Finding Your Anesthesia Career Without a Recruiter

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If you have worked in the anesthesia profession for decades or are being mentored by a veteran anesthesia provider, you may be under the impression that you need to engage a professional recruiter to secure your next job. As a job seeker in today’s anesthesia market, you are in high demand and will have no problems finding your anesthesia career without a recruiter. Keep reading for tips on how to increase your chances of placement and receive the best possible anesthesia job offers.

Choose Among a Variety of Career Options

The anesthesia profession is unique in that it offers a variety of career options within itself. Think carefully about whether you are willing to take call or work holidays and weekends. Consider if there are any medical specialties in which you would prefer to work or not work. Investigate the differences between various work environments—such as an academic medical center versus an ambulatory surgery center—and decide which is most appealing to you. After you narrow down which types of anesthesia jobs are best for your individual lifestyle goals, you can begin your job search. 

Consider Broadening Your Geographic Preferences

There are numerous reasons why you may be limiting your anesthesia job search to a specific geographic location. We understand that, for many anesthesia providers, there are reasons beyond your control as to why you are bound to living in a particular place. Depending on where you live, it may become frustrating to find your ideal job at a competitive salary in a precise location. Rather than engaging a recruiter to help you find it, consider broadening your job search radius. Often, a farther commute can result in such an exponential salary increase that the commute becomes a minor inconvenience. For anesthesia providers working as 1099 independent contractors, travel expenses may be tax deductible.

Understand Practice and State Requirements 

Requirements of anesthesia providers as directed by states and facilities should be an important aspect of your anesthesia job search. For example, the scope of practice for CRNAs in certain states may require physician supervision, while other states permit CRNAs to practice independently. Anesthesiologists should consider whether they would prefer to work in a medical direction or medical supervision model. These regulations significantly impact the day-to-day work of a CRNA or anesthesiologist and should be clearly understood before accepting a job.  

Increase Your Chances of Placement 

Before applying for anesthesia jobs at random, carefully review the job requirements and make sure you meet them. Some positions may require certain levels of experience in specific medical specialties for which new graduates may not be qualified. Even though anesthesia providers are in high demand, you should still make a concerted effort to put your best foot forward. A polished resume that outlines an honest representation of your skills and experience is key. You should also prove your outstanding interpersonal skills during your interview and dress professionally. Appearing to be genuinely interested in the position and type of work will also increase your chances of placement.  

Anesthesia Job Benefits to Look For 

As you receive job offers and begin to weigh them against each other, look for intangible benefits beyond salaries and work schedules. For example, members of the CCI Anesthesia team can expect:

  • Clinical autonomy in their anesthesia practice
  • Competitive, above-market compensation as an independent contractor 
  • Ample time away from practice
  • Professional and timely administrative support
  • Leadership and mentoring from our experienced Regional Medical Officers and Chiefs of Anesthesia
  • Advancement opportunities in hospital practice leadership

CCI Anesthesia allows anesthesia providers the opportunity to focus on what matters most— patient care. Our administrative support is unparalleled, and our practice management leaders assigned to your facility will take care of any issues that may arise from administration. Our goal is to keep our anesthesiologists and CRNAs free from distractions, and we support them in enjoying time away from practice to the fullest. As a member of the CCI Anesthesia family, you will have a direct point of contact in our office to assist you with any pertinent matters. 

We are actively recruiting CRNAs to work in hospitals and surgery centers across the country. Whether you are interested in a full-time or part-time position, we may have the job you are looking for. View our open job opportunities today or contact us to schedule an appointment to talk with one of our recruiters.