A little forethought and preparation is really all you need to get started on your first or next locum tenens assignment. Of course, the application process and providing documentation take some time, but once that’s taken care of it won’t be long before the assignments start rolling in. In fact, we’ve broken down the entire process into four simple job search tips.
1. Think about what you want
There are a lot of locum opportunities available, so take some time to think about what you want. It will make it a little easier for your recruiter to match you with the right position. Consider your preferences for the following:
- Cities and states to work in
- Patient populations
- Types of facilities
- Clinical settings
- Pay rate
- When you want to work
- Length of assignments
- Agency-provided housing or finding your own accommodations
2. Keep your CV and online profiles updated
Review and organize your CV and online profile on a regular basis. Ensure they are current, complete and concise. Leave out unnecessary personal information. Format your CV and profile in a way that makes it easy to identify relevant factors for opportunities that interest you. Remember to include:
- Leadership experience
- Professional memberships
- Work history
3. Be responsive
When a recruiter contacts you, respond within 24 hours, if not sooner. Although there are usually several qualified candidates for a position, those who are quick to respond will be recommended to the client. A prompt reply lets recruiters know you’re serious and interested in pursuing locum tenens opportunities. Be responsive for every phase of the process, including:
- Application – Save time by carefully reviewing your application to ensure all questions have been answered. Provide the documentation requested. And to prevent delays, or doubt about your ethics, disclose all information requested.
- Credentialing – Quickly answer questions, and provide documentation and references.
- State licensing – An active license is required for each state where you want an assignment. Promptly complete the application.
- Interviews – You’ll receive requests to schedule phone interviews. Be prompt in responding to them.
- Assignment offers – When you are offered an assignment, don’t delay in letting your recruiter know if you will accept it.
- Airline flights and housing – Your travel and housing specialist will present you with options. Respond within the time frame requested.
4. Consult with an agency
Agencies simplify the process of finding locum tenens assignments. They save time by assisting you with a variety of tasks, including:
- Locating assignments
- Credentialing and licensing paperwork
- Salary negotiation
- Obtaining liability insurance
- Travel and lodging arrangements
Each year since 2011, Medical Doctor Associates has earned Best of Staffing® Awards. We are an elite leader in staffing services and outstanding customer experiences. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to make your locums experience as convenient and rewarding as possible. We invite you to apply and join our network.