Contemplating a physician career change or at least a change of scenery? 2015 may well be your year.
According to an HR consulting firm ManpowerGroup Inc., nearly 20% of U.S. employers expect to increase their numbers of new hires in 2015. One of the better performing areas will be health services, anticipated to grow between 10%–20%.
This is the good news.
The not-as-good news is that it will take a somewhat different skill set than has been traditionally used to be able to locate and qualify for one of these healthcare positions.
There will be changes in how those of you physicians who want a career change and your prospective employers will find each other. Social media is anticipated to play a bigger role.
- "Social recruiting" will outpace the job boards
The author writes "In a recent survey conducted by Jobvite, 79% of recruiters reported they’d found candidates through LinkedIn. Twenty-six percent reported finding candidates through Facebook, and 14% through Twitter."
- "Job seekers will become more educated about employers"
Yes, you still want to earn a decent salary as you move into healthcare administration or a role as an executive in pharma or a health plan - correct? However, more and more folks looking to make career changes, especially when leaving clinical practice, are searching for the organization that is going to offer them a good cultural match. They are less keen to jump from the fat into the fire, as leaving practice is scary enough. This suggests that they are doing or need to do a lot of homework about the organizations that offer job opportunities to suss this intangible stuff out.
- Companies will focus some of their marketing dollars on attracting employees
Many companies want to be the empoyer-of-choice and are using portions of their marketing budgets to position themselves as such.
- Face-to-face networking still counts
As convenient as online social media is for virtual networking, I suspect that our ancient communal wiring will still make in-person contact a primary source of intuition, gut check and info gathering for most of us.
- "Job seekers will cast a wide net"
Your success in landing the new job of your dreams is likely to come from a combination of these strategies AND being well-informed about how the marketplace is both changing and staying the same. Keeping a pulse on these changes and responding in kind is going to help you come up with a winning strategy for your physician career change!
For those of you who take some pride in being a technophobe or Luddite, perhaps it's time to cozy up to a high schooler or college-age kid to get some help building an online profile that tells the story of your accomplishments to date and how they will add value to your future desired job.
Keep your eyes peeled over the next week or so, when the updated version of The Physician's Odyssey will be released. It will help make your physician career change journey a whole lot easier!