Getting your job search off the ground

It’s been said that the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. The same rule applies to job searching.

Focusing on each bite - each individual step in the job search - will make the process manageable instead of overwhelming.

The first step is to figure out what you’re looking for in your first or next practice. Here are a few questions you need to consider:

1. What’s important to you professionally?

Consider your preferences about practice size and type, case mix, partnership tracks and research or academic opportunities. For a list of practice types to consider, check out our Job Search Guide.

2. Are you looking for a certain practice culture?

You may want a practice that is highly structured, or you may want one with more flexibility. Identify the type of atmosphere and environment in which you could work most comfortably.

3. What’s important to you personally?

Take into consideration proximity to loved ones, quality of life, opportunities for your family members and ability to participate in your favorite leisure-time activities.

4. What type of location and community are you looking for?

Think about local culture, lifestyle and community size. Identify whether you’re looking for something more rural or more metropolitan, more laid back or more fast-paced.

5. What do you want in terms of compensation?

Consider both what you’re worth and what you need. For help determining this, check out "How Much Are You Really Worth?" from our Contracts & Compensation Issue.

Answering these questions will help you know what you’re looking for - which, of course, is the first step to finding it.

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For more tips on job searching, check out these PracticeLink Magazine articles:

Physician Job Search Guide, Your Ultimate Job Search Guide, When should I start my job search? and Job Search Tips for Physicians

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