Surveys show that most locum tenens physicians work with an agency recruiter (or two or three) to assist them in their job search. In our experience, the recruiter-physician relationship is a win-win for both parties when built on candor and professionalism. Below are some tips for turning your recruiter into a strong, long-term ally:
Share a complete, accurate employment history. Your recruiter needs all relevant information about past work, including disclosure of malpractice history, known credentialing issues, or gaps in employment. Employers seek reasonable explanations for past work issues. If you have concerns, a good recruiter will help you portray your history in a factual, but positive way. Trying to hide work-related issues or employment discrepancies, especially in the age of internet databases, usually leads to trouble—and is a good way to burn a bridge.
Be forthcoming about assignment preferences. Are you looking for work in a certain geographic area? Do you have specific pay or shift requirements? Are there jobs and institutions you’d like to avoid? Letting your recruiter know this kind of information upfront is a real time saver and can help ensure that you’re quickly matched with opportunities that best fit your needs.
Track and disclose your recruitment activity. Recruiters understand that doctors may work with several agencies. If you’ve been submitted for a job by an agency, don’t let other agencies submit you for the same assignment. Multiple submissions from different agencies are frustrating for employers as well as the recruiters involved. Keeping a log of where and when you have been submitted—and sharing that information, upon request, with a recruiter is greatly appreciated.
Stay in touch. Once you’re placed, be sure to keep in touch with your recruiter and provide updates on your experience, particularly if you’re having issues. Use your agency as an ally to help get things back on track. Over the long-term, periodic check-ins with your recruiter can be beneficial, especially if you need to update information in your profile or if you are looking for different types of opportunities.
Expect honesty and outstanding service from your recruiter. Relationships are a two way street. If you’re being professional and helpful to your recruiter, you should expect the same. If you have an issue that you feel wasn’t dealt with appropriately by a recruiter, let them know or contact his or her boss.
If you stick with these principles, you’re sure to establish a long, successful relationship with your locum tenens recruiter.
To speak to a Locum Leaders recruiter, call 877-562-8656.