As a traveling nurse, a good relationship with your recruiter can make all the difference.
Your recruiter should be your biggest advocate. Their ultimate goal is to help you through the search process, find your dream assignment, and get you onsite as smoothly as possible. But, how do you know if you have a great recruiter? Here are 5 signs to watch for.
- Open & Thorough Communication: Having open and thorough lines of communication between you and your recruiter can be crucial for a great travel experience. They need to understand exactly what you’re looking for. Be honest with your recruiter about things that are important to you. Walk them through some of the essentials:
- Your priorities. What means the most to you in a travel nursing career? What is important to you? Are you looking for some interesting locations? Do you need experience or training in a specific field?
- Your preferences. Where do you want to go? What type of facility are you looking for? What size of city?
- Your non-negotiables. Do you need a job in a specific town because your spouse is being transferred? Do you need pet-friendly accommodations? Think through what you can’t live without and let your recruiter know. A recruiter will take note and will talk you through all of your options. They will help you understand your benefits, bonuses, insurance options, and help you find a combination that works best for you, answering all your questions along the way.
- Highly-Organized: You want to work with a recruiter that has all the tools in place to help you manage your application and assignment details. Because let’s be honest, you’ll need all sorts of paperwork before you can start your assignment – references, license information, background checks, drug tests, the list is endless! Great recruiters have all that information organized and ready to go.
- Integrity: Whether it’s an issue with an assignment, questions about pay or benefits, you should feel comfortable enough to contact your recruiter with those tough issues. You should be able to come to your recruiter and always feel like you’re getting a prompt, honest response. They will have your back and try their very best to make things right and if they can’t, they will help you find the resources you need to resolve the situation. Don’t be afraid to be honest with them!
- Follow Up: A great recruiter doesn’t just stop after you’ve accepted an assignment. A great recruiter will check in with you on how your assignment is going and see if there is anything you need.
- Worth a Recommendation: Lastly, if you’ve worked with a great recruiter, you’ll want to share them with your fellow traveling nurses. Almost every travel agency has some sort of referral bonus, but you want to keep an eye out for the kind of recruiter that you are excited to share with your friends. Let your agency know if your recruiter is doing a good job!
Bonus Tip: If you don’t feel like your recruiter is a good match for you, speak up! You have every right to find a recruiter that matches your personality and understands what you’re looking for. If something is off, ask your agency for a new recruiter and they should be happy to help you find someone that is a better fit.
Developing a great relationship with your recruiter is essential for a successful travel nursing career. They will help pave the way for you to get those dream assignments. Do you feel like you have a great recruiter? Let your agency know! We love to hear how your assignment is going and how your recruiter helped you.
Whether you’re just getting started or you’re an experienced traveler, trustaff’s team of career specialists are always at the ready to help you become the most successful traveling nurse you can become! Contact us at 877-880-0346 or apply online today.