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July 5, 2022

Are you a physician or advanced practice provider? Have you decided to investigate locum positions as a potential career path? Maybe you're excited about the prospect but have yet to find a locum tenens recruiter you can trust. Giving up the security of a permanent position and possibly traveling across the country is a risk. You need a transparent, knowledgeable ally who is willing to put your interests first.

These six tips can help you establish a mutually beneficial relationship with locum tenens recruiters. If the locum tenens company you are working with can't offer these six things, find one that can. Your professional development and well-being are too important to leave in the hands of someone who won't meet your expectations.

Tip 1: Find a Recruiter Who Respects Your Privacy

Your locum tenens recruiter should be on your side. Stay away from anyone who pressures you to take jobs that don't interest you. There are plenty of locum tenens assignments out there. The best locum recruiters will work hard to find the best opportunities and trust you to decide among them at your own pace.

With Health Carousel Locum Tenens, we try our best to only contact you about jobs you are a great match for. Our recruiters will never spam call you.

Tip 2: Find a Recruiter Who Listens to Your Needs

Staffing agencies serve healthcare facilities such as hospitals and medical practices, but that doesn't mean they should ignore your needs and career goals. They should know what specialty or specialties interest you and find opportunities in your specialty. Your recruiter should understand your salary expectations and the need for benefits such as malpractice insurance and assistance with credentialing before they submit you to a job.

Tip 3: Find a Recruiter Who Understands Your Specialty

Your locum tenens recruiter should be aware that some specialties tend to have more job openings than others. Family medicine, OB/GYN, internal medicine, and emergency medicine are common, and they allow locum tenens physicians and nurse practitioners to encounter a wide range of health conditions, procedures, and techniques. Other specialties, such as anesthesiology and radiology, require specialized knowledge and do not have quite as many locum vacancies. Still, a skilled recruiter should be able to find job postings in either of those specialties and match you with opportunities that suit you. At Health Carousel, Health Carousel Locum Tenens' parent company, our recruiters work in specialized teams that understand the uniqueness and intricacies of your specialty.

Tip 4: Find a Recruiter Who is Easy to Reach

While you can browse and express interest in jobs via Health Carousel Locum Tenens 24/7, you should be able to contact your recruiting agency and get a prompt response during normal business hours. During the time it takes to find a new locum assignment, interview, negotiate and close, your recruiter should be in almost constant contact with you. You can gauge a recruiters commitment to you by the amount of time spent answering your questions and providing you with key information. 

Tip 5: Find a Recruiter Who Seeks Out the Jobs You're Suited For

If your recruiter understands your needs and skill set, they should be able to find positions that match. While every locum tenens assignment will be different your recruiter should be sending you jobs that match your requirements and discussing other options if your requirements are difficult to meet. 

On Health Carousel Locum Tenens, we power this matching process by using technology to sift through all our open opportunities around the country and matching them with 15+ of your preferences and attributes about your experience. This means every time you talk with a recruiter about a job, it should be a great match.

Tip 6: Find a Recruiter Who Simplifies the Job Search

If you're finding better leads on your own than your recruiter is giving you, you have to wonder why you're bothering at all. Your recruiter can give you tips for improving your CV, interviewing over the phone or in person, and assisting with getting paperwork complete for licensing and credentialing. With a recruiter on your side, you should feel less stressed about finding the next locum tenens job. 

Find the Locum Tenens Jobs You've Been Waiting For

If you've tried other locum tenens recruiting firms and feel let down, or have felt inundated by recruiter contact, you might be a great fit for Health Carousel Locum Tenens. Our expertise, advanced matching algorithms, and dedication to providing you with leads for the perfect locum tenens assignment offer you a clear path to career success.