Working with Your Travel Nurse Recruiter - The Gypsy Nurse

By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

August 8, 2018

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Step #9: Working With Your Recruiter (s)

The Travel Nurse Recruiter

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Building and maintaining a solid relationship with your travel nurse recruiter(s) is an important aspect of your professional career. Whether searching for a job or happily employed, maintaining a good relationship with your travel nurse recruiter keeps your options open. One important fact to remember is that your recruiter works for you. He/She is not your friend, but a business connection.  I have seen many travel nurses accept something less than what they wanted simply to ‘please’ their recruiter.  It’s important to keep a professional relationship with your recruiter.

Communication

A key aspect of building a good relationship with your recruiter is communication. Keep your lines of communication open. Always make yourself available to your recruiter, even during non-business hours. Make sure they know the easiest way to get in touch with you.  Travel nursing is a competitive market and when a job becomes available, it is beneficial to you and your recruiter to act quickly, and knowing the quickest and easiest way to contact you eliminates any potential communication barriers.

Always stay in touch with your travel nurse recruiter.  If your actively looking for a position, check in every few days to update your status and see if they have anything new.  Recruiters generally work with dozens of travel nurses and they aren’t ignoring you, they just have a busy schedule.  Take initiative and contact your recruiter instead of waiting around for them to call you. Make it a point to keep up with your recruiter at least once a week, whether you stay in contact via e-mail or telephone.

Honesty

Being honest with your recruiter is crucial. First, be upfront with your recruiter before they start looking for a position for you.  Refer back to your deal-breakers and make certain that your recruiter knows and understands what they are.

During your contract, if there are issues (no matter how small) make certain to touch base with the recruiter and inform them.  Let them know that you are/are not able to handle the situation at the present but want them to be aware.

Your recruiter’s job is to help you find a position that suits you. They cannot ease worries of which they are unaware, and they cannot fix something that they don’t know is broken. Open and honest communication with your recruiter will help you find the right job more efficiently.

Keep them up-to-date

Your recruiter is your ally in helping you find a suitable job.  Notify your recruiter of any changes or updates made to your resume as soon as you make them. Have your skills and experiences changed? Keep your recruiter informed and ensure you stay on top of their list of desirable candidates.

When you become unavailable for a job, inform the recruiter.  Don’t hide your unavailability in fear of hurting your recruiter’s feelings.  Remember, this is a business relationship.  Be pleasant and inform them that you look forward to connecting with them when the current contract if finished.

Maintain the Relationship

Once you land a new job, keep your best recruiters in the loop. Check in with them once in a while.  Let them know when your going to be available again.  A good recruiter will contact you several weeks prior to your anticipated contract end date and follow-up on your next search. It’s important to maintain a good relationship once established.  You never know when you or a close friend will need their assistance. Keeping that bond will make the recruiter want to spend the time and effort to help you down the road. For some additional tips on travel nurse recruiter relationships: Know What Your Travel Nurse Recruiter Wants/Needs/Expects From You.

Referrals, not gifts

Referrals are the best way to thank your travel nurse recruiter for helping you get where you want to go. Don’t worry about gift baskets or thank you cards. Good referrals equal better business for your recruiter, and many companies offer referral bonuses for referring a qualified candidate.

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