It’s a great time for you as a junior doctor to focus on your career and progress your career, but as the market is so saturated some doctors can exhaust themselves. In this case you might want to consider working abroad, trying something new or maybe earn a great income by working as a locum doctor. You just need to establish how you are going to gain an advantage as a General Medicine SHO because the market in Australasia is so competitive.
Australia and New Zealand have a combined force of doctors exceeding 100,000 which just shows how much opportunity there is for you as a junior doctor. In terms of employing doctors NSW is the leading state in Australia whereas the North Island is the highest employer in New Zealand but there is also plenty of work elsewhere. There are also significant roles available in more rural areas where the hospitals depend on locum doctors to help sustain the workforce. Other options you might want to explore are the opportunities available in the private sector. You can actually earn up to and over double that you might in a similar public system role. There are many different opportunities available to you as a General Medicine SHO but it is still a very populated market so to maximise your chances of finding the work you want pick an agency that works all over Australasia.
1. Take note of the current state of the job market
You can gain a lot by taking note of where the demand is, how much you can earn and how working in the public and private systems can affect you.
2. Keep the hospitals happy
A great way for you to endear the recruiting managers is to simply supply your paper work to the right person in a timely manner. If you are organised with your references it will give you a slight edge over someone who may take a few weeks to supply their documents.
3. Keep your options open
It’s great to be confident on what you would like to achieve from your career and how much you would like to earn but its helps to not be so ridged with all your preferences. Especially as a junior doctor, you can increase your options by considering some roles or locations you hadn’t previously acknowledged.
4. Effective communication
To ensure you don’t miss out on your ideal role, keep your Recruitment Specialist up to date with any changes in your plans so that you’re first in line to get the work you want.
5. Represent yourself with one agency
You might think that finding a job in the current market is going to be a challenge, but by joining multiple agencies you will only be making it harder. Hospitals often tell us that they avoid hiring doctors that they have received multiple CVs from as they put it in the too-hard basket and move on to the next applicant. It is much more effective to register with one great agency that can really work for you. You will find that you are much more likely to find the role you want by joining an agency that has a huge number of jobs available on their website (Med Recruit has over 400% more roles than its nearer competitor) and has a great reputation among doctors.