In this video, registered Paramedic and employer of 200 staff, Brodie White from Medical Edge Australia, tells us why when applying for a job in emergency health care, doing your research and letting your personality shine could help you stand out from other job applicants – even those more qualified than you. Emergency health care is about communication and collaboration, as well as saving lives. Your current life experiences may be more valuable than you think.
Basically, find out as much about the company and their activities before applying. Things like what they do, where they operate, what their operational divisions are. You have to know the organisation you are applying to. If you do your research beforehand, it will show you are invested and excited to work for the company.
Look at their Facebook, LinkedIn, know who the key people are etc. Look at the company values and goals and what they are trying to achieve. This shows the employer that you actually care and are not just in it for the money.
All of this ‘evidence’ is you just playing detective and gathering as many facts as you can. This will make you feel confident to speak over the phone/face-to-face interview about how the company operates. Being prepared to answer and ask a few questions of your own will put you in a position to make a great impression.
In this industry, you are required to have certain minimum qualifications depending on your career aspirations, but qualifications aren’t everything these days. It’s more about how you can fit into the culture of the business and how your drive and passion to do good work shows in your approach to life. Employers really want applicants to take an interest in the company and find out how they can help improve it. What can they bring to the organisation to improve patient outcomes and raise awareness of the good work Paramedics do in the community.
The main highlights of Brodie’s chat, in the video above, is that he looks for drive, personality and passion. These are the essential traits of successful people, especially those whose job it is to provide quality patient care. He understands people will be a bit nervous, although he really enjoys it when people relax and let their true personality shine through.
Always remember, you have to start somewhere within the organisation. This industry has many opportunities to work your way to the top. Start as an entry-level first aid officer and develop your career with passion and enthusiasm.
With more opportunities to work in emergency health care than ever before, careers as a medic, first responder, patient transport officer and paramedic are plentiful.
At APC, we’re always available for a chat (weekdays) on (1300 377 741) or complete a paramedical career pathway plan and discover where a career in emergency health care can take you.
With the right qualifications, you can work as a medic in the mining sector, work as a first responder or choose from a wide range of medical emergency response roles in various industries such as sports, travel, transportation, events etc.
Find out more about Medical Edge Australia and the good work they do.