up.

For example, if a brand’s social channels are full of customer complaints, or local news has scandalous stories about their operations, you may want to forgo applying for the role.

   3) Benefits and Beyond

You can always get a sense of what an employer is really like - and how they manifest their work culture - by analyzing their benefits structure.

Now it’s worthwhile saying the job adverts like to leverage benefits as a workplace perk, almost like a candidate magnet.

However, it’s worth remembering that some roles (such as medical sales) could attach benefits to figures, KPIs or revenue made (commission based work). So make sure you always ask how the benefits package is structured, how it works for new staff, and then make sure the benefits structure works for you!

   4) Average Tenure

An important question to ask any employer, especially at the interview stage, is “why did the last person leave this role?” or “what is the average tenure of team members at your company?”.

If the average tenure is short (say, under 6 months) that's a fair indication that an employer has a fairly high staff turnover rate. This could indicate a series of coincidences, of course, or it could signal a workplace is toxic, unsupportive, and not fit for working in.

Summary

Alongside your staple fair of interview and post-interview questions around contract negotiation, working hours, remote work and more, the above 4 point list should help frame any application and employer in either a positive light or in a negative one.

It should give you all the context and information about an employer’s workplace culture and career handling that you’ll need to finally pull the trigger on applying for a role!

To find out more about Neurodiagnostic careers, or if you need resume help when applying for medical roles, simply get in touch with our complimentary Career Coaches:

References:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcperna/2021/03/02/why-skill-and-career-advancement-are-the-way-to-gen-zs-heart/

https://www.performio.co/insight/kpi-examples-for-sales-representatives

https://corporatefinanceinstitute.com/resources/careers/compensation/commission/

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