tenens jobs are plentiful across the United States, with multiple agencies
offering part-time and full-time options of varying assignment lengths. But it
takes more than just a locum tenens
job board to
find a good assignment.
are a few questions to ask yourself first, plus several steps to ensure that
you find the right fit for your particular needs.
to find the right locum tenens job for you:
1. Be clear about your priorities
and advanced practitioners who are considering a locum assignment should be
honest with themselves and any recruiters they speak to about their goals.
your primary reason
for seeking a locum assignment?
looking for extra income?
want more experience in a certain area of your specialty?
seeking a transitional job before you relocate or retire?
you simply want a chance to travel or work in a particular location?
answers to these questions will help you focus your search and be more
discerning about any choices brought before you. Top locum agencies will
normally have a wide range of assignments, locations and terms from which to
choose. 2. Consider your timeline
want to start working right away, you may need to look for locum assignments in
a state where you are already licensed. Physicians who are licensed in a state
that participates in the Interstate
Medical Licensure Compact,
or IMLC, may be able to streamline the licensing
process in other states that participate in the compact.
is necessary for all locum jobs, and can be handled by your locum agency, so
talk to your recruiter about the states and facilities that are most likely to
allow a quicker start. Flexibility about assignment location and other aspects
of the work will make it more likely that you can get started sooner rather
than later, but some patience on your part may still be required.
can also book assignments several weeks or months in advance, and will help you
with the paperwork, housing arrangements and the entire onboarding process.3. Find a recruiter who
supports your goals
vast majority of locum tenens practitioners will find their assignments with
the help of a recruiter who works for a locum tenens agency. This relationship
is vital to getting the support you need. After sharing your goals with your
recruiter, he or she can do the searching for you, choosing from jobs that are
publicly posted and some that aren’t.
your family or pets be traveling with you, or do you need to come home on your
days off? Is there some particular equipment you want to learn, a career step
you are working toward, or a workplace setting you want to try? They should be
asking these kinds of questions in order to find the assignments that suit you
will often have information about the facilities offering the jobs, as well,
and can tell you about the experiences of other locums who have worked there,
and what you can expect.
Tips for Working with a Locum Tenens Recruiter 4. Give yourself more opportunities
the locum agencies that have cropped up in recent years, some have chosen to focus
on a particular region or group of specialties. That arrangement may work for some
situations, but in most cases a large national agency has more resources, more
connections and more placement opportunities to offer.
full-service agencies are also likely to have recruitment specialists who know
the ins and outs of your particular specialty, whether you are a physician,
advanced practitioner or dentist. More choices—and greater expertise—make it
more likely you’ll find the assignment of your dreams.
it’s important to be discerning about who you work with; check out an agency’s reputation,
see how long they’ve been in business, scan the jobs they post, and ask as many
questions as necessary. Some companies like Staff
in business for decades, built up relationships with health systems, and are
prepared to help you choose from a vast array of opportunities.5. Control what you can
flexibility in choosing assignments is highly desired, there may be some areas
that you consider non-negotiable. So let your recruiter know! For instance, you
may already know that you can only work two extra shifts a month and maintain
your sanity, or you need a short-term assignment that allows you to take that
medical mission trip next spring.
locum tenens provider, you have the ability to decide when and where you want
to work. That kind of freedom and control over your schedule is rare in
medicine! Enjoy it. 6. Dive into the details
you been offered a locum job that sounds interesting? Don’t forget to read the
fine print. Before you sign any locum tenens contract, which can be lengthy, be
sure to read all the stipulations about pay, schedules, etc. Ask questions if
you don’t understand. Some experienced locums recommend having an attorney
review all agreements to protect your interests.
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