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Everyone wants a job they love, but how often do we get it? More often than not, most people in the healthcare industry struggle with being satisfied in their careers. The even bigger problem is that most people don’t know how to go about getting a healthcare job they love.

One thing that recruiters and job agencies agree upon is that the world of work is changing far faster than anyone might have expected. While healthcare work is always the exchange of education, effort and medical skills for money – that has never changed – how we go about getting the jobs that fit our skills has changed drastically.

The following are the new rules for getting a job you love.

Determine what’s Important to You

Long-term enjoyment of your job means you’re more motivated to show up everyday and do your best to take care of patients and contribute to the medical business. Finding that perfect job fit means figuring out what’s important to you and that means digging deep and answering these three questions:

  1. What is the work I’ve really been doing? While your resume may show a variety of titles and skills, what is the real work you’ve been doing that makes you happy? Perhaps it’s coming up with ideas that make patient care easier for your staff, for example.
  2. What are my core values? A sense of fulfillment means finding the right alignment of our work with our core values. Think back to peak moments in your career when you felt fulfilled. Now look at that moment and determine which value you were honoring at that moment.
  3. What is my relationship style? Look back as your past work experiences and identify how you like working with others – not how you had to work with others, but how you like to work with others. Are you a solitary contributor hidden in the trenches or outgoing and collaborative?

Once you’ve got a handle on these personal features, you can start looking for a job that you are more likely to love.

Establish a Scoring System for New Healthcare Jobs

Once you start saving the jobs that fit your skills, you’ll also want to score those jobs on a rating system that matches what’s important to you. If you know you like to work in a big, energetic, and dynamic team, for example, selecting a position that supports a single doctor way out in the sticks isn’t going to make you happy.

The career with the highest overall score is likely to be the one you find most satisfying, so you can feel passionate about pursuing it.

Networking Means Sharing

These days, networking is about much more than asking others where the healthcare jobs are – it’s also about sharing those jobs that don’t fit your needs but are likely to fit the needs of others you know. When you find a job that doesn’t meet your criteria, but you know someone else who’s looking for a job that might like it better, share that job post with them.

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