Finding jobs in the health industry remains extremely competitive. Not only is it because there are many qualified people looking for work within the sector, but also health is one of the few sectors during a recession that remains available, with around 7% of the UK workforce being employed in the NHS alone.
As in a number of sectors, continuing professional development is important. Whether this is through on-job or additional training, or through newsletters, professional journals, or with membership of professional organisations, professional development can help individuals to get ahead of their competition. Through membership of professional organisations it can also be easier to network with the relevant people, allowing individuals to find out more about particular roles or organisations more informally.
Another advantage of this industry sector is that it offers opportunities for individuals at all educational levels and with all abilities. It is not just for high-flying and highly qualified staff; there are many other roles, including lab technicians, specialist administrative support, managers, legal advisers, domiciliary service roles, computer technicians, research assistants and many more.
Using specialized agencies such as Proclinical is another way to get ahead of the competition for health industry jobs. Specialized agencies offer access to industry specific jobs, some of which may remain unpublished. Many agencies also accept C Vs allowing easier matching of potential candidates to jobs.
A number of individuals may be looking to change their role within the industry but may be struggling to do so, particularly if there are a limited number of posts available. One option could be to investigate the possibility of a short secondment to the role, as a continuing professional development opportunity, or even approaching someone who is already in that role and asking them to act as a mentor. This means that when opportunities come up, candidates can demonstrate that they have knowledge of the role and be able to demonstrate their commitment to that particular role.
Those who are actively job hunting should consider their reasons for applying for each job, as this is often questioned, either on an application form or in an interview. After an unsuccessful application or interview, if feedback is available, do request it as this can often help with effective preparation for the following applications and interviews. Also remember to research a specific organisation before interview and try to retain a few facts in order to demonstrate knowledge about the organisation if any questions come up during interview.
It is also worth spending time deciding exactly which part of the sector is most appealing, as this can help with narrowing the job search down as well as concentrating on the reasons for what makes a particular role or even location more attractive than other local jobs.
Although it can be disheartening trying to find a new job, especially in an industry where competition is fierce, those individuals who concentrate staying ahead of the competition may just find that they become successful in their application for the perfect job.