What can you do to increase your chances of finding a job after you complete medical assisting training? There are plenty of forums and articles about the trials and tribulations of looking for a position, but you can make the search your own and have it work in your favor if you follow a few simple steps.
A Sharp Resume – If you want to find a job as a medical administrative assistant or clinical medical assistant, first impressions make a difference. Make sure your resume is organized and free of grammatical errors, bloopers and blips. Highlight your training and externship experience – remember that unpaid experience counts!
Be Yourself – Do not pretend you know it all. It is better to admit you don’t have experience in a particular area, than tell a story and be held accountable for it. Most of all, be yourself, because that’s the person who will be on the job every day.
Have a Good Attitude – Have you ever been to the doctor, only to experience a rude person behind the front desk (or back office)? Learn from this and don’t be that person. Being short and unfriendly doesn’t cut it, either. Be pleasant and show genuine interest in what you’re doing, which is helping people. You’ll get noticed. (Don’t forget eye contact!)
Do What It Takes To Get Experience – One of the best ways to get experience as a medical assistant is to do it. Volunteering is a great way to accomplish this. Even if you currently work during the day, you can volunteer in the evenings for a blood bank, hospital or Red Cross. This experience could possibly lead to a job and networking opportunities.
Get Serious – You are a representative of the medical assisting field. Be a professional, have a good attitude about what you’re doing, and believe that you can. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. There will be naysayers who say it’s impossible to find a medical assisting position, but there are plenty more who say you will and have done so for themselves.
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