I am trying to learn new ways to approach applying to and interviewing for positions after getting my Associate in Applied Science. I know it is not much and I am starting the process to get my BS, but I wanted to know what I can do to better my chances at getting in a position to better my chances at a new career in the medical field, as well as giving my self opportunities in getting a better education.
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Well, let me start saying that and Associates in Science is something to be proud of. It is still an accomplishment! I want you to think that it is "much", and you will continue to excel by going for your Bachelor's (hooray!). I have always been a advocate for networking. It today's world, you need to sell yourself. This goes for anyone in any industry. Start by coming up with ways that you can make a difference in the medical field. How will you be an asset to the company you are applying for? Surely, companies are looking for experience and education; but what is going to grab their attention is your ambition! Now, the medical field is pretty broad, so a lot may depend on what part of the field may interest you. Many resources out there will tell you what experiences and education is required for certain careers in the medical field (which I will be more than happy to research for you!). So my questions to you are the following:
1. When you do plan on completing your AS degree?
2. How soon after your Associate will you be seeking a Bachelor's degree?
3. Are you looking for experience before or during your Bachelor's?
4. What careers in the medical field are of interest to you?
I hope this helps!
Social Media is the way of the future. When applying for a position insure that you have a Linked In account that highlights your skills and abilities. Tailor your profile towards what you are going for. Think what will will make me stand out from others? Also make sure you a professional photo. A lot of times employers will come looking for you when you market yourself the correct way.
One thing I advise job seekers to do is to tailor their resume to the job they're applying for. You shouldn't be using the same resume for every job.
Before you apply, take a look at the necessary skills and qualifications (S&Q) listed on the job description to be sure you are qualified. If you are, review your resume to determine whether or not you have listed the stated S&Q on your resume. If the job description requires a skill or qualification which you have experience with but is not included on your resume, add it and remove a line that's less relevant to the job. Be careful not to falsify your application by saying you have a set of experiences when you really don't.
You might be wondering how will include all of your skills and abilities on one page? You shouldn't be listing all of your skills and abilities. Only list the skills and abilities relevant to that job. By adjusting your resume to fit that one job, you become the ideal candidate in the eyes of the recruiter or hiring manager.
I hope this helps--Best wishes!