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5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself During Your Job Search

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With the healthcare field in a constant state of growth, choosing the right job from a sea of opportunities can seem a very daunting task. Fortunately for you as a job seeker, many areas of the healthcare industry have experienced vast growth that will allow you to be a little more selective of the positions for which you apply. Here are a few very important questions that can help you to narrow the field and find the positions that will help you to create the career experience you’ve always dreamed of.

Is my current education enough to get me where I want to go in my career?

Look at the educational requirements of the positions that are the most appealing to you and compare them to your own credentials. Decide if you need additional coursework or certifications to make yourself appealing to recruiters who are hiring for the jobs that you want most or if you can get in on the ground floor and continue your education as you advance.

What kind of work environment will make me feel accomplished and satisfied?

Knowing the type of workplace and mission that will make you feel fulfilled in your career is a huge factor in deciding to apply for a position. If this is unclear, you may want to consider temporary positions in different settings to test the waters and gain a better understanding of what is best for you in the long term.

What are my deal-makers and breakers when deciding to accept a position?

Look at the various attributes of available jobs and make a list of your must-haves, as well as things that you’re willing to sacrifice. You may be in a situation where you are willing to work shift work to take a job that offers an additional week of personal time each year. Or you might want to sacrifice that additional vacation time for a steady 9 to 5 shift.

Do I want to put down roots or is travel an appealing possibility?

Deciding to remain in your current hometown, relocate to a city that has better opportunities for your career path, or even to jump into a career as a traveling nurse or healthcare provider is an important piece of the puzzle when making decisions about what positions you should apply for. Think about your short and long-term plans for your career and family and how your location will play a role.

Where do I want to be in 5 years? 10 years?

Consider the opportunities for advancement in the positions you are considering. Can you see yourself settling in for a lifetime of employment within the practice or facility or will you need to move on quickly to achieve your career goals? Though a short-term solution may be a necessary choice, knowing how a position will factor into your career goals is important.

Finding the right job is something that takes much time and consideration, as well as a solid background and experience. What are some of the things that you look at when determining whether a particular opening is right for your desired career path?

Contributor Kimberly Anders

As the Division Director of pharmacy, allied and healthcare IT recruitment for Soliant, Kimberly brings over 14 years of success in all aspects of the staffing industry to lead operations for a highly recognized and respected brand in pharmacy recruitment. Upon walking into a temporary staffing office, to find part-time work around a college schedule, Kimberly was fixated on developing a career in the recruiting industry. The following 20 years in the profession have provided her the perfect livelihood, a platform to guide, educate and coach talented individuals to fulfilling new jobs. Kimberly is experienced working with pharmacies and pharmacy professionals in large health systems, rural inpatient hospitals, home infusion, ambulatory care, long term care, mail order, retail, PBM and specialty settings across the country. Make sure to check out the rest of her blogs!