Preparing your next healthcare industry career move

Ready to move on from your current employer?

If so here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Be Prepared
Get your job search in order. In fact, start now before you even make a final decision to quit. Everyone should have a career network in place, like Desert Medical Careers, as well as a resume and references ready. It’s also wise to take a look at what jobs are available in your niche and geographic location, give DMC a call even if you’re not actively job searching. That way you’re prepared when the opportunity or the need arises.

Create a Career Network
If you don’t have a career network, start building one – today. If you are registering with DMC you are off to a good start. Make sure you use all of the on-line networks as well such as Linked In & Facebook. Once registered touch base with your contacts, just to say hello on a regular basis.  Keep your name fresh in contacts minds.

References Ready
Plan ahead and get your references in order, before you need them. It will save time scrambling to put together a reference list at the last minute.

Write a Resume
Once you’ve made the decision to move on, take the time you spent attempting to deal with that difficult person or working environment and work on your resume. Make sure you have a polished and professional resume that contains your current employment information. If need be ask your DMC staffing counselor to review you resume. You don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute to create a resume.

Start a Job Hunt
You definitely don’t want anyone to know you’re looking for a new job. So, take steps to keep your job search confidential and start job hunting on the sly. This is DMC’s job while you continue to work. Given the circumstances, the last thing you want to have happen is the wrong person finding out that you are looking to make a move.

If you would like to be placed in a healthcare job within the United States, please fill out the form below or call us at 602-468-6300.

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Prepare to Interview
When you start interviewing, the question about why you are leaving your current job will come up. Do not say anything about the “difficult person or work environment” issue you have been dealing with, because the employer has no way of knowing who was difficult. Anything you say that is negative may reflect on you and might start the interviewer wondering whether you will be a problem employee.

Instead, talk about how you want to advance your skills and your career and how your options are limited at your current job. Or mention that you are looking for a position with more growth or different responsibilities i.e. more technical, less technical, closer to home, you name it.

You will also want to carefully interview your future employer to make sure the company, the position, the work environment, and the corporate atmosphere are a good fit. The last thing you want to have happen is to go from the frying pan into the fire, so, be very certain that this is a match. Have a list of interview questions ready to ask the interviewer and take the time to make a careful and thorough decision before accepting an offer.

How to Resign
Despite the fact that you can’t stand the person or work environment that has made your life difficult, you hate your boss for not taking your side, and you can’t wait to get out the door, don’t mention it. You may need a reference from the company in the future and you need to resign as diplomatically and as gracefully as possible. Even if it takes every bit of willpower you have to keep your comments to yourself!

You’re Fired!
There’s one more thing you need to be prepared for. Trying to address a difficult situation at work could get you fired. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always matter that you’re the injured party, or you’re the one whose life has been made miserable, or that you attempted to do the right thing by speaking up. People don’t like complainers and the situation could backfire. If it happens, you will need to have a strategy in place for job searching.

How to Say Goodbye
Once you are ready to move on, there will be a measure of relief in knowing that the situation is over. The stress will be gone and you can get on with your life. Say farewell to your boss, to your co-workers, to your customers, and to your vendors.

Get Ready, Get Set, Go!
Once you have made the decision that the situation isn’t able to be remedied, get going. There is no point in wasting any more time. Get going on your job search and move on with your career, and your life.


-May 13, 2013  DMC