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Going the Extra Mile to Stand Out as a Candidate

Posted on 09.10.2018
When applying for a job, standing out is key. So, what can you do to make sure your CV is picked out of the pile and your interview is memorable?
Going above and beyond what is expected of you by taking courses and learning new skills shows initiative, a trait that all employers look out for. We’ve put together a list of free courses you can take and events you can attend to make sure you stand out as a candidate in all the right ways.
Medical talks and meetups
Learning more about your chosen profession and socialising with potential colleagues can only help your career. If you are looking for a new position, attending talks and events is an excellent use of your time during the process. 
Check Eventbrite regularly for free networking and educational events – you can find gatherings that focus on jobhunting and informative talks about developments in your chosen field. For example, this company is offering an event all about interview preparation for junior doctors while The Royal Society often holds free events focusing on interesting new scientific and medical advancements.
Joining medical communities is another way to enhance your eligibility. There are several organisations out there to choose from, such as the Association for the Study of Medical Education. These groups often hold events and provide opportunities to gain support and learn from your peers.
Management and leadership training
Knowing how to manage people is a valuable skill. Whether you need to know how to do it will, of course, depend on the seniority of the position you are applying for. However, even if you’re not heading up your own team, understanding management and leadership techniques will still be useful in your career.
There are lots of free courses available to help you learn. The Open University, for instance, offers several different options depending on what areas you prefer to focus on:
Extra skills
Coding (Basic HTML) 
It may not have anything directly to do with medicine but learning to tweak the html of a website is incredibly useful. There is a free course offered online at Code Academy, a website designed to teach basic coding. It’s a great skill to have and it shows an understanding of the digital landscape we live in.
Learning a new language
Who doesn’t wish they were bilingual? Learning a second language is an impressive demonstration of commitment and dedication to broadening your horizons. And for a doctor, it could be an incredibly useful tool in carrying out their work.
The latest UK census showed that Polish was the second most common language in the UK (after English, of course) followed by Indian languages, like Urdu. Learning either of these could help communicate with a patient. A good way to learn is through the language app Duolingo. This can be squeezed in on tube journeys or before bed.
Every little helps
Whether you decide to attend a free talk by The Royal Society, brush up on your Bengali or hone your leadership skills (or try all three!), these extra displays of effort all help you to become a more well-rounded candidate. Even keeping up to date with articles and books about your subject can show your enthusiasm in an interview. Most importantly, though, these activities should be interesting and enjoyable and stimulate the passion that you already have for your chosen career.

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