So You Waited Too Long to Start Your Physician Job Search – Now What?

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Does it feel like everyone in your residency or fellowship has already secured a job? If you’ve found yourself in the position of having waited too long to start your job search, you’re not alone, and there’s still plenty you can do to regain control of your career trajectory.  

To help get you started, we’ve put together a 3-point to-do list that will lead you to the exciting start of your physician career:  

  1. Determine Your Location, Practice, and Other Priorities

Begin by taking a step back and reassessing your personal and professional goals. What are your priorities in your next position? Consider factors such as the type of healthcare setting, location (proximity to family or certain amenities), work-life balance, and benefits. Understanding your main priorities will guide your search and help you focus on opportunities that align with your career aspirations. 

  1. Update Your Paperwork Including Credentials and CV:

Ensure that all your professional credentials are up to date. This includes your medical license, board certifications, and any other qualifications relevant to your specialty. Your CV is also a vital tool in your search. Update it to reflect your most recent experiences, skills, and achievements. Tailor it to emphasize your unique contributions and the value you bring to a healthcare team. A well-crafted CV is your opportunity to make a strong first impression. 

Additionally, don’t forget to highlight any recent training, certifications, or supplemental skills you’ve acquired during the period you waited to start your job search. Demonstrating a commitment to ongoing learning and professional development is a positive attribute for any physician. 

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  1. Leverage Your Network:

Connect with colleagues, mentors, and other professionals in your network. Share your job search goals and inquire about potential opportunities. Networking is a powerful tool in the healthcare industry, and personal connections can lead to valuable insights and job prospects. 

Consider working with an expert in your specialty market, such as a physician recruiter. A top recruiter will have deep connections with employers across the country and will often know about opportunities before they’re made public. They will also assist you with preparing your CV, interviews, salary comparisons, and contract negotiations.  


Final Tips: Avoid These Mistakes During Your Last-Minute Job Search 

Be open to exploring roles that may not align exactly with your initial preferences.

Flexibility in considering different practice settings, geographic locations, or even a temporary position can broaden your options and lead to unexpected opportunities.  

Don’t rush to sign a contract you aren’t comfortable with.

Wait for a good opportunity that will afford you growth and a positive work environment.

Be cautious about disseminating your information to various job boards and employers.

You should be protective of your personal information as distributing it widely can hinder your search. Though many credible sources may ask for your information, it will often be dispensed to a third party.