How many times have you seen an ad or direct mail piece for a physician conference at some far-off location and thought, “That would be a nice getaway.” Or maybe you’ve seen conferences as an opportunity to obtain CME credits, increase your knowledge base and network with colleagues. But have you ever thought of a national conference as a possible gateway to a new life and new opportunities? You should, because many of your fellow physicians have already made this discovery.
If you are a physician looking for a change, attend conferences prepared to know what information to gather and which questions to ask as you make your way from booth to booth.
Depending on the conference you attend, you’ll most likely meet individuals representing large hospital companies, individual facilities, online career services, recruitment firms, and/or locum tenens organizations. Each of these groups can offer information and assistance in your search for an ideal job.
Savvy exhibitors with current openings will not only have general information about their organization and what they can provide, but also specific information about available positions.
National conferences are large and tend to be fast-paced and busy, so be prepared to collect information relevant to your needs and expectations. By collecting information from the booths, you have the option to either return to your hotel room to absorb the content when you have more time or to review it once you have returned home.
Prepare a list of questions to ask representatives from each company. Asking a question not only allows you the opportunity to find a position that might be a perfect fit, but it also positions you as a more memorable candidate for the recruiter.
Though questions will differ from physician to physician, the advice remains the same: Make sure to have your questions written down, and don’t hesitate to take notes.
Your questions may range from work-related questions, such as “How many nights each month would I be expected to take call?” or “How fast do you think my practice will grow?” to questions regarding aspects outside the job, such as “What are the school systems like in the area?” or “What are some outside activities offered in and around the location?” The representatives at each booth are excited to talk with you and should have all this information and more to provide. more »