While physicians and HR people usually comment on my blog in words like "you are so right", "you point very well out what is wrong with recruiters" etc, recruiters are very upset at my blog and usually claims that I do "not have enough experience with recruiters".
Ooohh, yes, believe me, I do. I have been searching for a job for over 7 years and I have been in contact with recruiters for about 7 years. I have spoken on the phone to dozens, maybe a hundred recruiters, seen countless recruiter websites, aggregator websites that publish ads from multiple recruiters, and read innumerable newspaper and magazine ads. I may not be the ultimate expert, but I am most certainly knowledgeable enough to voice an opinion. And I most certainly write pretty much everything in this blog based on my own blood, sweat and tears.
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But, to support that I am not alone, here is another experience with recruiters that mirrors my own.
It is from a pediatrician in North Carolina who had serious legal disputes with a hospital at which she was practicing, who consequently lost her practice and is now recieving recruiter emails offering her employment in her own former practice! It does not get much better than that! It is the perfect example for the claim of many recruiters: "We personalize a search for you", "We taylor a search to your needs". Thank you, Dr. Johnson, for this contribution!
Here is a quote from Dr. Johnson's blog:
I know I'm supposed to be on a break, but the following e-mail (from a physician head-hunter) was in my In-Box today:
Dear Doctor Johnson
Our firm is representing an excellent opportunity for a pediatrician to join two others in a beautiful community in central NC.
This employed position offers a strong income and benefits package with shared call of 1:4. The physicians have their own autonomy in clinical practice and management decisions are made by the practice administration in consult with the physicians. Physicians do attend C-sections as required.
This position is supported by a private, not-for-profit, 145-bed community hospital and is the only hospital in the county serving a population of over 130,000. The facility had 800 deliveries last year. Located in the beautiful, rolling hills of central NC, the community offers all the charm and quality of life expected in a small town. Residents enjoy all the advantages of living in a small town while enjoying quick access to the Research Triangle. Greensboro, North Carolina’s third largest city is just 25 minutes away, while Charlotte, the largest City is only 1.25 hours south.
If you would be interested in learning more about this outstanding opportunity, please forward a copy of your CV for review or respond to this email. I will not send your CV to anyone without your prior approval.
Mr. X obviously didn't know that I am more-than-familiar with this "opportunity". Over the years, I've gotten dozens of these . . . as more Pediatricians came and went from the practice whose doors I opened in 1995.
Makes it kinda hard to just "forgive and forget".
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Anyway, this is the umpteenth e-mail I've gotten about this job "opportunity" from headhunters who, if they had done the smallest amount of research, might've thought twice about sending me this particular "invite". And you'd think the geniuses running this practice would say to the recruiter, "If there's a Mary Johnson in your recruitment files, it's probably best not to send her this one."
Sometimes, I reply. Sometimes I shrug it off. Today I replied:
Mr. X, you are talking about Asheboro, North Carolina. It is my hometown. And a long time ago, I bought the sell. It is the worst professional mistake I ever made.
"The physicians have their own autonomy in clinical practice and management decisions are made by the practice administration in consult with the physicians."
That was not the case ten years ago. When this "practice administration" (still in power after all of the nasty & illegal things they've done) fired me after I intervened to save a newborn baby's life . . . a baby being mismanaged by another physician whose neonatology skills they falsely marketed to the public. Then they pulled every dirty trick in the book to ensure I could not stay and compete.
This "non-profit" has pounded me into the dirt for years and laughed as they pounded. But this story is getting out and around.
Respectfully, you (and every other locums company that has contacted me about this job in the last several months) should do a little more research on the situations you represent.
Mary Johnson, M.D., FAAP
And no. I don't feel any better for sending it. This guy has money to make and will blow me off.
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