Job Search Tips for Optometrist Jobs
Searching for optometrist jobs can be accomplished in many ways, from contacting your own doctor to searching online or cold calling eye centers.
An optometrist treats patients with eye problems and other medical eye issues. He can also prescribe medication and often writes prescriptions for eye diseases and other patient allergies. Optometrists must be college educated followed by attending at least four years of optometry school. They must also be licensed and perform at least a one-year residency or they can work toward a Master’s or Doctorate Degree. All qualifications vary depending on each state, so check with your individual state licensing board before beginning a career in optometry.
If you decide to practice on your own, it is best to network in your local community to tell them about your services. Send out direct mailings, advertise in the local newspapers, or try and get a story placed in area magazines touting your business. While it may be be difficult to get a reporter to write a story solely based on your new practice, perhaps you have a specialty that makes you more newsworthy.
Call your own optometrist to see if you and he can share patients or ask to become part of his referral list if you have a specialty. Prior to asking if this is possible, make an appointment to talk about the possibilities and show him your resume or CV so he can review your experience.
Become a member of your city’s local chamber of commerce or Small Business Association where you can mix and mingle with other business owners. Pass out business cards or try to barter with other businesses to see if you can help one another. Go to mixers, cocktail parties, breakfast meetings and other community or neighborhood get-togethers to spread the word about your new business.
Become a member of the American Optometric Association where you can meet other optometrists who might know of possible job openings. These organizations often have regular meetings, seminars and other events on a regular basis, as well as a newsletter or magazine that may list job openings.
There may be a local clinic in your community that needs an optometrist on a part time basis that could lead to longer hours down the road. Try health centers, as well as senior centers and nursing homes. Those treating the elderly often need an eye doctor who can visit the venue on a regular basis to treat on-site residents who are not mobile.
Ask for an Apprenticeship
Another way to network is to try and land an internship or apprenticeship with a successful practice in your neighborhood. Call local optometrists to see if they offer such a program or if they need anyone to fill in on off days or for vacationing optometrists. Offer to work weekends, evenings or whatever it might take to get some experience or eventually land a full time position there.
Check appropriate online job listings and websites for any possible optometry openings on a daily basis. Have your resume or CV available to download when applying for a job.