Through my role with PracticeLink, I have had the opportunity to attend a number of specialty conferences. In 2019 alone, I represented PracticeLink at SHM, ACP-IM, ACOG, AAFP-FMX and ACG. It’s a pleasure to meet face-to-face with some of the physicians and advanced practice providers who use PracticeLink throughout their job search, and introduce PracticeLink to those who haven’t yet started.
One of the first questions I get asked by those in that group is, “How can PracticeLink help me in my job search?”
How can PracticeLink help?
The answer I always give is that PraticeLink helps physicians through the job search in the same way that a fully outfitted operating suite helps a surgeon. It provides the tools you need when you need them.
PracticeLink provides you, the job seeker, with a complete set of resources that helps you find your dream practice using the criteria that are personal and important to you.
Search for jobs
You don’t have to create an account on PracticeLink to see the opportunities posted at more than 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, medical groups and independent practices. When you search anonymously on PracticeLink, you can select from a number of filters in the search tool that allow you to view opportunities based on criteria such as geography, visa waivers, or if it’s an academic position.
If you choose to create a PracticeLink profile, you’ll unlock even more tools. Specify the criteria you’re looking for in your next opportunity, and we’ll send you a Job Messenger email that notifies you of new opportunities that match. You can also use PracticeLink or PhysicianCV.com to enter your professional information and create a downloadable CV if you don’t already have one.
Creating a PracticeLink account also gives you the choice to share your criteria and profile with in-house physician recruiters. Sharing your profile allows in-house physician recruiters—recruiters who work directly for the organizations for which they’re recruiting—the ability to find and evaluate you for their opportunities. This means that the recruiter has the opportunity to consider whether you’d be a good fit even before they reach out.
Complete an interview
To communicate your criteria and fit for new opportunities even further, complete a Candidate Interview with one of PracticeLink’s Physician Relations representatives. We’ll reach out to you when you register at PracticeLink.com for a short interview to delve into the whys of your ideal practice. Why you are interested in the location you’ve indicated? Do you have family nearby, enjoy the activities in the community, or are just interested in somewhere new? Why did you decide on your specialty, and what kind of environment are you looking for in a new practice?
The information you provide through this brief interview helps you stand out in the PracticeLink system. In-house recruiters use the information to learn why you may or may not be a good fit for the opportunities they have available.
During the interview, feel free to ask your physician relations representative any questions you have about your job search. The team speaks to thousands of physicians each year and can answer any questions you have about your job search, CV and more.
Get help in person
Remember those specialty conferences I mentioned earlier? Stop by the PracticeLink booth at nearly two dozen conferences each year to receive free job-search help, create a job-search profile, enter to win a $500 Visa gift card and pick up some swag!
Or attend a PracticeLink Live! Career Fair in a city near you (see page 21 for details). Each PracticeLink Live! event brings employers from across the nation right to you. Learn about their communities and opportunities while networking and enjoying a complimentary buffet dinner and drinks. Free parking, free attendance, a free job-search seminar and $1,000 in door prizes are featured at each event. Register to attend at info.practicelink.com/2020-practicelinklive.
Access free resources
In your mailbox and on the PracticeLink website and FirstPractice.com, you can access all kinds of helpful career resources. In quarterly themed magazines (like this one), PracticeLink aims to help you thoroughly understand and prepare for your job search. Learn about everything from negotiating a contract to how employers are helping physicians achieve the right work/life balance.
This is just a brief overview of the tools and resources that PracticeLink makes available to help you with your job search—and we’re always working on ways to add more. PracticeLink is more than a job board; it’s a complete set of tools to help you find your dream practice. •
Chris Scites is PracticeLink’s director of physician relations. Reach his team for free job-search help and to complete an inDepth Interview at (800) 776-8383.