By June 23, 2008 6 Comments

Travel Nursing Checklist Item #12: Interviewing your recruiter

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In the last section of the Ultimate Travel Nursing Checklist I talked about what makes a great travel nurse Recruiter, now I am going to give you some tips to help you find a one. For starters ask around. Being referred to a good Recruiter by a travel nurse who believes in them is by far the easiest way to end up with a great Recruiter yourself.

However, if you are in a situation where you are working with a new company, it is a little more difficult to guarantee which Recruiter you end up with. Often when you call in you will be forwarded to a Recruiter who you have never met before. She will try to strike up a relationship with you. It is important that you feel comfortable. Often a Recruiter is the face of the company to travel nurses like you so one bad experience may turn you off to a particular company. That is why in this situation it is best to do some research. Spend some time online in nursing forums and nurse social networking sites asking for the names of good Recruiters and good travel nursing companies. Ask around at the hospital too. Most likely your hospital has travelers in it who can fill you in on rn travel companies and nurse recruiters for the good or bad.

Another thing to keep in mind is to find out, when you first start talking to a company, whether or not you will have the same Recruiter for your entire career with that company or if they will move you from Recruiter to Recruiter depending on where you are working. This is defintely a situation you want to avoid, otherwise you will have to build a new relationship with each travel nursing assignment and in travel nursing the nurse/recruiter relationship is too valuable to need to be rebuilt with every change of region.

Once you are finally on the phone with the Recruiter, this is your chance to interview them. Pull out your checklist of items that you have pre-written (see Travel nursing checklist items #3, 4 and 5). Ask a lot of questions. Ask them until you feel comfortable. Find out how much they know about your specialty because your needs may be completely different than someone who has a different nursing specialty. Try to spend some extra time trying to get to know them on a personal level. It will help if any tough situations arise knowing you have a friend on your side.

Remember this is probably the most important part of the travel nursing process so take the time to make sure it is done right. For the rest of the Ultimate Travel Nursing Checklist click here.

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About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

6 Comments on "Travel Nursing Checklist Item #12: Interviewing your recruiter"

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  1. Judi says:

    Your recruiter is your new BFF, and I would NOT leave my recruiter as she will walk the line for me. Make sure you trust that recruiter, and tell her the issues that you are having….and ask ask ask….I have gotten into some serious problems and both my recruiter and myself learned alot…like do you have to pay for parking…..when working week-ends, are you working every other like the rest, or work 2 off 1 that gets old.

  2. Mike says:

    It took me some time before I found a good recruiter. I’ve known my recruiter for years and we have a very good relationship. We even became bestfriends. I couldn’t agree more with the author’s tips on finding the right recruiter. Better check some good recuiter for travel nurse employment online.

  3. Mike says:

    Your recruiter is should be your new BFF. Make sure you trust that recruiter, and tell her the issues that you are having….and ask ask ask….I have gotten into some serious problems and both my recruiter and myself learned alot. I met him while I was looking for a travel nurse employment.

  4. I wish I could find a good recruiter. I’m currently working in a big local hospital here in California, and thinking about of moving to Florida. I usually spend a lot of time looking for a travel nurse employment online.
    Do you guys know a good recruiter?

  5. Jeff says:

    Sure, you can find a bunch of them here: Medical Solutions Travel Nurse Recruiters

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