Many physicians intentionally choose to avoid online social networking websites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Physicians want to maintain their privacy and they don’t want patients “finding” them on these public sites.
If you’re thinking about a career transition or if you’re looking for non-clinical jobs that may provide supplemental income, it is very important to expand your social network by engaging others on social networking websites. There are ways you can do this while you still maintain your privacy.
Physicians are finding job opportunities by networking with other physicians online. Online social networking is also a valuable tool for those who want to spend some time conducting informational interviews. You may find interesting people who may be willing to provide you with information about how he/she reached that point in his/her career. You may find physicians working in industry who would be willing to speak with you about day-to-day responsibilities, tasks, challenges, and opportunities. You may even find physicians who are willing to introduce you to hiring managers and other executives in their own organizations.
If you’re thinking about a career transition, don’t be afraid to meet new people online. You may find the perfect opportunity by expanding your network and by learning about companies and career opportunities that you didn’t know even existed.
To start, I would encourage you to join LinkedIn. Then, join Facebook and adjust your privacy settings based on your personal preferences. I’ll be happy to introduce you to physician executives, so make sure to connect with me on both of those networks. You can find me on LinkedIn here and on Facebook here.
Dr. Joseph Kim is the founder of NonClinicalJobs.com, an independent website owned and operated by Dr. Kim. He is also the President of MCM Education, a professional medical education and publishing company that develops continuing medical education (CME) activities in joint sponsorship with medical universities, hospitals, and medical associations. Dr. Kim is a digital entrepreneur and technologist who has a passion for health information technology, mobile health, and social media. He frequently speaks at conferences about non-clinical careers for physicians, continuing medical education, mobile health technology, and social media in medicine. Dr. Kim holds a bachelor of science in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctorate of medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, and a master of public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health.