Travel nurse recruiters act as an agent and really important advocate for their nurses. Because of the nature of the industry — where job placement is so connected to your lifestyle — a good recruiter is also ideally a friend. Finding a great travel nurse recruiter is key to your success as a recruiter. So how do you find “the one”?
Start with a reputable company.
You will find both positive and negative reviews and rankings for every agency out there. Comb through and look for trends. From there, knowing what’s most important to you, you can decide to give them a try or not.
Think about getting a referral.
Whether it’s from a friend, colleague, or an online forum such as Healthcare Travelbook, a referral can go a long way in hooking you up with the right recruiter.
Look for qualities that reflect your needs.
Certain qualities almost everyone is looking for, such as initiative, good customer service, responsiveness, etc. But beyond that look for someone who has personal and professional personality that is well-suited with your own. Does conversation flow easily? Do you laugh at the same jokes? It’s like any relationship; pretty quickly you will realize whether or not you are compatible.
Making it work.
Picking a recruiter is one thing, but now you get to forge your partnership! Once you are matched up with a recruiter it’s on both of you to develop the relationship. The more honest communication and thorough information you can give your recruiter, the better job he or she can do for you. Give your recruiter a complete picture. What’s most important to you? Location, money, insurance, etc.? Ideally, of course, you want it all, but there will be times where you will need to prioritize one thing over another. Make sure you are honest and assertive about your needs and a good recruiter will go to bat to find jobs that fit the bill.
Do you love your recruiter? Do you have any tips for finding a great travel nurse recruiter? Please share your experience with us in the comments!