Job Search Tips
Resident and Fellow Job Search Timeline
The Resident Outline is a guide for medical residents/ fellows who are graduating next year. Use this tool as well as the other Career Strategies provided by the Action Medical Search. This timeoutline is not exact, but it is to be used as a point of reference for the job search process. If you have any questions, please call us anytime.
  1. June-July: Start preparing your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Our CV Example and CV Tips are free resources for you to use and printable for your convenience.
  2. Aug.-Sept.: Finish your CV and send it to Action Medical Search. Start gathering your references for your interviews (both phone and onsite). Once your CV is completed, and you decide which positions you are interested in, we send your information to the employer for review.
  3. October: Formulate where you want to live and work. Carefully think about what areas of the country you want to work(on a regional, state, and possibly city level). Consider what type of environmental setting you are willing to work (metropolitan, suburban, and rural). Also, focus on the type of practice you are looking for (solo, single-specialty, and multi-specialty). Speak with our placement consultants and we will tailor a search to fit your needs.
  4. November: Arrange phone interviews with the preferred locations. Decide which opportunities you are most interested in and schedule an onsite interview. Refer back to our Interviewing Tips to assist you with this process.
  5. Dec.-Jan.: Examine and evaluate all of your options closely. Speak with your spouse, family, friends, and colleagues about your opportunities. Call Action Medical Search from beginning to end if you have any questions or concerns.
  6. Feb.-Mar.: After reexamining and reevaluating your options several times, decide on which opportunity you wish to practice in. Have your attorney review the contract before signing it. Complete all of your licensure applications (some states like Texas and Florida take over 6 months) and credentials that youneed. You can use our Physician Links to get access to the State Medical Boards.
  7. Apr.-Jun.: Finalize all of your state licensure and credentialing requirements.
  8. Jul.-Sept.: Begin your first position.

Practicing Physician Job Search Timeline
The Physician Job Search Outline is a reference tool for those physicians who are already employed and are seeking another opportunity. Use this tool as well as the other Career Strategies provided by the Action Medical Search. This is a reference tool and the speed that you must complete these items must be processed faster if you are seeking employment immediately. If you have any questions, please call us anytime.

  1. Start preparing your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Our CV Example and CV Tips are free resources for you to use and are printable for your convenience.
  2. Finish your CV and send it to Action Medical Search. Start gathering your references for your interviews (both phone and onsite). The reason to get your references now is that we send your information to the employer (after you select the position) and this will expedite the process.
  3. Formulate where you want to live and work. Carefully think about what areas of the country you want to work (on a regional, state, and possibly city level). Consider what type of environmental setting you are willing to work (metropolitan, suburban, and rural). Also, focus on the type of practice you are looking for (solo, single-specialty, and multi-specialty). Speak with our placement consultants and we will tailor a search to fit your needs.
  4. Arrange phone interviews with the preferred locations. Decide which opportunities you are most interested in and schedule an onsite interview. Refer back to our Interviewing Tips to assist you with this process.
  5. Examine and evaluate all of your options closely. Speak with your spouse, family, friends, and colleagues about your opportunities. Call Action Medical Search from beginning to end if you have any questions or concerns.
  6. After reexamining and reevaluating your options several times, decide on which opportunity you wish to practice in. Have your attorney review the contract before signing.
  7. Complete all of your licensure applications (some states like Texas and Florida take over 6 months) and credentials that you need. You can use our Physician Links to get access to the State Medical Boards.
  8. Finalize all of your state licensure and credentialing requirements.
  9. Begin your new position.

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