In order to break into the job market in its current state you will need to really focus so that you can develop your career; however a lot of junior doctors can feel fatigued and stressed so they take a chance to try something new. By taking yourself out of the race to depressurise you have the chance to work abroad or earn some extra money working as a locum doctor. Regardless of where you take your career it’s critical that you understand the best ways to utilize the market and get the work you want.
Whether you choose to work in New Zealand or Australia there is a wealth of opportunity with around 115,000 doctors currently working across both countries. There is more choice for you in rural areas due to a much higher demand but there are opportunities for you in cities and regional areas alike. In New Zealand you are limited to locuming in a District Health Board (DHB) that you aren’t currently employed by and similarly in Australia, if you work in NSW, QLD or WA then you will have to work in a different state. In both cases working in a private hospital would also avoid this problem. If you put the work in you will realise there are plenty of opportunities all over Australasia so it’s crucial to register with an agency that operates in all areas of Australia and New Zealand.
1. Take advantage of the job market
It’s important to understand how the supply and demand of junior doctors operates so your decisions can be based on what you can earn and where you can work.
2. Keep one step ahead of your paperwork deadlines
All doctors can get behind on their paperwork at times so it’s great to get in the habit of getting it all completed early. This way when a hospital needs references from you, you can be prompt with your reply and make sure you are at the front of the line.
3. Being flexible
There is no reason that you should need to sacrifice what you need from your career, but if you can be more flexible for your Recruitment Specialist then they will be able to provide you more options, that you might be taken aback by.
4. Have a clear line of communication
By keeping your Recruitment Specialist informed on any changes in your plans, you will be ensuring your position at the front of the line when your perfect job becomes available.
5. Use an agency that allows you to be exceptional
The Paediatric SHO job market is over populated so it may seem that the logical thing to do is to register with multiple agencies to produce more leads for jobs. Limiting yourself to only one agency may seem nonsensical but after nearly a decade working with hospitals we’ve learned that it’s one of the most effective things you can do. Doctors who do join multiple agencies will often be disregarded by hiring hospitals due to mistrust. By picking a single agency that have a great reputation and the scale to provide you with the most placements you will gain the advantage you need to get the work you want.