Be prepared to be very, very flexible.
For example, if we email you on a Friday afternoon and ask you if you were free to go to Scarborough on the Monday morning, say yes.
If we ask you to cover a 3-month assignment starting in three weeks time working 3 day weeks for 6 weeks in Portsmouth, say yes.
If we then get a lucrative booking on a full-time basis for 6 months covering maternity and need a locum, it is likely we are going to put you forward for it.
If you do not want to do locum work please do the following:
1. Take a locum booking and then decide you don’t want it 12 hours before it is due to start and after we have done reference checks as well as the employer.
2. Um and ah about an assignment 6 miles from your home address before deciding it is too much hassle and besides you have got to pick the kids up from school at 3pm.
3. Pitch at a completely unrealistic hourly rate, even though you are on benefits and in dire straits.
All of these things have happened in the last 12 months. We favour locums who favour us. If I send out a vacancy and need 5 days cover urgently in some far-flung part of the UK, I will try and make sure I favour the person who covered it for me when we get something in closer to home.
Locums who cannot be flexible and have very specific requirements are extremely unlikely to get much work through us.