As a travel healthcare professional, you move from job to job on a regular basis. For this reason, you don’t have the advantage of continuous employment at the same facility. Your ability to sustain your healthcare career (and your paycheck) relies heavily on your ability to line up your next assignments. And that depends on you! By networking, you will meet other healthcare professionals and learn about job openings—helping you maintain continuous employment. But that’s not all.
Five benefits of networking for allied health professionals
Finding another temporary travel assignment is just one advantage of strategic networking. Consider the other ways networking helps you and your career:
- Develop your allied health skills. Maybe you’re experienced in one branch of allied health but you’d like to expand your skills to try your hand at something new. What happens if you’re not sure where to go and what to try next? Networking with other professionals is a great way to learn what else is out there and get first-hand feedback to guide your decision. You may learn about a specialty you hadn’t considered, or discover a path you thought you wanted might not be for you.
- Expand your social network. Make new friends, but keep the old! As you network, you can add more professional contacts and friends to your network. This can be helpful when planning for your next assignment—you can choose a location where you already have a friend. With today’s technology, it’s easy to keep in touch with your entire network through email, Skype/FaceTime and social media.
- Gain professional support. Healthcare can be a stressful field, and it helps to have shoulders to lean on. Being able to reach out to those who understand is another advantage of networking and can help to make long, tiring days a little easier to weather.
- Keep up with industry trends. Though you’re required to earn continuing education credits, a busy work schedule can make it tricky to stay up to date with recent industry developments. By networking, you can join conversations with other healthcare professionals, which can be incredibly helpful to keep up on hot-button issues.
- Advance in your career. Are you looking to land a permanent placement, move into a leadership position or advance your paygrade? It always helps to meet people, let them get to know you and build your library of professional references. Networking can be an important way to grow your professional web and move up in your career.
Working with a recruiter helps
Your recruiter is a valuable partner in securing your next travel placement. They are also your cheerleader—promoting you to employers and helping you get your name out in the healthcare market.
Looking for your next travel healthcare placement?
Allied healthcare professionals can rely on the experience of MedPro Healthcare Staffing for placements in cities you love! We’re a top travel RN staffing agency that offers top-notch service plus the unique MedPro Experience. To learn more, call 1-800-866-8108 or apply below.