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Medical Assistant Jobs: Tips To Find Them In Your Area

By Colin McLean

As long as there are people, there will be a need for medical services and care. No matter whether you live in the city or in a rural area, employers and recruiters are in constant need for qualified people who know their way around the front or back end of a medical office. These people are those employed as medical assistants.

Assistants who receive training in both administrative and clinical procedures have additional career opportunities available to them. With additional training, assistants can fill the jobs of medical receptionists, medical records technicians, medical secretaries, medical transcriptionists and many more.

The big challenge many medical assistants face is in knowing where to look for a job and gainful employment. Once you know where to locate a job and how to apply, it becomes surprising at the sheer number of effective job-location methods you might be able to use.

The outlook for medical assistant jobs - in terms of availability, personal talents, demographics and job market trends - can present a challenge for those seeking to build a solid job-search plan. It's necessary to stay on top of which employers are hiring, or if waiting for a different opportunity will pay off.

So, it becomes essential for medical assistant graduates or seasoned professionals to set clear and attainable goals in their job-search efforts. The following list can help you prioritize what you need to do to find a job as a medical assistant.

1. Set realistic and obtainable goals. Assess your talents and abilities and create a checklist to mark off each completed task for such things as additional schooling and the number of resumes posted or mailed.

2. Conduct a thorough search for available job openings. Your local newspaper along with the Internet can provide a ready source of job listings. Consider, as well, the distance you're willing to travel to and from work along with an acceptable level of pay.

3. Create a resume that gets results. Optimizing your resume for search will be a critical component for employers that search through databases to find medical assistant job candidates. Your goal is to make sure your resume is among those pulled for consideration. Upload your resume online to one of the leading sites like Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com.

Do the research to find out the demands of your local job market. Discovery should include average pay scale, and expectations of employers with respect to experience and certifications.

Don't hesitate to leverage social media in your search efforts for medical assistant jobs. Facebook and LinkedIn can be good sources for career networking.


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