Tips to Help You Get an Assignment with a Locum Tenens Agency

May 25, 2017 - 4 minutes read

Blog2Need help deciding which locum tenens locations and assignments are right for you? Here are a few tips to help you focus on what’s most important to you and make the best choice.

Work On Your CV

Decision makers see your CV long before they ever see you. Don’t miss out on a great assignment because of a poor CV.

Make The First Page Of Your CV “The Essentials.”

Screeners will be scanning your CV to see if you meet the criteria they are looking for. Your CV should make all of the important and necessary information easy to see and understand. Your first page should include all of the basics:

  • Education
  • Residency
  • Fellowships
  • Board Certifications and Licenses
  • Followed by Employment History.

Publications and academic positions should go at the end of the document.

Update Your CV As You Go.

You never know when a great opportunity will present itself. Be ready by keeping your CV up to date. Trying to update a CV all at once can be overwhelming. Make sure to format your CV in Month/Year format, accounting for any gaps over 30-days; decision makes will want to know.

List Areas Of Specialization.

Listing particular procedures or modalities that you are specialized in helps recruiters place you in jobs that best match your skills and interests.  Include as many different specifics about your skills as possible to assist decision makers seeking specific skillsets to add to their organizations.

Don’t Forget The Details.

Even the most complete CV will fall flat if it is rife with spelling and grammatical errors.  Formatting and editing may seem secondary to the information being presented but the look and flow of your document helps create an important impression.  Use recognizable fonts and stick to 11 or 12point type. Use standard margin widths and bullets instead of paragraphs.  Spellcheck your document and have at least one other set of eyes review it for typos and poor grammar.

Location, Location, Location

What do you know about the potential work location?  If you will be temporarily living there, check it out beforehand.  Set yourself up for success.

Items to consider:

Do you have a family or plan to start one soon?

Do you prefer rural vs. city?

Do you enjoy travelling /being away from home?

Is access to cultural/recreational opportunities important to you?

Do you prefer a smaller, close-knit practice or a larger, high profile teaching hospital?

Stay Organized and Responsive For Credentialing

Credentialing is the process of verifying your qualifications, experience, background, and licenses. Your credentials are verified before any offer of employment can proceed. Because these checks can involve years worth of documentation, plan ahead and begin organizing your relevant files. Take the initiative and ask your recruiter for a list of documents you’ll need. Also consider scanning these documents and storing them on a thumb drive so you can easily find and transmit them when requested.

Helpful Tech Tools

Utilize apps and web services to help make stressful, time-consuming tasks easier.  Here are a few examples:

  • Genius Scan – enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and export your scans as JPEG or PDF with multiple pages.
  • AirBnB – online marketplace and hospitality service to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals and homes.
  • Google Drive – Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, and files.
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