Networking tools to help advance your healthcare career!
Networking can be an important aspect of professional success. Meeting and getting to know other healthcare professionals face to face can be a more effective way to promote yourself then a resume or a cover letter.
Building a network of professional associates who know you and what you wish to accomplish in your professional life can sometimes help propel your career to greater heights. It also helps you become a part of a professional community.
If it’s time to start looking for a job, you’re probably interested in getting to know others in the field. Now may be the perfect time to network and show off your social and professional skills.
Here are 5 steps you need to take to network to your advantage:
Step #1: Maintain an active LinkedIn profile
Some people think LinkedIn is just a waste of time and not a serious way to meet others. However, the vast professional platform is a great way to network with others if you stay active. Create a profile and market your experience for free. On LinkedIn, you can stay up-to-date on healthcare news and advances. Actively optimize your profile with keywords that relate to your specific healthcare profession.
Here are some ways you should use LinkedIn:
- Start conversations: Comment, share, and start conversations with other healthcare professionals. You can get your name out there by asking crucial questions or asking others to keep you in mind when they give updates. Commenting on other blog posts regularly could help you become a part of a wider conversation. Remember to give positive feedback on other professionals’ blog posts to build your online presence.
- Endorse colleagues: On LinkedIn, you can endorse others as a friendly gesture. If you endorse others, there’s more of a chance they will endorse you back. Endorsements look good to potential employers.
- Include a picture: A profile picture can increase your chances of endorsements and considerations from employers. It also helps personalize your profile. A picture helps put a name to a face and will help others notice you when you’re at events.
Step #2: Get involved in healthcare organizations
Getting involved is a crucial part of networking. You may want to search for associations, societies, and groups that revolve around a particular healthcare specialty of your expertise or interest. If you’re interested in Medical Assisting and its many aspects, you may want to join the American Association of Medical Assistants. If you become a member of an organization, you could learn new developments in your field and take part in all the benefits of being part of a local or national healthcare community.
Step #3: Events
Keep your eye out for healthcare events. You can search through forums, LinkedIn, and healthcare websites to see if there are any events in your area where you can network with healthcare professionals. Events are a great way to network with others. If you show up to events frequently, people may start to recognize you.
Step #4: Volunteer
You can show your passion for your healthcare profession by volunteering at a local healthcare facility or organization. Volunteering will not only look good on your resume and benefit the community, but you can meet others who are just as passionate about improving the health of others. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to expand your network and learn new developments about the healthcare world.
Step #5: Build your professional presence
It’s always great to differentiate yourself from the rest of your competition. Make sure your online presence and interpersonal skills stand out. Highlight personality traits that are seen as good or unique. For example, you could become recognized for your passion on a specific healthcare subject. If you build upon a certain trait, you may become known for it which could help you to stand out from the crowd.
With dedication and a positive attitude, you could start to make strong professional relationships with others in your healthcare field. Who knows? You may expand your knowledge and professional horizons which could lead you to advance your career and build upon your technical skills.
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