In Step #7: Researching Travel Companies you took the steps and researched travel companies. You should have narrowed your potential list down to 3-5. You have already talked to them and hopefully you have a better idea which ones are going to work out for you.
Now it’s time to submit the profile that you built, in Step #6: Building your Travel Portfolio. I recommend that you contact the recruiter and inform them that your interested in working with them on finding a travel nurse position. Make sure that you review the points discussed earlier regarding your wants/needs.
If you already have your profile finished it’s a quick step to simply email the completed profile to the recruiter in .pdf format. I recommend that you follow-up with the recruiter a few days after submission to make certain that it was received and ask if there is anything else required to complete your profile with the company.
It’s important to note that although I covered ‘most’ of the paperwork required, many travel nurse agencies will have their individual requirements. This may include a set of online testing. This is generally not paid for and will have to be completed during your own time. This is just one reason that it’s important to research travel nurse agencies in advance. You don’t want to spend all the extra time to complete this extra time-consuming process if the company isn’t going to be a good fit for you and be able to meet your needs.
When the recruiter confirms that all of your paperwork is complete, it’s time to start looking for a position. Hopefully, the recruiter has already given this some thought and has a few recommendations for you.
Due to the fact that most travel nurses work concurrently with several agencies when searching for their next contract it is VERY important to make it clear to your recruiter(s) that they are NOT to submit your profile to any hospital without your prior approval. This is imperative to make clear to the recruiter. The last thing that you want is for a hospital to get your profile from two different companies or for you to get an unexpected phone call for an interview that you didn’t know you were being submitted for. This DOES happen so please make sure to communicate this with your recruiter.
It’s perfectly acceptable to be submitted to several hospitals at the same time. You should keep notes on which company has permission to submit you to which hospitals so that when you receive the interview call, you can follow-up with the correct recruiter with the results of the call.
Now that you have submitted your profile, it’s time to start building a relationship, which we will discuss in the next step. The next several steps will be done concurrently, it’s important to understand all of them in order to be successful.
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