Using Recruiters . . . Or Not

If you're having trouble finding a job on your own or if you want to find a job in a more distant location, then you may want to consider working with a recruiter. There are a few facts you should know first.

For starters, most recruiters work for medical organizations and hospitals. Their job is not to find you a job but to find the best candidates for their client. There are some recruiters who are independent but that's something you need to ask about before you get started. There's nothing wrong with working with a recruiter who is connected with a potential employer but you need to recognize where that recruiters' interests are going to be.

Second, be prepared to be rejected by recruiters. Some recruiters just aren't interested in working with new physicians so you may need to contact several before you make a connection. Even then, some recruiters tend to pay more attention to more experienced physicians. That said, there are benefits to being a new physician.

Finally, make sure to choose a good recruiter. Almost any organization or person can claim to be a recruiter, but that doesn't make it so. Ask them for statistics about their physician placements. You may also want to ask about their placement process. The top recruiters will take the time to learn about you, your interests, and your background in order to make the best placement possible.

Keep in mind that you should never have to pay the recruiter. The employer is the one who pays those fees. Be wary about working with any recruiter who asks you for money, especially before they have placed you anywhere.

Bottom Line

While finishing your residency may be one of the best moments in your life, it does open the door for the next stage of your career. Getting that stage off the ground isn't always as easy as you might have imagined, but if you decide in advance what you want, put together an amazing resume and CV, and start making contacts as soon as possible, then you're more likely to end up as one of the lucky physicians who start off their careers with a great job that they love.

Resources Used in Article

How to Find a Job After Training That You Really Want

Finding a Job After the Internal Medicine Residency

How to Find the Job That's Right for You

 Finding a Job – Step 1: What do You Want

About the Author

Amy Jorgensen is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Her articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including Southern California Physician magazine.

The author has no financial relationship to any of the companies listed in the article.

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