Know how to answer the most important interview question
what is it? "Tell me about yourself." That's right, the innocuous retort... "Hello Dr. Jensen, tell me about yourself." Your answer can set the tone of the interview, and that can be good or bad, depending on how well you answer. Your response should briefly tell the interviewer who you are, what you've done, what you want to do and how you can help the company, your value proposition. It's the most important 90 words you'll ever say!
Never ask for a job
Physicians aren't usually good at asking for help, and usually have enormous difficulty asking for a job - so don't. That's right never ask for a job: rather, ask for advice, ask to meet other people, ask for people's opinions of what you say and what you want to do. And, if you find what you really want to be doing, don't ask for a job, but rather, offer your support and assistance - i.e. I believe I could bring measurable value to this project. I'd like to offer to meet with you (your team) to see if they find my input helpful."
Ask for an Informational Interview
As it says above, never ask for a job, and requesting an interview is just about the same thing. However, are you familiar with the "informational interview?" Using this term on the phone, in a letter or an email is another way of saying, "I'm not going to ask you for a job, but rather for your recommendations, suggestions and insights." The information interview is an opportunity to ask industry leader how your credentials stack up, to request referrals to other leaders and to test your interviewing skills. But please, don't ask for a job.
The first page of your resume should tell the reader who you are, what you've done and what you'll do for them - your "value proposition." The rest is just verifiable data necessary to meet minimum requirements.
Have a business card
The standard 'leave behind' in business is a business card. You may have a practice business card, but is that where you want to be called about other jobs, and is that the right image. Get a new card with your cell phone as the primary number and list those qualities you use to describe yourself in the nonclinical world: Educator/Communicator, New Product Analyst, On-Air Personality... etc...
Once you apply at a company website, forget using a recruiter. You're in the company data base, and no longer a recruiter's "find." They won't be paid to present you, so don't expect them to be interested.
Set a timeline
Don't expect to have a new career in three months. If you do you'll be frustrated and probably quit. Develop a nine to 14 month transition plan if your goals are "immediate." If you want a longer transition, begin at your desired stop date and work backwards. Managing your timing is essential to both meeting your goals and maintaining a positive attitude.
Watch your spam control!
Many popular email programs have great spam filters. HOWEVER, one problem with these filters is they block email from corporate accounts. I encounter this far too often when none of my corporate email accounts will be passed through ( i have several ), but my msn.com account will work. I'll go the extra mile to get my email received - most companies not only will not, but many can't, due to their own computer security policies. Don't let the convenience of a super spam filter keep you from finding your third evolution.
Interviews versus Job Offers
Too many physicians believe an interview represents a commitment, either for them or for the company. Interviews are "exploratory surgery," for both.