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Use a variety of search tactics, and network

Q. I have noticed that there aren’t a lot of staff positions in higher education and at hospitals. I have an MBA and an MS and have worked in many schools and hospitals. Unfortunately, I was let go last October as my boss and I didn’t connect. Since then I have been able to network and got some interviews, but still I haven’t seen hardly any jobs in my level.

A. You are smart to look at several industries, including health care and higher education. Health care especially is a projected growth industry.

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Like any other professional, you should not rely solely on one job search tactic. You should continue to network, particularly in your fields of interest. Attend networking and professional association events. Set a goal of perhaps two networking meetings per day.

You should become active on LinkedIn, if you are not already. Develop a complete profile and join groups related to higher education and health care. Include a professional photo on your LinkedIn profile.

Make sure your resume is crisp and error-free. Have a trusted colleague or friend review it.

When I think of employment opportunities at hospitals, I think of the Massachusetts Hospital Association. Not only do they offer educational events, they also devote a section of their website to jobs at Massachusetts hospitals. Visit www.mahospitalcareers.com. When I recently visited this site, more than 3,000 jobs were listed. Many are clinical roles (nursing technicians, medical technologists, or patient care technicians),but it seems to be a site worth bookmarking and visiting regularly.

Similarly, when I think of opportunities within higher ed, I think of one website in particular. Check out www.higheredjobs.com. I personally had success with this job board when I landed an adjunct teaching role several years ago.

Finally, be careful not to spend more than 25 to 30 percent of your time online. Face-to-face networking is critical.

Patricia Hunt Sinacole is president of First Beacon Group, a human resources consulting firm in Hopkinton.
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