Reaching Potential Employers: Effective Networking Tips

Koushik Shaw, MD


June 28, 2019

The more contacts you make, the better the chance that some of them could pay off in your job search. The process of making and following up with contacts can be very time-consuming, but if you're determined to find a first job or a new job, you'll need to find the time.

In Morgan's words, "If the meeting is not explicitly recruitment related, it's helpful to say you're learning about the market and trying to build connections, so you would value any helpful introductions. Also indicate that you would be delighted to return the favor if there are connections the other person wants to make. Being helpful in return is always welcome."

Using Social Media

Do not discount the power of social media, which can help you form connections all over the world.

There are also niche sites, including Doctor's Choice Placement Services (like for physicians), MomMD (primarily for female physicians), and Student Doctor Network (which helps residents looking for their first jobs). It's also worth checking out general sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

Networking Sites

On sites such as LinkedIn, you can post a profile and photo of yourself and ask people you know to join your group of contacts. There also are many physician and healthcare groups on LinkedIn. If you join these groups, you can share posts and start discussions.

Physician search firms and employers use LinkedIn and Facebook to find candidates for jobs, so these sites may offer another way to enhance your job search.

Cautions for Networking Through Social Media

Be careful what you post. It's common for employers to search the Internet for your name and see what they come up with, so don't post photos or comments on social media that could reflect poorly on you.

You can make your social network pages, such as Facebook, inaccessible to public searches, but be sure to do this correctly. Many people who think their pages are private are surprised to learn that outsiders can still access them.

Rewrite your profile. It's a good idea to revise your profile to reflect your job search, and post a photo that makes you look professional.

Participating in Discussion Forums

Most doctor-only sites are basically discussion forums on which you can remain anonymous. Or you can be "partially visible," as one site notes—showing information such as your job preferences and qualifications.

Examples of discussion forum questions that can help you with your job search include:

  • Do you know anyone at X practice?

  • What is the work climate at Y organization?

  • What is the starting compensation at Z health system?

  • Where is the best place in the Dallas area to practice surgical oncology?

Using Other Social Media

Hospitals and large practices often post videos about their institutions on YouTube. These videos enable you to learn about the mission of the organization, see interviews with the medical staff, and take a virtual tour of the facility.

If you are networking at a medical meeting, you can use Twitter to see the latest happenings in small nuggets of information.

Researching Employers

To learn more about potential employers, consult job-rating sites to read reviews by employees, former employees, and customers. Many of these sites don't have reviews of healthcare organizations. One exception is Glassdoor, although it tends to focus mainly on large healthcare organizations, and many of the reviews are by people who aren't physicians. In addition to individual reviews, which you can read in full if you sign up, Glassdoor posts an overall rating of organizations on a scale of 1 to 5 and a short profile of the facilities.


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