When working as a locum doctor, a good relationship with your locum agency is essential. It can help you boost your career and is one of the best ways to ensure you are working as much as possible.

We spoke to three of our lead recruiters to find out their top tips on how to get the best out of your locum agency.

Honesty - Honesty really is the best policy when it comes to working with a locum agency – let your recruitment consultant know from the start what you want to get out of locum work. Being honest about what you want, what else you are being offered, the rates you would like and where you are happy/not happy to go back to is key. Doing so means your recruitment consultant will be able to fully understand what you want and as such will only offer you jobs they know will be perfectly suited to you.

Communication - Good communication with your recruitment consultant means that you’ll never miss out on an opportunity. There will understandably be times when you can’t take any calls, but by keeping your phone close to hand and checking emails regularly you’ll be able to effectively keep on top of incoming job offers.

Give full availability - No matter how short notice or far in advance, make sure you keep your recruitment consultant up-to-date with your availability. With hundreds of new jobs coming in every day, keeping organised with your diary and dates ensures that you will only be offered jobs when you want them and are free to locum.

Be reliable - Finally, being reliable can make a big difference in the world of finding locum work. If you rarely cancel shifts and always show up on time you are much more likely to be remembered favourably by agencies and hospitals alike, meaning jobs offers will be sent to you first as a trustworthy and dependable doctor.

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