There are many advantages to working in the healthcare industry. Patient care technicians, medical assistants and other healthcare providers are essential for people who need it the most. And with an increasing employment rate, there is no better time than now to get started.
So, what can you do to launch your career in healthcare? Start networking! Professional networking is a tried-and-true first step to getting your foot in the door. At Helm College’s School of Health Services, we know that the amount of information out there about pursuing a career may be overwhelming. That is why we have put together some professional networking tips for you to start your job search:
1. Use Social Media for Professional Networking
The rise of social media has created the opportunity for you to network with other professionals in the healthcare industry. When you near the end of your training to be a Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant or Patient Care Technician at Helms College and find yourself ready to start the job hunt, it’s time to put your social media skills to work!
Take a few minutes to follow local pages and groups that share job postings in the healthcare industry. There are even social media accounts dedicated solely to helping people find jobs or sharing tips about applying, interviewing and working in different industries.
If there is a specific healthcare facility that you want to work for, just visit their social media page or website and see what you can find. Maybe they are sharing helpful information about job openings or other opportunities. It never hurts to do some research.
2. Don’t Forget that Personal Touch
Get in touch with people you know who are already working in the healthcare industry. Perhaps you have a friend or relative who works at a nearby hospital or clinic. Talking to them and finding out if they know of any opportunities is a great starting point. Even if they don’t know of current opportunities in the industry, it is important to stay in touch with them for when opportunities do arise.
If there is a specific clinic or hospital you would like to work for, but they do not have any job opening listed, you can also reach out to them directly. Take the initiative and send the supervisor or human resources department an email with your résumé. If they aren’t hiring, at least they will have your information on file for future reference.
3. Join Professional Organizations
Many healthcare specialties have professional organizations that are open to everyone. If you are training to be a healthcare professional, do a quick internet search and find an organization that is right for you.
Professional organizations offer many training and conference events and can help you stay current of the latest trends in medicine, and they also give you a unique opportunity to network directly with people in your field.
4. Seek Out an Internship
Even while you are still in school, there is a lot you can do to establish your network and gain references for when you do enter the healthcare industry. Internships offer unique opportunities for students to acquire the contacts and experiences needed to succeed on the job. And even if they do not directly result in employment, you will gain invaluable experience in the industry, and acquire useful references for the future.
Training for the Healthcare Industry!
At Helms College’s School of Health Services, you can learn the skills you need to stand out among the competition. Our programs and courses will give you the hands-on experience you need to be a Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant or a Patient Care Technician.
Ready to take the first step in launching your career as a healthcare professional? Don’t hesitate: apply today!