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When you are seeking out possibilities for jobs in healthcare, it can be a time consuming and often competitive process. Here are ten simple but proven tips to help give you the best possible chance of success:

1. Assess the kind of job you want and can gain: The hiring process matches an individual with a role, and this is something you should undertake for yourself first. Appreciate what kind of role your skills, abilities and personality is fitted to – and that you are eager to undertake – and use this as a starting point for your personal job quest.

2. Attend relevant Healthcare events that match your qualifications: Events provide a great opportunity for networking within your desired field. This way you’ll be front of mind whenever a new job opening presents itself. For example, this week is Australian Gastroenterology Week – There are a series of awards and networking events. Visit www.agw.org.au for more information.

3. Join Healthcare Industry Associations that match your skill set: This is another great way to keep your ear to the ground. For example, join the NSW Nurses and Midwife association at http://www.nswnma.asn.au/ and get access to all their apps, contents, and general info, to help you sniff out the job opportunities before the masses do.

4. Be flexible in this assessment: Many people set a single job in stone during point one and will consider no other. Being more flexible opens a greater number of opportunities. Accept that it may take a series of job steps to finally reach where you truly wish to be.

5. Create a flexible resume: The basis will remain, but consider how you might tweak it for different roles as you apply for them. A recruiter is more likely to consider you if your resume provides pertinent reasons for doing so. Consider the keywords a recruiter might use in an online search and make sure these are included.

6. Ask someone else to proofread that resume: It’s easy to miss mistakes you’ve made, especially in the choice of words or effective use of grammar. A fresh pair of eyes can make an important difference.

7. Make sure you are qualified before you apply: It’s a waste of everybody’s time if, for example, you simply don’t have a specific qualification that is necessary for particular nursing jobs.

8. Find someone you can practice key interview skills with: Just like an actor rehearses to hone their performance, a prepared interviewee stands a better chance of success.

9. Keep application letters simple and sharp: Too many people attach their resume (which you should of course) but then repeat most of that detail in an accompanying letter. This should only introduce the recruiter to your resume in a polite, friendly, but concise, way. They are busy people!

As you’d expect, one final point…

10. Make sure you are seen and search in the right places when seeking out those healthcare jobs: That’s why it pays to announce your availability, post your resume, and then regularly check the job postings here on HealthcareLink!