The healthcare staffing shortages we’ve been talking about for a while here on this blog have continued into the first half of 2023, which means that healthcare employers are continuously turning to contract or temporary workers to fill the gaps. According to Robert Half, about 67% of healthcare managers plan to hire more contract employees in the first half of 2023, especially in administrative and billing positions.
Traditionally, temporary job assignments increase during the summer months. When you think about a summer job, you probably envision working in a mall or a restaurant. However, this summer, there are great opportunities available in the healthcare field. While healthcare may not seem to be the typical summer job, here are five excellent reasons to consider a temporary job in a hospital, doctor’s office, or pharmacy.
Reason #1: Test out a new career or work environment
If you have been considering changing jobs or industries, a temporary summer job is a terrific opportunity to test it out. You can gain firsthand experience of the day-to-day responsibilities and tasks involved in different healthcare settings. This experience can help you determine if the industry is the right fit for you and if you enjoy working in that particular environment. A summer job also gives you the opportunity to meet other people in healthcare. These connections can provide you with personal insights into their career path and suggest other opportunities you may not have thought about. Finding a mentor in your chosen field is always beneficial when changing career paths.
Reason #2: Make yourself more employable
Many employers expect some work experience when hiring for permanent positions, even at the entry level. A summer job is a great way to get that experience and build a list of compelling professional references, both of which will make your resume more appealing to hiring managers. By logging valuable work hours as a summer temp, you will set yourself up for career success in the future.
Reason #3: Learn transferable skills
Not only will you gain relevant work experience, but you will also develop key work skills that are valuable for any job. These skills include active listening, communication, time management, teamwork, and problem-solving. Transferable skills are important because many employers believe hiring workers with transferable skills will benefit them more than hiring those with higher education or specific work experience. Also, when you master these skills, you can fill in gaps in your traditional resume by using a skills-based resume format.
Reason #4: Fill a gap in your resume
Most employers don’t like to see date gaps in employment on a resume. It calls into question an employee’s reliability and willingness to work. If you are between job opportunities or school semesters, a summer job in healthcare is a great way to fill in those gaps on your resume with relevant work experience. This is especially important if you plan to change industries or job types. In addition, a summer job on your resume can demonstrate your willingness to learn and dedication to your new field, which can help you stand out to potential employers.
Reason #5: Apply your school work to the real world
If you are in school for a healthcare job, getting a temporary summer job in your chosen field can help you apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to the day-to-day tasks of a healthcare worker. It can help you understand the concepts you’ve learned and see them applied in real scenarios, which can be helpful when you return to school. By working in a job related to your field of study, you can gain practical experience and hone skills you can’t learn in the classroom.
If these five reasons have convinced you to jump into temporary summer work, there are plenty of positions available right here in the Phoenix area. Desert Medical Careers can help you find a great summer healthcare job. We are recruiting for positions in various healthcare environments and at all experience and education levels. Call us today.