Whether you’re nearing the end of your residency or you’re a veteran physician looking to take the next step in your career, know this: working with a physician recruiter truly pays off. You’re probably asking yourself why you need a recruiter in the first place. After all, the internet is teeming with platforms to leverage – job boards, LinkedIn – and you have alumni networks you can tap into.

Sure, these sources may help you find an open position. Beyond that, however, they do little in terms of providing real, tangible information. What’s the company culture really like? How about turnover rates and impending leadership changes? Could you benefit from some personalized interview tips? 

Plus, a quality recruiter will have a direct line to the real decision makers. This is much more effective than submitting your resume online and hoping the HR associate who gets it actually reads it and makes the connection…

After all, the goal is to land a role that aligns with your needs and will drive you closer to achieving your personal and professional goals. And leveraging the expertise of a physician recruiter is the most effective way to achieve that outcome.

As hospitals and healthcare facilities continue to recover from COVID-19, Staffing Industry Analytics predicts that some trends that have emerged during the pandemic, like the adoption of technology and increased acceptance of multi-state licensing, will be advantageous for doctors seeking new job opportunities. As you navigate the changing market, partnering with a physician recruiter will ensure you maintain a pulse on everything from industry trends to what organization’s are offering candidates and more. 

Here is everything you need to know about why you should consider working with an experienced physician recruiter. 

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Traversing the job market with confidence means having a clear picture of whether or not a certain opportunity, facility, or location is a good fit. That’s why partnering with a recruiter pays dividends in the long run. 

When you’re perusing a job board, you’re getting a mix of a broad depiction of a job description and an advertisement. A recruiter can provide valuable insights about a potential opportunity and fill in all the gaps you can’t find in a job description. Think of it like this: you have your sights set on buying a used car. You can either connect with someone who has taken the car for a ride, or you can simply look at pictures of it and hope for the best. 

A quality physician recruiter is someone who has genuine experience driving the car. They’ve developed relationships with hiring managers and spent time visiting the hospitals or facilities they assist. They even know the surrounding market – i.e. housing inventory, education systems, and restaurants – for physicians considering relocation.

All of this due diligence ensures that you’re matched with a job that satisfies your needs – whether that be a desire for a particular healthcare model, like value-based care, or family-related needs. This type of insight is instrumental in minimizing headaches associated with making a career move. And the best part? It doesn’t cost you a dime. The organization that’s hiring is ultimately responsible for paying the recruiter fees. 

Connections & Networking Abilities

Physician recruiters are well-acquainted with the healthcare landscape and are known for their extensive network of industry connections. Whether you’re looking to broaden your exposure, find a more flexible work environment or align yourself with an organization that offers superior benefits, a physician recruiter has access to resources and connections you simply can’t find anywhere else. Oftentimes, they are working on opportunities that aren’t posted on job sites. And having the ability to capitalize on their network gives you exclusive access to these positions. 

A Guide Every Step of the Way

Partnering with a physician recruiter means having a dedicated advocate to guide you through every step of the hiring process – from identifying opportunities to interviewing and onboarding. They understand that your time is limited and valuable and will do everything in their power to make your job search a smooth, pain-free experience. 

And along the way, your recruiter will provide you with crucial information regarding hiring timelines, the interview process, company culture, compensation, and more. Want to freshen up your CV or craft a compelling cover letter? Your recruiter is your go-to resource for ensuring you position yourself as a valuable asset to potential employers. 

Your Next Big Opportunity Awaits 

The physician job market turned on a dime when the pandemic hit in 2020. And it continues to evolve with each passing day. A quality physician recruiter has their ear to the ground and spends their time immersed in all-things healthcare. As a physician, you can reap a myriad of benefits by working with a recruiter – from their contacts to their experience to their insider knowledge. 

At the end of the day, who wouldn’t want someone working on their behalf to find an opportunity that aligns with their interests, values and professional aspirations? Take the next step in your healthcare career by contacting the Polaris team today.