After you have obtained GMC Registration, finding a new job can be a challenging and frustrating experience. However, with our fundamental tips, you can make the job search a bit easier on yourself if you use a proactive strategy and find the job you love.
If you are a junior doctor, it is important for you to take the time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and the type of work you enjoy doing. The better you know yourself, the more likely you will find yourself working within a specialty that provides you with greater job satisfaction. Before making NHS applications, ask yourself: What do I want from the job? Experience within a particular specialty, the opportunity to train, location, title, salary etc?
Did you know that recruiters/medical staffing/lead clinicians will spend no more than 5-10 seconds looking at your CV?
Therefore, it is vital that you make yourself an obvious fit for the post you are applying to. Our first piece of advice is to study the job description and use the same words, phrases and responsibilities listed within your CV. It is important for you to tailor your CV to each job application. For example, if you are a junior doctor, it is no use providing your duties and responsibilities within your Surgery rotation when applying for an Emergency Medicine post and leaving your experience within that rotation blank.
When you start your job search, organise your applications within a visual system. You could create a spreadsheet that allows you to track your applications based on hospital, salary, interview invitations, rejections etc. This will allow you to keep perspective within the process.
This can include online and offline contacts. Searching online will allow you to find out what jobs and opportunities are out there and are available, so you can be more strategic in your job search. You may find someone who already works within the NHS and they can help you source a clinical attachment or you could use social media to uncover job leads. Don’t be afraid to message other doctors or recruiters on Facebook and LinkedIn for advice and guidance.
The NHS job hunt can be tough, stressful and can often leave you feeling disheartened. So, when you begin to feel saddened, take some time out to exercise, meet some friends or any activity that helps you unwind.
Prepare for the job hunt to take longer than you think. Some doctors find their first NHS jobs in a matter of weeks, but for others, it can take months. It is important not to rush the process and wait for the right opportunity.
Remember it is just as valuable for you to ask the NHS interview panel questions, just as it is for them to ask you questions. This will allow you to find out if this is the right opportunity for you and if there are future opportunities for training, teaching, research etc.
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