Tip 1: Use Your Network for Support
Reach out to mentors and friends for support. I had PA and MD mentors, fellow PA new grad friends and non-medicine friends who were all super supportive as I tried to secure my first role. They gave me excellent feedback with my resumes and cover letters, on job selection and when the time came, negotiations. They were also great “sounding boards” for me as I thought through the different opportunities. Find those people in your life to help you out in this process and then when the time comes, give back by acting in a similar role for someone else!
Tip 2: Build a ‘Priorities” List
Interestingly enough, I had always thought I had wanted to stay more general in my first roles – originally I was aiming for roles in either OBGYN or Family Medicine! But there were not many opportunities that met my other job priorities in these two areas. So, speciality of medicine ended up not being on my “Top 3” list.
When you are in the job hunt process, figure out what are your absolute priorities and what are more negotiable. This will help you throughout all stages of the job hunt process – figuring out what to apply for, what questions to ask in the interview, and what role will be right for you.