5 Entry Level Jobs in Healthcare

Are you looking to work in healthcare, but you are unsure where to start looking? It is an exciting field with many diverse options! Read on for a few job options to get you started in this extensive field.

Certified Nurse Assistant

Known as a CNA for short, a Nurse Assistant is a great jumping point for someone interested in working directly with patients. While being a CNA requires some coursework and a certification exam beforehand in order to be licensed for work, one can usually complete it in 6 months to a year.

Dental Hygienist

This is a (generally) low-pressure job, but that does not mean that it is not fast-paced! Dental Hygienists perform cleanings, administer anesthesia, give specific treatments, and take X-rays, among plenty of other responsibilities. You must be licensed by the state in which you will be practicing. Dental Hygienist responsibilities can vary based on level of education, as one can get up to a master’s degree in dental hygiene.

PT/OT/ST Assistant

Often, one can become an assistant to Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, or Speech Therapists. This person works under the licensed therapist and assists in monitoring patients and their progress, in addition to helping them with exercises. You must be licensed to be an assistant, as you are aiding in one’s healing or growing when their bodies are in very malleable states!

Healthcare Administrator

An entry-level Healthcare Administrator position would include quite a bit of work with billing and managing accounts and authorizations. An administrator will also ensure that the office is following all necessary regulations. This is an excellent position for those looking to enter the business side of healthcare. Typically, a Healthcare Administrator job (or one similar) requires a bachelor’s degree in business, healthcare administration, accounting, or a related field.

Lab Technician

A position as a Lab Tech can be very stimulating, and not all require a degree in a science-related field! A Lab Tech typically does work involving data entry, specimen processing, data collection, sample collection, tool/lab preparation, analysis, and much more. There is an extensive range of types of laboratories that one could work for as a technician, making options diverse.  

Healthcare is an exciting field with many options. There are a plethora of paths one could take of which we have not even scratched the surface. Interested in what healthcare positions JSG is hiring for right now? Check out our open jobs!

What You Should Look For In Entry-Level Employees

Now is a great time to hire entry-level employees. There are some incredible new grads on the market that are eager to jump in and make an impact on your organization. However, it can be intimidating to hire someone with little to no experience. But instead of piling on unnecessary requirements like meaningless years of experience or a laundry list of hard skills, look for these three things.

Strong Work Ethic

Recent findings show that 85% of managers believe that work ethic is crucial for employees to have. Rather than focusing on experience, look for employees who will simply work hard. To determine if a candidate has a strong work ethic, look at their past. Do they have volunteer opportunities listed on their resume? Did they hold a job or internship throughout high school or college? Then, when you get to the interview stage, ask them to explain their work ethic and style. Listen for cues that will tell you they are the kind of person who goes above and beyond, someone who is self-motivated, and will dive in and get stuff done.

Willingness To Learn

Hear us out on this one; it can actually be advantageous to hire someone without experience! A great entry-level employee will come in as a sponge and soak up all of the knowledge that your team has to offer. In order to judge a candidate’s willingness to learn, ask them a behavioral interview question. Here’s an example, “Let’s say we teach you how to perform a task that will be part of your everyday duties. However, you think there is a better approach to that task. How would you handle this situation?” The candidate doesn’t necessarily have to say they would do it your way, but you want them to be open to trying different strategies or talking it out with you.

Time Management

According to a recent survey, only 13% of managers think that time management can be taught. This means it should be moved to the top of your hiring priorities! An entry-level employee needs to be self-motivated and able to prioritize. With excellent time management, work ethic and willingness to learn will follow suit. To assess a candidate’s time management skills, ask them how they prioritize multiple projects at a time. Take it a step further with a behavioral interview question about a time they had to juggle a lot of tasks at once, or even have them explain a time they missed an important deadline and how they handled it.

We hope you’re ready to rethink your entry-level job descriptions! By limiting your requirements to unrealistic expectations, you miss out on incredible candidates with little to no experience. Interested in more ways to take your hiring to the next level? Explore our client resources!

Taking A Gap Year? Here’s How To Explain It To Employers

It’s a very popular choice for new grads to take a year off after graduating. Whether you use that time to travel, help out family members, or just to figure out what your next step should be, it’s a perfectly fine choice to make. However, it is something you’ll need to explain to your future employers. Don’t be worried, though! With the right framing, a gap year can actually be a great asset to have in your arsenal. Just follow these three guidelines throughout the hiring process to explain (and even sell) your gap year to future employers.

Be Honest

The most important thing you can do when addressing your gap year is to be upfront and honest about it. From the start of your application – make sure to acknowledge it anywhere you can. Note it on your resume, explain further in your cover letter, and head to your interview prepared. Most hiring managers will ask about it during an interview, so be sure to craft a thoughtful answer that sells your gap year as an advantage instead of a disadvantage.

Use It To Your Advantage

So, how do you sell a gap year as an advantage? You’d be surprised at the value hiring managers may place on the experiences you had during your gap year. Some positions have hundreds of applicants, and a diverse skill set and background can be a great way to set you apart. Hopefully, you collected a few impressive accomplishments or life lessons throughout your time away. List those out and how they contributed to your maturity and world experience.

Relate It To The Position

Once you have a couple of great selling points in mind, think about how you can relate them directly to this position. Did you go on a solo backpacking trip throughout Europe that required you to plan ahead to book travel, hotels, and sightseeing? That kind of foresight could really come in handy for a project manager or account executive who needs to be incredibly organized. Did you spend a year working for your family business before you decided to jump in and follow your own dreams? What skills did you acquire during that time? No matter what, there are ways you can relate almost any experience to your dream position – sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of creativity!

In the end, taking a gap year after you graduate does not have to be determinantal to your career. In fact, it could be just the thing you need to set yourself apart from other young job seekers. It’s all in how you frame it. Interested in more job search tips specifically tailored to young professionals? Sign up for our Career Kickoff newsletter!