If you’ve worked as a physician in a full-time permanent position for many years, you may find yourself searching for a change of pace. Locum tenens positions offer great employment opportunities for physicians seeking a different type of work environment, but still wishing to maintain a steady income. Most importantly, a locum tenens career can offer a wide range of job opportunities, allowing you to explore new parts of the country while working in your field.
Here are some helpful tips for transitioning to locum tenens work:
- Be flexible. Unlike a stable full-time job, locum tenens work requires flexibility. To be a successful locum tenens physician, you must be flexible with your schedule and open to working in different healthcare environments. You also must understand your lifestyle will be more erratic, as you’ll be living somewhere new for each assignment.
- Seek the help of a recruiter. When it comes to finding locum tenens opportunities, a skilled recruiter is the best resource to assist you in the placement process; help you with travel accommodations; and connect you to new locum tenens opportunities. Your recruiter will be able to answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have, helping to reduce any stress you may experience as a new locum tenens physician.
- Get assistance with your taxes and financial planning. There are many lifestyle changes that come with locum tenens work, and preparing your finances accordingly is important. As you adjust from working as a salaried physician to an independent contractor, it’s a smart idea to seek the assistance of a financial planner who can help you prepare for tax season. This is especially important during your first year as a locum tenens physician, as you’ll need to have your finances reorganized as you get acclimated to your new career situation.
Transitioning to a new career path is never easy, but using the tips above will help you adjust quickly to locum tenens work. If you’re adaptable to new workplace environments and utilize the resources available to you throughout the process, you’ll feel ready in no time!
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