How to Find the Right Optometric Career Path
Now that you are done with optometry school or simply looking for a new position change, the skills required to successfully navigate the job search are vital to landing the right position. Now more than ever, learning how to discover a suitable job opportunity, as well as keeping your resume and curriculum vitae (CV) up-to-date, will help you achieve career success. Within this section, we hope to offer some tips for seeking optometry employment opportunities during this time. While the bulk of this section is targeted towards students and new grads, more seasoned ODs may find it useful as well.
5 Tips to Stand Out in Your Job Search
A commonly noticed trend has been noticed over the last few years – new optometry programs continue to pop up throughout the country. This directly leads to an increase in the number of graduating optometrists. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the job market for associate optometrists is becoming more competitive. In a competitive environment, job applicants must seek ways to stand out from their peers as leading candidates. Learn how to make an impact on employers and set yourself apart from colleagues on your way to success.
3 Tips on How To Ask For an Optometry Raise
Associate ODs usually have an income ceiling that is difficult to reach and rare to break through. This article will tackle a challenging topic that is rarely discussed and can help employed ODs make the most of their income potential – how to ask for a raise. Here are three tips
What Should I Do First? A Complete Guideline Step-By-Step
Personal finance is called personal for a reason; it is just as much a science as it is an art (similar to prescribing glasses). But seriously, this is probably one of the most difficult decisions that a lot of doctor investors will face and has starved me of sleep a lot – simply deciding which…
3 Important Steps to Do Due Diligence For a Successful OD Practice Purchase
Purchasing a practice is an exciting yet daunting process for both new grad and seasoned optometrists alike. One of the reasons purchasing a practice is so daunting is due to the uncertainty that comes with becoming the new owner of an existing business….Due diligence methodology for purchasing an optometric practice has been nearly universally defined by prominent valuation experts in the field. This is the 3 methodology that we will be discussing.
8 Dos and Don’ts When Purchasing an Optometry Practice
Practice ownership is often heralded as one of the pinnacles of an optometric career. Having ownership of a practice often allows for higher income, and more importantly: freedom and autonomy to practice as one sees fit. In my career, I have had the privilege of buying my own practice as well as helping others through the buying process… So whether you are a newly minted graduate looking to begin your legacy, or you are a seasoned veteran looking to acquire another piece of your empire – use these points to help guide you towards your next big purchase.
3 Optometry Job Contract Red Flags to Watch Out For
Reviewing contracts can be tedious, challenging, confusing, and flat out exhausting. However, the contract review and negotiation phases of the career search journey are arguably the most crucial steps in the entire job search process. This could set you up for huge financial success early on in your career, or it could keep you stuck at an office where you would rather not work any longer out of fear of breaching your contract. We tend to focus on compensation because it’s easier for us to understand as compared to legalese. However, I would argue that the non-salary contractual items are equally, if not more, important than wages. This article will briefly discuss three non-salary red flag items to be aware of during your contract review.
8 Financial Mistakes that New Optometrists Make
The average new optometrist graduates at an average age of 28 year old (significantly behind non-OD peers in terms of income generation), with an average student loan debt of over $220,000+, with little or no retirement investments. Often new grad optometrists find themselves practicing in oversaturated cities and most importantly without any formal financial education. This is the perfect storm that often leaves many doctors mentally overwhelmed and prone to devastating financial mistakes. In this article, we will address 8 common financial mistakes that new OD graduates make and how you can avoid them to be financially successful.
5 Things to Avoid During Your Career Search
We’re well into 2021, which means that we’ve moved past the dreaded year-that-shall-not-be-named and fourth year optometry students are nearing the finish line. The end of the school year means that most OD students have jobs lined up, are in the interview process, or are currently applying to jobs (at least they should be!). In the spirit of beginning the journey that is our optometric careers, the ODs on Finance team and I have come up with a brief article that highlights a few “DO NOTs” of the job search and how to address them.
The Optometrist’s Guide to Writing a Business Plan
When it comes to building a great business, a business plan is a vital piece of the puzzle. A business plan explicitly explains how a business seeks to go after its mission and how it will utilize its operations to become profitable. Components of your business plan will help you think through problems and arrive at solutions. Alongside this, a well written and convincing business plan will help you obtain funding, bring in additional partners (if applicable) and even get investors.