Many employers hire those they know and trust. This may be due to a recommendation from a colleague, a recruiter or through relationships built by professional networking. You can help increase your chances of finding a new allied healthcare position by branching out and meeting people within your industry. To increase your professional contacts, you need to develop some savvy networking skills.
Top networking strategies
As you spread your professional wings, you may not know where to begin meeting employers and colleagues within the healthcare industry. By following these tips, you’ll be able to get a lot more social—and three steps closer to finding new job openings.
- Social media. It’s no secret that social media makes the world spin ‘round these days. Allied healthcare professionals can establish a Web presence and make industry contacts through such sites as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. The easiest way is to establish a LinkedIn page and participate in group discussions associated with your industry. You can also visit the Facebook and Twitter pages of facilities for which you’d like to work and begin a conversation that way. When using social media as a healthcare professional, it’s always important to keep the following tips in mind:
- Keep patient information confidential. You should never discuss patients’ health—even anonymously—on the Internet. If you get the urge to chat in detail about your work online, it’s best to just refrain.
- It’s OK to talk about yourself and your skills. In fact, this is recommended. You can show off your education, accomplishments, certifications and practical skills.
- Maintain a good online reputation. Many bosses check up on their employees to be sure their Web presence is respectable. Your actions on social media could reflect poorly on your facility’s reputation, so it’s always a good idea to stay professional and upbeat.
- Professional associations. Special organizations for healthcare professionals offer plenty of ways to rub elbows with others in your industry—you can attend sponsored group meetings, conferences or networking events; sign up for continuing education seminars; or participate in volunteering opportunities, to name a few. For a list of professional healthcare organizations, click here.
- Face-to-face interactions. Though online chatting transcends time zones, nothing quite beats meeting people in person. And that’s why face-to-face networking is also very important. In addition to professional events, seminars and job fairs, you can network with other people just about anywhere—even while standing in line for your morning coffee, for example. If you’re in search of professional networking events near you, you can also check with your local Chamber of Commerce or professional development associations for more information.
Have you considered working with a recruiter?
An experienced staffing agency can be a strategic ally in your job search. Your recruiter will work with you to find placements that fit your needs and career goals. And if you’re a nurse, therapist or allied health worker, MedPro Healthcare Staffing can help you find a rewarding new position. To learn more, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing today!