How to manage your locum tenens
If you've recently registered with a locum tenens agency or
registered a while ago, but your phone is not ringing off the hook
with assignment offers, read on for some quick tips on how to
proactively manage your locum tenens agency to your maximum
Establish a rapport.
After you've taken the step to register with a locum tenens
agency, find out who the recruiter or recruiters responsible for
arranging your assignments are. Some agencies, like
LocumTenens.com, will proactively call you, but don't sit around
and wait for the phone to ring. Show your enthusiasm by picking up
the phone and calling them first.
Let your recruiter know your availability and scheduling
preferences. If your schedule changes weekly, call your recruiter
weekly. Your recruiter will appreciate hearing from you, and you
will stay top of mind for any new assignments that come up.
Get your paperwork in order.
When recruiters pull a database list, they do so based on search
parameters such as whether your CV is in the system and complete
and whether you've been credentialed in-house. As you may know, the
locum tenens business works on an accelerated timetable, so
recruiters are more likely to call you for an assignment if your
paperwork is in order and you've been pre-screened.
Pre-credentialing is a huge time-saver for you and a potential
The paperwork required for credentialing a physician is
substantial and adds to the lead time required for a physician to
start a new assignment. Some last-minute assignments will not be
available to you unless you're pre-credentialed. Another advantage
of pre-credentialing: it allows your recruiter to pre-populate some
key fields in the hospital application when you're applying for
privileges, saving you time. Download LocumTenens.com's
credentialing application for physicians or CRNAs.
If you're taking many locum tenens assignments throughout the
year, it is probably a good idea to have more than three references
available so that they don't get overwhelmed with phone calls
related to your assignments.
Get more licenses.
Some locum tenens agencies will pay for you to get additional
state licenses. If you are interested in and willing to travel
around the country, let your recruiter know. The more states you're
licensed in, the more likely you'll be a match for an open
assignment. One point of etiquette, though: if you agree to get
licensed in a new state, make sure to follow it through to
completion. Your agency will have pre-paid your license and if you
fail to complete the application, that money is not
Keep track of locations where your CV is
If you work with multiple agencies, come up with a system for
tracking locations where your CV is being presented for
assignments. It is not unusual for the same physician to be
presented by more than one agency for the same assignment. As a
matter of courtesy to the recruiters you work with, let them know
if you've already been presented for a job by another agency. Not
being up front with your recruiter will only breed bad feelings and
hurts your chances of a productive working relationship with them
in the future.
You can do a lot to make your locum tenens experience positive.
Like any relationship, the relationship with your locum tenens
recruiter will benefit from the care and attention you give it. You
will find that LocumTenens.com recruiters are happy to hear from
you whether you're giving them updates on your availability or just
touching base to say hello.
Happy job hunting!