How To Get A Healthcare Job
Within today’s economy the medical profession has become a very productive industry, offering a multitude of benefits and professions. The process of getting a job in healthcare can seem overwhelming especially if you do not have a background in healthcare but there is the possibility of transferable specialization.
Before making any decision it is suggested that you think carefully about what becoming involved in healthcare might mean and whether it is the best decision for you. You can evaluate your choice by answering the following questions:
– How do you plan to become qualified for the job?
– Do you have skills that can be transferred to the healthcare industry?
– What job(s) do you see yourself doing?
– Where do you want to work?
– How much time can you allocate to your job?
Jobs in healthcare
There are an abundance of jobs in the health sector, the other more commonly ones are Dentist, Pediatrician, and so on and the less popular but still very lucrative specialization doctors. These specialization doctors are those that may or may not have a background in healthcare. A Healthcare IT professional deals with technology and computers and facilitates bill payment, etc. Other types of specialization may include, but are not limited to the following:
* Operations manager
* Research assistant and manager
* System facilitator
* Public relations personnel
I could go on and on but the point is that you may already have the qualification necessary to get a job in healthcare. Below I’ve assembled some instructions to get the job.
Instructions on how to get a job in healthcare:
1. Research the industry; decide whether the pay-offs of being in healthcare to another less stressful and time-consuming job is a better option. Research will give you pay expectations, educational requirements and the potential for growth. You can do research at your local health center or online, www.bls.gov which discusses pay expectation among other things.
2. Get Qualified. Enroll in an institute that’s accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Healthcare professionals need to be able to handle stress-oriented situations and the better qualified you are; the better it will be for you. Qualification may be in the form of a four year degree, with an additional certification for specialization or an associate degree which after securing the job should prompt you to get a higher certification. A higher degree may be the difference between earning US$ 70,000 and US$ 250,000 annually.
3. Do an internship. Internship may seem very dull and a waste of time, but it can get you accustomed to the organization and its cultures. It can help you decide whether being in healthcare is the right choice. Some organizations offer job-shadowing, where you may fill in temporarily in the profession of your choice, doing all the duties for the position.
4. Prepare your portfolio. An effective portfolio is one in which your resume is updated to reflect skills required for the new job, copies of your qualification are attached and your references are included. Having your portfolio ready can get you one step closer to getting the job.
5. Prepare for the interview. Research the job and its requirements; once you are qualified the next thing is to show how you relate to people. Remember the job is people-based, how you interact with others says a lot. Make sure you are wearing professional attire, have proper directions and the names and titles of the person who will be interviewing you. Company background as well as the above can be obtained through a company secretary.
Eric writes for a top jobs in healthcare board, which is a comprehensive database of healthcare jobs in the United States.