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There’s nothing better than having a great relationship with your recruiter as a travel nurse. When you have a good bond, your recruiter can really help you build your travel nursing career by helping you find great opportunities for your specialty in the area you are looking to go.

If you’re looking to build a meaningful relationship with your recruiter, here are some tips on how to do so.

1. Keep up with recruiter’s job postings.

A good way to get a recruiter’s attention is by following them on social media accounts in order to find out about jobs they are posting. This can include Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Once you know about a job, you can send them a resume and/or cover letter that describes your expertise and skill set. Let them know why they should hire you. Not only does this show your dedication to your job, but also can spark a great conversation.

2. Be honest when asked questions.

Recruiters want to make sure they place in the place where both the healthcare facility and the travel nurse thrives. The best way to make sure a placement works for everyone involved is to be honest about what you are looking for. If you are not okay with going to a small town, don’t agree to the assignment. It is better to answer honestly and have a recruiter place you in a large city and have you be happy and productive than to agree to go to a small place and feel unhappy or want to stop your assignment early.

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3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions in return.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Again, recruiters want to make sure that everyone is happy when it comes to a placement, and that requires honesty. Not sure you would fit in at a facility or location? Ask about it. Not okay with the pay? Be sure to tell them up front, too. You as a travel nurse also have expectations and needs, so be open with your recruiter.

4. Try and stay open-minded.

While you might really want Hawaii or Florida, it’s good to keep an open mind about location. Moving to a place you didn’t expect to go to can help you learn many skills like adaptability and resourcefulness. Your flexibility also makes you a more valuable candidate.

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5. Check in with your recruiter even after starting a job.

A good way to have a strong relationship with a recruiter is to make sure you check in with your recruiter every once in a while. This helps you maintain the bond you two have and will mean a lot to your recruiter. Chances are your recruiter will reach out, and if you are busy, it is nice to make the effort to call back when you can. In the future, your recruiter will remember you over other candidates because of your continued communication and will be more likely to help you find your ideal assignment.

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