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Finding a Job – It’s Who You Know

Finding the right job is never easy, and once you find it the competition may be fierce. Although health care jobs are among the most stable and available, the really desirable ones have the highest number of applicants. Sometimes the best way to enter into a job after you finish your medical assisting certification may be through who you know.

Wendy Kaufman writes on NPR.com that many companies are on the look out to find strong candidates to hire, but sometimes good help is hard to find. “Even though millions of Americans are looking for work, many employers say it’s too hard to find good help. So, many companies and organizations are encouraging employees to be on the lookout for talent and are offering cash bonuses for referrals that lead to a hire…Employee referral programs can be found in all kinds of industries, from technology to finance and manufacturing to health care.”

One good thing about health care is that we all seem to know at least one person who is working at a hospital or clinic. And if you don’t know someone, all you have to do is make an appointment with your doctor. (Please don’t get sick or injured for this purpose, though!!)

Jennifer Richards, the administrative director of human resources at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle comments that “in the past two years, Virginia Mason, one of Seattle’s major health care providers, has hired a lot of people through its referral program including nurses, medical assistants, patient care technicians, managers and IT professionals.”

There are a couple of reasons why companies would rather hire someone who is based on a referral than researching an applicant who sends in a resume cold turkey. “Hiring managers say when they extend an offer to someone who’s been referred, they often feel more confident that they know what they are getting. ‘I think one of the things that we get by bringing on board somebody who’s known by one of our staff members is we have already begun to establish an element of trust,’ says Mary Pirnke, a nurse and a recruiting supervisor at the medical center.”

New employees also feel more comfortable and established if they have a connection with a current employee. They are more likely to make ties and settle into a job which leads to company loyalty and staying power.

If you are in a medical assisting program in the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s never too soon to start networking with others in the medical field. The relationships you nurture today may help you land a job tomorrow!

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