PracticeLink is not only your partner when it comes to finding your first or next practice - it’s also an excellent way to keep your CV up to date and build valuable relationships with recruiters nationwide. Building both relationships and a profile on PracticeLink helps you advance your career and prepare yourself to contact employers representing opportunities in which you are interested.
Fully developing your profile into a comprehensive CV takes time but is well worth the effort. Make sure you’ve entered your education, training, awards, etc., so you can present a complete picture to hiring organizations.
If you choose to become a registered PracticeLink user, we make it easy to not only keep this information up to date, but also to save it and send it to hiring recruiters. When you’re out of job-search mode, simply "hide" your profile so you stop being contacted by hiring organizations and from receiving notifications of new opportunities until you are ready. Or, if you’d like, keep your eye on your specialty’s market with the PracticeLink Job Messenger, a twice-weekly alert of new or updated opportunities in your desired areas.
PracticeLink gives you the ability to quickly toggle from active search mode to inactive. Even when your profile is inactive, you still have the ability to update your CV and save important recruiter responses and contact information. Then, when it’s time to look for another full-time, part-time, locum or moonlighting opportunity, you will be ready to apply!
Once you have your CV and cover letter in order, it’s time to look at the available opportunities on PracticeLink.com. Doing so will help you survey the landscape and prepare for your search. You’ll also be able to easily connect with and respond to the recruiter representing the opportunity, and send your CV to opportunities in which you’re interested.
Be prepared for a lot of interest in return. You have the privilege of being in a highly sought-after profession, where recruiters will be clamoring for your attention.
PracticeLink makes contacting recruiters easy. The contact person for any opportunity is accessible from any job posting, whether you’ve registered with PracticeLink or not. We give you direct access to both in-house recruiters (employed by the hiring organization) and agency recruiters (contracted by the hiring organization). Our goal is to help you connect with the most opportunities in the easiest way.
If you choose to register with PracticeLink.com, you also have the ability to block individual recruiters from accessing your profile or messaging you. This is a convenient way for you to excuse yourself from communications without "poisoning the well."
While reaching out, be aware that you’re doing more than just requesting information - you’re building relationships. Though some opportunities presented by recruiters may not be right for you now, they might be in the future. Or maybe the opportunity could be a perfect fit for a colleague who is also searching.
Keep in mind that recruiters talk and discuss candidates just as you discuss opportunities with your colleagues. Always remain professional, even with recruiters who barrage you with unwanted solicitations. Recruitment is a network, and recruiters at different organizations often work together to help facilitate placements. If the recruiters to whom you’ve reached out don’t have the right opportunity, they may be able to connect you to other opportunities in the area.
Remember, building strong relationships will be your biggest asset not only when it comes to your job search, but when it comes to your career as a whole.
Brian Brown is the manager of PracticeLink’s physician relations team, which offers free job-search help.