How to Find Your First Job as a Medical Assistant

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If you’re thinking about a career as a Medical Assistant, the good news is that this is a great time to enter the field. Medical Assistants are in demand. But you’ll still have to find that first job. Sure, it’s a little scary, but there are ways to make the job of finding a job a whole lot easier.

Get Medical Assistant Training

You can’t enter the medical field without the knowledge and skills required to properly care for patients. This means you’ll want to complete a training program and determine if you’ll need a license to work in your state. At Charter College, we offer a Certificate in Medical Assistant that will provide you with the clinical, technical, and business skills that encompass all areas of the job. You can also continue on for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assistant.

Complete a Medical Assistant Internship or Externship

Once you’ve completed your classroom training, it’s time to gain some experience. The best way to do this is through an internship or an externship. What’s the difference? An externship is usually shorter than an internship and allows you to shadow someone who already does the job you’d like to do. An internship can last an entire semester. At Charter College, you’ll need to complete an externship as part of your Medical Assistant certificate program.

Look for Medical Assistant Job Opportunities

There are plenty of Medical Assistant jobs out there—you just have to find one that is a good fit. Here are some places to start:

  • Online Job Boards—Create an account on a few different online job boards like Monster or Indeed. You can upload your resume for a faster application process, and you can save jobs you’re interested in as you search.
  • LinkedIn—LinkedIn is a great resource for job hunters. You can search for jobs that you like, but more importantly, you can connect with people who are already in the medical field. This is a great way to get yourself noticed by potential employers. You can also ask your connections if they know of any open positions.
  • Medical Facilities—If you have your eye on a particular facility, or just a particular city where you’d like to work, check out the websites of local healthcare facilities. Many will post job openings on their websites.

Contact Career Services

Sometimes you need help with the job search. At Charter College, Career Services is an important benefit of attending. Our team can help you polish your professional portfolio, prep for an interview, and look for a job. And you’ll have access to the team even after you complete your program. So, if you ever want to look for a new job or advance your career, we’re here for you!

What are you waiting for? Our faculty and staff are ready to help you start a new career as a Medical Assistant in Alaska, California, New Mexico, Montana and Washington. Call 888-200-9942 or fill out the form to learn more about the program.