Job recruitment scams are common, and even if savvy physicians and other healthcare workers pull back the moment a phony recruiter requests bank account information, they can’t recoup time lost pursuing non-existent positions.
Kindred Healthcare and AccentHealth are among the many organizations that have issued warnings about bogus openings.
In Kindred’s case, would-be candidates received email and texts, purportedly from executives or recruiters for the company, telling them they qualified for a job. The con artists eventually tendered a job offer — coupled with a request for money to buy equipment. The early tip-off that could have prevented these candidates from wasting their time? The messages came from addresses that lacked the Kindred.com domain name.
Patient-education media company AccentHealth says scammers conducted interviews for fraudulent jobs via text or instant messenger, which it does not use in its recruitment process, before asking for financial information.
These swindles are an international affair. In 2014, a British physician wrote to an email address on the careers page of a hospital in the United Arab Emirates. It’s not certain whether the hospital website or the physician’s computer was hacked, but he received a reply from a different address. A handsome salary, a car and an apartment awaited him if he paid “entry clearance” and other fees. He went so far as to send a copy of his passport — but no money — to the purported recruiters before he realized it was a scam, reported The National, a UAE-based publication.
Working the Network
These days, There are seemingly as many routes to a healthcare job as there are jobs: Specialized websites, recruitment boards and paid headhunters are among the teeming possibilities.
But don’t overlook traditional networking, says Barton Associates, a Massachusetts-based locum tenens staffing and recruiting firm for physicians, dentists, physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs).
More than just a tool for finding a new position, networking can help clarify your career goals and provide valuable industry perspective, marketing consultant Emma Siemasko blogs on the company’s website. Those insights can serve you well in your career for years to come.
Siemasko recommends key avenues for networking. Here are a few:
- Conferences. The right conference can connect you with fellow physicians and other providers not only from across the nation but from around the world, broadening your horizons.
- Online communities such as Clinician 1. Clinician 1 helps link PAs and NPs by shared clinical interests, conditions treated, and topics such as burnout or medical ethics. This can cut through the clutter of more general professional networks.
- Colleagues. If you work around many other medical professionals, they’re bound to have a wealth of experience and diverse backgrounds. Mine that resource, and keep in touch when a co-worker takes a position elsewhere.