Healthcare Executive Search and Consulting
Hersher Associates, Ltd.
Hersher Associates, Ltd.

Career Tips
Career Assessment   Effective Resume Development   Interviewing   Networking  


Evaluate Where You Are Currently

  • What skills do you possess?
  • What skills do you lack?
  • What do you enjoy about your position?
  • What donít you like?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What types of projects do you enjoy?
  • Are you willing to relocate and where?
  • What personal issues do you need to consider?
  • Do you enjoy the environment?
  • Do you like the culture?
  • Do you get along well with your boss?

What Are Your Long-Term Career Goals ?

  • There is rarely only one clear path
  • Remember to be realistic and flexible
  • Keep in mind the skill sets, duties and responsibilities required for your goals

Create a Logical, Realistic Career Path

  • Look at different interim steps that make sense
  • Determine additional training and educational needs
  • Make short-term goals to obtain the skills you need

When to Begin a Search

  • Leave when appropriate and for the right reasons
  • When you need more opportunity for growth
  • When you are bored or unhappy in your current role
  • Before your position is teriminated
  • To further pursue your career and personal goals
  • When you are no longer able to support the mission and goals of your current organization
  • When a fabulous opportunity knocks

When Not to Begin a Search

  • Before you have thoroughly investigated and assessed opportunities within your current organization, you don't necessarily need to leave your present employer to expand your role or pursue growth opportunities...
  • Before you have assessed your goals and designed a career plan
  • As a knee-jerk reaction to a bad day, project or manager
  • Because you suspect changes within your organization might impact your position - find out first!

Career Counsel-Skills Assessment: Where Are You?
Advance for Healthcare Information Executives, by Betsy S. Hersher, November, 1999.