I had an enlightening conversation with a young lady today, who I met on LinkedIn. She is a new mom, currently on maternity leave, and trying to decide whether to return to work or not after her maternity leave is up.
Her experience resonated with me because I was in the same boat 6 and 8 years ago, while I was on maternity leave with each of my children. I knew I didn’t want to return to my job at the time, but I didn’t seem to have any alternatives. I couldn’t be a stay-at-home mom, which would have been ideal, because we couldn’t afford it. It was difficult to try to interview for something else while on maternity leave. So, what were my options? I could try to find my “dream” job or I could attempt to create it by starting my own business. I chose the latter.
Physician recruiting was my dream job at the time, so I drafted a client solicitation email and sent it to approximately 80 staff physician recruiters (whose email addresses were published on the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters website). Lo and behold, a few recruiters responded. I was totally shocked at the quick response I received. Here I was, a pharmaceutical sales rep on maternity leave, with no recruiting experience. I ended up with a couple of contracts, so I immediately started searching for physicians. I reached out to some psychiatrists I knew from pharma sales and got some names of graduating residents who would be looking for jobs. I called and emailed to make them aware of the opportunities I was recruiting for. Finally, I made a connection. I was so excited! “I am on my way!”, or so I thought. I figured if I could get this recruiting business up and running I could make some income and not have to go back to work. Well, it wasn’t quite that easy. I presented my physician candidate to one of my clients and, unfortunately, he was already in their system. So, there was no way I could get paid for presenting him as a candidate if he were to get hired. Of course, I was discouraged. What happened next? I quit…and went back to work once my maternity leave ended.
To be continued…
Until next time…
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)