As technological advancement continues to change the nature of work environment. The need to have a flexible work arrangement that suit individual lifestyle has continued to draw many into locum jobs. Following these trends, the high demand for locums by organizations to fill positions that are either temporarily vacant or for which no long-term funding is available has increased the numbers of recruitment agencies. With countless of locum agencies out there, choosing the right recruitment agency that has your best interest in mind is very important.
Even though we recommend you work with us at Verovian recruitment agency, we know that the choice is up to you. So here are 5 tips to be aware of when choosing a locum recruitment agency to work with.
When I say research I don’t mean trolling the internet for agencies with lots of unattainable promises and adverts. One of the most reliable ways to get first-hand information on any agency is to ask around. Ask your friends and colleagues to share their experience with you especially those who have probably had the chance to work with different agencies. They are your best bet in working with a 5-Star agency that would meet your requirements. Even though this a good way to start you should also know individual preference is a key in choosing the right agency to work with.
2. Define Your Terms
While there are many agencies with different tempting offers looking to get you signed up. Only a few of them can actually deliver what they preach. It’s much easier to find the right match if you have realistic expectations. This should include:
- The locations you’re willing to work in.
- The pay you are willing to work for.
- The number of days and hours you are willing to work and.
- A good understanding of your specialty
Once you are able to define your needs, it’s easier to find the right agency that can match these requirements.
3. Be Consistent
While some locums would subscribe to the idea of working with different locum agencies to get them more shifts. It is usually advisable to be consistent with one or two reliable agencies that meet your needs. This would help you minimize the problem of misunderstanding and also make your agency see you as a priority. Everyone loves a patriot client and would do anything to continue to win their trust. Fluttering from one agency to another would deny you such privilege.
4. Good Communication system
The right locum agency should have a good communication system for updating their clients. Make sure the agency you choose is good at communicating with you. The recruiter should remain available throughout the onboarding process, as well as during your assignment. Also, your recruiter is your advocate. If you don’t have a good relationship with your recruiter, it may be time to find a new one.
Working with Verovian agency is highly recommended. As we have a simple and easy system of communicating with our locums. Whether through social media, phone calls, or emails, you can easily get in touch with us anytime anywhere. We also have a user-friendly App you can download on play-store or Appstore to apply for shifts on the go.
5. Licensing & Privileging
A good agency should be able to take care of little details that may prevent you from working. Documents such as DBS, Friends dementia, etc are often required for locum pharmacists to work. See if the agency can help you obtain the correct licenses you may need to start working as a locum. Many locum agencies have relationships with boards and should be able to help with these little details. Also, make sure you read their terms & conditions before you agree to any contract.
Lastly, a locum recruitment agency can help you accomplish your career goals. However, This can only be achieved if you chose the right agency that has your best interest in mind.
Here is a quick recap of the 5 tips for choosing the best locum recruitment agency.1. Research about the agency, 2. Define your terms, 3. Be consistent, 4. ensure the agency has a good communication system, and lastly, can help you solve little challenges that may prevent you from working.
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