54. Medical Assisting Externships and Preparing to Find a Position. Learning Outcomes. 54.1 Perform professionally in all externship scenarios. 54.2 Discuss employment services and methods of obtaining a position. 54.3 Create a résumé. Learning Outcomes (cont.). 54.4 Create a cover letter.
Medical Assisting Externships and Preparing to Find a Position
54.1 Perform professionally in all externship scenarios.
54.2 Discuss employment services and methods of obtaining a position.
54.3 Create a résumé.
54.4 Create a cover letter.
54.5 Create a follow-up letter.
54.6 Explain key factors for a successful interview.
Externship – an opportunity to explore the different responsibilities of a medical assistant
You will learn to write a
Form a strategic plan for securing a positionIntroduction
What are the expectations of a candidate for an externship?
ANSWER: Candidates are expected display professionalism in actions and appearance, to be dependable and punctual, and to exhibit initiative and a willingness to learn.
Choosing a résumé style responsibilities of a medical assistant
Functional – highlights specialty areas of accomplishments and strengths
Chronological– used by people with job experience
Targeted – focuses on a specific job target
Writing the résumé
Direct, functional style
Focus on verbs that imply action
Choose words that display strengths and demonstrate initiativeRésumés (cont.)
What do you include on a functional resume?
ANSWER: You should highlight specialty areas of your accomplishments and strengths.
Name two things that you know about the cover letter.
Salary ranges based on responsibilities of a medical assistant
Prepare a budget to determine needed income
Benchmark for negotiating
Employer should bring up salary first
Ask about range for positionSalary Negotiations
During an interview, the interviewer asks you your age and if you are married and have children. How should you answer these questions?
ANSWER: These are inappropriate questions. You should be polite and professional in declining to answer the questions. You may state that you do not believe the information is needed to evaluate your qualifications for the job.
Job description responsibilities of a medical assistant
Lists and describes expectations of position and duties to be performed
Provides standard benchmarks
Initial review after probationary period and annually
Evaluates strengths and weaknessesOn the Job (cont.)
What is the purpose of your job description?
ANSWER: Your job description lists and describes the expectations for your position and the duties you are expected to perform. It is used as the standard by which you are evaluated.
54.1 Students’ weekly progress sheets should reveal new goals each week and progress on previous weeks’ goals. Their assessment and preceptor’s assessments should be similar and show professionalism, willingness to learn, and continual progress throughout the externship.
54.2 Students should be able to list classified advertisements available in local papers, employment Websites, networking and employment agencies where employment assistance is available.
54.3 With assistance, students should turn in a workable, professional résumé which can be used to begin the employment search.
54.4 Students should create a basic, professional cover letter which can be modified to fit the job description they are applying for.
54.5 Students should create a basic follow-up letter that can be modified to send to each individual prospective employer after the interview is completed.
54.6 Students should be able to list key factors such as portraying confidence, smiling, looking the interviewer in the eye, having questions ready for the interviewer about the position, and practicing answers to common interviewing questions. If possible, participation in a mock interview should be considered.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.