When you are deciding to take on a travel assignment one of the first decisions you make is selecting a company and a recruiter who can help you meet your goals. You should be working with someone who you feel will support you and keep your best interests in mind.
In the same sense, there are things that you can be open with your recruiter about as well that will make the process seamless and effective for everyone. Keep the below things in mind when talking with your nurse recruiter.
- Communication – Communication is the key to every relationship, and this is true for travel nurse/recruiter relationships as well. The more information you provide, the better your recruiter can find a job to fit your needs. Whether its location, pay, hospital, experience, nearby amenities, shift or anything else you want – tell them up front! Also don’t forget your non-negotiables – have a pet? Need specific dates off? These are all critical for your recruiter to know as well!
- Documentation – Please do everything to ensure you provide your recruiter with the items they need to submit you to a job opening. They can not submit you without certain items, mainly a skills checklist and references. If you postpone this, your submission to be considered for the job is postponed as well. Once you have a job offer, they will need additional items from you including immunizations, certifications, etc. If anything is missing or late, your start date could be compromised.
- Contact – Keep in touch throughout the job search and assignment! Your recruiter will always be there to reach out to with any concerns or if any assistance is needed! Don’t feel like you can only reach out if something is wrong – a recruiter loves to hear good things about the places you are working as well. This expands their knowledge of the facility to share with future candidates. Staying in touch also keeps you top of mind for any future contracts that may come across their desk.