No matter what travel therapy or allied agency you work for, it's crucial that you work with a healthcare recruiter who truly understands you. Your recruiter is the point of contact for almost anything, you can ask questions about your contract, get help with benefits or timesheets, vent to them after a particularly rough shift, and so much more. Working with a recruiter whose personality meshes well with yours is an integral key to having a successful travel career. You need a recruiter who takes the time to get to know you, your job goals, personalizes your job search, and connects you with assignments in facilities and locations that are based on your wants or needs. These are 5 signs that your healthcare recruiter is a perfect fit for you:
A good recruiter should be in contact with you throughout your travel assignment, and they should check-in with you even when you're not on contract with them. While you're on assignment a great recruiter will reach out to ensure you're settling in to your new home well, there's no issues with your paychecks, and that all your questions are answered. Even if you're on a break between contracts or if you're traveling with another agency for a few months, your recruiter should be checking-in on you to see how you're doing, if you need anything from them, and if they should be on the look out for any upcoming contracts that may be a good fit for you.
Working in travel healthcare naturally comes with a lot of questions. From clarifying a contract to getting the right licensure and paperwork to helping you find housing, a good recruiter should be able to answer all your questions or find out the answer if they aren't sure right away. Your recruiter should never brush off your questions or act impatient with the questions that you have, or make you feel like you can't ask about anything.
A great recruiter should give you a direct line to contact them through call, text, email, or whatever method of communication works best for the pair of you. You should also feel confident that you'll receive a timely response from your recruiter! Emergencies happen, and if you're experiencing a time of crisis it's important that you can get in touch with them quickly and easily.
Recruiters have a job to fill contracts, but they should never push you into a contract that isn't perfect for you. Only you can decide what assignments will or won't be a good fit, so your recruiter must respect the decisions that you make. Considering where to move or what setting to work in is no small decision, and a good recruiter will understand that and provide suggestions that support your decisions, instead of suggestions that influence them.
Travel healthcare can be a complicated field to navigate, so it's important that you have a recruiter who advocates for you at every step of the process. Whether that's negotiating the best deal for you, finding housing options in your new city, ensuring you're treated well at the facility, or anything in between, you should feel truly supported by your recruiter. When you feel like life is hitting the fan, how is your recruiter there to help?