Creating a Career Catalog

Finding a job can be hard work. From tailoring your résumé for a specific position, to filling out online applications, to following up with potential employers, job hunting can take a lot of time and energy. That’s why it’s important to set yourself up for success by creating a single place where you can access any job-related information you might need during the process.

A career catalog is an up-to-date summary of your qualifications, documents related to your education, and information about previous jobs, awards and training. It encompasses any number of materials a potential employer might want to review.

Here are some of the documents you may want to gather to build your career catalog:

  • Portfolio. The case studies you’ve written, research reports you’ve completed and imaging exams you’ve performed tell a story about your skillset and education, and a portfolio can help demonstrate these skills. Just make sure you get permission to use any medical images or case studies you plan to include in your portfolio, and always remove patient information.
  • Personal identification information. This includes your birth certificate, proof of citizenship (which you need to work in the United States), Social Security card, and photo identification or passport. While you might not keep these items in your career catalog, you should have them readily available at a moment’s notice so you aren’t scrambling to gather them for a pre-employment background check or to fill out paperwork on your first day.
  • Work experience. Whether you’ve been a radiologic technologist for three months or 30 years, sometimes it’s tough to remember all the details of your experience. Making sure you have it all written down and easily accessible can make your life easier. For example, many medical facilities may want you to fill out an online employment application, which may call for for work history going back a number of years, specific dates for trainings and certifications, and salary history. If you’re filling out a number of applications, you might want to take this route and write it all down in one easy-to-access place.
  • References. Online applications will ask for these up front, and having them up to date and easily accessible can save you valuable time during the application process.
  • Education. Especially relevant to newly graduated R.T.s, your educational history is important to include. Copies of your transcripts, diplomas, honors and recommendations from instructors can be placed in this section to provide to potential employers. Keep in mind that an employer might want copies of your transcripts or diplomas for its records.
  • Certifications and CE records. You’ve worked hard to earn your certifications and complete your continuing education credits, so make sure you keep record of these in your career catalog. It can mean the difference between a starting salary on the lower end of your range to something a little higher, as a lot of companies are looking for candidates who prove they are continuously learning and growing in their career.

Building a career catalog shouldn’t be a time-consuming process. Once you’ve assembled the catalog, it will take minimal effort to keep the information current and relevant for your job search. Having the information at your fingertips can help streamline the job search and online application process.