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Secondment from Health Visiting

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For the past six and a half years I have been commissioning community health projects in a regeneration area. I have been on secondment from the health visiting service during this time.

For the past six and a half years I have been commissioning community health projects in a regeneration area. I have been on secondment from the health visiting service during this time.

I had hoped to have found another job in service redevelopment in community health before now, but have found that although I have been given interviews because I have a wide range of management skills, people actually wish to have clinical specialists to do the jobs required.

Should I settle for an ordinary health visiting job again, or should I keep looking? I am still registered as a health visitor.

Ruth

Answer:

The most intriguing point in you e-mail is the fact that you have been asked to attend interviews.

Most advisers regard getting a job as a two-phase process. There are two major hurdles; getting an interview(by means of excellent/impressive paperwork) and being successful at interview(by means of excellent interpersonal skills combined with the ability to sell yourself).

In your case you presentation on paper - your CV, letters and/or application forms are working for you so they must be good. The reader(s) of these documents would have known full well that you are apparently lacking, in their view, clinical skills/experience but they nevertheless invited you for interview because they thought of you as a very possibleappointee.

They would not have wasted their time seeing you if they did not feel that you could do the job regardless of the fact that you are apparently insufficiently well qualified. So, the question is how to do you perform at interview? If you would like further advice about interview techniques from me I could easily email some pages to you.

So my message would be to indeed keep looking. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.

Tim Dotchin

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