As a healthcare traveler, you and the recruiter you work with at the travel staffing service will work closely together for the length of your tenure with the firm.
In some ways, this will be the most attentive professional relationship you may ever have.
The recruiter is there to serve two important customers: you, the healthcare professional, and the client – the hospital, clinic etc.
The recruiter needs to make both of you happy by providing you with great assignments and the client with great travelers.
Read below for five tips on how to make your relationship with your recruiter the best it can be.
- First, remember that the recruiter needs to make his or her clients happy. In fact, in some ways, making the client happy is more important than making you happy: without the client there is no assignment for you. So unless you have the specific skills a client needs, your recruiter won’t send you to Hawaii for the six-month assignment, no matter how much a) you beg and b) the recruiter likes you.
- That said, the recruiter wants to make sure you’re happy. After all, without you, the client’s needs won’t be met. That’s why the recruiter will work very hard to make sure you’re satisfied. Your recruiter is your advocate: if you’re not happy on an assignment, if you feel something is wrong that should be made right, let your recruiter know and he or she will do everything possible to fix it.
- Act as the professional that you are in all of your dealings with your recruiter. If an emergency comes up, for example, and you need to leave an assignment early, let your recruiter right away and, if at all possible, volunteer to stay for a day or two while the recruiter finds a replacement for you at your assignment facility. In fact, give your recruiter plenty of notice no matter what it is you want to do. Want to take a month off between assignments? Let your recruiter know at least a week or two before your current assignment ends. In short, give your recruiter the professional courtesy you would expect of any employer and you can rest assured that the recruiter will do the same for you.
- Let the recruiter know what your professional goals are. Do you want to improve your acute care skills? Your recruiter can’t provide you chance to work in an acute care setting if he or she doesn’t know this. Your recruiter wants to know what your professional goals are, where you’d prefer to work, etc. Don’t be shy and let your recruiter know these things.
- To really have a recruiter love you, volunteer for one or two short-notice assignments (when possible). Showing that you’re willing to go the extra mile for the recruiter can only help the recruiter look upon you with gratitude and respect. What’s more, you’ve more than likely made an ally for life!
Get started creating a great relationship with a travel healthcare recruiter by sending your PT, OT, RN, speech therapist, or pharmacy resume/CV to the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We look forward to hearing how we can help further your healthcare career!