How To Conduct A Radiology Job Search

By: Rita Henry

So you've graduated from a certification program and you're now a full-fledged radiologist technician. Congratulations! Now get ready for the question you'll get asked a lot: What's your next step?

Logically, of course, the next step is to find a job in your chosen field. There are numerous ways to go about a radiology job search and some are more successful than others. If you've already got a lead on a job, your best bet is to pursue that first- personal connections are a great way to get hired for the first time in the medical industry.

But if you're just starting out and you haven't got a clue where to turn, this information should help. Below are three major ways many new radiologist technicians find a job. Good luck on your radiology job search!

Radiology job search method one: Network
You might not have a one-on-one connection with the medical field but you may know someone who can help you... and you may not even realize it. If you're shooting for a job at your local hospital, think about relatives, friends and neighbors that you would be willing to turn to for help. Chances are fairly good that at least one person in your immediate circle has a connection to the facility.

Even if you don't use this person directly, it can help immensely to know someone 'on the inside.' Try to connect with someone at the hospital or clinic that can tell you whether or not they're hiring and what they're looking for. If necessary, pick up the phone, call the facility where you wish to work and ask to speak to someone in the Human Resources department. Try your best to strike up a conversation and ensure you'll be remembered. If they're not hiring now, your goal is to have a foot in the door so that when they actually do need someone, you'll be one of the first to know.

Radiology job search method two: The Internet
It might come as a surprise, but the Internet is a fantastic resource for medical jobs. Other listings come and go, but radiology jobs online tend to be updated constantly and there are literally thousands. Choose a job-hunting website or go it alone by typing your position as well as your city and state into a search engine. Chances are good you'll find out pretty quickly who is hiring in your area and whether or not you're qualified for the job.

Radiology job search method three: School
If you've graduated with a radiology certification, the school or hospital that trained you is almost certain to be able to help with job leads. If they offer a standard job placement assistance program, by all means take advantage of it. Many hospitals and clinics have arrangements with schools and are willing to hire new graduates immediately. If your school doesn't have a job placement program, that doesn't mean they won't be able to help with your job search. Speak to teachers, counselors and even former graduates about what might be available in your area. They should be more than happy to assist you.

The fact is, the medical industry needs more radiology technicians than ever before. Now is a fantastic time to be entering the field and you shouldn't have a shortage of available jobs. Doing your radiology job search is simply a matter of knowing where to look. If you put a little effort into your search, you should have multiple jobs to choose from and then you'll be sitting in the best position possible. Choose the one that suits you best and welcome to your new career!

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