Featured Recruiter: Jim Davis

Posted on Mon, Aug 24, 2015
Featured Recruiter: Jim Davis

Each month, we will feature a Q&A with one of our recruiters.

Name: Jim Davis
Position: Physician Recruiter
Division: EmCare Partners Group
Location: Parsippany, N.J.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business

Years with EmCare: I've been with EmCare for 6 months, but I've been with Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) for 5½ years (EMA was acquired by EmCare in February 2015)

Years in the recruiting field? 16

Why did you decide to become a recruiter? I met the owner of an emergency medicine staffing company and he thought I had the right personality for recruiting EM physicians.

How does your experience enable you to connect candidates with the right positions? I like to listen to what the candidate wants in an opportunity, and I know my hospital sites well. This helps me match the right site with the right candidate. By treating each candidate well, they will remember me even if they don’t accept the position. They may return down the road and will definitely refer colleagues to me.

What do you enjoy outside of work? I enjoy coaching my sons (10 and 11) in both baseball and basketball.

What qualities make a successful recruiter?

  1. Professionalism
  2. The ability to build and maintain long-lasting relationships
  3. The ability to remain calm and focused during stressful times.

Why should physicians and advanced practice providers join EmCare? If a physician is looking for a group that offers options for the future, EmCare is the perfect place to work. These options could be other geographic locations or moving into a leadership role.

What should residents do now to prepare themselves for future hiring opportunities? Residents should network all the time. They should not avoid recruiters; they should engage with them and learn what opportunities exist and the timeframe they should follow.

Can you give an example of something a candidate has done that really impressed you during the recruiting process? A recent candidate learned what each EM group was offering and negotiated a deal with our division more than two years before he finished his residency based on that knowledge. First, he impressed our leadership with his interpersonal and interviewing skills. Then he received stellar references. Once we decided we wanted to hire him, we gladly matched the offer from the other group.

How should a candidate follow up after an interview with you? A candidate should e-mail or call me with their thoughts on the discussion as well as ask additional questions. If they are interested, they should provide convenient dates to interview at the hospitals of interest.

Where do you look for candidates, both in-person and online? I use LinkedIn, Twitter, Doximity, Practice Match, Doc Café and EDPhysician to find candidates online. I also attend industry conferences like ACEP and ACOEP and hold networking dinners and events for residents.

How would your co-workers describe you? I believe they would say I’m outgoing, fun to be around, and genuine…hopefully they say that!

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or historical, who would you choose and why? I would have dinner with Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe he is one of the most important people who has ever walked the earth. He has made the world a better place for ALL people.

What’s the most interesting place that you’ve been? Paris, during high school.

What’s your favorite health or medical TV show? Forensic Files

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of? Finishing my undergraduate degree by going back to school full time after having a family and a successful career.

Jim Davis can be contacted at 973-251-1077 or by email.

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