Targeting recent graduates for a well-rounded team

Work experience is useful when graduation is upon you and your dream job is out there. Most organizations are targeting experienced physicians when hiring, but graduating candidates play a significant role in some positions so they can have a well-rounded team.

Education is important, but you need more than a degree to get the position. To increase your chance of making the cut here are a few things that you should concentrate on:

Leadership skills are a definite plus in any field you pursue. Chief Residency is one of the most common leadership qualities in the field of medicine. The chief resident, in many specialties, is selected by their peers and they are selected because of their clinical skills, leadership skills and their people skills. These skills can be an asset to any organization.

Studying hard and working hard are different. Most organizations will only target employees with experience, saying they tend to be more productive therefore being a good hire for their positions.

By knowing in advance that companies look for employees with post-training, many soon-to-be graduates will practice their trade while training. By moonlighting a resident can utilize this experience to acquire additional training and can hone their clinical skills before graduation and beginning work. Interning can give you a chance to learn what your best job skills are, which need improvement and how to work with people.

According to The University of Mississippi’s Croft Institute students who make the jump without work experience “are less competitive for employment when they finish their degrees than their classmates with work experience”. The school recommends that students get “real-world experience”.

“Whether it is a paid or volunteer status, involvement [in your field] will increase confidence and savvy while exhibiting dedication and responsibility,” according to OK City plastic surgeon Dr. Tim Love.

Your attitude is also very important for your long term employment outlook. A desire to learn, a strong work ethic, professionalism are just a few of the things that affect how an employer will look at you. They will also look to see if you are interested in building a career after residency. They want someone who is driven, eager to learn and interested in learning more about their organization.

Communication is important in all walks of life, but in the medical field it is vital. A physician needs to communicate effectively, with patients to provide high quality care, as well as with their colleagues and administrators. An employer will know if you are struggling or if you are unsure on any situation through communications.

Patient satisfaction is increasingly important and is crucial when hiring. Employers are looking for excellent people skills and great bedside manners. Candidates with high emotional intelligence are more likely to get along with other providers and they also tend to be excellent team players.

Things for graduates to remember are:

  • Your experience – whether it be moonlighting and/or volunteering that has helped in the honing of your skills while training and any leadership experience you may have.
  • Communication skills and the ability to work with others are crucial.
  • And last, but not least – attitude. You can’t train someone to have a good attitude so that makes it one of the most important traits you can have when seeking employment. You can train for the best practices but a good attitude is a must.

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