When deciding to join the traveling healthcare field and speak with a recruiter, there may seem to be so many uncertainties that arise. Where do I get started? Where should I travel? How do I find the right hospital? How do I set up housing? Will I enjoy my experience? But there are many avenues that you can utilize in order to answer all the questions you have now and the ones that will come up down the road (because we know that there will be plenty more).
Taking that step to decide to travel is huge, so why not let someone help you along the way? That’s why a recruiter is such a huge part of the travel healthcare journey. They are able to do the majority of the work for you, so that you don’t have to. Sound too good to be true? Well it’s not! The first question becomes how to choose the right one out of all the companies and recruiters out there. No matter where you decide to go, take these suggestions with you so that you can find your perfect “guide” throughout your travel experience.
Choose someone who respects your time
We all know that time gets away from us in the usual 8am-5pm business day, but if your recruiter is really a good match for you, they will make sure that you feel important. You know you have a good recruiter if they answer promptly and give adequate information (and sometimes more). The important thing to recognize here is that this also goes both ways. If you want the recruiter to respond quickly to you, make sure you are getting back to them throughout the process so they are aware of all your questions and concerns.
Find someone who makes you feel valued and is honest
Honesty is an important part of feeling valued in any relationship, especially the recruiter – employee relationship. Since you are putting trust in them to find the right job for you, you obviously hope that they are looking out for your best interest. How do you know if that’s the case? They tell the truth no matter what the case is. They do not over exaggerate the benefits of the job or the environment surrounding the facility, but rather they tell it like it is (whether it’s what you want to hear or not).
And make sure it’s someone that always follows through AND follows up
But even after you land that perfect assignment (whether it’s your very first one or you’re a travel veteran by now), having a recruiter that always reaches out to check in and see how it’s going is KEY. This is how you know you are not just another number to them, but rather someone they truly want to help grow.
What else do you think is important to a healthy recruiter/ candidate relationship? Leave a comment below!
Morgan Mattly is a former Aureus Medical Recruiting Intern, currently finishing up her internship hours for her Master’s program in Business Administration. Outside of work and school, Morgan enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, going on runs, and catching up on her favorite Netflix shows.