Friday, July 27, 2007

Short and Sweet Summary of What Physician Recruiters Do

I found a nice comment on one of the discussion forums of the "Student Doctor Network" about what recruiters do, from yet another physician (LAdoc) who agrees with me:

"Never use a recruiter. Their job is to fill crappy jobs with YOU, and take a decent chunk of your salary to do so. You get doubly screwed."

This pretty much sums it up. Truly short and sweet. To me, it replaces the previous motto: "The function of recruiters in medicine is to fill the less desirable jobs". I love this new quote.


jasonvandiver said...

As a Recruitment professional for Google, I can safely say that all of the hires I have made will disagree with you 100%. You should take care to note what type of recruiter you are referring to rather than making such a blanket statement.

ObGynThoughts said...

Hi, Jason
I am sure they disagree. As my blog is named "A Physician on Job Search..." and in light of all my other posts I decided to take the "Physician" out of the headline. Initially the post was titled "What Physician Recruiters do".
I am writing specifically about contingency recruiters in medicine and their drawbacks. They depend on closing the deal to get paid and therefore have developed a multitude of bad habits. These include misleading, misinformation, spamming and most importantly, leaving the candidate in the dark about much better alternatives to using a recruiter. This is mostly a problem with contingency recruiters, and not with retained recruiters or in house recruiters.
Medicine is a field that is not appropriate for recruiters, since a candidate needs absolutely no skills to find doctors in the field and in the location where he or she wants to work. Lists of physician contact info are readily available on the web and can be purchased within a few minutes. As are lists of hospitals, where a candidate can contact the physician liaison people.
A recruiter does not ad and cannot ad any benefit or value to a candidates search.
Recruiters are hired and paid by employers who have suboptimal jobs that they cannot fill otherwise.
On a personal level this is sad, since recruiters often or at least sometimes are well-meaning, hard working people. Unfortunately they get saddled with the thankless job of selling the leftover jobs!

ObGynThoughts said...

Hi, Jason
Since you call yourself a "Recruitment professional" I assume you have a professional training, some kind of professional college degree, passed exams, have some kind of certificate and title specifically for "recruitment"?