Whether you’re a client or a candidate, you may be wondering why it matters if your recruiter is board certified. Clients just want the right physician. Physicians just want the right job. What difference does it make if the recruiter has a certification or two?
Board certification is becoming more recognized all the time. Fortune magazine has actually recommended that clients ask their recruiters for certification (July 20, 1998 issue). Certification is an assurance that the recruiter you have chosen has made a large investment in his or her professional growth. The certification program through the National Association of Personnel Services provides information on key areas that a recruiter must know intimately, including employment law and regulations, standards of business practice, ADA, drug testing, contract issues, and standards of business practices. Not only must the recruiter have a solid understanding of these areas, he or she must also keep that information up-to-date through continuing education. Sound like a lot of work? Maybe, but in an industry of employment experts, a certified recruiter is at the top of the game.
Certification also provides recruiters with a set of standards and guidelines that help them respond to and resolve ethical dilemmas or difficult situations. These recruiters have the knowledge and experience of many other professionals to help guide their behavior and enable them to make quicker decisions. The certification is a reassurance that you have chosen an expert who holds themselves to high standards of quality.
Certification requires recruiters to learn all they can about their profession, and no learning is ever lost. As a client, if you have thorny question on employment you can have a higher level of confidence in the answers a certified recruiter can provide over a non-certified recruiter. As a physician, if you contact your recruiter with concerns about your contract, they will more likely be able to offer the right solution or an alternative solution as a result of being very familiar with the legislation regarding the Stark Laws, for instance. The continuing education requirement will keep recruiters informed about all that is new in the industry, as well as growing each recruiter as a leader and professional. In the competitive field of recruiting, certification ensures you have the sharpest staffing professional representing your interests.
About Eskridge & Associates. Eskridge & Associates is a service disabled, veteran owned, small business (SDVOSB), recruiting Physicians of all specialties for locum tenens and permanent employment opportunities in hospitals and practices nationwide.
Bob Eskridge, CPC, CTS, PRC, CSP
President & Board Certified Physician Recruiter
Eskridge & Associates
Member – National Coalition of Healthcare Recruiters
Member – National Association of Personnel Services
“A Service Disabled, Veteran-owned, Small Business”