Quick Start to Locuming
Seeking medical jobs can be trying. When you’re completing forms, submitting necessary documentation and getting everything lined up the first time, there’s no magic wand that will instantly dot your i’s and cross your t’s. However, there is a set of key elements that can help you get up and running, allowing you to have your pick of choice opportunities.
Much of it is simply getting your ducks in a row. The other side is determining what you’d like to get out of your locum experience and weighing that against the many opportunities that are available. The final step in making it happen is dealing with the large volume of admin involved; this is where the right recruitment agency can make it happen for you.
1. Convey What You Expect From Your Locuming Assignments
We understand how valuable your time is. Because we really get this, we don’t make you jump through endless hoops when you locum with us. Let us know from the start what you are looking for, and we’ll find the perfect placement to fit your requirements! Whether your priorities lie with location, or you’re more concerned with available roles, duration of assignments and seasonal preferences, it’s important you let us know what is on your wish list.
2. Know what your availability is, Near or Far
We literally receive new vacancies on an hourly basis. If we know when you’re available, be it right now or six months down the road, we can ensure you receive the best and most aptly suited locum roles — some of them incredibly unique, exciting and rare.
3. Give your CV a Thorough Exam
Your CV is the first introduction prospective employers see. It’s standard in all locum placements, so it needs to receive the same attention your patients do — thorough, detailed and caring. Ensure there are no gaps — this is a red flag. If you took that year off to raise your baby, include that. It’s typically best practice to format your CV chronologically; it’s also incredibly important to know what hospitals and facilities are looking for and to highlight your skills and knowledge in those areas. Sounds a little confusing? Don’t worry — this is when your agency should step in and assist.
4. Clue in your references
Your references are more important than you may think. It’s not common knowledge, but many hospitals require references from no fewer than your last two positions — it doesn’t matter how well connected you are. Ensure that your references will be available to consult with your prospective employers to help streamline the process.
5. Arm yourself – With the Necessary Documentation
Your CV isn’t the only key piece of information you’ll need to provide. You’ll also need fellowship details, qualifications, serology, registration ID numbers and other similar documentation readily available so you can present it as needed. Additionally, you’ll need to make sure you can supply all of the appropriately certified identification required, especially since certification documents can often be slow getting to the proper parties in the country you’re looking to work in. Your recruitment agency should always be willing and able to help you get it where it needs to go.
6. Familiarise Yourself with Tax implications and Payment Terms
Do you know how frequently you’ll be locuming? How about handling the money end of things? Do you have to have a local bank account? Do you need to do your own invoicing? It may be helpful to seek advice on tax laws and implications to determine if you’ll need to file a tax return within New Zealand; this may be necessary regardless of the length of your locum assignment or citizenship status.
7. Deal only with a Trusted Agency
Integrity and trust are a necessity when you have someone representing you and your career. Considering this is an industry that only answers to self-regulation, it’s essential to work with a reputable and experienced recruitment agency that will find you the best medical jobs, while always working with your best interests in mind. You need someone that will put forth the highest level of professionalism, focus and transparency. In addition, a full-service agency can help you wade through the paperwork while doing the double-checking, giving you an edge on landing medical jobs that will put you where you want to be, when you want to be there.
With some careful consideration on your part, you can develop a solid plan using a quick checklist like that above. It can only help you make sense of the chaos of daily life, allowing you to get up and running with your locum career sooner.
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Outstanding service is the main driver behind our committed and dedicated team. We work towards providing medical professionals the jobs they seek and ensuring the hospitals and clinics get the best people with the right skills and attitudes. We proudly provide superior service you won’t find anywhere else. Once laborious and tedious, paperwork hassles are now minimised with our full administrative service. Register today to discover the many ways we prove the strengths and benefits of our service.