A travel staffing firm with which you accept healthcare travel assignments is your partner: Your partner when it comes to finding great assignments, but also your partner in your healthcare career.
Read below for the five signs a travel healthcare staffing service has the makings to be a great partner for you.
- Remember that the travel staffing firm that’s perfect for a friend or colleague may not be the best one for you. Each of us has different needs and goals. Your task is to cull the many travel staffing firms out there to find the two to four that will be right for you.
- Some staffing firms will pay less per hour, but put you in nicer housing. Others provide more in per diem pay (pay for food, etc.) or pay more in travel reimbursements. Still another may provide a 10 percent match to your 401k, while another provides “just” five percent, but pays a higher hourly rate. It’s up to you to decide which benefits are most important to you and to find the firm that provides them.
- Staffing firms tend to have assignments in location clusters. That is, they tend to have assignments in one area of the country over another. It’s your job to find out which staffing firm tends to have assignments where, and then approach it for assignments where you want to go. For example, let’s say you live in Denver and you really want to “travel” to assignments within a day’s drive (you want to come home to your family on your off days). You want to find a staffing service that has a lot of assignments in your profession in or near Denver. Or let’s say you want to come early or stay after your assignment and make it a vacation. Where do you want to vacation? San Diego? Vermont in winter (for skiing)? Orlando to take the family to Walt Disney World? You’ll need to find staffing firms that have a lot of assignments where you want to go.
- You’ll also need to find out how available recruiters are to you. How often will they want you to speak with them while on assignment? How available are they after hours? Depending on your needs or desires, you may want a service that’s more hands-on than –off, or vice versa.
- Do you want to be an employee of the staffing service or an independent contractor? As an employee, the service will take out all taxes. for you. As an independent contractor, you’ll more than likely receive a larger hourly rate than an employee, yet it’s up to you to make sure you pay all income taxes you owe. Only you can decide which is best for your particular situation.
How can you learn which staffing service is best for you? You can interview with it, of course. When you do, don’t be shy: Ask the company’s recruiters to verify the benefits as touted in their recruiting materials. Ask them for their traveler as well as client retention rate. You also can network with other travelers to get the true scoop.