There are two main types of physician recruiters that you may encounter when engaging in your job search: in-house recruiters and search firm or agency recruiters. On PracticeLink.com’s job search results, you may notice three separate tabs: "In-house jobs," "Agency jobs" and "Both."
An in-house recruiter is employed by the hiring party, whether that is a hospital, health system, private practice, physician group, etc. This person will also often work in the town where the job is located and could be classified as a recruiter, office manager, hospital CEO or a number of other titles.
A recruiter for a search firm is a third party that has been "hired" by the employer to help them locate good physician candidates. Some search firms are labeled "contingency," meaning the hospital/practice only pays them a fee if their candidate is hired. Others are "retained," meaning the hospital/practice retains them for a fee to assist in the physician search. In either case, the search firm is paid by the employer and not by you.