Travel nursing is a great choice in your career. You’ll be able to build your resume with a wide variety of nursing experiences—much more than through a full-time, stationary position. You’ll also be able to see the world and meet new people. As your resume grows, so will your knowledge of different cultures and the ways of life in cities nationwide (or abroad). You’re probably excited for your next placement—and to see where your travel nurse career will take you. But where should you start?
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Top job search techniques for travel nurses
As you look for your next assignment, you may be wondering how to get the most from your job search efforts. One of the best options is to work with a recruiter. Here’s what you can do to really maximize your time:
- Do your research. One of the number-one ways to advance your travel nurse career is by working with a recruiter. But to find the right healthcare staffing agency for you, you’ll need to do your research. Look into a few different agencies and compare benefits, rate of pay and services available to nurses. Check out the positions they have available to determine if these are locations you’d like to travel to. The more you can learn about each agency, the easier it will be to make your choice—and to help ensure you find the positions you want.
- Work with a niche staffing firm. A healthcare staffing agency that specializes in travel nursing is your best bet in finding the types of placements you want. That’s because niche recruiters will have a clear understanding of job requirements, and will also have plenty of contacts within the industry—increasing your chances of finding the types of opportunities you’re looking for.
- Communicate with your recruiter. Once you find the right recruiter, you’ll need to provide her with plenty of details about what you want in your travel placements. Do you prefer to work at a teaching or nonteaching hospital, and within what specialty? How many beds? What type of climate do you prefer? Do you want to work in the city, suburbs or a rural location? The more details you can give your recruiter, the better your chances of placements you’ll enjoy.
- Give plenty of feedback. During and after an assignment, follow up with your recruiter about how things went. The more details you can supply, the better she will be able to place you with travel assignments well matched to your likes and dislikes.
Know what you’re looking for
It’s important to have a clear understanding of the types of travel nursing positions you’d like to try—the more you understand about yourself and your career goals, the better chance you’ll have of achieving them. But if you’re not sure, that’s OK too. You can always work with your recruiter to determine your next career move.
MedPro Healthcare Staffing can help
We’re a healthcare staffing agency that specializes in the placement of travel nurses. To learn more and get a jumpstart on your travel nursing career, contact us today or click below to apply now!