Preparing for the Job Search. Presented by: Stephen Spaulding Suzanne Anderson Medical Staff Recruitment Duke Medicine. Today’s Focus. Search Preparation Interview Tips Offer Review Tips. How to Love your J - O - B. The Career Equation ….. ……it’s more than a paycheck.
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Preparing for the Job Search Presented by: Stephen Spaulding Suzanne Anderson Medical Staff Recruitment Duke Medicine
Today’s Focus • Search Preparation • Interview Tips • Offer Review Tips
How to Love your J - O - B The Career Equation ….. ……it’smore than a paycheck
The Career Equation Examine Yourself: • When it comes to work, what do I naturally enjoy doing? • What am I naturally good at? • What energizes me? • What stresses me? • What motivates me? • What annoys me?
The Career Equation Examine the Big Picture • Do I want to be part of a small group or big group? • Do I want a rural location, the suburbs, or the city? • What type of patients do I want to work with: wealthy, middle class,, or those in financial need? • Do I want to see high volume of patients in shorter bursts? Or work with a smaller number of patients for a longer duration? • What type of provider-patient culture do I want to be part of? • What type of peer culture do I want to be part of?
The Career Equation Do something where you can make a difference • Use your natural talent and abilities • Have passion for your job and your life • Be happy at work and at home • Be a living example for others If you love what you do, you will make a difference in the world.
Before you begin… • Establish Email account exclusively for job search • Check Cell phone/ Home answering machine • Facebook / Social Media • Contact preceptors / references
CV review: Top mistakes • Inconsistent formatting - fonts, dates • Action verbs/ incorrect tense • Unexplained breaks or frequent moves • Listing vague objectives • “My resume” attachment • Multiple email addresses • No phone number listed
Example of Clarity OBJECTIVE: Seeking a position in Family Medicine or Urgent Care EXPERIENCE: Registered Physician Assistant–Certified 2004–Present Guthrie Clinic LTD, Erwin, NY • Over five years of experience in out-patient primary care • Experience with pediatric to geriatric medicine in a family practice setting • Manage care of 20-25 patients daily • Diagnose, formulate treatment plans, and prescribe appropriate medications • ACLS certified • Certified in BLS • Worked cohesively in a department of 15 providers and additional support staff
Where to look for positions • Friends/ Colleagues/ Preceptors • Websites/ Journal ads • Recruiters – in-house vs. firms • State and Local Professional Organizations • Major Health System Websites in your target area
Know the Market Salaries affected by: • Supply/demand • Responsibilities • Call requirements • Geographical area NP Programs in NCPA Programs in NC Duke UNC Duke ECU UNCC ECU UNCG UNCW Methodist Western Carolina Wake Forest Winston-Salem University
Know the Market 2010 MGMA Report based on 2009 data
Making Contact • Always address correspondence directly to the contact person • The research you do to get the information will make you stand out. • Add a reference letter in your correspondence to employer • Follow up with a phone call
Interview Tips • Look professional and do your homework • Bring CV and list of key questions • Ask right questions at the right time • Cite your strengths
Follow up Appropriately • Contact within 3 - 5 days of meeting • Restate your interest in your note • Highlight areas of mutual fit/interest • Confirm next steps • Ask for business cards for contact info • Email as an acceptable alternative
Remember…. First impressions are lasting Impressions If you don’t feel comfortable or are concerned, you may want to consider another position. Best way to see a practice is to “shadow”
Offer Letter / Contract Make no assumptions….. • Position responsibilities • Compensation & pay periods • Frequency of evaluations, probationary period • Contract renewal process • Termination information • List of benefits
Offer Letter / Contract • Formula for incentives • Malpractice insurance/Tail coverage • Credentials, privileges • Non Compete Clauses Ask these questions before accepting
Remember: Always have an attorney review the contract before you sign Always obtain a fully executed contract for your records
Other Issues • Notes on “Posting” CV Practicelink and HealtheCareers (AANP) • Key words, never pay to post • Notes on working with agencies • New geographic location • No internal recruiters • Ask if firm has a retained search • Ask firm not to send CV anywhere without your ok
Openings at Duke with MSR Duke Primary Care: FM, IM, Geriatrics, UCC Specialty Openings: • Urology • Oncology Check website regularly MedicalStaffRecruitment.duke.edu
Recruitment Contact: Stephen Spaulding firstname.lastname@example.org Websites: www.medicalstaffrecruitment.duke.edu www.hr.duke.edu