How to improve your professional etiquette while job searching

How to improve your professional etiquette while job searching

Check out tips on how to improve your professional etiquette while job searching.

Are you in the market for a new job in healthcare or allied health? Do you want to learn how to improve your professional etiquette before you step into the office or virtual workspace? Why not try some of our tips on how to improve your professional etiquette during your job search? Use these professional etiquette tips to improve your communication skills and strengthen your relationships with patients, staff, and yourself. The tips include how to conduct yourself while working in the facility.

Before we start, here are 5 tips to improve your healthcare job search

  • Plan your search and do extensive research on the position and facilities. Make sure that you meet the qualifications, requirements and can fulfill job duties.
  • Review your resume, add keywords and skills to make you stand out. Add only relevant information on your resume, i.e., education, experience, volunteer opportunities that align with the position.
  • Tailor your cover letter to the position. Write about your experience and how it relates to the position’s requirements and qualifications. You can include courses you’ve taken that may apply to the position. 
  • Use LinkedIn to job search and network. Create an account, update your account, make sure employers know you’re looking. You can connect with healthcare recruiters on Linkedin about a position or ask them general job searching questions. You can join forums and healthcare groups on Linkedin and ask for advice. 
  • Use Healthcare focused job platforms when job searching. Job platforms like MediJobs help tailor your search to your location and qualifications and share articles and advice. You can also connect with recruiters or advocates while you job search. 

Here are some ways to improve your professional etiquette while job searching

Revamp Your Resume During a Job Search

Your resume is your introduction to potential employers. Make sure you proofread, include relevant experience, and it’s up to date. Whether you’re a first-time healthcare worker, experienced, or you’re looking to switch careers, keeping your skills and resume up to date is important. You should check the information on your resume every so often to make sure the information is accurate and catered to the job you’re looking for. If you’re a dental assistant, highlight your work at your previous positions, any externships you’ve done, courses, or webinars you spoke at.

You can add sections in your resume that prove you’re an expert or have potential. For example, you can create a conference or speaking section if you’ve contributed to a conference, worked on articles or publications related to your potential employment. If you have little to no experience, you can add internships, volunteer opportunities, and certifications to show future employers how engaged and hardworking you are.

Interview tips: Be sure to study your resume and prepare to answer questions about gaps in your experience, skills, and gaps on your resume. You can talk about courses, volunteer opportunities, and your experience when discussing potential gaps in your resume.

Tips for when working in an office: Be competent and confident in your abilities when working with staff and patients.

Note: Be sure to update your employment status or resume profile to let other employers know you are no longer on the job market.

Keep Up to Date With Healthcare Trends

 It is important during your job search to study up on healthcare trends in your field. This will help you not only in the interview but once you work with patients or clients. Providing patients with quality care is important. Understanding healthcare trends and relevant technology allows you to provide better care for your patients or clients when you work. You also experience professional growth through networking with other professionals, updating your skills through an online course or certification, and having knowledge of trends.

Ways to Stay Up To Date

  • Attend Healthcare or field-focused webinars and events
  • Join professional organization 
  • Network with health care professionals at conferences and public meetings
  • Read online journals, professional news outlets, or blogs.
  • Volunteer or Shadow a professional, organization, governmental institution
  • Working a part-time job in your field

Interview Tips: Share relevant information during the interview. You can share your knowledge of certain healthcare systems, i.e., Teladoc for Psychiatrists, and highlight certifications that enhanced your skills as a healthcare worker.

Tips for when working in an office: Be sure to adhere to privacy and HIPAA laws and regulations when working with patients and confidential documents.

Boost Your Skills

As mentioned before, joining a forum, organization, or webinar allows you to communicate and interact with others in your field. Interacting with others will enable you to enhance your communication and social skills. Most healthcare workers communicate with patients and staff, and other healthcare affiliates daily. Improving your communication skills will allow you to connect and understand those around you once you work.  

Taking a technical course for coding and billing or writing course in bookkeeping helps you gain more knowledge to assist your workplace. You can also highlight these relevant courses and skills on your resume and use them as examples in your cover letter. Sharing your skills and courses you’ve taken allows employers to know that you’re knowledgeable, dependable, and willing to enhance your skills, skills you will use to care for patients.

Interview tips: Sharing what you’ve learned shows how involved you are and how much you care about patients and the profession. Please note that just because you don’t have certification or haven’t joined an organization doesn’t mean you don’t care about patients or your job.

Tips for working in an office: Stay organized, up to date with trends, and keep your certifications and licenses active. 

Why Professional Etiquette is Important in Healthcare (Especially Job Searching)

Professional etiquette is essential for career advancement, especially in healthcare. Being able to communicate with your coworkers, patients, and others in the field allows you to grow professionally and personally. It’s crucial to practice professional etiquette while job searching because it helps you gain skills you can use in the workplace, makes employers aware of your abilities, and boost your confidence.

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Joycelyn Ghansah

Joycelyn Ghansah is a former Healthcare Organizer with a background public health, include reproductive and sexual health. When she's not freelance writing, she's transcribing interviews and researching ways to strengthen healthcare labor laws.

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