What do employers really want?

When Linda Welniak, M.D., left residency, she went to work at a family medicine practice in Milwaukee, where she happily worked for the next 15 years. When the economy tanked a few years ago, however, the small group she worked for had to downsize. “I was let go, and for the first time since residency, I had to look for work,” she says.

Not only did Welniak face contractual restrictions, but she found herself competing for jobs with younger physicians. “It wasn’t easy,” she says.

Downsizing, a competitive specialty, a spouse relocation, a move closer to family, completion of training, or other circumstances may have you, like Welniak, joining the ranks of job-seeking physicians. And when that happens, you’ll want to be ready.