Job Search: Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to finding the right job, we’ve compiled a few most frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the things to evaluate in order to match up with an “ideal/good” practice?
Outline your priorities. For example, is lifestyle most important to you? Compensation? Work/life balance? Location? From there, as you interview you’ll be able to evaluate the practices that best meet your goals. Keep in mind you will likely need to be flexible and open minded to accept the job that meets MOST of your priorities, not necessary ALL of them! Also, be sure to do your own due diligence on the practice, and trust your gut!
What is the best way to research practices that are not advertising open positions? What is the best way to “cold call” them/submit your CV and cover letter?
Use your connections! If you have specific geographic areas you are focused on, ask your connections if they know any nephrologists/private practices/academic centers in those areas and ask for an introduction. Also, search for nephrology practices online in those areas and reach out to the practice manager/office manager when you call. Some may even have positions posted only on their website. You can also search for connections at these practices on Twitter or LinkedIn and direct message them.
How can I properly ask about salary and partnership during an interview?
When the time is right, ask if they will please provide an overview of their compensation and benefits package as well as how their partnership structure works. The practice should be forthcoming with this information.
How will I see new patients when I join a practice? Your success is important to a healthy practice.
The practice should support you with new consults, introductions to referring physicians, and marketing. Feel free to ask this during an interview.
I cannot find any jobs available where I want to live, what should I do?
First, network with fellows who have graduated and your academic staff and anyone else in the industry who may be able to help you get connected (Twitter, anyone?). Second, make a list of the practices where you want to reside, do your research and market yourself. Many jobs are not advertised; reach out directly to let practices in your geographic preference know you want to focus your future career here in case they may want to consider hiring.