In fact, the truth is very different. Submitting a CV to a position is only the first step in a long process. Far more important in this process is the resulting dialogue, in which both candidate and employer discover whether it is a good match.
Looking at available positions, and using the “only submit to a perfect position” mentality, candidates make many mistakes. They tend to dismiss available job descriptions as “too vague,” or jobs as “not good enough.” The candidate may perceive themselves (incorrectly) as not a good fit, or believe the area has more open jobs than there actually are.
For each one of these cases, the solution is to send in their CV even if they do not perceive the position as “perfect.” That first application step only serves to open up the candidate-employer dialogue. During the resulting dialogue, positions that seemed unsuitable at first glance often turn into wonderful opportunities. Positions that seemed perfect, on the other hand, can become unavailable or may be revealed as significantly less desirable than they originally appeared.
Through the process of speaking with as many possible employers as possible, the candidate learns what the options really are. It’s the only way to make the best decision. The back-and-forth with different employers teaches them about the jobs, the job market that they’re entering, and how they stack up as a candidate in that market.
Rather than trying to narrow down the job search too much based on brief summaries on job boards, candidates are much better served by initiating dialogue with a number of different potential employers. This gives them firsthand knowledge both of the organization and their potential coworkers. It also allows them to stay moving forward on multiple jobs — which, since the 1 to 3 month process often hits snags, may mean the difference between “no sweat” and starting over from scratch.
There are a number of different places to get leads on physician jobs. Some of them work better than others.
Physician advocate recruiters can be invaluable, provided the candidate communicates clearly what they’re looking for in a practice. If the recruiter tries selling the candidate on something the candidate isn’t interested in, it’s probably time to switch recruiters. On the other hand, a good recruiter can be an excellent help to finding the perfect job.
Online job boards can be an excellent place to find jobs. However, it’s important to find one that’s frequently updated. If the site isn’t current, the candidate may waste a great deal of time applying for vacancies that have long been filled or closed.
Meetings of local and state association chapters may be an excellent way to find out about practice opportunities. Networking with one’s colleagues will typically produce all kinds of gossip about medical groups. Provided the candidate doesn’t disclose that they’re looking for a job, they may often learn much about where they can inquire for a position.
CME conferences and accompanying workshops can also be a great place to get leads, provided it’s the right kind of conference. One hour, drug rep sponsored conferences won’t produce as many leads than two day new procedure courses would, for example. Larger, three day or longer conferences often have exhibitor booths that may be full of recruiters and practice representatives, which are not to be missed for applicants looking for physician jobs.
There are many more ways of finding jobs than there’s space to list them here. Medical journals, colleagues, medical staff lounges, locum tenens placement groups, listservs, and many more all can provide fruitful leads. In fact, colleagues are often many candidates’ first pick — even if asking that way can result in word getting around quickly. Regardless of how one goes looking for a job, however, the most important thing is to start now.