When our physicians take their first locums contract, they always ask us for guidance on what to expect. There are steps to take before and after arriving that will set you apart and get you ready for your new job. Keeping an open mind, developing relationships, and learning about the community and culture will go a long way in making it a valuable experience.
Here is our advice for your first locum tenens job:
- Develop a relationship with your recruiter. They aren’t just here to place you in a job, they are here to help you every step of the way. From the initial steps all the way through to support while you’re on-site, consider them part of your team. Before you leave for your first locum tenens job, ask your recruiter to connect you with other providers that might be at the same facility. Follow up with those providers and begin learning about your new hospital or clinic before you even arrive!
- Request to speak to someone from the facility. You may be placed without ever having the chance to interview with someone at the facility. That can leave you feeling uncertain of what to expect. Ask to speak with someone there to guide you through what to bring and expect.
- Research the area. Fitting in as the new person starts before you begin your first shift. When you arrive, explore what is near your home, how to get from home to work, and where to buy groceries and other necessities. Look for scenic areas and places you can travel, hike, and explore on your days off. It will save you time once you start working and may cut back on the stress of being in a new place.
- Make sure your housing is in order. The last thing you’d want is to not have a place to stay that meets your needs. Luckily at AB Staffing, we have our own housing department to take care of you. We recommend letting them know upfront if you will be traveling with family or pets or have any special requests so they can do their best to find housing that’s best for you.
- Digitize important paperwork. If you decide to extend a contract or take a new one, you’ll need paperwork to keep licenses and other credentials current. Having this handy and digital tends to make it easier for our locums to get submitted quicker and more efficient.
Taking your first locums job can be intimidating but, working with your recruiter and our housing department will make it easier for you and your family. Developing relationships with your recruiter and coworkers can go a long way to making a good experience into a great one.
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