Job Search Time Line

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12 Months Prior
Plan a Job Strategy

  • Who will be involved with job search? Speak honestly with everyone involved.
  • What is the criteria for your ideal practice? Employed, partnership, hospital, group, etc.
  • Where do you want to live? Urban, rural, suburbs, specific activities.
  • When would you like to start? Immediately following training or take some time off.

10-11 Months Prior
Prepare Your CV
Identify References

  • Chronological Order with Most Recent First
  • Proofread, Proofread, Proofread - No time gaps or typos. Have a second set of eyes
  • Protect Your CV - Do not include DEA, License or Social Security Number
  • Have current contact information - Address, Phone and E-mail
  • Three References - Program Director, Department Head, Faculty Mentor

8-9 Months Prior
Explore Your Options

  • Check with Your Program Coordinator for postings
  • Use a Reputable Recruiter; Should be a member of NAPR
  • Check Journals and on-line sites
  • Personal Network—Peers, Societies
  • Visit

8-9 Months Prior

  • Submit Your CV
  • Include a Cover Letter specific to the Job
  • Include Professional References
  • Keep track of where your CV is sent

7-8 Months Prior

  • Schedule Time Off to Interview
  • Keep good notes on each opportunity
  • Send a Thank You note to each facility you visit

5-6 Months Prior
Compare Offers & Decide

  • Compare compensation, benefits, lifestyle and locale
  • Make a decision and celebrate
  • Inform all opportunities of your decision

4-5 Months Prior
Complete Paperwork
Prepare to Relocate

  • Complete all paperwork; licensure, credentialing, insurance panel, etc.
  • Stay in touch with your new employer.
  • If relocating, start exploring housing options.
  • Check on-line, meet with a realtor.

2-3 Months Prior
Prepare to Relocate

  • Start Packing.  Contact movers
  • Stay in touch with your new Employer
  • Follow up on credentialing and other paperwork
  • Establish a realistic start date

Month of Start

  • Relocate, if needed
  • Start Your New Position

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