How to Choose a Credible Medical Job Board in the UK

Medical job boards help qualified candidates find jobs in the healthcare sector. A good website can assist candidates in every step of the job-hunt process, by allowing them to search for jobs relevant to their skills. They can also email them job details as vacancies become available and store their CVs securely so that making an application becomes a 'one click process.' There are a lot of medical job boards out there, so how do you find the right one for you?

HOW TO CHOOSE A JOB BOARD

Choosing a job board can be tough. At first, you may be inclined to go with a larger board because they are likely to be the first ones you see with a relevant job listing. Before you make any quick decisions, it’s worth noting that larger job boards may not always be the best bet, While they certainly have a large number of job listings, how many of those are suitable for you? Larger job boards are generalist sites and are therefore dealing with many different job types, many of which won't be relevant to you. Remember that size doesn't necessarily correlate to quality either.

A smaller job board, on the other hand, will be able to offer a more personalised service. You will be able to contact real people who will assist you through the registering process as well as being on hand to help with any queries you may have. Smaller job boards are more often than not also niche job boards that focus on specific industries.

Consider the kind of job you’re looking for. Most healthcare job boards will cover the main roles, such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists. If you have a particularly niche speciality, it might be worth looking for a recruitment board who have jobs in that area. Professions such as optometry, clinical research and allied health are areas that medical boards will cover.

MAKE A STRONG APPLICATION

If you are professional and have relevant experience and knowledge of the healthcare industry, you’re already on the right track, but there are a couple of other points to consider. Be prepared to tweak your CV for the job that you are applying for and avoid sending out generic applications. A good job board will allow you to send a covering letter with your CV. It is imperative you use this to outline all of the additional skills and relevant experience related to the specific job you're applying for. The way you sell yourself when you are applying for a job online could be the difference between getting to the interview stage or not. Have confidence in your abilities and you will shine.

A WORD OF ADVICE

Choose a job board that doesn’t allow recruiters access to your CV. Some job boards sell their database to recruiters and this can mean you are bombarded with unsolicited emails and phone calls about jobs that are of no interest to you. Choose a job board where your information is stored securely. This way around you get to decide who sees your CV and who doesn’t. Remember, if you persevere you will be able to find a medical job board that's right for you.


About the Author: Ron Stewart has worked in the recruitment industry for 30 years, having owned companies in the IT, construction and medical sectors. He runs the Jobs4Group, and is CEO of Jobs4Medical.

Photo Credit: NEC Corporation of America

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