Helpful hints for your job search
Resumes and curricula vitae (CVs) are both used in the healthcare field. The decision to use one or the other depends on your experience and goals. A resume is preferred for healthcare professionals seeking positions in administrative positions. If you seek a management position, reverse-chronological resumes are preferred, so your experience and skills can be evaluated with regard to the organization's needs.
A CV is used primarily by people in medical, academic and scientific professions. The CV should list all credentials, but not necessarily boast about the achievements. Typical headings include education/degrees, internships, professional experience, awards and honors, publications (books, articles, reports, journal articles), speaking engagements, conferences and professional affiliations. The length depends on your level of experience.
A simple online search will provide you with many tips and tricks to help you write a good resume or CV.
The interview can be a very stressful part of your job search. Many job seekers get very anxious before an interview. But an interview doesn't have to be scary, if you are well-prepared and knowledgeable about the interview process — and the employer.
There are a few general tips that apply to all interviewing:
- Prepare Beforehand: Preparation is key to a job interview. Make sure to bring all necessary documents with you, including extra copies of your resume and references, and a pen and paper to take notes. Also, research the company. Whether you are interviewing in a hospital or a private practice, it is important to find out as much as possible about your prospective employer before you walk in for the interview.
- Be Prompt: It is very important to arrive early for your interview. You should plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before your interview begins and build in some time for unexpected events like heavy traffic or getting lost.
- Dress for Success: Pick a professional outfit and make sure that it is neat and clean. Avoid uncomfortable clothing, so you are as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
- Show Interest: Show you're excited about the position. Speak with confidence and make eye contact as often as possible. You can also show your interest by listening. Pay attention to what others are saying, and reiterate their important points.
- Answer the Question Asked: During the interview, take the time to make sure you think about each question carefully before answering it. If you don't understand a question, ask for clarification. Also, give specific examples to back up your answers whenever possible.
- Ask Questions: Asking questions shows that you have a genuine interest in the company and the position, and also that you have researched them thoroughly beforehand. Asking questions is also a good opportunity to learn more about the company. Remember that the interview's purpose is not just for the interviewer to observe you, but also for you to make sure you fit well with the organization.
- Follow Up: Make sure that you contact your interviewer after the interview. Whether you follow up through email or regular mail, you should thank the interviewer. This is also a good time to restate your interest in the position.
A job search may seem like a daunting project. A valuable resource to help you find the perfect job is UltrasoundJOBS.com, a website designed to help sonographers succeed, whether they are trying to begin or advance in their career. At this site, you can post your resume, search the job database, discuss job-search related topics with others and find invaluable salary information.
Another source of local ultrasound jobs is your local newspaper's classified section. Remember that medical sonographers are in high demand, and it shouldn't take you long to find a rewarding position. Many sonographers choose to stay on at the institution where they did their clinical training, and avoid the job search process altogether.
Many people in the ultrasound field happily retain their positions as sonographers for their entire career. However, there is much room for advancement within the field.
A sonographer with 3-5 years of experience can become lead sonographer or director of an ultrasound department. There are also opportunities in consulting, sales, equipment manufacturing, imaging administration and education. Candidates for these positions are often more desirable if they have earned one or more ARDMS credentials. After you become an ultrasound professional, there are many avenues you can take to move throughout – and beyond – the field. The career paths are plentiful in this ever-growing field.