Finding a better job, spending more time with loved ones, paying down debt, helping others, and seeing more of the world are among the most common New Year’s resolutions. Working locum tenens can give you a way to achieve all of them.
If you have thought about pursuing this practice alternative, consider how it could help you make other meaningful changes in your life, both personally and professionally. Here are a few important and easy-to-keep resolutions to help you take your first steps toward a locum tenens career.
- Write it down. Committing your intentions to paper—or a laptop—makes them more tangible. Whether you go with a simple “I want to do locum tenens” or something more detailed, like “I want to take a two-week locum tenens opportunity in or near Denver, Colorado, during ski season,” the exercise will make your goal more concrete and inspire you to take it to the next level.
- Speak with an experienced recruiter. Knowledgeable locum tenens staffing professionals, such as those at Medicus Healthcare Solutions, can answer questions, discuss opportunities, go over your work and location preferences, and more. You should seek a recruiter who is dedicated to clinicians in your specialty, as he/she will be familiar with its specific requirements and certifications. An experienced recruiter can provide you with a wealth of information about what to expect and facilitate the completion of paperwork, too.
- Begin with a single task. What needs to happen for you to work locum tenens? There are bound to be a number of things—from revising your CV to arranging for a weekend pet-sitter—but for now, focus on one. If you need an up-to-date list of references, for instance, start contacting peers in your specialty with whom you’ve worked over the past five years and ask if you may include them. You should aim for a minimum of three professional references and ensure they are amenable to being contacted by locum tenens staffing company representatives and facility decision makers. It may be one task, but completing it will bring you closer to locum tenens practice.
- Take a “test drive.” Working locum tenens does not have to be an “all or nothing” proposition. In fact, many physicians and advanced practitioners opt to do locum tenens solely on weekends or during vacation breaks. By accepting a few short-term assignments, you can better establish whether locum tenens practice is something you would like to pursue and, if so, whether you want to do it on a full- or part-time basis.
If you vowed to make some changes in your life or career before or after the ball dropped on 2018, you are not alone. But you can ensure your success—and differentiate yourself from those who abandon their resolutions a couple of weeks into the New Year—by taking the measures necessary to realistically achieve it.