During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were Irish. Over time the association of the Irish mining fortunes led to the expression ‘luck of the Irish.’ I don’t think it’s a coincidence that HIMSS is held every year right around St. Patrick’s Day. The event has every consultant firm under the sun digging for gold, another words opportunities to provide resources to our clients. This year’s event no doubt turned up a pot full of leads that could benefit consultants.
March and April are the busiest time of year for projects to kick off. Many consultants have current engagements ending at the end of this month. Don’t wait to see if you’ll be extended…start your search now. My suggestion is to proactively reach out to your contacts across firms to see what leads they are following up on from HIMSS. The question to ask is, can I proactively be submitted? Additionally look for job postings on LinkedIn, emails from recruiters, and phone calls from your contacts. Don’t be surprised if you get multiple calls for the same opportunity. We are all digging for the same rare metals.
Even if you are not coming available in the next 30 days, update your recruiters with your availability date. Many hospital projects will lead to a request for a proposal (RFP), and often times those take several months. These RFP’s may ask to include resumes. Be sure your resume is included. Keep your resume and all your contacts updated. You could also benefit from the annual gold rush as well.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!