These are good tips for working with a physician recruiter. As a recruiter myself, I’d also like to add the following:
1) Make sure you are working with a Board Certified Physician Recruiter. This will give you a level of assure that (a) they have been doing this for awhile and (b) plan to continue therefore their reputation means much more to them.
2) Make sure your recruiter has a complete and accurate picture of your qualifications, experience, and career goals, and
2) Give the recruiter timely feedback about interviews and progress. We cannot accurately represent you if we do not know what you’re thinking after an interview. Your recruiter should make your job search easier, but they can only do so when they have sufficient, accurate and timely information.
I will admit, I did not know that even physician recruiters have to be board certified. I think I need to dig deeper into it and find out how are they certified and on what criteria. Like Bob mentioned, it does show their commitment to the field of physician recruiting. So we can be sure we are not dealing with fly by night recruiter.
I think his second point on providing a complete and accurate picture to a physician recruiter is logically sound and important. Unless the recruiter knows what kind of physician job a candidate is most likely to accept, he may throw all kinds of stuff i.e. jobs at him. Still if you feel that you communicated your desires but the physician recruiter is not listening, then you need to break that relationship and change the physician recruiter.
May be Bob will agree for an interview for the benefit of our readers. I will shoot him an email.