Throughout the course of my 10-year locums career, I have come across of few tidbits that have made my locums career successful, and I want to share them with you. I call them the Rule of 3’s, three things that will help you successfully navigate the world of locums.
- Plan your locums schedule three months in advance. It takes a long time, approximately three months to get licensed and credentialed for a new locums assignment. Furthermore, due to the natures of locums work, assignments can be canceled at any time. Therefore, it is imperative that you always have a full schedule and the best way to do that is to constantly schedule assignments. You want to make sure there are no gaps in your work schedule (and in your pay).
- Have at least three potential locums assignments at all times. This is important for the reasons stated above. It takes a long time to get licensed and credentialed for a new assignment. Any locums assignment can be canceled at any time. Therefore, to ensure that you always have locums work available, you must always be looking for locums work and be in the process of obtaining new locums job. Your second job as a locums doctor is to find your next job as a locums doctor. Work with at least three locums companies on a regular basis to ensure that you are being presented with potential assignments when they become available.
- Have at least three months of living expenses saved. The nature of locums work lends to job instability at times. There are sometimes in which locums work is plentiful. There are sometimes in which jobs may seem scarce. Because it takes at least three months to be able to start a new locums assignment due to licensing and credentialing requirements, you may find yourself without work for a few months. Therefore, it is very important to have at least three months of living expenses saved.
By following the Rule of 3’s you will ensure that you have plenty of locums work. To learn more about doing locums, download your free copy of my locums ebook: Locum Tenens: Your Questions Answered.