- Posted by Doqtorific Admin
- Career Planning, Locum Jobs, Medical Career
Whether you are full-time physician or a Locum doctor, finding work is of course essential to your future success and career. To this end, it is important to make sure that you are planning for the long-term and not simply taking short-term gains, especially when looking for either your first job as a doctor, or utilising Doqtorific to find some temporary work. It is important for you to always keep at least one eye on the big picture. So what are some of the mistakes that doctors make and how can you avoid them?
Taking the first job
This one is actually just as true for Locum doctors as it is for doctors between career paths and that is simply taking the first job available to you. Now if you are in desperate financial straits, an early job may be beneficial. However, even if this is the case, you should strongly consider looking at your options. If you are looking for a full-time position, then using a Locum app like Doqtorific can help ensure some steady income for you while you consider whether this full-time position is going to suit your career needs.
If you are serving as a Locum doctor and your first job opportunity has become available, you should pause for a moment and decide whether this is the kind of work, the kind of environment, or the kind of place where you would like to be temporarily assigned. Of course the stakes are much higher for doctors looking for full-time employment and that is why it is incumbent upon you to not simply just say yes to a first job. By giving yourself more time to find full-time employment, you cast a much wider net for the kinds of specialties, areas, and even facilities that may want to hire you. Remember that you are a valuable commodity and should not sell yourself short to the first person who shows interest.
Too narrow searching
Another problem affecting doctors both Locum and standard is when looking for employment, they narrow the search too much. You might only think you’re interested in looking at work in one small area or a geographic location but this can potentially stifle and curtail significant career advancement opportunities that may be available in the city or state next door. By artificially narrowing your searches, you are also removing yourself as a potential candidate from other fantastic career building jobs, ones that may pay better and even limit your chances of success overall. It is fairly likely that whatever area you have narrowed your search to is likely to be highly desirable and that is also highly competitive. This means that it is being sought after by legacy doctors who have many years of experience in other facilities on their resume. By opening up yourself to new possibilities, not only will it give you a greater chance of success but it can also lead to greater career advancement overall.
Another facet that doctors often struggle with is the negotiation. Negotiations, especially your first salary and compensation negotiations, are important and will be a strong indicator for your future career. The hospital, of course, will want to pay you as low as you are willing to accept. The problem is if you are in a more dire financial situation, you may be willing to accept a lower pay check or compensation package than you would if you were more financially secure. This is one of the reasons programs like Doqtorific help place Locum doctors temporarily. By using a Locum app you are able to still generate revenue for yourself while you continue your job search process.
This puts the strength back in your hand because instead of you needing employment, you are able to actually survive without it meaning it is more incumbent upon the hospital or medical facility that wants you to entice you to join their team instead of low-balling you in a desperate situation. Another important reason to be very careful during your negotiation phase is that it will also affect what other hospitals are willing to pay you. Other hospitals may ask for your previous salary and pay history and if you quote yourself low and are willing to accept a job far below market value, future hospitals will be more unlikely to pay you a higher salary rate than your previous employer was willing to pay. Even if they are willing to pay more, it will still be lower than if you had entered the market at a higher rate.
So if you are willing to cast a wide net, negotiate properly, and be willing to take temporary assignments to further your future career, you can put yourself in a much stronger position for advancing your medical practice and reach your professional goals.