So you’ve registered and you’re finally ready to take on the world of locum work, but with so many other locums looking to do the same, how do you give yourself the best chance of securing shifts?
Whether you’re a pharmacist or optometrist here are the simple steps you can take to make sure you’re getting booked into the shifts that take your fancy!
Update your availability
We always recommend keeping your availability up to date, that way we won’t ask you to work a shift when you’re off of your holibobs, but we can offer you locum work when you’re available to take it!
If you’re unsure of how to update your calendar, simply follow our tutorial which you can find here.
Search for shifts, answer our calls, and check your emails
You don’t have to constantly be doing all three, we know you lot are busy bee’s, but when new shifts become available we notify our locums in three different ways; on our App, over the phone, and via email.
App – You can search for available locum work through our app and on our website. To do this you will need to log in, head to ‘Bookings’ and look for shifts on the ‘Search Vacancies’ Page. For further help on how to register interest for a shift you can watch our handy little tutorial below.
Our busy bookings team sort through these applications every weekday morning so please allow 24 hours to hear back from them.
Phone – We will often give you a call about shifts when we can see that you are available on your calendar. This is why it is so important to keep your it up to date!
Email – We send out available shifts to our locums via email as soon as we get them, so you should always keep an eye on your emails as we receive new shifts throughout the day!
See a shift you like the look of? It doesn’t matter where you found it you can always give us a call on 0121 451 2707 to book it in. We’re available from 7am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 10am on Saturdays.
We’re not asking that you join a yoga club, just that you’re willing to work a little further than the end of your road. The farther you are willing to travel, the more chance you will have of securing shifts. You might even bag yourself a booking in a beautiful location, there’s also a chance you could end up in Coventry but you can’t win them all right?
You’re also more likely to get shifts if you are realistic with your rates and are happy to work with a selection of our clients.
Do a good job
This goes without saying really, but if you work well a client is likely to ask for you next time. We also take on board any feedback we get from clients so if you do a good job we’re going to want to work with you again, it’s that simple!
Make sure you’ve registered with our clients
You’ll need to register with some of our clients before we can book you into shifts with them. It’s worth doing this as soon as you get chance as this can sometimes take a few days to process. The handbook you receive with your welcome email will detail how each of our clients work however if you’re still unsure feel free to get in touch.
So those are our top tips to help you book the locum work you want. And once you’ve done all of that you can always try bribing our bookings team with chocolate. I’m joking of course, we prefer cold hard cash. *
* We know were the best locum agency around and we’re sure you’ll love us but please don’t actually try to bribe up with chocolates, cash, or anything else.