SHOs are in relatively high demand. 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. Whatever the course you choose, it’s important for you to understand how to give yourself an advantage to get the work you want. There is a range of opportunity for you as a SHO across Australia and New Zealand. From permanent to locum opportunities there are options to suit you as a SHO doctor seeking work.
1. Understand the SHO 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 well known for not providing paperwork in a timely manner. By simply giving the hiring managers the paperwork they want, when they want it, you’ll have an advantage over the majority of SHOs.
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 reasonably competitive SHO 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.