It takes a certain type of person to succeed at VA. So when recruiting for open positions, we look for particular qualities in professionals who want to join our growing team. But what are those attributes? We asked one of our National Health Care Recruitment Consultants, Tim Blakney, to weigh in and he had some key insights to share.
Passionate About Service
As an Air Force Vet, Tim knows what service entails—and it starts with an unwavering passion for helping others. “The most appealing characteristic of a potential VA employee is a desire to serve Veterans,” he affirmed. “It’s a calling. And there’s no greater calling for healthcare professionals.”
“Residency-trained and board-certified physicians are our ideal candidates,” according to Tim. This should come as no surprise, especially when you consider that the majority of residency-trained physicians in the United States have completed training rotations with VA. It’s part of our organization’s commitment to providing training and education specific to understanding and addressing the unique aspects of Veteran Care, including its various challenges.
Willingness to Relocate
With locations throughout the country, VA can have job openings almost anywhere in the country at any time. In turn, “it’s very important for applicants to be willing to move to where they’re needed,” said Tim. Not only does this make staffing more efficient, it also gives you the chance to explore life in a new city or rural town. And if you relocate to a different state, you don’t have to worry about transferring your clinical licensure, since only one state license is required to practice at any VA facility in the nation.
To learn more about how you can join us in serving America’s Veterans, explore our available roles and apply today.