Optom Locum and Recruitment Service has changed its name to Eyecare Recruitment, reflecting an expansion of its scope of business to meet the needs of the broader eye care community in Australia and New Zealand.
Established by former optometrist Philip Fent, the company now operates with two recruitment consultants, all with direct experience in eye health. Leeza Williams has worked as general manager of ProVision; established and managed 2020 Laser Vision; and was a business development manager with Paterson Burn Optometrists in New Zealand. She also has extensive experience working in recruitment.
Liette Zografos worked in optometry for 15 years, holding various roles at Luxottica including that of retail sales manager. Like Ms Williams, she also has prior recruitment experience.
Mr Fent was practising at his OPSM store at Warringah Mall in Sydney in 2002 when the concept of establishing an independent eye health recruitment company came to him. Little did he know that it would be so successful.
“At the time, I couldn’t find any optometrist locum agencies so I decided to set up my own – Phillip Fent Locum Services was founded in 2002,” he explained.
“Phillip Fent Locum Services became Optom Locum Service in early 2017, but due to industry demand we added the Optometrist Recruitment Service in April 2018. More recently, we began providing recruitment services to the whole eye care profession, and as such, decided to rebrand to Eyecare Recruitment.
“We are now the largest, best-known and most trusted eye care specific recruitment service in Australia with more than 1,000 registered candidates on our database,” Mr Fent said. “We have many long standing relationships with employers – both in optometry and ophthalmology.”
Eyecare Recruitment works with a database of 1,000 registered job seekers to find candidates to meet the needs of practices and clinics.
“We work very closely with clients right from the beginning to understand their business, current staff and the role they are looking to fill. We directly contact suitable candidates as well as promoting positions more widely. Once we have short-listed candidates, we essentially handle the entire process for the client, from screening backgrounds and initial interviews through to managing communications, negotiating salaries between parties and coordinating contracts – all of which saves a lot of anxiety all round.”
Clients have told us that we have saved them hours of time by managing the whole process; they just need to see the three final candidates and make a choice
When requested Eyecare Recruitment also undertakes DISC profiling to ensure the candidate will fit into the client’s team, as well as psychometric testing, skills testing, Police and background checks.
“Clients have told us that we have saved them hours of time by managing the whole process; they just need to see the three final candidates and make a choice from there,” Mr Fent said. “We also provide a three month replacement guarantee – so if any problems occur, clients can rest assured that we will find a replacement.”
Indeed, Don Granger from Eyecare Plus New South Wales says of Eyecare Recruitment, “Working with them has significantly improved how quickly we find candidates to fill our vacancies, especially in regional areas.”
In the current market, where Government incentives are making it more appealing to take staff on, practices are busier than ever, and practice managers are consumed with maintaining a safe environment for patients and staff alike, Eyecare Recruitment’s service can remove much of the recruitment burden.
“Despite what’s going on with the economy, there will always be a need for eye care staff in both optometry and ophthalmology. We have placed a number experienced staff as well as new graduates in recent weeks, in both Australia and New Zealand.”
As the only eye care specific recruitment agency in Australia (both ophthalmology and optometry), Mr Fent believes his team’s clear understanding of the skills required for specific roles in the sector is unique.
“But our number one attribute is that we listen to what a client wants, we learn about their business, their current staff and we deeply consider who will be the best fit.”
As well as finding staff to fill roles in practices, Eyecare Recruitment works with optometrists and ophthalmologists to identify new career opportunities for them. Their proactive approach and in-depth knowledge of the optical industry has benefited optometrists Su Ching Ong and Angela Ni.
“Leeza took the time to find exactly what I was looking for and successfully found the perfect job for me,” said Ms Ching Ong. Ms Ni emphasised the continuous support provided to her when searching for a new job. “I was given amazing support… from the start, right until starting my new job,” she said.
For more information visit www.eyecarerecruitment.com.au