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Job Search Tips

  • Voicemail: You never want to miss a call from a potential employer
  • Email: If a potential employer chooses to communicate with you via email, treat each piece of correspondence as a part of your interview. Use email etiquette
  • Updated resume: It should be up-to-date at all times
  • Customizable cover letter
  • Customizable thank you letter
  • Job Search Log: This is useful to keep track of the places you have sent your resume to. You can also maintain names, titles, telephone numbers, and notes relating to interviews and/or positions you have applied to
  • Access to the internet
  • Use bullets to display your responsibilities
  • Add your credentials after your name at the top of the resume
  • Make sure your name and the page number are on each page
  • Include a Summary of Qualifications and avoid an Objective Statement
  • Attempt to keep your resume at a maximum of 2 pages
  • Use a minimum of a 10 font for contact information. If the font is too small, it is at times difficult to read a telephone number and/or address on a resume. If a potential employer cannot reach you, you could lose out on an opportunity
  • Customize your resume based on the position you are applying for
  • Do not include personal information such as SS#, height, weight, marital status, hobbies, etc…
  • Confirm and re-confirm the date, time and location of your interview
  • Know who you will be meeting with or speaking to on the telephone and their title / responsibilities. Try to determine their role in the hiring process
  • Dress professionally and conservatively avoiding perfumes or colognes
  • Do not smoke before or during (this applies to telephone interviews too) an interview
  • Make eye contact, smile and maintain good posture
  • Be 100% honest without being too self-disclosing. Information regarding your personal life could be used in a discriminatory manner
  • Listen carefully to questions asked and think about your response before answering
  • Be prepared: Know about the position you are interviewing for, know as much as possible about the hospital/company and corporate culture
  • Turn off your cell phone and pager prior to the interview
  • Disable call waiting or any other telephone features that may distract you during a telephone interview
  • Be positive and upbeat. Keep all negative comments, especially about previous employers to yourself
  • Schedule telephone interviews in advance and make sure there will be no distractions from family members, pets, etc…
  • Send a thank-you note (via U.S. mail, not email) to the people that interviewed you