The shortage of experienced imaging service engineers and biomedical technicians has made it even more crucial for employers to look outside of their geographical area for qualified candidates! Because of this, many employers now offer relocation assistance. Some even offer full relocation packages at the engineer/technician level. Previously, those full relocation packages were only given to management-level hires by the majority of employers! NOTE: For those employers who do not offer any relocation assistance at this level, you may want to think twice about that because, believe me, your competition for candidates is offering it!
Even with this added enticement, there has been a significant drop in both imaging service engineers and biomedical technicians willing to relocate. This is especially apparent in the last year and a half during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is definitely understandable during this scenario. It is scary to leave what has now become not only your comfort zone but your sanctuary. However, I personally feel, and have witnessed, that the reasons for not being willing to relocate are far more than that. Candidates know that there is a shortage and, consequently, there is a higher demand in this industry. They are being far more selective and waiting for that “perfect” opportunity – preferably in their own geographical area. The problem with that mindset is that they are missing out on many incredible career opportunities and growth! My mantra to candidates has always been “the more flexible you are about relocating, the more career options you will have.” It’s just logical. Through my 25 years of recruiting and placement in the medical equipment service industry, I have observed over and over again that the candidates I placed who were flexible in this regard, moved up quickly in their careers. Many of which advanced in position level and salary every year or two. I don’t mean necessarily from one employer to another, but even within their own organization.
So, if you are not getting the training, salary or title you feel your worth merits – or cannot even advance until someone retires or leaves – than it is time to look outside of your area. No one but yourself determines your career path! You have to ask yourself; am I in this industry for a true career or just for income? I hope you choose career, because the nation’s opportunities await you!
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