You’ve completed your course of study and earned a certification as a medical office assistant. Now, you’re preparing yourself to hit the job hunt trail and you want to make sure you’ve gotten all your ducks in a row so as to put your best foot forward. Perhaps it is your first time in the hunt for a career position. Or perhaps its your first time back in the race since making the decision to embark on a new career as a medical office assistant. In either case, there is much new (and a good deal of old) wisdom that should be applied to your search if you want it to be fruitful.
Here are a few of the notable suggestions contained in Complex.com’s, 20 Job Search Hacks That Will Get You Hired.
#20 on their list: Don’t present yourself as “out of work”
If you have gaps in your job history, it is better to think of any work-related activities you may have been involved in such as volunteer work or internships to fill employment history gaps. The goal is to appear as though you remained busy and productive in-between jobs.
#19 on their list: Make Stories
Lists of experience and capabilities are not intrinsically interesting. While they may be relevant, you’ll stand out much more as a candidate if you can convey your strengths and value through interesting anecdotes and tales of your career exploits in a way that humanizes and connects with the interviewer’s emotional side.
#14 on their list: Think What You Can Do for the Job
Don’t go into the interview with a mind toward finding out about how the role serves you. Asking about the pay, benefits and vacation policy during preliminary interviews make you seem more interested in what the job can do for you than what you can do for the organization. Instead, think of 6 ways you can deliver value to the employer in your capacity as a medical office assistant. Convey these ideas to the hiring manager and you’re more likely to be seen as someone who’d be an asset to the team.
#6 on their list: Be Confident, Not Cocky
Employers want to hire people confident in their duties and roles. However, no matter how good you may be at what you do, if you’re full of yourself, you will ultimately be seen as a liability. Be sure when talking about your abilities to be humble and self-deprecating.
#5 on their list: Use Good Verbs
So many resumes tell hiring managers about nouns and not verbs. Simply put, this is the difference between “was the person responsible for communications” and “produced and delivered effective communications. Use verbs – action terms – to illustrate what you’ve actually done. “Led, implemented, designed, organized, transformed” are all good examples of action terms.
Look, you’ve got a great education in medical office assistant training from the Allen School. Read all 20 of these job hunting hacks then get out there and land the job you’ve been dreaming of!