A few days ago Dave Freireich (Core Search Group) left a comment on my "Why do you dislike physician recruiters?. I loved it. Here it is:
"Warning: I am a recruiter! However, I do not recruit physicians.
My firm is based on the premise that our customers (candidates) are not interested in being treated the way you have been. I have witnessed all the tactics you describe and then some and agree that they are stupid. I learned three very powerful words from some of the top recruiters in the US- "don't sell, facilitate." This has become our mantra.
I'm sorry for the frustration and disappointment you've gone through. I hope now you've learned the game you can continue to educate others. Also I think you should start a physician recruiting firm that is run to treat people the way you would have wanted to be treated. You have identified the need."
Sometimes I feel bad about going on and on about how bad recruiters are for your health and your job search.
But just when I decide to stop bashing recruiters I google the sentence "physician job" and THERE THEY ARE, hundreds of them, thousands of them, they are everywhere, they have so many websites, so many ads, banners blinking squares on every website you look, there are so many references to them, everybody seems to be talking about them, they just seem to be the way to go if you are looking for a job, they seem to be unavoidable - yes, the physician recruiters.
They love to portray themselves as "professionals you turn to when you need the best job out there", as the "solution to your job search", as your "search agent", overall as the experienced professional person with far-reaching contacts and with "thousands of opportunities nationwide" ready for the picking. You biggest problem seems to be just which job to choose! They have so many jobs, so may "opportunities" and they get more very day, all the time! Of course your physician recruiter will "match you with the perfect practice" out of all the wonderful opportunities they have to offer, because he "loves it every time the magic happens". How romantic!
You just have to choose and you will find yourself in your dream practice shortly. It is that easy, thanks to their "years of experience", thanks to their "thorough screening", thanks to their far reaching contacts. And of course your physician recruiter has "many clients with repeat business". They might tell you "Oh, I found one associate for them 10 years ago and and then another one, and now we are close friends and blablabla". Should they really not have the perfect practice right now, then they will CERTAINLY have the perfect job very, very soon, because they "always get the great jobs in that area". And, the best is yet to come, all this is FREE for you! Wow, who could say no to that? A job search is really easy!
This "recruiter myth" is a completely fabricated, shameless illusion of salespeople dealing in left-over jobs. It is so misleading, so miserably false, so dangerous that I have to go on.
And, as you saw from the above comment "I have witnessed all the tactics you describe and then some" means, we have to warn our graduating colleagues. Nobody should fall into the recruiter trap and end up in some Podunk town or give up the dream of living and working in the attractive city where he or she went to medical school. None of our colleagues should feel that "the good jobs are just not available".
Please support my attempt to educate the graduating residents about the risks of even answering recruiter calls and about the truly efficient ways of finding a job just where you want - by reading my blog or by going to "thedoctorjob.com"!
Please link to my blog, please email my blog to a graduating resident you happen to know. It could save them months of headache.
Your Matthias Muenzer, MD