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What can a medical student do to boost their chances of landing a job straight out of college?

Asked Kansas City, Missouri

I'm studying to become a Nurse Practitioner and I was wondering what employers like to see on resumes of newly graduated students. Are there any classes or skills that would give me an added edge in the job market?

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Chantel’s Answer


Internships, volunteering are great ways to network. Put your best foot forward by being proactive and asking questions.

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

You asked a very important question. Based upon my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, there are two things that you can do to increase your chances of getting a good job:

  • Work hard at getting the best grades possible.
  • Work hard at developing good networking connections, as they will help you greatly through your education/career journey.

However, it is very important that you get to know yourself better to know where you will fit best in the Medical Field to put you studies to work most aptly to match your personality traits.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter which areas of the medical field to most aptly apply your education.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your school who works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow graduates doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
That's a lot of great information and tips, thank you so much for your help!
You are welcome. It all works if you work it. Keep me posted. I would like to see how you are doing. Best of luck! Keep up the good work!!

Serge V.’s Answer

Updated Linden, New Jersey

Hi MaryAnn,

Below is a link from Princeton on how to improve your chances of landing a medical job when you complete your studies. I hope this link helps you out. Keep me posted on your progress.