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Job search tips for allied health professionals

Whether you're a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or imaging professional, it can sometimes feel like you're too busy to focus on your next career move. We've put together some top tips for making job hunting efficient and effective.

Have your CV at the ready

Keeping your CV up-to-date will save you time if the right job opportunity comes along. That being said, it's always worth giving it a look over before you send it off to see if there are sections you should tailor to the specific job role, whether it's a senior physiotherapist or occupational therapist post, or a team leading radiographer or sonographer position. Check out our CV writing tips or read this previous blog post for medical imaging professionals.

Include keywords

Many employers now use keyword search tools to sift applications and short-list candidates. Make sure appropriate words and phrases are included in your CV, such as your registrations, qualifications, relevant skills and continuing professional development (CPD) activities.

Sign up for job alerts

As well as browsing the latest allied health jobs with our job search tool, you can also sign up for job alerts once you've registered on the Sanctuary website. Find out more here.

Use LinkedIn

Having a detailed profile on LinkedIn is not just a good way of networking with other allied health professionals. It's the first port of call for many recruiters to find out more about potential candidates, so it's an opportunity to sell yourself and have a better chance of being shortlisted for that dream allied health job.

Be selective

Don't waste your time with a scattergun approach. It's important to focus on applying for jobs which match your skills and experience. Read the job spec carefully and check you meet the criteria before taking things further. Remember, your Sanctuary consultant is there to offer expert advice and support with your job search. Discuss your career aspirations with them so that they can help you find the right job opportunities.

Do your research and be prepared

Why not be proactive and find out about potential employers and job settings that interest you, even if they don't currently have an appropriate position available? Maybe you're thinking of relocating to another part of the country, so are looking at employers in a certain location. Maybe you're attracted to a particular specialisation, for example occupational therapy for people with mental health issues or physiotherapy jobs working with older people. Make a list of potential employers that tick all your boxes. You'll already be one step ahead if a job opportunity comes up.
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