Did your mother ever tell you that you never get a second chance to make a great first impression? The same holds true when introducing yourself to potential doctors on Messly. Recruiters are far more likely to receive positive feedback from a doctor when they introduce themselves with a well-written and personalised message.

To help you get there, we've suggested including three-key elements:

• Introduce yourself

• Explain why they should work with you

• Personal Reference to the doctor's profile


This is your moment to shine. Introduce yourself and tell them a bit about you.

Why work with you?

Let them know what makes your agency stand out above the rest. Do you specialise in their specialty or get the first pick of roles in their area? Doctors are busy and get a lot of offers, tell them why you'd be a perfect fit.

Reference their profile

The doctors have taken a lot of time to complete their profiles, let them know you've taken the time to read it.

The key is to personalise it, avoid copy paste and all costs. Just like you, a doctor can always tell when you've sent them a generic message. Whereas when you put in a bit of time, a doctor will be able to see you fighting in their corner.

Finally, don't forget spelling and grammar. This is a small point, but doctors notice these things - especially the more senior ones. Check your spelling and grammar before you click send!

Example message:

Hi Dr Who,

I came across your profile on Messly and wanted to reach out and introduce myself. I'm Abrar Gundroo, one of the senior recruitment consultants at Messly. We specialise primarily in the sub-specialties of medicine as well as emergency medicine and have a strong presence across the South East and the Midlands.

I can see you're looking for locum work around London for your F3 year. We work quite closely with several of your preferred hospitals. I've included roles I thought you might be interested in at the Elsa of Arendelle Hospital. They're offering £50 per hour, which is brilliant for SHO roles. You may be aware that if you go much closer to London, you'll be subject to the Pan London Rate Card, which caps SHO pay at £36-£42ph.

Would you be interested in any of these? We also have several other roles at other nearby hospitals I'd be happy to discuss with you if these aren't suitable.

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