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3 Things You Need to be a Competitive Allied Health Professional

It has finally reached that exciting time of year: graduation! After years of hard work, years of staying in on Friday nights to study for exams, years of spending what free time you had interning at the local medical clinic, you have finally earned your diploma.

Now it’s time to start applying for jobs! You’ve heard about graduates having a hard time getting jobs straight outta school, but the medical field is different; professionals like you are a hot commodity! Medical assistant positions alone make up over half a million job positions in the United States! What does this mean for you? It means that you won’t wait long for a job.




Before you sign a contract with any old practice though, you’ll want to be sure the medical clinic you’re looking to work with has business insurance for allied health. Once you know that it does, you’re going to want to be sure you have the resume that’ll make them want to hire you!

Here are 3 things you’ll need to be a competitive allied health professional.

Education

Not every allied health position demands that you go to school for a number of years to learn the trade; some trades you can learn on the job. While learning on the job would appear to be the easier option, clinics prefer hiring allied health professionals who are educated in their respective field. For example, you can learn the skills to become a pharmacy technician on the job, but you’ll more likely get hired on at the pharmacy if you have some education in the field.

Experience

Education is only one part of being a qualified allied health professional. The other is having experience. You’ve most likely noticed when you’ve applied to jobs that a lot of (if not all) the job postings demand a certain level of experience. Work experience is necessary to set yourself apart from the other applicants because it tells the job poster that you can start the job running and won’t need too much hand holding. The medical field is a fast-paced environment; to be successful, you’ll need to understand how things work. If it looks like you’ll need a lot of time to learn and adjust, the hiring director will move on to another applicant that on paper doesn’t need any of that.

To gain the experience you’ll need, do more than the required externship. Volunteer at your local hospital or medical clinic in your free time and keep an updated log of the work you do, including notes on how you think it can be done better; this will set you apart from the other candidates applying to the position.

Soft Skills

It’s not just the technical skills that are important here, it’s the soft skills too. Empathy, compassion, communication—if you’re unable to make a patient feel listened to and comfortable during an appointment, you will put yourself at risk of losing the job you’ve worked so hard to get. Listen to your patients and show compassion for their aches and pains. Soothe a child who is afraid of needles and assure worried parents that your office is doing everything it can to make their child feel safe. Being empathetic goes a long way.

As long as you have your education, experience and soft skills, and as long as the clinic has a business insurance plan, your life in the medical field will be strong and vibrant. Once you climb your way to the top, look for new business insurance for allied health with CoverHound.

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