Whether you’re looking for a travel healthcare job or a position with one hospital, medical center or clinic, if you’re an allied healthcare professional it really does pay to work with a medical recruiter. (And it won’t cost you even a penny!)
First, a few things you need to know about medical recruiters.
- They don’t work for you; they work for their hospital/clinic/medical office clients. That means that you could be the greatest geriatric RN on the planet, but unless a client needs a geriatric RN, the recruiter may not be able to help you right then. (Still, it’s always wise to stay in touch with a recruiter; client needs change all the time.)
- This is why the recruiter’s efforts on your behalf cost you nothing: the client will pay the recruiter either a flat fee for your placement (for a direct-hire opportunity) or will receive a fee more than what the recruiting company pays you, paying you and then taking the remainder to pay for operating costs (recruiter salaries, overhead, your benefits, and so on).
The above said, here’s how you can work with a medical recruiter to your advantage:
- While the recruiter isn’t there to make your career dreams come true, most people who enter this profession do want to help you, if at all possible. That’s why it’s a good idea to let the recruiter know what your goals are. She may not be able to help you now, but so long as you’re professional and understand her constraints (she works for her clients), she’ll more than likely think of you when an opening that fits your goals and criteria pops up on her radar.
- Many medical recruiters work on a flat-fee system with their clients. This means that they don’t get paid unless they place someone in the open position. Savvy clients most often use several different recruiters to find someone to fill the position. Your recruiter knows this and so is under a lot of stress to get the placement. If you’re a candidate for this position, your recruiter will work very hard on your behalf (because she won’t get paid unless you get the job).
- Because of this extreme completion among recruiters, understand that some recruiters may push you to apply for positions a) you don’t really want and/or b) for which you’re unsuited.
- So it’s wise to talk at length with any recruiter to get a feel for how she works. Does she appear pushy? Or does she come across as sincere in wanting to make sure any position she approaches you about fits your goals and skills? If your gut is telling you that this recruiter only wants to make a fee via you, walk away.
- Be very upfront with a recruiter about your skills and professional and educational background. Don’t fudge; speak truthfully. If you exaggerate your abilities or background to a recruiter and she unknowingly markets you for a position for which you’re unqualified, you can bet that she’ll drop you quickly and never give you a second chance.
The recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing are a bit different from the medical recruiters described above because we tend to work with medical professionals to place them within temporary/travel assignments. And, while we do work more for clients (they look to us to fill critical travel positions and pay us when we send someone on assignment), we develop long-term working relationships with our travelers. Bottom line? We want to make sure you’re happy in your work. Contact us today.