Searching for a job can really level the playing field, can’t it? It doesn’t matter if you’re a psychiatrist hoping to land a position at a prestigious hospital or a new clinician fresh out of residency just hoping to land something in locum tenens. Having to search for jobs puts everybody on equal footing.
That said, there are a number of mistakes that job seekers make all the time. These mistakes are exacerbated in an area as complex as psychiatry. Four such mistakes are listed below, along with brief explanations as to why they should be avoided. If you are in the hunt for a psychiatry job, make sure each of these things is being properly addressed.
Mistake #1: Your Resume is Your Life Story
At some point in the past we came up with this crazy notion that longer resumes are better. Maybe that’s because high school guidance counselors were teaching as much when most of us were still teenagers. At any rate, put that idea away. Brevity is the thing now.
There is no need to present a four-page resume that lists all the finer points of your career for the last 10 years. Guess what? Recruiters aren’t going to read that much information anyway. It is more important that you highlight that previous experience most relevant to the job you’re after. Your resume should be no more than two pages, maximum. One page (front and back) is even better.
Mistake #2: Your Resume is a Collection of Jargon
Our second mistake involves succumbing to the temptation of filling your resume with jargon. Here’s a dirty little secret: recruiters and HR managers aren’t really interested in your vocabulary. They want to know who you are as a person and what experience you bring to the table. They will be more impressed with a resume they can read and clearly understand.
Mistake #3: Ignoring Your Social Media Reputation
You can take it to the bank that recruiters are going to search your name on the internet before ever calling you in for an interview. What they find out about you is going to influence their initial perceptions. We say that to say this: don’t ignore what your social media pages say about you.
Your best bet is to honestly assess all of your social media outlets for their content. If you don’t like what you see, take corrective action ASAP. If there is anything on your social media pages that could call into question your ability, your integrity, your judgment, etc., get rid of it.
Mistake #4: Failing to Network
Job boards for medical professionals are great tool. So are recruiting services. Don’t rely on those two things exclusively. Do not make the mistake of failing to network because you think job boards and recruiters have all your bases covered. They don’t.
Networking is one of the best things you can do to land a job. Networking puts you in touch with decision-makers. And if not decision-makers directly, at least those who know them. More than one psychiatry job has been landed because the doctor who landed it was willing to get out there and rub elbows.
Are you looking for new psychiatry job? If so, best wishes and all the luck to you. Now go out there and make it happen. Craft a brief but effective resume, clean up your social media pages, and go network with others in your field. And whenever you speak in a professional setting, speak the way you do at home. You’ll be that much further along in your job search.