You are a nurse who loves the work. You’ve no desire to leave your employer. You’ve no desire to change things up.

Then you get a phone call from a recruiter with a healthcare travel company. At first you’re inclined to not take the call, but before doing so, read below for seven reasons you should take that call!

  1. The best time to talk to a recruiter is when you don’t need them. That is, you’re gainfully employed and happy where you are. Should that change – should you be laid off or fired – you won’t be as attractive to a recruiter or their clients.
  2. It’s far better to be courted than to be an applicant. Since you’re already happily employed, you have leverage. You can pick and choose which travel staffing companies you want to work with. You’re in the proverbial catbird seat.
  3. You’ve no doubt heard a lot about the travel nurse career; surely you have a few questions! Why not ask the recruiter about them when he contacts you? This can help you decide if working as a traveling nurse is something you’d like to do “someday.” Also, speaking to the recruiter now helps you create a relationship with them just in case you do change your mind.
  4. Even if you’re truly not interested, talking to a nursing recruiter – and creating a relationship with him or her – can help you stay abreast of the nursing job market. Recruiters know the state of the job market in-depth at all times, so they will know exactly how in demand your particular skills are at any given moment.
  5. A nurse recruiter also can take a look at your CV/resume and provide tips on how to improve it.
  6. You also can ask the recruiter how they found you/why they called you. This will let you know which job board or individual referred you and can help you gauge how well respected you are within the profession.
  7. If a travel nursing recruiter calls, take the opportunity to find out what types of travel assignments his firm specializes in, what benefits the company offers, the pay range, and so on. Having such up-to-date industry information always is wise.

You may say you aren’t interested in a career as a nurse traveler now but circumstances and desires change. You never know what the future will bring, and having one or more travel nurse recruiters in your professional network can never be a bad thing.

If you’ve already decided that you want to search for travel nursing jobs, contact the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We’re always happy to speak with nurses looking for more information about a travel career and we’d be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns. Contact us today.