As a physician or APP looking for a locum tenens or perm placement position, you may wonder … what is the point of a healthcare recruiter? Why not go directly to the job source yourself? Recruiters are essentially just middlemen, aren’t they? Actually, no, they are not.
Let’s take a look at how the recruiting process works, and what a recruiter can do to help you find your ideal short-term or long-term career placement.
How does recruiting work?
In general terms, a recruiting department is tasked with anything related to the recruitment of new workers for an organization. This includes sourcing candidates, reference checking them, and matching them with appropriate career opportunities.
At Wapiti Medical Staffing, our healthcare recruiters serve as the first point-of-contact for physicians, advanced practice providers, and CRNA seeking locum tenens or permanent placement positions. Our recruiters will get to know your geographical and setting preferences, desired pay rate and schedule, etc. to connect you with opportunities that best suit your needs.
But why should you use a healthcare recruiter?
There are a few very good reasons.
- Recruiters are in the business of knowing people. At Wapiti, our recruiters are motivated by the relationships they build with providers, and they find a great deal of satisfaction in helping someone find a position they love.
- Recruiters make job hunting efficient. A recruiter will get your CV in front of more eyes than you ever could yourself. Wapiti has partnerships with hundreds of medical facilities, and our recruiters leverage our positive facility relationships to help find placements that best fit within your parameters.
- Recruiters are tenacious. It is their job to not give up. They will keep looking until they find the position that is the perfect fit for you. Our recruiting team loves a good challenge and will partner with you to find the ideal placement that meets all of your specifications.
In short, using a healthcare recruiter is in your best interests. Now, what can you do to help them find your ideal position?
- Supply a copy of your CV or résumé. Your CV is the recruiter’s main reference tool, so it should clearly outline your professional history and be as up-to-date as possible.
- Know what you want. To best serve you, a recruiter should have a clear outline of the professional direction in which you would like to go. This includes knowing the type of work you are looking for (locum, perm placement, etc.), your desired pay rate, geographical location, facility volume, and scheduling preferences.
- Keep in contact with your recruiter. Your recruiter will keep you informed of how placement opportunities are going, as well as seek out any documents a facility might need for consideration. Feel free to reach out to your recruiter any time you want an update or if questions arise.
Last, but not least: what should you expect from a good recruiter?
- A deep understanding of your situation. A good healthcare recruiter will get to know your strengths, your likes, your dislikes, and your preferences.
- Honesty. The best recruiters are brutally honest. If there are any concerns in finding you a placement, they should let you know so you can navigate issues together.
- Constant communication. This can be the major difference between a great and not-so-great recruiter. A great recruiter will constantly communicate throughout the process, offering advice, and keeping you informed about potential placements.
In short, recruiters will do everything possible to maximize the potential of you finding your perfect position. It’s their passion, after all.
The Wapiti Recruiting Team is ready to discuss how we can help you find a short-term or long-term position that works for you! Give us a call at (888) 733-4428 or submit your information below!