It is a competitive job market for RMOs and JMOs. So it is a great time as a doctor to focus on your career and to accelerate it, however it’s also a time when many doctors burn out in which case it’s a great time to travel, to try things out, and to take yourself out of the race and depressurise. With about 115,000 doctors employed in Australia and New Zealand, there is an abundance of opportunity for you as a doctor. From metro, to regional, to rural, to remote, there is a massive range of permanent and locum opportunities for junior doctors seeking work.
1. Understand the RMO and JMO jobs market – what’s available for you as a junior doctor and what you can earn
It’s important to understand where the work is, what differences there are between areas, where you can earn the most, the differences between the public and private systems and what limitations there are on you.
2. Give the hospitals what they want
Doctors are notorious at providing paperwork in a timely manner. Get in the habit early and endear yourself to the hiring managers at hospitals by simply giving them the paperwork they want, when they want it.
3. Be flexible
Don’t be flexible about what you want from a career, financial and lifestyle perspective, but especially as a junior doctor, the more flexible you can be on the job and location that can meet those needs the more options you will have.
4. Communicate well
Stay in close contact with your Recruitment Specialist and keep them abreast of any chances in your plans so that if and when the perfect role becomes available, you are the first in line to get it.
5. Pick a single doctor recruitment agency to represent you
Given the competitive RMO and JMO jobs market you are in you might be thinking it’s a good idea to register with multiple agencies to increase your chances of getting work you want. That would be a mistake. We have surveyed and interviewed countless hospitals and the feedback is consistent – they hate having a doctor presented multiple times and they prefer not to hire those doctors.