PracticeLink Magazine

Spring 2018

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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26 S PRIN g 2018 ▼ CV T HE J OB S E A r CH ISSUE D E P A R T M E N T S Job Doctor T here S e K ar ST e N Navigating your job- search expense reports Don't let a seemingly routine exercise cost you a job offer. e XP e NS e re P or T G a FF e S a FT er a N INT er VI e W can cost you a job offer or damage your reputation in a new job before you even see your first patient. Employers know from history that the way a candidate handles the expense report process correlates closely with the physician's administrative style. Bad behavior on an interview or relocation expense report is a pretty good clue about what's to come regarding that physician's scheduling, contracts and general behavior with other members of the medical staff. Conversely, reasonable, responsible, professional behavior with expenses reinforces the positive impression you have been working so hard to cultivate. The best defense against committing an expense report gaffe is to ask yourself, "is this reasonable?" before you submit a receipt for reimbursement. The examples below are all real... Names and specialties redacted to protect the guilty! Interview expense reports A typical site visit runs approximately $1,000 to $2,000. Although that's a drop in the bucket of a hospital or group practice operating budget, it's an opportunity to demonstrate the type of reasonable employee you will be. FLIG h TS: o K • Upgrading to business or premier economy if you are really tall (note this on the expense report) or if you're recovering from an injury and really need a bit more room. • Arranging an interview that will dovetail with a conference, incurring slightly higher airfare than roundtrip from your home airport would have cost but saving you travel time and CM e expense. • Baggage fees for checked or carry-on baggage. FLIG h TS: N o T o K • Upgrading to first class because you felt uncomfortable and claustrophobic in the assigned seat. • Upgrading to business class because you and your spouse weren't able to sit together in the assigned coach seats. • Insisting that the only time you can interview is during spring break (so you can bring your family on vacation). • Building in an extra day to "see the area" when you are actually interviewing with another employer. • Incurring a heavy bag (more than 50 pounds) fee for a two-day interview trip preceding a vacation.

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