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#21 Find a dream job and jump-start your career

December 19, 2016 | By

Advance your career and expertly navigate the job hunt with guidance from Dr. Alia Chisty of Temple University Hospital. ¬†Highlights include Dr. Chisty offering up her personal email address for mentorship and Dr. Watto announcing our first contest. This episode is full of wisdom to enhance your career whether you’re gainfully employed or looking for your first job.

Clinical Pearls:

  1. Meet with your mentors at the start of the process. They can:
    1. Help clarify your goals
    2. Activate your network
  2. Look for jobs 9 months in advance.
  3. An ideal job: incorporates your interests, skills, and values.
  4. Leverage your network (friends, mentors, program director) to identify available opportunities
  5. Email your cover letter (typically an email) and CV to the division chair or section chief
    1. Craft your elevator pitch.
    2. Do your homework.
    3. Explain how you will add value.
  6. When interviewing:
  7. Give yourself credit! Highlight experiences in your CV (e.g. conference attendance, lectures given, etc.)
  8. Have someone review and proofread your CV.
  9. If an employer makes a promise, then have it included in your contract. Don’t just take their word!
  10. Have a lawyer review your contract.

Goal: Listeners will learn to craft a systematized approach to finding their perfect job.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this podcast listeners will:

  1. Recognize timeline for applications and finding or switching jobs.
  2. Design an effective CV and cover letter.
  3. Recognize the importance and utility of mentors in the application process

Dr. Chisty reports no relevant financial disclosures.

Time Stamps

0:20 Intro

03:40 Rapid fire questions

07:10 When to start looking for jobs

09:22 How to narrow your focus

11:33 Too many choices may be worse

13:05 Asking yourself the right questions

14:40 Quick recap of what we’ve learned

15:20 Who to contact, and what to send

19:30 Recruiters

22:25 How to prepare for your interview

26:05 Ramit Sethi on finding your dream job and negotiating your salary

27:36 Where to look for jobs (including social media)

31:10 Discussion of social media

33:18 What to include in your CV

35:25 Our first contest (send us your CV!)

36:30 So you’ve been offered a job (s)

38:38 Take home points

40:15 Outro

Links from the show:

  1. NEJM career center:
  2. JAMA career source:
  3. Zerzan, J.T. et al.  2009.  Making the most of mentors: a guide for mentees.  Academic Medicine 84: 140-144.
  4. Ramit Sethi on finding your dream job
  5. Ramit Sethi on negotiating your salary
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  8. NEJM Journal Watch
  9. AHRQ ePSS app


  1. January 20, 2017, 1:25am Jeff writes:

    Great advice- my spouse is on the internal medicine job hunt, these tips are useful!

  2. April 10, 2017, 4:32pm Dr Lincoln writes:

    I just listened to this podcast last night on a flight as an introduction to your podcast. It was very good! Dr. Chisty's advice was spot on. I am 10 years out of training and wish I had someone like her to give this advice then. Great episode and I will be sure to download many more episodes.

    • April 11, 2017, 12:07am Matthew Watto, MD writes:

      Awesome - thank you for the great feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the episode and hope to continue to deliver shows that add value to you/your practice. Thanks again for listening. -The Curbsiders.

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