PracticeLink Magazine

Summer 2017

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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34  S u MM e R 2017 department s PracticeLink Tips What Recruiters Need to Know About You On the hunt for the right practice? Make sure employers know who you are and what you're looking for. TAMMY HAGER M Y expe RI e NC e W o RKIN g WI t H H o S p I t A l S and practices has allowed me to understand what physician recruiters in these facilities need from the candidates they're considering in order to make the best hiring decisions. Here's what you need to provide recruiters to help the process along. YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION It is crucial to include your contact information when you contact a recruiter about a position. Include an easily reachable phone number like a cell phone number. For the recruitment process to work smoothly, both physicians and recruiters should make themselves available to each other. Each must be willing to return phone calls promptly. Provide a professional email address that you check often. Avoid making your email address something too personal like Reserve that for family and friends, not potential employers. In addition, personal information (think marital status, interests and hobbies, citizenship and visa status, and whether you have children) is something you may also want to share with the recruiter and employer to help them understand your personal situation. YOUR GEOGRAPHIC AND LIFESTYLE PREFERENCES Nex t, ma ke su re to d iscuss you r geog raph ic considerations. These can include not only where you want to practice but also factors such as community size, climate, proximity to family and friends, proximity to an airport, daily commute preferences, and schools and activities needed for your children. One thing to remember: When looking for opportunities in particular areas, research the supply and demand in that market. If the physician supply is great in the area, there could be less demand, which could have a negative effect on compensation. Lifestyle considerations are also important when talking to a recruiter. Discuss the area's cost of living, opportunities for your spouse, recreational activities, religious opportunities — even access to entertainment, dining and shopping if these are important to you. Ask about the types of benefits the practice offers. Another lifestyle consideration is your schedule. Do you want to

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