If you’re a frequent reader of my posts and articles, you’re a physician wishing to transition from practice to a nonclinical career. You want a job, right? And it is my job to help you be successful. So why any I saying you don’t want to find a job?
Well, you may find this a bit nuanced, but finding a job usually means someone has a job they want filled and you are the one who gets hired. Great, right? Well, maybe. Here’s why. Most of the time being that chosen one means this:
What that means is, it’s not really your job, but rather, you have become the caretaker of a corporate task. Is that your career objective?
Add to this the possibility this job may be at a level, such as an MSL, where many other people hold the same job function and title, and it can become even less attractive. Why... when more than one person holds the same job, you're not only a caretaker, but you're a dispensable caretaker.
So, if you don’t want a job, what do you want? Simple. You want a problem to solve. That’s right, you don’t want to interview for a job, you want a business meeting to learn about and discuss corporate problems, and current, planned or hoped-for resolutions.
You won’t be invited to these meetings if you’re applying for jobs online – again, those are jobs. Those problems, issues, duties and responsibilities are pre-defined. You need to establish a solid networking strategy that results in you being invited to “meet.” Once you’re in a meeting, listen, ask questions and think to yourself how you might solve these problems. Your first objective is to become informed. Once you understand their problems and you’ve decided you can help, then, and only then do you engage the conversation further, and offer your solutions.
If your ideas, concepts, processes and actions are well received, you are likely to be invited to implement them. If you are, you’ll most likely be the first person in that role…
So, stop looking for a job. Start creating and attending business meetings and focus on the problem(s) you want to be solving.