September 16, 2015
Healthcare employment opportunities for physiciansare proliferating online. Here’s how to get started.
Need a new healthcare job? You should stillcontact physician recruiters, check the classifieds, networkwith colleagues, and perhaps even phone prospective employers.But now, you can also log onto the Internet, where scoresof Web sites are posting employment opportunities for physicians.
Many of those sites also offer a gold mine of information about physician compensation, interviewing strategies, and preparing your CV. You can even create a CV on line and send it to dozens of employers at once.
Healthcare employers, recruiters, and otherswith Internet job postings are attracting phenomenal interestfrom physicians. The number of doctors we have placed fromour Web site has increased fivefold in the last two years.Other site operators with jobs for doctors also expect visitorsto grow exponentially in the years to come.
Be this as it may, physician job huntingonline is still in its infancy. Think of the Web as anotherarrow in your quiver, not a replacement for conventionalways to look for a job. On the other hand, expanding yoursearch into cyberspace offers several unique benefits—andseveral new hassles.
Medical journal and specialty organization sites
Finding physician/ healthcare jobs in cyberspaceis easy. First, check the Web sites of the medical journalsyou read. Just about every journal nowadays has one (it’soften part of thte sponsoring organization’s site).If the journal carries classified ads, you’ll usuallyfind them online as well.
That’s a benefit, because checking classifieds online is more convenient than thumbing through journals, and you don’t need to subscribe to those publications to do it. For starters, online ads are faster. Many sites feature search engines that let you use keywords like “family physician” and “Florida” to narrow your search to ads of Florida employers with FP openings, rather than forcing you to scan all the listings, as you must in a magazine.
Also, classified ads on the Internet may remain online longer than they do in print—or appearearlier.
Physician recruiter and employer sites
You can also type keywords like “physicianemployment” into the query field of a Web search engine.What you’ll get is an army of medical group practices, hospitals, health systems, integrateddelivery systems, HMOs, nursing homes, and surgicenters,as well as physician recruiters, with jobs for doctors nationwide.
This can be a blessing or a curse. If you’reseeking a needle-in-the-haystack position or simply wantan overview of jobs being advertised, it’s boon. Onthe other hand, while the major physician recruitment firmslist hundreds of employment opportunities in every specialtythroughout the US, most recruiters are mom and pop shopswith only a handful of jobs. Ditto for employers: Even alarge integrated delivery system may have only five positionsto fill at any one time. After you’ve mouse-clickedyour way through the first 10 or so sites, with the end ofthe list nowhere in sight, the appeal of the random-search,more-is-merrier approach quickly fades.
Like the sites of many journals and specialtyorganizations, those of the largest physician recruiters—amongthem ours (www.cejkasearch.com) – may also contain valuablejob hunting information. For instance, you will find suchthings as the latest physician compensation surveys, whichwill give you an idea of what doctors in your specialtyare earning these days.
Flat file vs. interactive sites
Most sites you’ll find online are flat-file: They contain the test of classified ads much as you’d find them in print publications. You can often search the ads by certain criteria (such as specialty, job location, and salary range), and you can generally click on a hypertext link to send an e-mail to a prospective employer to learn more.
A growing number of sites—such as those of the American Academy of Family Physicians (www.aafp.org/careers), the American College of Cardiology (www.acc.org), and the Medical Economics Career Center (www.memagjobs.com, a site where physician recruiters can post job openings) — feature something called Web or electronic CVs. Fill out one of these electronic forms online once, and you can e-mail it—repeatedly—to prospective employers who post job opportunities on that Web site. Convenience aside, the more specific you are in the information you send to a recruiter or employer, the more apt you are to get a speedy—or any—response.
If you’re concerned about confidentiality, conduct your searches on your home computer, not the one you use at work. An employer can check your Web browser to see which sites you’ve visited recently. While some Web browsers allow you to delete this record, a copy of it will be stored on your organization’s network server, where an information services manager may notice it and bring it to your boss’ attention.
This article was published by Cejka Search and originally appeared in Medical Economics Magazine. Copyright by Medical Economics Company Inc. at Montvale, NJ 07645. All rights reserved.