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Finding a Career in Global Health

Those whose jobs specialize in public health study and create programs that promote the well-being of not only individual people, but families and communities all around the world. By promoting healthy lifestyle changes, educating others, analysis and putting programs to work, public health professionals act as emissaries for advocating positive health practices and the prevention of disease. Continue reading

How to Get Started in Health Care Administration

The field of Health Care Administration is that part of the health care industry which helps to coordinate and manage facilities such as hospitals, diagnostic centers and health care centers.

Also known as Health Care Systems management, Health Care Administrators are necessary for the management and business-related aspects of a medical organization and are crucial in keeping day-to-day operations running smoothly. Continue reading

Getting Your Resume Ready – An Overview

To a potential employer, your resume is who you are. Even before they meet you, they want to be able to see from your resume and your personal details what you can do and what you are qualified to do. Sometimes, even with good experiences, a bad resume can show a lack of organization and presentation limiting the chances of a employer setting up an interview with you.

So if you are just starting to look for an occupation in the health care field and have limited experience in writing resumes, here is a quick guide to a general resume format.

Your Personal Details
Obviously, the employer will want to know your name and your contact details should he/she want to contact you for further discussions. This section should always be at the top of your resume and be noticeable. The essential details to provide here are: Your name, your address, your contact phone numbers and your email address.

Some people would suggest to put your nationality, a personal website if you have one and your date of birth here too, however these are dependent on the job roles you are applying for and generally are not necessary.

Optional section: Personal Skills
This section is completely optional yet can provide better insight to who you are on paper. Things like patient focus and being an open and fast learner are things that can be put here, as well as any other extra skills such as interpersonal skills and computer literacy can also be included here if they can assist you with the job role being applied for.

Your education details
If you have just finished high school and are still in college, it is essential to list both your school and university details.

Note: any details requiring dates should always be listed with the most recent first, followed by the next most recent.

Your Employment History
If you have no employment history this section can be left out. However, should you be looking for further employment, you should be listing all your relevant employment here starting with the most recent.

it is important to format each of your employment entries to the same style, listing dates employed, the company or employer name, your position as well as a short description of what your job involved. This is a good insight to the employer on what you have done and if you are suitable for the job you will be applying for.

Extra Curricular Activities
Some people prefer to leave this section out. However, I personally think these activities give you a human side rather than just the professional you are. Employers can tell a lot from the activities you participate in and listing them down may aid you in securing that interview. Activities such as being part of the local basketball team, or volunteering with a charity on a casual basis are all helpful to your job search.

This is also a good section to list any organizations you are part of, such as being a member of the local Rotary Club for example.

References
Generally, you don’t need to list out your references yet on your resume. I tend to put “References will be provided on request” as employers would not be asking for your reference until they want to further your application. Make sure that you have at least two people as your references and preferably at least one professional reference.

The above is for a general guide only. It is recommended that you tailor your resume to the job you are applying for, and have a different resume for a different position. This way you are giving the right information to the right people and will not waste their time reading about things that will not concern them when it comes to the vacant position.

It is also a good idea to create two resumes, one comprehensive resume with all the description necessary, and one brief, one-page resume in case the employer specifically asks for a concise resume only. It’s best to be on the safe side and prepare either way.

The Importance of Obtaining Reference Letters

 

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Preparation for a position in the health field is important, and it’s a good first step in the application process, but the biggest challenge in the job search is psychological. Some of the steps required are difficult, and getting referrals is one of these challenges.

In the search for my current position, I contacted an employee from a former company to ask for a written referral. This is a guy I had hired as a student ten years ago, and I’m pleased that he’s now a manager. I had to write an email with my request, knowing that his first thought would be “Hmm, looks like Mike is unemployed.”

I’ve also called former clients and asked about possible jobs. “ YOU want to work HERE?” Also not too comfortable. Getting referrals means humbling yourself, and it’s not fun.

Getting referral letters is also one of the most critical parts of your medical career job search.
If possible, you should have one written referral from each past employer. Here’s how I’ve done it:

1. Write an email containing the letter of reference that you’d like to receive. Keep it very factual. The email’s intro should have a phrase like “Here’s an example of the letter I think is appropriate, just to get you started. Of course you can cut & paste and edit as you see fit.”

2. Swallow your pride and call them up.

3. While you’re on the phone, tell them that you’ve just sent the email. If they’re hard to contact, you can leave a voicemail to that effect.

4. The outline letter will help a lot. They’ll know what you’re expecting, and it’s much easier to edit something than to stare at a blank computer screen.

5. Follow up if they haven’t sent something within a week. They’ll easily forget.

Having made this contact, it will be easier if you need them to give a phone reference after your interview.

Professional reference letters are golden at the time of your interviews. Thinking about this as early on as possible prior to applying since getting your letters may take some time.

Mike Green, LMT

Mike Green is a 16-year licensed massage therapist and a contributing member to the JCGSearch.com online resource team.

Talking to Potential Employers Over the Phone

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You’ve probably had many different forms of advice offered during your job search, including the usual “be confident”, “be yourself”, “be assertive”, “fake it till you make it”, etc. But these types of suggestions are not exactly measurable, and hard to implement because different people have different ideas about what confidence and assertiveness is. Continue reading

Following Up With Employment Applications

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The following email is fairly representative of what many job applicants  experience:

“I was accepted for a healthcare position three weeks ago. The HR representative said she would send an email with all the contract and employment paper work for me to look through before my first day. The first day is approaching and still, no email came. I phoned up to enquire about the process and as it turns out, the HR representative had been really busy and was grateful to me for reminding her to add this to her urgent to-do list.” Continue reading