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By Sheng Wang
Earning your degree is such an accomplishment. It is almost as if the moment you add those letters to the end of your name, you can literally hear the doors opening. Knowing what to do to get your foot in those open doors, make a name for yourself, and thrive in an ever-changing health care industry is your next big step.
Mastering the hard skills required of your job is only part of the equation. Interpersonal skills are just as important because your ability to become a respected and trusted source of knowledge and talent will surely help you grow in your career.
Finding the right job takes a lot of research. It is this research that will help you launch your job search with realistic expectations.
You probably have a good idea about what your day will entail, thanks to practicum placements or internships, but don't forget to look at issues like job prospects in your area and in other communities of interest, prospective employers and what they offer (e.g., advertised benefit packages), and salary ranges for new grads (and for future reference, experienced workers).
For basic salary information in different locations, reference sites like salary.com or PayScale.com. And, if you're thinking about looking beyond your hometown for a job, take advantage of online relocation tools.
“Many of the skills you need can only be learned on the job, and only time and experience can turn you into a seasoned professional.”
As your research reveals your specific interests in the field of rheumatology, you will want to prepare yourself to apply, and interview, for different positions, and your resume; or CV will need to be in tip-top shape. Many universities have career service centers that offer assistance in preparing this all important document, and there are companies that specialize in helping job seekers look their best on paper. No matter what approach you take to preparing your resume; or CV, it is important to write, rewrite, review, and ask for suggestions. This—along with your cover letter—is often your first and only chance to make a great impression. Don't be hasty to hit send or drop it in the mail. Take your time to make certain you're representing yourself in the best possible way.
Another important step to landing your first job is networking. Once you have your resume; or CV ready to share, jump right into networking. A great place to start is with your school contacts - former instructors can act as references, and they, and your old classmates, are the start of your valuable professional network. Job fairs offer another great opportunity to network and to see what's available at home and further afield, and the ACR offers several opportunities each year for networking at different meetings.
Now that you have your foot in the door it is important to establish yourself in your new setting.
Mastering the hard skills required of your job is only part of the equation. Interpersonal skills are just as important because your ability to become a respected and trusted source of knowledge and talent will surely help you grow in your career. Below are some tips on building the right kind of interpersonal relationships in your new position.
There are so many things to consider when you first begin your job search. It is important to treat you first job with great care. Look for opportunities to learn and grow; find ways of becoming a respected source of knowledge and talent, and eventually, you will find that your "job" has become a "career."
Find your next employment opportunity using the ACR CareerConnection. CareerConnection is ACR’s online job board. CareerConnection is free to job seekers searching for opportunities in the field of rheumatology. Benefits include personalized website, job alert notifications and resume builder.
Attend the ACR Career Fair! The ACR Career Fair is held in conjunction with the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting, is an extension of the ACR CareerConnection. For job seekers, the Career Fair provides the opportunity to meet with employers and recruiters, check out open positions in rheumatology across the country and network with other rheumatology professionals. Learn more >
This article is provided for informational purposes only. The ACR is not responsible for any career decisions made by those consulting this article.
© 2015 American College of Rheumatology