Top 4 tips to find your next career move

#1: Make the most of job search engines

Many people use search engines by only searching for their job title. The problem with that, however, is that it returns limited results. For example, if I search ‘pharmacist,’ guess what results I will get? It might sound obvious, but if all I see are pharmacist openings then I’ve really limited my options.

Instead, try other, broader search terms. For doctors, instead of searching ‘doctor,’ ‘rheumatologist,’ etc., try searching ‘MD,’ ‘healthcare,’ ‘healthcare remote,’ or ‘medical writer.’ If I were a doctor, I might also search ‘DO.’

#2: Take stock of the companies around you

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you work in some capacity for a hospital, clinic, or other healthcare setting. All of these organizations contract other companies to take care of certain aspects of their operations on their behalf. All of these companies also need employees, and sometimes they hire healthcare professionals.

For example, Inmar is in the business of helping pharmacies manage drug recalls, get credit for expired medications, and reconcile their claims, among other things. They also hire pharmacists. EMR systems, like Cerner, Epiq, and Athena, probably need pharmacists, nurses, and doctors with a background in informatics. Wolters Kluwer, which makes Lexi-Comp, hires pharmacists and probably physicians to keep their drug references up to date.

If you see every company around you as an opportunity to explore, then the world is your oyster. There’s no harm in at least looking at their career pages or reaching out to someone in the company to express interest.

#3: For jobs in a new location, use Google Maps to your advantage

Finding a job in a new location, especially an international location or area where there aren’t many traditional jobs, can be tough. However, I’ve found the secret weapon: Google Maps.

#4: Start your career spreadsheet

The gurus always tell us that we should tailor our resume to every single job, but unfortunately that could make applying for multiple jobs extremely time consuming. In addition, after you’ve been in practice a while it’s not easy to remember all the great things you did that could impress employers.

Meet the career spreadsheet. This spreadsheet compiles all of your career accomplishments, large or small, into one place. You can use this spreadsheet to tailor a resume or cover letter or even to prepare for an interview. Having it on hand for a phone interview, for example, will allow you to refer back to it as you are asked the very predictable behavioral-based interview questions. For in-person interviews, reviewing it in advance will refresh your mind of your accomplishments.

I keep mine on Google Sheets so I always have it with me. Column A is the employer and Column B is the accomplishment.

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