Physician Recruiter Types

As a physician you may be contacted by multiple recruiters about open opportunities. Keep in mind that there are different types of recruiters that you will be in contact with. It is important to know the differences between the recruiters to know what type of recruiter you will be interacting with.

Three Types of Physician Recruiters

When you are contacted by a recruiter, you are going to be asked for a copy of your CV and asked questions regarding what you are looking for in an opportunity. It is important to know what kind of physician recruiter you are speaking with, so you know what you can or cannot expect from them.

Physician Recruiters come in 3 flavors: in-house, contingency, and retained.

In-house Recruiters

In-house recruiters only represent the facility or system that they work for. They generally will live in the area they are recruiting for, so they can speak first-hand about what the area has to offer. They will have first-hand knowledge about the practice and medical community. You can expect that they will have the most intimate knowledge about a specific opportunity if you are interested in the area they are representing. Keep in mind, in-house recruiters are sometimes assigned specific areas or specialties to recruit for, so if you have a spouse or colleague applying for a job with a different specialty or in a different geographic area, they may refer you to another recruiter at that organization.

Interested in finding an opportunity with an in-house recruiter? Check out the PracticeMatch Job Board.

Contingency Recruiters

Contingency recruiters work with multiple listings over a wide or nationwide area. Their information is obtained from phone conversations. They can introduce you to a wide variety of opportunities and locations, but they may not know if the opportunity is right for you. Contingency firms are smaller agencies whose business model is based on marketing your CV. These recruiters are working to get your CV in front of organizations as quickly as possible. Get assurances that your CV will not be sent anywhere without your permission or these recruiters may contact an organization that you are not interested in, or that you do not want your information to go to. A good way to do this is to ask a recruiter if they are members of the NAPR whose ethical guidelines prohibit the sending of unsolicited CVs. You can verify membership on the NAPR's website.

Retained Recruiters

Retained recruiters have clients that have engaged their agency to recruit for their opportunities. Retained recruiters typically work closely with the organization so they will have visited the location of the opportunity and will have first-hand knowledge of the area and medical community. These recruiters are also focused on just the organization that they were hired to recruit for, so you do not have to fear that they will be shopping your CV around to other organizations seeing who will pay to view your CV. Because they are independent brokers, they are best used if there are cumbersome questions that are best directed to a third party or if you need negotiating assistance regarding income guarantees, partnership terms, and buy-in arrangements.

When speaking with any recruiter, it is advisable to ask them a few questions such as, how long they have been in the industry; if they are members of the NAPR; what type of recruiter they are; if they have a reference from someone in your specialty that they placed recently. They know a lot about you, you should know something about them too.