So you've decided to pursue a new career opportunity using a placement firm. Why shouldn't you? They find the right clients, send out your CV, and coordinate the interviews. They can even connect you to realtors, chambers of commerce, and licensing boards if you're relocating; and most firms charge you nothing for their services. But how do you know a recruiter is working for you in the most efficient way possible? Here are some tips for choosing the right recruiter for you.
When choosing a company to represent you, should you go with a smaller company, or a large one? While larger companies can sometimes offer more variety in regard to the number of clients and positions, it's also easier to get lost in the crowd. With a smaller company you have the advantage of getting the recruiter's full focus. Also, if you're looking for an opportunity in a specific geographic location, nationally based companies may be more limited, client wise, than smaller companies who've focused their resources on dominating a smaller market area.
Do The Right Thing
There are hundreds of physician placement firms out there. How do you go about finding one that's right for you? Is there any way of knowing which ones hold to a high standard of ethics? The National Association of Physician Recruiters (NAPR) is a great resource. In their own words, "The NAPR is dedicated to promoting a positive industry image through a practical but strict Code of Ethics based up excellence, honesty, fairness, perr review and reasonable industry standards." Failure to abide by the Code of Ethics can result in loss of membership. Recruiting firms must abide by a strict code of ethics in order to maintain their membership. Complaints filed against members are immediately investigated. Check out their website www.napr.org to find out more information and browse through their members.
The More the Merrier?
Resist the urge to use more than one or two physician recruiting companies. While working with multiple placement firms may seem like a great idea, it can actually hinder the process, since hospitals often work with several firms at a time. Not only will it be annoying for administrators to receive 5 calls from different recruiters pitching your CV; it may raise concerns about your background and qualifications as well. Not to mention the disruption to your life caused by receiving multiple calls regarding the same opportunity. If you do decide to go with more than one firm, make sure the other company is aware of your decision, and let them know of any facilities your CV has been presented to.
Breaking Up Isn't Hard to Do
How do you know if your recruiter is a good one? Communication. A recruiter that is actively searching for you will keep in touch with you and update you on the progress. No news is not good news in this situation. Even if they have nothing new to report, they should follow up and let you know what they've done since your last conversation, as well as a time frame on when you should expect a new development. If you find yourself with a recruiter you feel is less than attentive, let them know your concerns and wait a week or so to see if there's a change in the process. If there isn't, simply let them know that you no longer wish for them to submit your CV and find another firm to represent you.
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