Senior medical officers and consultants are in high demand, allowing you plenty of different options. So whether you want to earn a bit of extra income or have a working holiday, options are there due to high demand.
With only 115,000 doctors employed in Australia and New Zealand, there is an abundance of opportunity for you as a doctor. As a rule, permanent jobs are more rural and locum work can be found almost anywhere. It should be noted that while 75% of healthcare jobs are in the public sector, the private system offers great opportunities as well, with permanent roles often times being double the pay of similar roles found within the public healthcare systems. As the doctor, you can make the decision as to which setting is right for you.
1. Understand the Consultant jobs market – what’s available for you as a Consultant and what you can earn
It’s important to understand where the jobs are, what differences exist between the different regions, where the highest earning potential is, the difference between working in public or private hospital and what limitations exist for you as a person searching for a permanent or locum job as a consultant in Australia and New Zealand.
2. Show hospitals you're the right person for the job
Doctors are notorious for not getting their paperwork done on time. Want to put yourself ahead of the other doctors competing for that role? The most simple way to endear yourself to the hiring managers is to simply get the paperwork they ask for in on time - putting yourself ahead of all the competition who don't in the process!
3. Be flexible
That doesn’t mean give up on what you want from a career or your lifestyle. Just be open to the opportunities that your recruiter may find for you and keep an open mind to the job opportunities that may present themselves.
4. Be an effective communicator
Keep in touch with your Recruitment Specialist and keep them aware of any changes to your plans so that if and when that perfect job you’ve been waiting for becomes available, you are the first in line to snatch it up.
5. Pick a single agency to represent you and stick with them
Considering the competitive market, you might think that registering with multiple agencies will give you a better chance of landing a job. That’s simply not the case. We have conducted surveys of a multitude of hospitals and their feedback is fairly consistent – they are not too fond of having the doctor presented multiple times and it actually decreases the likelihood that you will be hired.