If you are medical professional and are looking for a new position, either through general employment agencies, special nurses recruitment agencies , recruitment agencies or pharmacy recruitment agencies , it is likely that you will be faced with a staggering range of options.


Of course your professional qualifications and experience will be guiding you towards particular areas of interest, however, the skills that health professionals acquire and the training they undergo open the door to many different opportunities within medicine, management or in the wider employment market.


It’s probable, though these days not certain, that your search will involve studying vacancies within the NHS or at least with an NHS connection and often through an agency. With an annual budget of nearly £100 billion, the NHS alone employs over a million people in a range of jobs from general practitioners to midwives to dentists, antitheists, pharmacists and medical management.  There are also many specialist positions available privately including work for BUPA, corporate work, the police, the armed forces, care homes and hospices.


The sheer volume of positions within the medical industry and offered by nurses recruitment agencies and other specialist recruitment agency services such as doctors recruitment agencies or pharmacy recruitment agencies shouldn’t detract from the fact that competition is increasingly fierce for the most interesting and best paid positions.


There are primarily three reasons:


  1. More applicants have been attracted by an improvement in pay and conditions for health professionals over the last ten years or so, for example a nurse executive director (a matron) working for a small hospital trust can now expect to earn around £40K.


  1. There are now fewer positions, due to NHS cuts.


  1. A shortage of positions in other parts of the economy due to the economic downturn.


  1. An increased pool of available staff, nursing is included on the shortage occupation list meaning an employer can offer the job to an overseas person without having first fulfilled the Resident Labour Market Test by advertising the vacancy in the UK).


If you want to take advantage of the well paid and high-powered career paths that are available you will need to be both focused and determined and organised.


You should consider a number of different ways in which you can strengthen your hand. In preparing yourself to land the most suitable position for your skill set and ambitions you would be well advised to do as much groundwork and preparation as possible.


  • Research the Employment Agency market place to find an employment agency that is working in your specific field and will partner you in identifying the types of vacancy you want to apply for.


  • Ensure that your C.V. is not only up to date but formatted impressively


  • Prospective employers are also looking at your overall personal skills and abilities. Consider your ‘soft skills’ and work on them. It’s important that you show clearly and positively that you are able to work and engage with people as the paperwork.


  • Prepare yourself for interview. Research both the hospital/department and the position that you are applying for. Practice answering some standard and tough questions and prepare some to ask at the interview yourself.


  • If possible visit the hospital/department to get a feel for how it runs and the environment you might be working in