Are You Making Any Mistakes in Your Healthcare IT Online Job Search?

As the requirements of Meaningful Use have stimulated hiring at Healthcare IT vendors, consulting firms and health provider organizations, it is imperative that you become knowledgeable of the latest recruiting tactics.  The days of sitting at the local coffee shop with the newspaper “want ads” in one hand and a red pen in the other are behind us.  While there certainly still opportunities to be found by scouring your city’s noteworthy publications or taking action on a “Help Wanted” sign you see in the window of your favorite clothing store, professionals who wish to accelerate their career most effectively will have a solid and smart online presence.

A recent piece published on Yahoo! Finance shares five mistakes that job seekers make as part of their online efforts.  While some of the points offer common-sense tips that I hope you are already applying to your self-marketing, it is always helpful to revisit what may be detracting from your success with online networking.

As examples, two of the five dangers are:

1. Unprofessional Posts on Facebook or Twitter —  While these social networking sites are wonderful ways to make connections in your chosen profession, be careful what you choose to share with the world.  Microsoft Corp. conducted some research several months ago and discovered that 79% of hiring managers and job recruiters review an applicant’s online information as part of the screening process.  And, 70% of them have rejected candidates based on what they found!

2. Incomplete Profiles — In an effort to get your name out as much as possible, you may create professional profiles on multiple networking sites but never fully complete a single one of them.  Pick your online destinations carefully and then spend some time developing relationships and a full picture of yourself there.

The entire article is fantastic and definitely worth your read!

For those of you involved in the hiring and/or recruiting process, how as the dynamic of online networking changed the job search process over the past five or ten years?  Do you have any advice to add to tips posted on the article I referenced?

About the author


Joe Lavelle

Joe Lavelle is the Co-Founder of intrepidNow. Prior to that Joe was an accomplished healthcare IT executive and career coach with a record of successfully meeting the business and technology challenges of diverse organizations including health plans, health delivery networks, health care companies, and several Fortune 500 companies.

Joe is also the author of Act As If It Were Impossible To Fail, available on Amazon.