Congratulations, you have worked hard to complete your sonography education and are ready to begin your ultrasound career! The job-search process can seem daunting, but with persistence, enthusiasm, and your passion for sonography, obtaining your dream job in ultrasound is well within your reach!
Most employers will require the submission of a formal resume as part of your employment application. Employers often receive multiple applications and the ideal resume should stand out and leave a lasting impression that earns you an interview.
A great resume usually includes the following:
- A logical format that guides the readers to the important points.
- An objective statement that outlines how your skills meet the needs of the position.
- Prioritized content so the most recent experience is listed first. Include your education accomplishments and list any certifications you have earned.
- All contact information including your full name, home, and email address, and the best phone number to reach you.
Job seekers and employers searching for qualified candidates are discovering the advantages of industry-specific job boards. To make connections in the ultrasound field, we recommend using UltrasoundJOBS by ARDMS as your go-to career resource to get started in your search.
Before you apply, review your resume to ensure that it accurately reflects how your knowledge and skills meet the qualifications of the job. Always include specific examples that directly address the employer’s job description. If a cover letter is not required, consider submitting one and use that opportunity to further explain how your skill set and knowledge can contribute to their team.
You’ve been contacted for an interview — great work! The interview provides an ideal opportunity for you and the employer to assess if you are the right fit for the position. Below are some helpful tips to help minimize interview nerves:
Prepare: Research the company and the scope of work of the position to help you determine what types of questions to anticipate from the interviewer. If possible, research the names of people you may be meeting with.
Practice your answers for the types of questions you anticipate receiving. Examples include:
- What is your biggest weakness?
- Tell me about a challenge you overcame in the workplace?
- Why did you choose ultrasound?
Prepare questions to ask in return that demonstrate your knowledge of both the company and the position. Examples include:
- What are the immediate needs on your team that you are looking to meet with this position?
- How would you describe a typical workday?
Dress for success: Unless stated in the invitation to interview, always dress business or business casual.
Follow up: After the interview, send a brief thank-you email or letter to the employer.