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To land a job right now, Singleton of Merritt Hawkins/AMN Leadership Solutions said otolaryngologists need to be flexible. “Maybe you didn’t want to go to Arizona, but you’re looking into it now,” he said. “Or maybe you didn’t want to work for a hospital, but the starting salary is more than what you thought you could get.”
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Singleton said he predicts the job market will normalize by the second quarter of 2021, if the COVID-19 outbreak is under control and patients return for elective procedures. “Until you can run normal operations, patients won’t come back to you,” he said.
Liz Mahan, a physician recruitment advisor with the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment, said many of her organization’s members are seeing an increase in the number of candidates looking for jobs. “Someone who really wanted to be in private practice or in a specific area may have to think about opening up the search to being in an employed practice, at least for the interim, or considering another location,” she said.
Stephanie Cajigal is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.