As a practicing physician, we understand you’re busy. Between taking care of patients, long hours of paperwork, taking care of your family, and trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance, you have a lot on your plate.
As we’ve discussed previously, locum tenens is a great way to help you achieve a better work-life balance. However, if you’re new to the industry, the vast amount of information out there can be overwhelming.
One of the easiest ways to make the transition to locum tenens is by teaming up with a skilled physician recruiter. Not only can working with a recruiter help you save time, they will also help you land the right job for you.
Because we know no two physicians are alike, your physician recruiter will first want to discuss your qualifications, goals, and ideal job, then will do all the work finding you the right job and presenting you to potential employers.
According to Recruiting Director, Jackie Byrd, “A strong relationship with your recruiter is an important step in landing the right locum tenens assignment.”
Here are certain things you can do as a physician to help your relationship be the best it can be:
Of course you’ll want to ask questions about the assignment and hiring process, but ask your recruiter questions about themselves as well. What is their background as a recruiter? Have they worked with placing your specialty before? What types of practice settings and clients do they place the most? These are all important things to ask when establishing a relationship with your recruiter so you can be confident in their ability to find the right assignment for you. Make it a priority to get to know your recruiter as a person to further build trust and respect.
This includes everything from your education and experience to any legal or malpractice issues from your past. An up-to-date CV is a big step in giving your recruiter a clear, quick snapshot of your background. But a CV alone doesn’t always give the full picture. Be honest about what you’re looking for in an assignment, including your availability and commitment level. Don’t over promise and say you’ll work in a certain city or for a certain facility if you’re really only half interested and would prefer something else. This helps both of you avoid wasting time and gets you closer to a job you actually want.
When the right opportunity does arise, your recruiter needs to be able to get in contact with you as soon as possible. Locum tenens is a very time-sensitive industry, so the quicker you can be reached, the better your chances of being considered. Make sure your recruiter is aware of the best times and methods to contact you and that they have your most up-to-date contact information. Always respond to messages and emails promptly to let your recruiter know you are interested and serious about finding a locums opportunity.
Contact one of our talented, experienced recruiters here, or by calling 800-226-6347. They’re ready to help you find the right assignment.