For physicians who are searching for a new position, whether it's in a hospital or private practice, the long list of things to consider can be overwhelming.
Tony Stajduhar, president of the Permanent Recruitment Division for physician recruiting firm Jackson & Coker, has been in the recruiting industry for more than 25 years. Stajduhar condenses the knowledge he's gained during the years into five tips for the perfect physician career.
- Be open-minded. One of the most important things when searching for a new position is to maintain an open mind when it comes to geography. It's easy to let the stereotypes of a state or city affect your opinion about a job opening- but don't. "There are so many great places in the country, so as long as you can meet your financial, family and professional needs, it will really enhance your opportunities," Stajduhar says.
- Keep current. Don't let your certifications lapse so you are not in a position of trying to recertify when a new opportunity comes along.
- Never stop looking. Sign up for email alerts for specific positions or location, and visit job boards online. By doing this, it's a good way to see what the physician turnover rate is like for a particular hospital or practice. "Until you find the place you know is it, always continue to keep your feelers out there to keep things in mind in case something even better comes along," Stajduhar says.
- Money isn't everything. Believe it or not, the old adage about what you put into something is what you get out of it is true. "If you're a hard-worker you're going to make what you want to make," Stajduhar says. "Nobody is going to continue to pay you at a level when you're working at 60% of that level."
- Don't be afraid of love-at-first-sight. Start your search early and don't be afraid to take a position as soon as you know it's what you want. "Too many times you find people who say, 'This is great but I just started looking,'" Stajduhar says. "I 've seen it so many times. They don't realize that when hospitals or practices are looking, when they find the person they want, they'll take them. They’re not going to wait on you."
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