5 characteristics job searchers should look for in health care employers
If you just graduated from your career training program, it may be time for you to look for a job. Searching for jobs can be daunting, especially if you’re not sure what to look for.
When it comes to employers, you want to make sure you choose and apply for a job that will be the right fit for you. However, how do you decide what healthcare facility will be a good choice to work at?
Here are 5 ways to determine if a healthcare employer is a good fit for you:
1. Small or large employer?
When you research potential employers, make sure you find out the size of the healthcare facility or network you may be working in. Ask yourself if you want to work in a large healthcare network or facility or a small practice. There are advantages to working with larger networkers or smaller employers. A large employer may offer fully-rounded benefit packages and more structure and helping hands in different departments. Smaller healthcare providers you could gain the opportunity to take on more responsibilities and a better chance of advancement sooner. You may also get to know your higher-ups well. Either way could be a good decision for you. Think about what size facility you would work best in and what you’d like to learn or accomplish on the job.
2. Find out the mission statement
While you research potential employers, find and read their mission statement on their website. The mission statement can give you an idea of what services and attitudes the healthcare facility embodies, how they operate, and what they wish to achieve. From their statement, you can find out if their statements sound honest and ethical. How the healthcare employer presents themselves to the world is crucial and it can help you find out if their values align with your own.
Reviews are a great way to size up the true colors of any healthcare establishment. Online reviews on Glassdoor or and LinkedIn can show you what it’s like to work at the healthcare facility or if there are any common complaints. You can get a sense if they treat their workers fairly. You should also look for reviews from clients and others in the community to see if they have a good reputation. You can also find out if working for them will help you grow professionally.
4. Get to know them during your interview
Getting to know your employer during the interview can give you an even deeper sense if you’d like working there. While you interact with healthcare administrators—and possibly workers— during your interview, you can get an idea of the general atmosphere. Ask yourself if it seems like a congenial, responsible, and cooperative work environment. Are your interviewers professional, respectful, and accommodating to your needs? Does it seem like you would get along? It’s important that you feel like you could fit in and enjoy your time at the healthcare facility.
Sharing goals with your potential employer can be a crucial decision maker. Look for a financial or annual report when you research different healthcare facilities. These reports can mention budgets, priorities, and future goals. You can see if their goals match your own. Similar goals will help determine if you’re the right fit for the job and if you can see yourself growing professionally. Also, ask your interviewers how they see the healthcare facilities’ growth in ten years.
The job interview, the final step in the job search process, will help you determine if the job is right for you. Make sure to bring along a list of questions asking what you should expect on the job, and what it’s like to work at their healthcare facility. Your interactions and questions will help both you and the potential employer realize if you’re the right candidate for this important job. We wish you good luck in your job search.
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