I’ve been thinking about this post for a long time. Actually, this post has been on my mind since HealthComU got its start in the early planning back in October 2013. I had completed my masters only two months prior, and I was hoping that being able to write blog posts about health communications, paired with the recently obtained degree would be spell success in the search for a career in health communication.
Early in September it seemed as if my employment in the field would come rapidly. I interviewed with a prominent health care facility in Salt Lake City, UT, as well as a Colorado Springs, CO chapter of a well-known national cancer agency. The first ended after just one interview. The organization was going through some changes, and their search was halted, or so they say. (Do you ever wonder if that’s really the case? Kind of like a break up, when the person tells you it’s them, and not you that is the problem?) Potential job two ended after two interviews. This time I was told that although the application deadline had passed, someone “in-house” had stepped up to fill the vacancy.
Another month went by, and a friend told me about a vacancy at the health care facility where her husband was a doctor. Again, I was turned down. This time the reason was that I was “overqualified” for the job tasks. (Although potentially true, I think sometimes employers forget that there are those of us who just want to be gainfully employed!)
After that, many months went by with no leads. I even accompanied my children on their Christmas visit to their father in Las Vegas, NV in hopes of networking. (Surely if I’m not flat-out asking for a job, but rather, making an effort to meet people in the industry something should come of it, no?) The trip amounted to me meeting five executives that represent nine hospitals in the Las Vegas area. All the responses were the same, “We run lean and mean. Most hospitals are making due with just one communication position.” I had hoped for better news. The small hospital I had once worked for in Wyoming with a mere 99 beds had a VP of marketing and a marketing coordinator, and some of these hospitals had nearly 800 beds.
Truth be told, between January and May I pretty much gave up searching. (At some point, you have to pay the bills!) I took a substitute teaching job and relegated myself to a career that had very little to do with my chosen profession. But I took a leap of faith at the end of May and left Wyoming for Las Vegas. Six days later, I had an interview scheduled, and two days after the first interview and just hours after the second, I was offered a position. I guess the moral of the story is: 1. Sometimes it is not you, it’s them; 2. There is no shame in finding temporary employment to pay the bills, and 3. Take a leap of faith. A move could be just the ticket. 4. Patience. At the ideal time all your hard work will pay off and you’ll have the dream job you love!