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How to Find a Position

Last Updated: March 27, 2020

  • Starting off
    • Determine things important to you – what must you have in a job, what you don’t need
      • Location, volume, compensation, practice setting, specialty, etc
    • Know your strengths in what you can bring to your job as well as your weakness
    • Prepare a professional CV and review with a faculty or mentor
    • Communication/Availability

      • Make sure voicemail is set up and sounds professional
      • Clear cell phone voice mailbox and email inbox – so you don’t miss valuable information about a potential job
      • Check your spam/junk email folder – emails from unfamiliar email address may be immediately sent to you spam/junk folder
      • Save everyone relevant to your job search in your contacts – recruiters, practice managers, doctors at potential places of employment
        • Less likely to have emails go to spam/junk folder
        • You’ll know who is calling and can get in the right frame of mind before answering
        • Easier to contact them
    • Set up auto-replies for your email and phone – if you won’t have access for various reasons

      • Will explain a delayed response so employers don't assume you are disinterested
  • Should you use a recruiter? - The process of looking for a job can be overwhelming, from contract negotiations to compensation models. Often new graduates utilize recruiters to help them locate their first position. Recruiters are hired by employers to find a candidate to fill their job opening. They are often paid a flat fee at the time of the initial consult and then again after a candidate has signed a contract. Recruiters can vary across the country from which regions they represent to which specialties. Some pros and cons of using a recruiter are listed below to help you decide if using a recruiter is right for you.

    • PROS
      • No fees paid by the candidates. Recruiters receive compensation from the employers for their consultations as well as when a position is filled
      • Recruiters know people and often times have direct connections with various employers. They may also have contact information for contract lawyers, realtors, etc that you will need as you proceed with finding a position.
      • Recruiters get paid when they fill a position so they will work hard to find a position for you.
      • Using a recruiter is usually a better use of your time. They are able to contact multiple employers, review positions, etc while you are able to focus on finishing residency.
      • Many have online resources for candidates to help them through the process such as CV guidelines and samples, how to evaluate practice opportunities, relocation tips, common mistakes made by new graduates, questions to ask during interviews, etc.
      • Some even assist with medico-legal services or negotiations/strategic planning.
    • Cons:

      • Recruiters may try to place you where you don’t belong since they get paid once a position is filled and they don’t have a fiduciary responsibility to represent your best interests.
      • Unable to look in a specific location for a candidate since they are hired by the employer/practices. However, they are able to share ongoing searches in the area but this may not be comprehensive.
      • Only know of available job positions for which they have been hired. There may be several similar positions in the same area that they were not hired for.
  • Online resources - Whether you are beginning your job search or simply want an idea of what jobs are available, there are many online resources. Some of these resources simply list available jobs with short blurbs and a way to contact the employer/recruiter. Others have search options where you can input location, specialty, and some times even type of practice and it lists all applicable matches. Below are examples of online resources.

    • Organized neurosurgery – AANS and CNS both have career centers
    • Individual employer/health system websites – if you know what area you would like to practice in
    • Recruiter websites – many allow you to search without giving them your information or requiring a membership
    • Job Search Agencies – Example: CareerMD, PracticeMatch.com and others connects employers with employees and sets up career fairs. These sites also give a wide network of recruiters access to your profile and they may provide unfettered access
    • Social media sites: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
    • Journal websites: JAMA career center, NEJM career center

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18791/nsatlas.v11.ch03

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