The ins and outs of references

The ins and outs of references

June 2019
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Editor's note

Published in the June/July 2019 issue of Today’s Physician

IF YOU WERE GOING to look for a new job today, who would you use as a reference? It’s a question that many physicians, especially those recently out of training, are probably not ready to answer.

That’s a problem, because professional references play a big role in convincing prospective employers that you’re the right candidate for the job. And with roughly half
of all physicians expected to change jobs within three years of finishing training, that means a lot of the people reading this magazine may need a reference in the not-so-distant future.

In our cover story, we look at the ins and outs of references and letters of recommendation. Recruiters say they like to hear not only from immediate supervisors, but a range of health care professionals like nurses and administrators.

Perhaps the biggest take-home point, however, is that as a physician, you should always be on the lookout for colleagues willing to vouch for you during your next job search. It should be a part of the ongoing networking that you’re doing anyway.

By proactively identifying references before you need them, you’ll be giving your networking skills a boost. That can only help you develop a healthy career.

edoyleEdward Doyle
Editor & Publisher

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