How to Get a Job in Health Care

health care jobsThe Department of Labor estimates that between now and 2014 there will be a 30.3 percent increase in the number of health care jobs -- thanks to both the advancements taking place everyday in science and medicine, and the increasing number of elderly persons that require more health-care services as they age. In short, jobs within the health-care arena represent some of the most promising career pathways out there today; if you are looking for a hot job, look no further than the health-care sector.

But don't think you must be a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional to get a job in health care. With the projected growth in the health-care industry, there are many other jobs to fill.

"Many support positions in health care don't require certifications or nursing schools -- such as administrative roles, athletic trainers, physical therapy aides and other jobs that may have different requirements you can fit into," says Tammy Steele, senior vice president of Human Resources at Concentra, a leading provider of urgent care centers and work-site clinics.

Also, health-care-related facilities and services are widespread -- so these job openings are not only for everyone, but they are pervasive and everywhere, from coast to coast.


How to get a job in health care

"The biggest need we have with all of our jobs is getting candidates who have read the entire job description -- not just the title and address -- and who can present how they can satisfy the needs of the job and skills required," says Elizabeth McHugh, staff specialist at NextGen Healthcare, a health care technology company based in Horsham, Pa. To ensure that you are prepared and applying for the right jobs, McHugh recommends the following:

  • Read the job requirements and address them in your résumé.
  • Keep your resume as short as reasonably possible because lengthy resumes are overwhelming to hiring managers and rarely get read in full.
  • Use an opening statement that briefly highlights your skills as they relate to the job you're applying for. Be sure to change this statement for each job that you apply for since not all jobs are the same.
  • Show up on time and be ready to ask questions. Show that you want to participate in the interview.
  • Do some research about the company before the interview.
  • Always be prepared with at least one question, even if you only ask what the next steps are in the hiring process.

There are no differences to getting a job in the health-care field, says John Erwin, Health care support services, CareNet President. "Our HR team looks for the same qualities that any HR staff would look for -- personality, understanding of the role, and professionalism. " Erwin does admit that his company appreciates referrals, so as an employee do not hesitate to recommend others for open positions at your company and for those who are seeking work. It never hurts to talk to your friends and family about where they are employed.


Test drive a job

If you'd like to test drive a job in a new industry or at a new company, try temping. "Another way to get a position at one of our companies is through a temporary-to-hire opportunity where you can demonstrate your skills on the job, says Lisa Harr, staffing supervisor at VSP Global in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

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