There are many things to consider when looking for a job especially as a CST. The process begins while you are still in school and continues throughout your entire career. From networking and contacts, to resumes and interviews, this article will cover it. I can’t guarantee that you will get your dream job right out of school or even on your first try. But, if you put these tips into practice, you will have a greater chance of landing the job you love.
Let’s start at the beginning. Your clinical rotations during school are a vital part of finding a job after you graduate. Think of your clinical rotations as working interviews while you learn. At every location you will interact with different people and situations. How you handle yourself during this time can make or break your career. Always stay professional, show that you are eager to learn, and that you can be part of their team. Check out: How To Stand Out In The OR, for more tips on this subject. Make it known to those in charge that you are interested in a job at that facility. Some places even offer internships to students, so do your homework on all the facilities you will rotate through. If you do it right and the facility has a position to fill, you may even receive a job offer before you graduate.
Networking for a CST Job
Networking plays a huge role in any job and the OR world is no different. You will find that the OR is a very small world which means the more people you know, the better chance you will have at finding a job. Network with anyone you meet at school, in your clinical rotations, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks. Be sure that your personal social networks are professional and work friendly.
Another part of networking is searching for potential jobs and connecting with the hiring manager. Search online for jobs and at local facilities even if you haven’t yet graduated. Don’t hesitate to drop off your resume and, if possible, speak to a hiring manager. Be prepared to potentially have to relocate as some parts of the country are desperate for CSTs while others are over saturated with CSTs. Do your research early. Get yourself out there because no one is going to come looking for you. Put in the time and effort and you will see results!
Resume for a CST Job
Your resume is one of the most important parts of finding a job. Hundreds of people will apply for the same job, so how do you stand out? A great resume is a good start and can get you to the interview phase. Question: How do you get a great resume? The easiest way is to pay a professional to write your resume for you. A friend of mine, Richard Fruscione, offers such services. You can find him here. He also offers great advice for writing your own resume. Check out his website for the top tips and tricks to make your resume stand out.
Interview for a CST Job
The interview is your time to shine so don’t sell yourself short. Dress professionally and make sure you are well groomed. It is ok to be nervous but being prepared for the interview will help put your nerves to rest. Practice how you will answer questions. You may encounter strange questions but they have a purpose. They make you think through a problem and explain what you need to do and how to do it. This is also known as critical thinking skills which you will use every day of your career. Don’t BS, they will see right through it. Speak clear and confident while being you, but make sure to watch your language. You may be surprised at how many people make the mistake of using unprofessional language during an interview, and miss out on the job.
Be honest with your interviewer and express your desires of the job. Think about where you want to be in 5 years and express that during the interview. Also make it known that you are open to cross-training, if in fact you are. Flexibility is a great quality that could help you get the job. Be prepared, be confident, know your strengths and weaknesses, smile, and be positive. Also: Don’t be late!
Sometimes it is harder to find a job that suits you but keep these things in mind. Be open to any opportunity anywhere. This will give you best chances at landing exactly the right job for you. Trust your gut and your training. You will get the job. It may not be your dream job to start, but keep at it and never settle for less than you are worth. “The only thing that doesn’t show up on your resume is your value.”-Richard Fruscione.