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What Locum Clinicians Should Know When Job Searching

4 Secrets Locum Providers Should Know


About The Job Search


During any job search, it’s important to be aware of what employers are looking for when interviewing candidates. Human resources and hiring managers are inundated with CVs from applicants daily. It’s important to make sure your CV stands out, but it’s also important to know the tips and tricks that are used to narrow the candidate pool.


The last thing you want to do is eliminate yourself from a possible locum physician assignment before being considered. Successful job searches require attention to detail. Sometimes the details span beyond what one might think, including:

  • They won’t read your resume in depth
  • The waiting time is part of the interview 
  • They’ll search your online presence 
  • You’ll be tested, and not how you might think!


1. They Won’t Read Your Resume

With many CVs and resumes to look over, hiring managers don’t have the time to read a potential locums’ complete application from start to finish. They are going to need to scan these and quickly assess if the applicant matches the top qualifications they are looking for.


An easy-to-read font and simple formatting will help to make this part of your locum job search easier. To ensure you’re making the most of your job hunt, it’s crucial to ensure your resume content stands out for the position you’re applying for. Take the extra few minutes to make sure your resume content clearly matches your experiences with the potential locum tenens clinician assignment.  


The right keywords can make all the difference, for whoever’s eye or resume scanning software is choosing the right potential candidates. Read more to see how you can better customize your CV, along with other key tips to follow.


2. The Waiting Time is Part of the Interview

Always assume that the time you spend waiting in a lobby is part of your interview. It’s not uncommon for hiring managers conducting the interview to ask the receptionist for feedback about what you were doing while you waited. 


This is where your interview begins – treat the receptionist as if they are hiring you. Showing respect and carrying yourself in a professional manner speaks volumes about you as a locum physician candidate. You want to set yourself apart from the other candidates for the assignment you’re hoping to get – make it count from the start. 


Instead of pulling out your phone and checking your email or checking social media, spend that time reviewing your resume again. This is not the time to play loud videos or make phone calls. The same goes for online interviews; you should be early, courteous, and allow for no distractions while you wait for others to join the conversation. Interview etiquette is going to be an essential part of a job search success or failure.


3. They’ll Look For Your Online Presence

Hiring managers will likely research online profiles when deciding between qualified locum physician candidates. 


Easily-found pictures that may reflect poorly on the organization can and often do become a deciding factor for applicants. Make sure to check that your social media content is a reflection of you as a professional clinician. Search for yourself online and work to remove anything you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see.


This is a good time to reflect on your online presence as a whole, either making sure your content is private OR a stellar representation of the best parts of yourself. If your social media is accessible to hiring managers and flags that you may be a risk professionally, you’re hindering your potential.


4. You’ll Be Tested

Employers oftentimes test attention to detail and ability to follow through to decide between applicants.


Make sure you follow every instruction that an employer passes along for your interview, CV, and follow-up. Don’t allow yourself to rush through a step or project during the application and interview. It could end up costing you the job, and another  clinician applying who prioritized attention to detail could demonstrate greater potential. 


It’s essential that job seekers do everything they can to present themselves to be in the best light to stand apart from other candidates. Being a skilled clinician  isn’t always enough to land the job, so put forth the extra effort to be sure you make the right impression.


Let the Locum Physician Job Search Begin

Now that we have covered the behind-the-scenes tips to a successful locum physician job search, it’s time to get started. As you map out the best fit for your career, take the time to solidify that every task leading up to being hired reflects the same professionalism you’d carry with you into beginning the job assignment. It is ultimately worth it to not rush your job search, and follow these tips laid out for you if you’re serious about getting hired. Make your CV and first impression count!

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