Part of the reality of working as a locum pharmacist is that you’ll constantly be on the lookout for jobs. While you’re bound to end up in some places you don’t fully enjoy now and then, after a while, you should start to hone your ability to spot the right positions for you. It’s important to know what to look for though – here are some of our main pointers.
This one is perhaps the most important of the lot. Whether you’re browsing roles or you’ve been sent a position by an agency such as Pharma Seekers, you need to make sure that you’re qualified and experienced enough for the role. You absolutely don’t want to end up in a position where you have to provide unqualified medical advice, and with just a quick check of the job requirements, you should be able to ensure that never happens.
Locum pharmacist roles can pop up all over the country. While you might be prepared to travel anywhere, lots of people will have places they’re not prepared to go to. This should be one of the first things you check, before you decide whether to put any more time into researching the role in question.
Short-term vs. long-term
Locum roles can vary significantly in terms of duration. Some might last just a few days, while others could be for months. If you have a preference, then it’s important to filter through positions that are either too long or short for you. In some cases, you might have to be a little flexible and take a role that’s not quite perfect for you, but it’s always worth checking for the perfect ones first.
Because it’s difficult to find work full time, locum pharmacists tend to be paid better than pharmacists in ‘traditional’ employment. It’s important that you check the compensation for any role you’re looking at, to see if it meets your pay expectations. Again, in some cases, you might have to settle for a little less than you want, but with locum pharmacists in high demand, you should be able to find something you’re happy with.
Even though you won’t be there for long, it’s important that you think about the kind of place you’re going to be working in. If you’re concerned about the work culture and environment, then try to see if you can find any more information online.
There might be posts in a forum, or useful information in a Google review. Once you’ve checked that you’re qualified for the role and it’s in a suitable location, this will generally be one of the last things you’ll look at before accepting or declining a position.
If you take care to consider each of these points in turn, you should be able to identify suitable positions that you’ll enjoy working in. As you work in more places, you’ll find you gain an intuition for the kinds of settings you enjoy; with increased experience, you’ll also be able to ask to be placed in these positions more and more often.