LinkedIn is one of the biggest professional social media platforms in the world. There, anyone can search and apply for job openings, post stories about their personal and career journey, and so much more. For HCPs in particular, creating and maintaining the perfect LinkedIn profile could be the key to better job opportunities in the future. Whether you are a fresh nursing graduate or a 10-year HCP veteran, here are a couple of reasons why you should be firing up LinkedIn right now.
Find job openings on the Linkedin Job Board
LinkedIn lets recruiters post openings on their Job boards. You can find job offers across the country, or within proximity to your area. While searching, HCPs can make use of LinkedIn’s various filters, to find their perfect roles. Do you prefer on-site or remote HCP work? Are you looking for jobs within a particular salary range? Regardless of what you are looking for, the filters will keep results relevant to your needs and preferences. For healthcare professionals in search of a new full-time role, LinkedIn is the perfect place to start.
Network with like-minded HCPs
In any career, networking is power. Building and cultivating relationships lets you find job opportunities you would not have found otherwise. Your friends and acquaintances can inform you about potential HCP vacancies you would not have heard about, otherwise. They can also refer you to a potential employer, and vouch for your skills and capabilities.
Outside of work, networking lets you receive invaluable advice and companionship. Whether you are a Registered Nurse or a Certified Nursing Assistant, HCP work is a unique challenge. Talking with someone who understands the physical and mental demands of the job increases solidarity, and provides a different perspective for your dilemma. For example: if you feel “stuck” with your current HCP trajectory, a friend in the same space could provide suggestions for career paths or further education. Perhaps you are an RN looking to become a Nurse Practitioner in the distant future. You do not have to accept every proposition, but they are always well worth considering.
You can link up with fellow HCPs individually, or you can join LinkedIn Groups meant to support medical professionals. Within these group chats, you can ask around for job openings or medical advice, while you connect with other HCPs in the same channel.
Market yourself with a strong LinkedIn Profile
A good LinkedIn profile is the key to a good first impression. LinkedIn profiles allow you to create resumes quickly, and conveniently. Users can put their work experience, skills, endorsements, and connections for everyone to see. After you send your application, recruiters will often scan through your profile before they proceed with the hiring process. Recruiters can stumble upon your profile, and reach out to you before you even send your application. Take advantage of the tools at your fingertips, and create the best profile that you possibly can. Take a professional, high-quality headshot, and list all your relevant traits and qualifications as an HCP.
Sign up for an HCP newsletter
HCPs can sign up for multiple newsletters on the LinkedIn platform. Companies and individuals in the healthcare industry are always promoting their newsletters, which are emails sent at intervals that contain or promote relevant content. If you find a company or individual that you trust, you have a lot to gain from subscribing. Good newsletters help you stay updated with news and ongoing developments in the healthcare world. You can also find helpful professional advice and inspiring stories from medical spaces
Go out there!
HCPs have nothing to lose and everything to gain, from creating a LinkedIn profile. The platform helps them connect with fellow HCPs, find job offers as early as possible, market themselves to potential employers and so much more. Provided that you regularly maintain your profile, the website opens up a new world of opportunities in the healthcare industry.