Like with any profession, having a stand-out CV is a must, showcasing your strengths and skill sets succinctly to create an impact. As a doctor, one way to give your CV some added clout is by engaging in locum shifts – this can often be a handy way to brush up on techniques and departments you want to investigate further, as well as help you improve your clinical skills no matter what grade you are currently at. As with other careers, the more experience and knowledge you accumulate, the easier you are to sell to potential employers.
Here’s our advice on how to really get stuck in with locum work, so that it can help boost your medical career even further.
1) Independence – Having the confidence and self belief to stand on your own two feet is vital, but most especially when working as a locum doctor. With some places, you may get an induction, but at others you could get thrown in the deep end providing solo cover or being expected to know what needs doing. Being autonomous is a great advantage to locuming, and shows that you are a confident doctor who is comfortable taking on any patient or crisis that arises.
2) Flexibility – Working locum is all about change, so being able to adapt quickly to new situations and scenarios is essential. You will come across various hospital settings, staff members from all cultures and ethnicities, new technology and procedures to name a few, so thinking on your feet and embracing change is a real plus point that is very favourable on your CV.
3) Techno-savvy – With locum work, you have the opportunity to test out a multitude of technological resources that are available for doctors, even if they aren’t widespread across the whole country yet. This really allows you to have a better grasp of what is around and how it can be used to enhance healthcare, broadening your industry horizons. Having this awareness and hands on experience is so relevant for medical CV’s.
4) Bedside manner – Patients are most obviously going to be the largest and most important part of your day, so knowing how to interact and communicate well with them is key. However different areas will have different demographics and this could really alter the groups of patients you end up facing, whether the majority are geriatrics, or from a specific culture, being able to understand and assist the variety of patients you see will showcase you as an excellent communicator and enrich your people skills.
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