1. Make sure your online identity is as up-to-date as your paper CV.

The first step of any job search is to update your Curriculum Vitae. With the advent of the Information Age, the role of the CV has evolved, and positioning yourself for top career opportunities goes beyond merely maintaining your paper CV. Today, employers are using the internet to assess potential candidates, and the best way to build your reputation outside of your wards is to control your online persona. According to a Jobvite survey, 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts, and 78% of recruiters have made a hire through social media. 

On Doximity there are thousands of hospitals and physician groups who are currently looking for top candidates. An up-to-date Doximity profile will not only make you stand out to potential employers, but also give you a boost in Google search results. 85% of physicians appear on the first page of Google because of their Doximity/U.S. News profile. Public information from your Doximity profile syncs to your U.S. News profile instantly, and a completed Doximity profile can rise above doctor rating sites and stand out to potential employers.

2. The power of social capital

Since the day you applied to medical school, unbeknownst to you, you have been building social capital -- your classmates and professors in medical school, co-residents and attendings during training and all your professional contacts in between. Social capital is especially handy while job hunting. In fact, 88% of employers rate employee referrals above all other sources for generating quality new hires. While evaluating your career options, you can easily tap into your network to help discover opportunities.

To get a better idea of the career opportunities available for physicians with your background, take a look at the alumni from your program with Residency Navigator. You can leverage program alumni at a specific hospital or in a certain geographic location to help get your foot in the door.

3. Understand the market

Whether you have to pay off student loans or are (understandably) eager to finally earn a doctor level salary, compensation will probably play a large hand in selecting the right job for you. In Finding the Right Job: Two Key Issues, Dr. Arnold E. Cuenca, Clinical Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, advises job-seekers to “do some research and find out what the salary averages are in your area. [Doximity]’s career section includes a “Salary Map” that shows salaries reported by members by region.”

With Doximity’s Career Navigator, you can see what other physicians in your specialty earn across the country. Experienced physicians contribute anonymous salary reports to their community of peers in exchange for insights and trends in the job market. With over 30,000 salary submissions, Career Navigator has become the largest repository of physician-reported salary data in the U.S.

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