Travel nurse agencies and recruiters are a dime a dozen these days as the demand for healthcare professionals is on the rise. Your recruiter is your right hand person throughout your travel nursing journey. They are the one who finds you a job, helps you when things go wrong, and everything else in between. Having a recruiter you can rely on is absolutely essential as a travel nurse, but there are a few characteristics that you should consider when trying to find the perfect recruiter.
Get to know your recruiter on a more personal level. Ask them questions! They’re asking important questions to get to know you better, and you should be asking them questions to get to know them better. You could ask them things such as how long they have been recruiting, or you could have some fun with it and ask them if they think a hot dog is a sandwich (it’s not). When you are able to connect with your recruiter, it can help them understand your needs better. In return, they are able to work effectively and efficiently to help find you your next gig.
Your recruiter should be in the know with what’s happening in the job market. What the current rates look like for your specialty, the best facilities in the states you are looking to travel to, and everything else in between. Their knowledge and insight will be key in finding the perfect assignment for you. Let’s be honest, we’re all humans and make mistakes every once in a while. If you find that the information you are being given is consistently inaccurate, it may be time to look for a new recruiter.
Good Listener & Communicator
Is your recruiter able to hear your needs and effectively communicate with you? Communication is imperative when it comes to travel nursing. One miscommunication can lead to you being submitted to a job you don’t want, accepting a job offer that is less than ideal, or even traveling to your next destination without confirmation of when you will be starting your assignment. Effectively and appropriately communicating with your recruiter is imperative to your success as a travel nurse.
Trust is difficult to earn, but very easy to lose. Do you feel as if your recruiter is being upfront and honest with you? Are they hesitant and unforthcoming with information about specifics of the jobs you are interested in? As a travel nurse, you and your recruiter should be a cohesive team. You are both working for the same end goal, which is to find you an assignment. As much as you want to succeed as a travel nurse, they want the same for you. When there is a mutual trust between a traveler and recruiter, it acts as well-oiled machine that keeps the wheels moving on your travel nursing journey.
There is absolutely nothing worse than trying to get a hold of someone you desperately need to no avail. Having a recruiter you can easily get in touch with is important. While they may not answer right away when you text them at 3 AM, they should be responding to you in a timely manner. It’s what they’re there for! One perk of working with Squad Medical Staffing is that our recruiters are available 24/7, whenever you need them the most.
Are you ready for a change of scenery? Our travel nurse recruiters are here to help you find your next assignment. Join the Squad and apply today!