How to pick up locum GP jobs

Locum GP

General Practitioners (GPs) find picking up locum jobs a great way to gain experience and flexibility in their medical career. However, GPs who are new to locuming might wonder where to start. Finding and securing these jobs can be a bit of a challenge and there are a lot of logistics involved.

Here are a few tips on how to pick up GP locum jobs and how a GP recruitment agency can help:

Build your network:

One of the best ways to find GP locum jobs is through networking. Reach out to other GPs and medical recruiters in your area. They may have information about upcoming locum opportunities or be able to connect you with practices that are looking for locums.

Online job search:

Many medical practices and recruitment agencies advertise GP locum jobs on online job boards. Make sure to check out websites like Seek, Linkedin, and Medrecruit for job opportunities. Medrecruit is Australasia's largest medical recruitment agency and we have over 2,000 jobs on our books.

Specialise & upskill:

GP locums are in high demand, especially in rural areas, consider upskilling or focusing on a specific area of medicine, and your medical recruiter can work with you to find a GP locum role suited to your skills and specialty training. RACGP Rural supports and advocates for GPs working in our rural and remote communities and offers specialised training in this field.

Be flexible:

GP locum jobs can be short-term or last for several months, so it's important to be flexible with your schedule. Being open to different types of shifts or locations can increase your chances of finding a job.

Get qualified:

Many GP locum jobs require certain qualifications, such as a valid ALS2. Make sure you have all the necessary certifications and documents in order before applying for a job, your medical recruiter can advise you on what you'll need.

Keep your CV and profile updated:

Make sure your CV and professional profile are up-to-date and highlight your relevant experience and qualifications. This will increase your chances of being shortlisted for a GP locum job.

Locuming as a GP can provide a number of benefits, including flexibility, diverse clinical experiences, increased earning potential, and the opportunity to explore different parts of the country. It can be an attractive option for those looking to improve wellbeing via work-life balance, those looking to gain experience in different areas of medicine, or those looking to increase their earning potential.

By following these tips, you can increase your chances of finding and securing GP locum jobs. Remember to be persistent and keep an open mind, and leverage a medical recruiter to pick up most of the administration and [logistics](

If you are a GP looking to locum, we can help. What's more, our service is entirely free for doctors. Register to chat with one of our specialist GP team.

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Medrecruit Editorial Team
16 January 2023Article by Medrecruit Editorial TeamMedrecruit Editor