Working as a traveling healthcare professional is an exciting career choice. You’ll meet new people, learn new skills, explore new cities and, most importantly, practice your much-needed skills on patients who are desperate for them.

But not every assignment is right for you.

The first thing you must have is complete trust in your travel staffing service. How can you know you can trust a service and its recruiters? Rather than give you tips on how to spot a trustworthy recruiter, read below for tips on how to spot the untrustworthy ones.

If a recruiter works aggressively – and we mean aggressively ­­– for you to take the first assignment offered to you, this could be a sign that the recruiter doesn’t really care about your needs and career goals but is more interested in ensuring he or she receives a fee for your placement.

In addition, an aggressive recruiter may ask you to agree to some parameters right away, with little discussion. The recruiter will ask you to agree to certain salary ranges, types of medical facilities in which you’ll work, the length of your assignments, and where in the country you’ll accept assignments.

You need to be careful of recruiters who try to pigeonhole you into a salary parameter. This often means the recruiter is aiming to ensure that you receive the lowest amount in the salary range, thus providing the recruiter’s travel assignment staffing service with higher margins.

This is understandable – everyone wants to make as much profit as possible – but you don’t need to be railroaded into anything. Be aware.

To help weed out the over-aggressive services, ask each one with which you speak to give you a list of the hospitals with which they have contracts. You can then ask the travel staffing firms to only send you to their client facilities that meet your salary needs. You also can ask for what are known as “compensation quotes.”

Please note that compensation isn’t the only thing to look for. You also should take a look at the relationships the service has with its hospital clients, as well as the levels of service the staffing firms provide.

But perhaps the most important thing to consider is your relationship with your recruiter. Do the two of you “click”? Do you feel that the recruiter has your best interests at heart and will work hard to find you assignments that meet your needs? If not, you can ask to work with another recruiter or you can take your much-needed skills to another travel staffing service.

Speaking of taking your much-needed skills to a travel staffing service, don’t forget to send your CV/resume to MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We’re always on the lookout for dedicated and experienced (minimum of one year of professional experience) RNs, OTs, PTs, speech therapists, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals. Contact us today.