The Fact: You're in Practice. You're not in an executive job.
I recruited physicians for hospitals for 20 years. You're expecting to call a recruiter - you may even think I'm a recruiter, send them your CV and wait for the phone to ring.
You may have already contacted a few recruiters or replied to posted job openings. But if you're reading this, it's because they haven't responded to your inquiry or they've told you you don't meet their qualifications.
Is this some elusive Catch 22? No... it's just a different process from what you're accustomed. I recruited physicians to my hospitals for 20 years. I know the physician recruitment process:
Start to finish, you can have a job in a week or less. I've been there - I've done it more than 100 times.
The simple fact is non-physician recruiters are looking for very specific qualifications determined by their clients and "practicing physician" isn't one of those criteria. Why? Most posted job searches are either for a replacement position or for a new position whose criteria has been carefully crafted by both operations and human resource staff. And 'experience' is always a part of their qualifications.
Hunting for an executive, nonclinical job, is a very different process. It's about building relationships, and it takes time. You build relationships through networking. And by networking, I don't mean hanging out at social gatherings. Networking is about meeting important people, about learning what they do, what they need and looking for opportunities to help them.
If you're frustrated by trying to find recruiters to help you or by HR departments that don't return your calls, CONTACT ME, and I'll work with you to work around them and help you get the career you want.
Actual Email From Executive Recruiters:
You know better.... who's going to pay me to find them someone with no experience?
JOHN - Founding Partner, National Executive Recruiting Firm
Currently we don’t
have any clients who would consider an MD straight out of private practice or
academia. I wish I could help more. It would make my job a lot easier if physicians would work with someone like you to present themselves better for the job market.
"Shirley," General Partner with a National Executive Recruiting Firm