6 Must-haves When Applying for a Locum Tenens Opportunity

6 Must-haves When Applying for a Locum Tenens Opportunity
Cross Country Locums
August 12, 2022 03:17 AM (GMT-05:00)
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More and more doctors are seeking out locum tenens opportunities, while hospitals and clinics are also finding it a viable option to close gaps in service needs. Medical professionals look for flexibility and travel opportunities, while medical facilities, ranging from rural solo practices to large metro healthcare systems, seek this type of relationship to augment their physician staffing needs – creating a win-win for both parties.

Physicians and other medical professionals find benefit in:

  • The flexibility
  • The added income potential
  • The ability to travel and see new places

Hospitals and medical facilities find benefit in:

  • Filling gaps when someone goes on vacation, sabbatical or quits.
  • Assistance for existing staff during peak seasons

If you fall into the category of a healthcare professional seeking out a locum tenens opportunity, there are a few best practices to follow to ensure you line up the role that is best fit for your skills and objectives.

A Mini Guide to Finding the Perfect Locum Tenens

1. Connect with a locum tenens agency.
The first step is to initiate a relationship with a qualified agency that can help you with locum tenens opportunities. You may find them by applying for a specific job that they have posted online or by researching a top agency and reaching out directly. This is the best first step because once you have this connection with an agency and a recruiter, the recruiter will become your partner in helping you define your goals, objectives and opportunities.

2. Determine what you’re seeking from your locum tenens opportunity.
Your recruiter will be your expert advisor to help you understand the market and available opportunities. As such, he or she will also gain a deeper understanding of your goals for your locum tenens opportunity so the two of you can work closely to identify those opportunities that fit your needs.

3. Drill down on the details of the opportunities that are presented to you.
As you begin to review locum tenens opportunities, be sure to pay special attention to all the details. In the details of the role, you will find the skills required, details about the work environment and the length of the assignment – among other things. It’s easy to get caught up in the location and overlook key details, so this is the chance to review it with a discerning eye to make sure it aligns with you and your background. Note the pay, duration of the assignment, specific qualification requirements as well as other important details. During this process, don’t hesitate to reach out to your recruiter to get clarification.

4. Provide all the relevant details to your agency.
Your agency will request a few key pieces of information from you, including:
An up-to-date resume or CV – You will need a well-structured CV to reflect your work experience, qualifications and education. Use these tips to ensure that your resume is optimized:

  • Make sure it is updated with new affiliations, licenses, accreditations and employment history, including locum tenens roles.
  • pay attention to the details, ensuring that the dates are accurate and gaps in employment are explained.
  • Use formatting best practices by breaking up the text with title headings and using an easy-to-read font.
  • Customize your resume and cover letter for each opportunity as much as possible.

5. Obtain the necessary licenses and credentials.
Your upcoming locum tenens opportunity may require an additional layer of documentation, licensing and credentials. Your recruiter will be a valuable guide in helping you understand what is required for each specific role. Here is a benchmark of some of the types of things you’ll want to keep on your radar as you seek out new locum tenens roles.

  • Documentation – Providing this to your recruiter will make it quick and easy for him/her to quickly verify your eligibility to work in a particular state and role. Be sure to have your licenses, certifications, immunization records, professional recommendations, and other vital documents organized and easy to present.
  • Licenses and Credentials – Each state has a different process, and requirements also vary from state to state. You’ll want to expedite the process as much as possible by getting started on it as early as possible. You may want to explore an Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). Your locum tenens agency will also help you streamline the licensing and credentialing process.
  • Hospital Privileging – Depending on the specifics of your locum tenens opportunity, you may need hospital privileges. Your agency connection will play a pivotal role in assessing this need and streamlining the application for privilege process.

6. Work with your agency partner on housing and travel.
Now that you are in the final stages of your locum tenens opportunity search, you’ll need to start working on travel and housing details. Again, your agency will play a key role in helping you find short-term housing leads and work through the ins and outs of temporarily relocating. You will want to confirm details such as who is covering the cost of flights, rental car or mileage on your own car, as well as who is paying for housing while you’re on assignment. You will also want to flesh out any budget caps and the best way to submit bills for reimbursement, if applicable.

Cross Country Locums specializes in helping medical professionals find the perfect locum tenens opportunity, and we don’t stop there. We get to know you and take the time to gain a deep understanding of your skills and goals. Once you’re ready to apply for a desired role, we continue adding value to the process by guiding you every step of the way. Your success is our metric of a job well-done. Contact a recruiter to get started today!

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