Eye Associates of New Mexico currently uses Jobing.com, the EANM web site and word of mouth for recruiting ophthalmic technicians. Keeping our primary focus to hire people with both attitude and aptitude, we decided to reach out and do some networking with three Albuquerque colleges.
We took an afternoon and met with Carrington College, Brookline College and PIMA Medical Institute. Our networking strategy paid off. All three colleges have agreed to send Eye Associates resumes from a list of their top graduates who have voiced interest in Ophthalmology. Carrington and Brookline College will submit requests to Eye Associates for students to do a 6-week externship at an Eye Associates’ clinic and at the end of the externship; we will have an option to hire that student. These colleges have students that live throughout the state, but come to Albuquerque to attend school, providing our outer clinics to have an additional technician staff hiring opportunity. We are also working with the New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmic Technicians who is now offering the ability to post jobs on their website.
All trainees will go through a 12-week training program. Those students going through an externship may have a slightly shorter training period. Through this networking, we will participate in each of their career fairs, meet students and provide information on our training program; sharing the benefits of a career as an ophthalmic technician.