How to Launch Your Career as a Medical Assistant Without Work Experience

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Are you a new medical assistant looking for work? It is not uncommon to find yourself in a situation where all job vacancies available require you to have some work experience before applying. You tell yourself, "How do I get experience when no one wants to hire a newbie?" Your frustration mounts because as you start putting your resume together, you stop as you reach the category ‘work history.' There is nothing to write.

If you can relate to this problem, don’t get discouraged! Use this ultimate cheat sheet to land your first dream job:

1. The first step is a no-brainer. Just like any game on your cellphone where you need to run to reach a destination, you have to pick up tools and treasures on your way to get rewarded with a new set of ‘lives’ or resets. As an MA, you likewise have to do the same. Equip yourself as you go and build your credentials.

a. GET CERTIFIED AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT. Being certified gives the employers confidence to hire you because your certification assures them that you know what you are doing and that you will practice safely and be an asset to your employer.

b. INVEST IN OTHER CRUCIAL TRAINING. Basic Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) are just two of the most essential training courses a medical assistant could undergo. Investing in these types of training courses puts your application on top of the pile.

2. GAIN CLINICAL EXPERIENCE THROUGH AN EXTERNSHIP. An externship basically gives you a ‘feel' of the real world of a medical assistant. It gives you an experience without getting paid, but you can definitely include this practice in your resume. If you would be called for an interview in the near future, the lessons you would gain through your externship will undoubtedly be invaluable to winning that position that will give you your first paycheck. Do not forget to establish connections that will help you be remembered for your contributions and exemplary attitude.


a. Never leave the ‘employment history’ category blank, or worse, write ‘none’ in the field. Replace ‘employment history’ with ‘relevant experience’ and enter all the clinical experience that you had including externship and volunteer work, if any.

b. Emphasize your skills and work ethics. Be sure to include details on how you communicate and work with a team, as well as how organized you are in your administrative duties, and how quickly you learn and adapt. Also, give a list of your skills such as research, fluency in another language, or in the use of a particular software or application.

c. Create a standout cover letter. If you struggle with essays, then you may ask the help of someone who can assist you to come up with one. But with just a little self-confidence, you can create one on your own. Your cover letter must be brief and direct to the point, discussing your passion for the work, and your critical-thinking skills. Remember to customize your cover letter. If you are applying in a therapeutic center, for example, your cover letter must highlight how you will be an asset in that setting.

4. Submit applications in various areas such as clinics and research institutions. Small settings may offer a lower salary than bigger institutions, but it could be the stepping stone that you need.

5. Prepare for interviews. Getting your resume noticed is just half of the story. The other half is made once you’re called in for an interview. Prepare diligently and anticipate possible questions that an employer may ask. Appear on-time and look professional. If you find yourself to be a nervous wreck in interviews, you need to work on your confidence first. If you are turned down in your first few attempts, don’t give up. Soon you’ll be comfortable dealing with interviews.

When you follow these tips, your first dream job becomes easily within reach. With a little positivity in the air, you are set to change the world as a medical assistant.

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