As you take the first steps toward exploring a career as a traveling healthcare professional, consider asking any travel staffing service the following seven questions. (Please note: these questions pertain to the expertise of the recruiter; we’re going to assume that you’ve already researched the career of a traveler pretty thoroughly.)
- How long have you been a recruiter/how long have you been a healthcare travel recruiter/how long have you worked for this travel staffing service? Asking this question lets you know how experienced in travel staffing your recruiter is. This field is not for everyone. The job of a recruiter is highly stressful and a recruiter’s priorities can change in an instant. Many people think they’ll enjoy it but many either find they dislike the job or they burn out in a year or two. Having a recruiter with just one or two years’ experience isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you’re planning on being a traveler for several years, it helps if your recruiter will be there right along with you. Longevity on the job is a good indicator that the recruiter will be sticking around for a while.
- What’s your background/where did you go to school/have you ever worked as a healthcare traveler yourself? A travel staffing recruiter doesn’t have to have worked as a traveler, but it sure can’t hurt. Asking more personal questions helps you get to know your recruiter. After all, you two will be working pretty closely together over the next several months and years.
- Why did you decide to work for this particular travel staffing company? This will give you insight into why the recruiter thought this travel staffing firm was worthy of his or her career. You also can find out what the recruiter doesn’t like about the company by asking a question such as “If there was just one thing about this company that you’d like to change, what would it be?”
- Will you be my recruiter for the length of my employment with you, or will I be working with one or more recruiters? This question pertains to longevity (as mentioned above), but it also lets you know if you’ll be working with a recruiter dedicated to your assignments/career, or if you’ll be working with one or more recruiters. A dedicated recruiter gets to know you extremely well. However, the fact is that recruiters do tend to come and go relatively frequently. Having several recruiters working for you can be a good thing if one of them leaves: You’ll still retain a history with the others.
- How many travelers are you working with right now/is there a max number that you’ll work with? Recruiters can become swamped quickly. The fewer number of travelers with which a recruiter works, the better: You won’t get lost in the shuffle.
- How can I get a hold of you? Are you – or someone from your office – available 24/7? Things happen on assignments. Especially if you’re working the 2nd or 3rd shift, it can be important to know that you can get a hold of your recruiter beyond 8-5. Ask the recruiter about after-hours calls.
- How often will I/should I talk to you? You’ll want to ask how often you should contact a recruiter prior to an assignment (so that you can let the recruiter know of your continued interest in receiving an assignment), as well as how often the recruiter will want to talk to you while you’re on assignment.
Ask us anything. Many of the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing have been with us for five years or more, and many have been recruiting healthcare travelers for 10 years or more. It’s apparent that we love our jobs. Contact us today to find out why.