As one of the leading medical employment agencies in Sacramento, Pacific MedStaff knows that employers want experience. Yet, how can you gain experience if you can’t find a job as a healthcare professional? It may seem like the odds are against you, but there are some steps you can take to increase your chances significantly of landing a job in healthcare. Here’s a look at five of them:

#1. Get involved.

Join a professional association and get involved with the events and offerings they sponsor. In addition, you may want to consider volunteering until the right opportunity comes along. You don’t have to do it on a full-time basis; simply a couple hours a day to expand your network of contacts and gain valuable skills.

#2. Customize your resume.

Your resume is the first impression you make on an employer and it needs to be perfect. Not only should it be mistake-free, but every resume you send out also needs to be tailored to the position to which you’re applying. If you’re applying to a position at a nursing home, for instance, then include any relevant nursing home-related experience you have. A one-size-fits-all resume just doesn’t cut it.

#3. Network often.

Employers are more comfortable hiring those they know…or, at least, those that have been referred to them by a trusted source. So it’s important to network so that you can raise your visibility among employers in the healthcare field. Also, if your healthcare education included an internship or clinical experience, reach out to the contacts you made at those organizations. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or if anyone knows about new job opportunities opening up.

#4. Set yourself apart from your peers.

When employers are receiving hundreds of resumes for one position, it’s important to distinguish yourself from the rest. To do so, be sure to follow up with a simple call or email expressing your interest once again in the healthcare job and why you think you’d be a good fit for it.

#5. Get extra help.

There’s plenty of help out there for those seeking employment in the healthcare field. For instance, your alma mater likely offers free career services, where you can meet with a career counselor who can help connect you with possible healthcare job opportunities. Likewise, you can connect with a medical employment agency who specializes in placing healthcare professionals with employers.

If you’d like to learn more, please call Pacific MedStaff. As one of the leading medical employment agencies in Sacramento, our experienced professionals can help you polish your resume and your interviewing skills, so you can find the healthcare job that’s just right for you. Contact us today to learn more.