Congratulations! You’ve decided a medical career is right for you. Completing the necessary education is essential, but your certification isn’t an offer of employment. That’s why our team at Medical Career & Technical College is here to help you succeed in your chosen field from class time to following graduation, and our career center has 5 amazing resources to jump start your medical career.
Resume & Cover Letter Development
A great cover letter and resume are essential if you want to land an interview. Even in 2023, cover letters are still relevant and well-appreciated. Your cover letter will set you apart from the sea of applicants and give an example of your written communication skills, aspects of your personality, and show that you have enough interest in the position to put in the effort of writing a letter explaining these things to the hiring manager or committee. Since a resume relies on factual information alone, a cover letter is your opportunity to initiate a personal connection with an employer.
We will help you create a winning resume that includes all of the necessary information using attention-grabbing wording. Hiring managers are incredibly busy, so a one-page resume is ideal. Combining hard and soft skills will make you stand out even more. Proficiency in computer programs and medical terminology are hard skills, while soft skills include personal reliability and being a self-starter in the workplace.
Searching the Job Market
The demand for medical professionals is rising, but leg work is still involved in finding suitable opportunities. The common phrase, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” can be helpful during your career search. Networking and referrals are two solid tools to keep in mind. Professional associations are fantastic ways to meet others currently working in your field, and we’re happy to help point you in the right direction for reputable organizations and top-tier job opportunities in your chosen field.
You submitted an exceptional cover letter and resume and were offered an interview. You’ve already made it farther than most applicants, but the job isn’t yours yet. You may find a fantastic price and financing on a new car, but you won’t buy it without taking it for a test drive. Meeting the hiring manager is similar to a test drive and lets them see if you’re a good fit for the workplace culture.
Every interview is a unique experience, but some guidelines are universal:
- Arrive for your interview on time. Ask in advance if you’re unsure where the building or office is located. You never get a second chance to make a first impression and being late for your interview will put you in a negative light before the meeting even begins.
- Confidence is key. All the education and experience in the world will not substitute for selling yourself well. Make eye contact, speak clearly, and practice active listening.
- Take time to research the practice or company. Knowing the mission statement and values will showcase your interest and help you come up with questions to ask during the interview. At some point during any interview, you will be asked if you have any questions, and this can be a surprise if you’re new to job interviews. Be ready for this by preparing some basic inquiries of your own. For example, “Why do you enjoy working for this company?” and “Does this position allow for growth within the organization?”
- Mock interviews are beneficial, and we’re happy to help you with as many practice runs as you need to feel comfortable before the big day.
How to Dress
While you’ll be wearing scrubs much of the time in most medical career settings, you want to dress to impress for your interview. Business casual attire is always a safe route, and what you don’t wear is just as important as what you do. Here are some tried and true tips for how to dress for an interview:
- Always look neat and put together. Take the time to ensure your clothing is free of wrinkles and rips.
- Avoid anything that is very revealing or tight. Choose an outfit that fits you well and makes you feel comfortable and confident. Fidgeting with your clothes during an interview is never a good idea.
- Solid, neutral colors will allow your qualifications and personality to take center stage rather than distracting the person interviewing you.
Preparation for Graduation & Beyond
As you near the completion of your coursework, you may wonder what comes next. The tutors who assist you with classes are also available to help you prepare for licensure exams. The fee to sit for certification exams is included in your tuition, and we’re here to help you get registered. As a graduate of any of our programs, you will enjoy lifetime career services, including various workshops throughout the year.
Explore Our Resources
Medical Career & Technical College is an accredited institution, and our faculty and staff are committed to helping you succeed. We offer financial aid options to suit nearly every situation, and lifetime career services for all graduates. Contact us today to learn more about resources to jump start your medical career. Our primary campus is in Richmond, KY, and we’re proud to serve all of Central Kentucky, including Danville and Lexington.