10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Next Medical Career Fair

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May 06, 2022 01:12 AM (GMT-04:00)
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Attending a physician career fair? Here’s how to make it work for you.

If you are a new physician embarking on your career or a seasoned provider who wants a change, a career fair may lead you to the position you’ve been seeking. Whether the event is in person on online, these tips can help optimize your career fair experience:

  1. Get prepped. Begin by researching the career fair you’ll be attending. Check the fair’s website to find out which organizations will be attending. Decide which ones you want to visit and thoroughly research each of your preferred organizations. Contact their representatives to set appointments to meet during the career fair.
    Mistake to avoid: Not knowing enough about an organization you are interested in when you talk with its recruiters.
  2. Scrub in. The attire for medical career fairs is typically business casual to business professional. To make a great impression and feel your best, polish up. Make sure your clothes are pressed or steamed. Get a fresh haircut.
    Mistakes to avoid: Wearing clothes that are too casual, overdoing makeup or cologne, appearing sloppy and unkempt.
  3. Remember your CV. Before the event, update your CV. Pack several copies. Also, bring cover letters and letters of recommendation.
    Mistakes to avoid: Showing up with an outdated CV, running out of CVs or forgetting your CV altogether.
  4. Prepare your elevator speech. You should be able to confidently convey your professional interests and goals within about 30 seconds. This comes naturally for some people, but others will need to practice.
    Mistakes to avoid: Not being prepared, coming off as insecure or seeming disinterested.
  5. Bring questions. When you meet with representatives, ask about the organization’s culture, work atmosphere, schedule, patient volume and clinical expectations. What else can you learn about the location, area and community?
    Mistakes to avoid: Not taking advantage of your opportunity to gain valuable insights, not being bold enough to ask questions.
  6. Keep an open mind. While you may have your mind set on where you want to practice, career fairs provide the ideal opportunity to explore diverse options. Talk to representatives from hospitals, surgical centers, private practices, government agencies, academic organizations, specialty groups and locum tenens agencies.
    Mistake to avoid: Narrowing your focus so much that you miss out on an unexpected but great career opportunity.
  7. Network. Use this time to get to know other professionals in your field. Make connections with peers, recruiters and health leaders.
    Mistakes to avoid: Keeping to yourself or only congregating with a small group.
  8. Learn. Many medical career fairs offer workshops and materials on subjects like malpractice insurance, doctor-patient relationships and retirement planning. Use these opportunities to invest in your professional future.
    Mistake to avoid: Not taking advantage of all of the resources career fairs offer.
  9. Take notes. There’s a lot of information to keep up with during career fairs. Taking notes can help you stay organized. Be sure to get contact information from people you’ve met, including representatives and recruiters so that you can follow up on leads.
    Mistake to avoid: Not writing down enough information to help you remember which recruiter or organization was which.
  10. Follow Up. After the event, email the representatives you spoke with to thank them for their time. If you’re interested in a position with the organization, let them know. Connect with other contacts you’ve made at the event. Consider using conference hashtags on your professional social media accounts.
    Mistakes to avoid: Forgetting to follow up and missing out on networking opportunities.

Enjoy your time at the event!

If you are currently seeking a rewarding practice opportunity with flexibility and freedom, and you don’t want to wait for the next career fair, connect with a member of our team today

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