Travel Nursing: Value of a Traveler-Recruiter Relationship

How To Guide

When working with an agency, it is super important to build a good, trustworthy relationship with your recruiter. It can already be uncomfortable enough to travel alone, travel somewhere new, etc., but having a dedicated recruiter by your side can make all the difference! This relationship is not only going to make the process seamless in finding the perfect assignment, but will also make it fun & enjoyable!

Traveler-Recruiter Relationship

With any relationship, communication comes first. Open communication from the traveler will let the recruiter know that she/he is engaged throughout the process (and vice versa!). This will also allow the recruiter to ask questions and dig deeper to ensure that the traveler is being placed on the right assignment. While open communication is prioritized, it is also very important to make sure that other characteristics are present, such as:

  • Honesty
  • Transparency 
  • Attentive Behavior
  • Trust

A traveler-recruiter relationship should form through questions, discussions and elaborations. All communication should be clear beginning on day one! Without these interactions, issues could arise due to unclear standards. 

Here are a few tips we suggest when wanting to be precise with your recruiter: 

Starting Out

  • Be clear with your skillset and specialties.
  • Be realistic when mentioning the location and contract length that you are looking for.
  • Be honest about needs regarding time off.

Contract Talk

  • Ask about pay, insurance, benefits, orientation & time off.

On Assignment

  • Periodically check-in with your recruiter.
  • Give feedback on what is going well and what is not going well.
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Benefits of Traveler-Recruiter Relationship

A strong relationship with your recruiter ensures a number of benefits.

  1. You will always have someone by your side! This can be all the way from support with house hunting to negotiating a contract. Whatever may arise, your recruiter will never leave you on your own to handle it. 
  2. You will always be placed on an assignment that is fully fitted for you. By being transparent with your recruiter, they will be able to place you on an assignment that best suits your wants and needs. 
  3. A lasting relationship with your recruiter can lead to future assignments. If you and your recruiter stay on the same page, they can begin to set you up for your next success when your previous assignment is coming to an end. 

Whether you are just starting out or have been in Travel Nursing for years, we encourage you to take some time to build a relationship with your recruiter. Beside the above takeaways, this will also help guide you in knowing if this individual is good for you and your future career endeavours. Time to ring your recruiter!

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