At a time when respiratory therapy jobs in certain areas of the US are not as plentiful as they once were, tools like LinkedIn can help you network for a job. But, even in this electronic age where everything can be done from your mobile device, don’t forget some other really awesome networking strategies that might set you apart from the other applicants for that awesome job.
- Get involved with your state society. Where else are you going to network with a large group of respiratory therapists with connections? Volunteering alongside the RTs who might be decision leaders in your state can provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your work ethic and dependability.
- Call the HR department at your dream job for an informational interview. This will give you an opportunity to learn more about the organization and what they are looking for in a candidate as well as introduce yourself.
- Attend local, state, and/or national respiratory therapy conferences (as your pocketbook allows). These major gatherings of respiratory therapists can provide networking opportunities AND an opportunity to keep your knowledge fresh.
- Volunteer for health fairs or the Drive4COPD. Associate yourself with profession-specific events so that people make the connection between you and the job you want.