For those physicians looking to work in emergency medicine or within drug and biomedical companies, the job market is hot right now.

In the corporate world, salaries for doctors have risen. It can also be lucrative to become a traveling doctor, to support COVID-19 and emergency healthcare demands that have resulted in staffing cuts, according to AAFP. Yet, in contrast, an article by Bloomberg notes that travel nurses are being offered $8,000 a week as demand soars. The billing rates for travel nurses were up more than 40% in August from a year earlier, while for emergency-room specialists, the jump was 60%. “If physicians are considering leaving their job, they need to assess how they want to practice and where they want to practice and then find organizations whose structures can support these desired parameters,” says Lisa Rangel, founder and CEO of Chameleon Resumes, an executive resume-writing service. She suggests exploring four areas to find the right source for job leads.

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  1. Use LinkedIn to connect with leaders of specific departments within a drug or biomedical corporation, or even reach out to the CEO of small, boutique healthcare companies.
  2. Consider hospitals, clinics, or private practices that are hiring for your specific area of practice.
  3. Start networking with members of certain medical associations, and browse their job listings.
  4. Consider medical research in academic settings in your area of practice.

Rangel suggests updating your resume and LinkedIn profile, and to start gauging salaries by geography and title on sites like Glassdoor and Salary.com.

“Our advice is to assess your own skillset and find an organization that is going to make you happy,” Rangel explains. “Prioritize quality of life in your next job search and outline the pros and cons of each organization that you’re considering joining. The key to career happiness is that you don’t mind the cons—because every organization has them.”