“A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B.”
If you’re a physician, you have graduated from medical school, and you’re nearing the end of your residency or fellowship training, or practice as a physician currently, finding a job should be easy! But for a physician who finds herself in the unfortunate position of still looking for a job, here are some tell-tale signs for doctors who need to take a different approach in their job search.
1. You have been looking for a job for more than two months.
Have you been looking for a job as a practicing physician for over two months? Are you focusing only on advertised jobs? Did you know that most opportunities for practicing doctors are not advertised with physician recruiters or job boards, even in top markets like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Texas? If you are able to find those unadvertised positions, on your own or with a company like The Doctor Job, you can find a job in less than two months easily.
2. You’ve been working with a physician recruiter and have lots of calls, but no actual interviews with any hospitals, medical groups, or other physician employers.
Don’t confuse opportunities from a physician recruiter with actual job openings. Many recruiters will post old ads on job boards or even fake ones just to gather resumes so that they can encourage you to take that job in Montana, even if you’re looking in Florida. If you’ve been working with physician recruiters for several weeks but still don’t have offers, it’s time to take a different, more aggressive approach.
3. You keep hearing the same excuses from physician recruiters.
Physician recruiters charge an astronomical fee to physician employers. This means that unless you are a flawless candidate who happens to be looking in the same location where a recruiter has a contract with a hospital or physician group, recruiters cannot help you. Do you have licensing issues? An H-1B or J-1 visa? Are you over 50? Do you want to practice medicine in a big city? You’ll hear nothing but excuses from every recruiter. You can go to 10 different physician recruiters and you’ll get the same results – nothing.
4. Your physician recruiter has stopped returning your calls.
Doctors, if your recruiter isn’t contacting you regularly, he or she cannot help you in your search for that best physician job. You’re simply another name in their database that they use to market their undesirable positions.
So what can you do if your job search has stalled?
When, as a doctor, you first post your resume online and the calls and emails start pouring in from physician recruiters, it can be exciting and you may even feel like a rock star. Soon, however, you may find that you’re left hanging in the wind – that the interviews don’t exist and that those offers – if there are offers at all – are less than enticing.
You are a physician. There are employers in every city in every state in the country who want you and your skills. They may not be advertising their positions, but they’re out there, and these physician jobs pay better, have better benefits, and are positions that you can envision yourself staying in for your career. The perfect job is out there, but you can’t be passive, you can’t rely on recruiters, and you can’t ignore the realities of the job market. Visit The Doctor Job to read more about unadvertised physician jobs in “saturated” markets and how The Doctor Job can guarantee that you’ll find that perfect job.