Helen Figge, RPh, PharmD, MBA
HIMSS Senior Director, Career Services
HIMSS Associate Manager, Social Media
The health IT job market is becoming highly competitive; now even more so having to utilize various skills to ensure the many processes in the delivery of healthcare are met. Often times, after degree or certification completion, a position might not be available and thus some consider furthering the learning curve by seeking out internships. Internships can sometimes help accentuate other skill sets to help a candidate stand out amongst their peers. While internships look fantastic on a resume, HIMSS also encourages its communities to build a professional and social network to further career paths and engage with thought leading professionals who can support you in your professional development and job search.
Here are some helpful tips and tools for making your health IT job search a success:
Write down your perfect health IT role. If you can’t articulate your career goals then how do you expect to find that career you are so desperately seeking? So, the take away is to levelly set your career expectations to better identify your career path.
Identify where you need more education and direction. Developing a career-building strategy is about curating resources – albeit web- or network-based resources. However, you have to know what you are looking for. Understanding where your career needs the most attention will help you in establishing where and how you want to spend your time prospecting job opportunities.
Do your homework. Speaking the language of your ideal job opportunity is just as good as finding the opportunity itself. Where you do your research about the job you want is paramount. Start following organizations and companies that specialize in your skill set and expertise – and do it well. Some avenues to consider:
- An industry leader’s content and resources
- Subscribe to industry blogs
- Regularly engage with your potential employers and other professionals on social networks
- Monitor the opportunities that arise on social networks or through online job postings
- Regularly attending in-person and virtual job fairs and networking events
Remember, Social is a Gateway to the Professional World. The use of social networks for a myriad of purposes is becoming a more ubiquitous practice. The job hunt is no exception. Following your prospects on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook (among the many other social mediums in the market today) will help you keep a pulse on the industry, a company’s culture, and best practices – staple discussion points in a phone or in-person interview. Poppycock? We think not. A recent AMN Healthcare recruitment study illustrated:
- 1 in 3 respondents cited social media when searching for a job
- Nearly half of all healthcare professionals surveyed use social media to professionally network
- Job alert users: 10% received interviews; 14% received job offers; 8% secured a job
- For 3 out of 4 healthcare professionals favored Facebook as a source for job opportunities
HIMSS very much has the pulse of the heath industry at its fingertips, so below are some job resources and action items to learn more about finding your career in the healthcare IT landscape.
Research the Latest Trends, Best Practices and Opportunities Available within Health IT
Top 10 States With Rising Demand for Health IT Talent
Search Health IT Internships
Career Resources to Keep You Informed, Empowered and Prepared
Stay Updated with Health IT Career News
Search Health IT Careers on HIMSS JobMine
Engage with Potential Employers and Health IT Professionals
Attend the HIMSS Virtual Career Fair on May 16, 2012 to network and plot your career path
HIMSS LinkedIn Group with access to 80,000 health IT professionals
Like HIMSS JobMine on Facebook for engagement and updates about health IT jobs
Stay connected with the industry by subscribing to the HIMSS blog
What are your job seeking best practices?