Reach out to employers


Now it’s time to start applying for jobs. Register at to get on recruiters’ radar, receive new or updated jobs in your specialty, and easily save and respond to jobs. Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth. Tell your colleagues and friends what you’re looking for, and ask if they know of any openings.Physician recruiters at your local hospitals can be wonderful resources for you even if you are looking at opportunities several states away. They are probably networking with other recruiters on a daily basis and know which facilities have needs.

Did you find an organization for which you want to work, but it doesn’t have a job opening listed in your specialty? Don’t hesitate to call the recruiter there and tell them what you’re looking for. They may have an opportunity that hasn’t been advertised yet, or know of some upcoming needs.


Writing a cover letter is a separate process from writing your CV. Don’t write your cover letter until you know where it’s going. Your cover letter will also benefit from being proofread by someone you trust.

Personalize your cover letter for each job opportunity, and in it include why you are interested in that job and location. Highlighting any ties you have to the area can move your CV to the top of the stack. Though a cover letter is not required, including one definitely helps set you apart from your competition.


There are two main types of physician recruiters that you may encounter in your job search: in-house recruiters and search firm or agency recruiters.

What’s a search firm?

A search firm is a third party that has been contracted by the employer to help them locate good physician candidates. Some search firms are labeled “contingency,” meaning the hospital/practice only pays them a fee if their candidate is hired. Others are “retained,” meaning the hospital/practice retains them for a fee to assist in the physician search, regardless of the placements made. In either case, the search firm is paid by the employer and not by you.

What’s an in-house recruiter?

An in-house recruiter is employed by the hiring party, whether that is a hospital, health system, private practice, physician group, etc. This person will also often work in the town where the job is located and could be classified as a recruiter, office manager, hospital CEO or a number of other titles.


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