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3 Traits That Will Get You a Job in Healthcare

  • Article by:Health Career Center


If you’ve visited any career websites over the past year, you’ve no doubt noticed the huge surplus of job openings in healthcare. “If only I had a healthcare background,” you think, “I could have any job I want!”


Sound like you? In that case, we have some wonderful news: You don’t necessarily  need a clinical or caregiving background take advantage of the healthcare jobs boom. In fact, if you visit right now, you’ll see many positions that require no caregiver experience or medical education at all.


In a recent article in U.S. News,’s own Amy Goble explained that “health care organizations are in a much broader way working to serve the patient as a consumer.” And this is no passing phase — every hospital in the country must become more consumer-friendly to meet the demands of patients who are better informed, and selective, about where they seek care.


That means if you’re an underappreciated IT pro, overworked customer service specialist or a restaurant line cook who’s just tired of working odd hours, the healthcare field is ready to welcome you with open arms.


Here are three traits that will help you be successful in this burgeoning field:


Flexibility, communication and compassion

Any nurse can tell you that, in a hospital, everyone essentially shares the same role: Do whatever it takes to keep patients healthy and happy. People who like to say “that’s not my job” don’t last very long here.


So if you apply for a job and land an interview with a hospital — and unless you’re noticeably underqualified, the odds are in your favor — make it clear to the interviewer that you’re willing to tackle any task they throw at you.


There are a few reasons healthcare recruiters’ eyes light up when they hear this. First, because most hospitals are stretched so thin by the growing patient population that every staff member must pitch in wherever they can. And second, because the field as a whole is changing so rapidly. The ability to adjust to future needs is an extremely hot commodity.


Following flexibility, your next biggest focus should be on two C’s: communication and compassion.


Communication skills are especially important in today’s care environment, because hospital workers come from such diverse backgrounds — relative to both their education level as well as their age and life experiences.


It’s not easy to clearly communicate with a 50-something surgeon in one moment, and then immediately do the same with the distraught young friend of a sick patient. If you’re one of the few people who can, you’ll stand out.


That brings us to compassion. This might be the most important characteristic of all, because healthcare is so much more than a career choice. At its core, healthcare is about earning patients’ trust during some of the most difficult times in their lives.


As Alicia Brill, HR director at George Washington University Hospital, says, “people come to us at their most vulnerable. There is a level of integrity that [a caregiver] has to bring.”


In other words, it’s not enough to be smart or talented. To have a successful career in healthcare, you truly have to care.


Not bad advice for life, either.


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