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How to Work With a Locum Tenens Recruiter

Prepare. Communicate. Stay connected. These three steps are key to a successful partnership with your locum tenens recruiter, and ultimately, a successful locum tenens job search.

"How Can I Prepare For My Locum Tenens Job Search?"
Update Your CV
An up-to-date and complete CV is the core of your locum tenens job search. Your CV must include any and all of your hospital affiliations, past and present. It should not contain unexplained gaps longer than a month in your work history. (See Preparing a Physician CV for guidelines on writing an effective one.)

Determine Your Availability
You should have a good idea of your availability for the next several months when you begin a locum tenens job search. Be sure to inform your KPS Locums recruiter of this, and give him/her as accurate an estimate as you can of the days and shifts to which you're willing to commit. Your recruiter is the liaison who ensures that scheduling terms are accurately communicated to both sides.

Remember that your availability is a determining factor for employers in deciding whether to offer you a position. They know that the more you time you spend at their facility, the more continuity of care you can give their patients. Therefore, we advise that you give the most optimistic, yet realistic, estimate of your availability.

Think About What You Want in a Locum Tenens Position
It's important to have a basic idea what you're looking for when you start your search for a locum tenens job. By communicating your "wish list" to your recruiter, you can have a more productive dialog about where to start looking for a new position. Consider especially the following factors:
1. The kind of facility at which you're comfortable working (pace, acuity level, patient load, etc.)
2. The commute (the length, the traffic conditions during your drive times, etc.)
3. The duration of time you're willing to be away from home
4. The schedules you'll be expected to work (e.g., the occasional day vs. blocks of shifts in a row)
5. The rate you'll be earning per hour

Assemble the Necessary Documentation
Any hiring facility will require certain types of documentation before you can begin work. KPS Locums recommends organizing the necessary documentation in advance, as one missing document can delay start of work by as much as a full month.

In order to apply for an assignment, you'll need the following:
- A photocopy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A photocopy of your Medical School Diploma
- A photocopy of each of your Internship, Residency, and Fellowship certificates
- A photocopy of each of your Specialty Board Certificates
- A photocopy of your current state license card for each state in which you are licensed
- A photocopy of your ECFMG
- A photocopy of your DEA license
- A photocopy of each state controlled-substance license (if applicable)
- A passport-sized photo (preferred) and/or clear copy of your driver's license (may be required for privileging and/or licensing)
- A photocopy of CMEs obtained during past two years
- An Application for Medical Staff

TIP: To make distribution easier, consider having your documents digitally scanned, converted into .pdf files, and placed on a CD. (You can have this done at service centers such as FedExOffice.)

Line Up References
You'll need at least three references, preferably ones in the same specialty, with whom you've worked in the past year. These should be people who can be reached easily, so check to be sure all their contact information is current. For each reference, provide:
- A cell phone number
- An email address
- The name of the facility where they practice

Complete the Necessary Applications
To ensure your desired start date, be prepared to complete any applications in a timely manner. In most cases, you should be prepared to provide these within a week from the day you receive them.

"What's The Best Way to Gain an Edge in My Locum Tenens Job Search?"
Stay connected with your locum tenens recruiter. A good recruiter has a finger on the pulse of the job market you're interested in and is a firm ally in your locum tenens job search. S/he knows the kind of situation that interests you, will only contact you about those situations, and can give you options for alternative opportunities. Unexpected details may surface during the credentialing process that need to be addressed on very short notice. Being accessible to your recruiter -- taking phone calls, returning messages, and making time for follow-up calls -- helps ensure a successful conclusion to your search. This level of immediacy in your interaction with a recruiter enables him or her to identify future opportunities for you as soon as they become available.