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Getting the Job - Interviewing Process - SpeedometerThere’s a high demand for medical radiation technologists in Canada, however, the Canadian job market is very competitive, so be prepared and understand each of the steps needed to gain employment. As well, finding a job in Canada may be very different than in your home country.

You must look for jobs in the region where you will settle. Therefore, take your time to research job requirements in that region and develop a plan for finding work.

There are many ways through which you can search for jobs in the education sector.

  • Broaden your search and include alternative careers and sectors.
  • Seek out a mentor in the medical radiation technology sector – for example, a retired medical radiation technologist – who would give you valuable insight and advice and probably introduce you to their professional network.
  • Join business related job-finding or networking clubs through immigrant-serving agencies.
  • Attend industry job fairs and regularly check the employment sections of your local newspapers.
  • Some colleges or associations may maintain a job bank or suggest a commercial job site.

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Immigrant settlement agencies

Most settlement agencies and other immigrant-serving organizations offer help with finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews and understanding what Canadian employers are looking for.

To find immigrant services in your area, click here.

Resume writing

Your medical radiation technologist resume needs to cover your technical excellence and proficiency at handling technical issues, linked with radiation functions. That’s why you need to create a good resume that corresponds to the requirements of the job you are applying for, and highlights your technical efficiency to handle patients.

Your resume should systematically showcase your abilities and skills to manage technical handling of x-ray and scan functions, with due care and safety measures. Offering such details will surely add some extra advantage to your profile.

Below are some tips for writing your medical radiologic technician resume:

  • Create a well integrated and professional format using medical resume templates available online.
  • Coordinate essential technical details associated with the work, such as familiarity with x-rays and CAT scans, and highlight accomplishment of required training courses.
  • Let your resume communicate your professional practice at handling radiation functions well. As well, stress your strong analytical and mathematical skills to carry out the required evaluations and tests, to generate satisfactory diagnosis. Use your prior working experiences or internship for that.
  • Highlight your understanding of the required safety measures to provide effective services, and specify your knowledge of advanced technological developments in the field.
  • Ensure that your skills and qualifications will create the expected results, by reporting your excellent monitoring of related activities.
  • Stress on your abilities to collaborate with other departments of the health care center or hospitals, to offer the patients with excellent services.

Interview techniques

While the future looks bright for medical radiation technologists in Canada, you need to be well prepared for your job interview. The Canadian job market is competitive and probably many others have also applied to the same job you will be interviewed for.

Prior to your job interview, review your qualifications for the medical radiation technologist position so you can complete the interview with confidence. Assess your level of experience and determine if your qualifications are enough to meet the demands of the position.

Here are a few questions that are likely to be asked during your job interview.

What are your best qualities?

Don’t be shy, they really want to know. It’s a plus if you can use something that’s relevant to medical radiation technology, such as your organizational skills, ability to work on a team or your people skills.

How would you handle calls for mobile X-rays, theater and in-patients waiting all at the same time?

This is the time to demonstrate your organizational and time management skills. Of course, you’d break down the cases in order of severity and then, if necessary, you’d ask for assistance.

How would you respond to a patient who refuses an X-ray?

The interviewer wants to know you can handle a difficult patient with detente. Your response should be that you’d make sure the patient understands what the procedure entails and would then ask about their concerns. If they continue to refuse the exam, you would notify the referring physician and not force the issue.

What would you do if an underage girl comes in with her mother and tells you in confidence that she may be pregnant?

This situation happens more often than you’d think. Answering correctly will highlight your communication skills, professional boundaries and discretion. Your response should be to discreetly ask the girl about her pregnancy status out of ear shot from her mother. Contact the referring physician to find out if they’re aware of the situation and ask how they want to proceed.

During the interview, standard radiological questions are asked as well, including: post exam film check protocol, image order for trauma series and best projections for a variety of injuries.

It’s always hard to know what to expect exactly when going in for your interview, but research and preparation can make all the difference.

Informational interviews

An informational interview is a brief (20–30-minute) meeting that you schedule with a person who is currently working in your target field and geographic location to learn more about that particular sector.

You should not try to get a job during an informational interview but rather find out whether or not a particular position or industry might be a good fit for your interests and your personality. An informational interview with a contact from your network can be an excellent source of career information because, in addition to basic information about a particular type of industry (such as you might find on an organization’s website), it also offers you the benefit of a professional’s first-hand experiences and impressions.

Networking

Networking is an essential tool that may give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular firm or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network. As many job vacancies are not advertised, you must make connections with practicing physiotherapists and others in your field.
Good places to network are gatherings such as conferences, association luncheons, and industry get-togethers for the convenience in meeting people, building relationships, and sharing information.
LinkedIn is another important professional tool for networking. It is great for reconnecting with your ex-colleagues and employers, search by company or jobs, and get introductions and recommendations. You can also join some related professional groups.

But remember, that you have to allow time to cultivate and grow the ties you establish through networking. Nothing will happen overnight and you need to be patient.