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When it comes to finding a travel assignment, a good travel nurse recruiter can be a valuable asset in helping you navigate the process. They have the pulse on all the hot jobs, what licensure you will need for each job, how to land that dream travel assignment, and more. However, not all recruiters are created equal. Here are 5 things to look for in a travel nurse recruiter to ensure that you find the right fit for your travel assignment needs.
5 things to look for in a travel nurse recruiter:
1. Communication Skills
A good travel nurse recruiter will have excellent communication skills. They should be able to walk you through the process, the job requirements, and any other pertinent information clearly and concisely. They should be responsive and timely in their communication with you throughout the process. They should work closely with you and know the best way to communicate with you so that the process keeps moving and you aren’t waiting on them because they emailed you when text is your preferred communication.
2. Focus on Your Needs
Focusing on your needs and goals throughout the process is important so that you get the travel assignments that you are looking for. They should take the time to get to know you and your career aspirations and work with you to find job opportunities that align with your experience, skills, and career goals. Even knowing the path you want to take and how you want to get there is important for them to know. If you are traveling to pay down school loans, then they need to know that to get you the highest-paying assignments. If you want to travel to a warmer climate, they will need to know that so they are not pitching you jobs in Iowa during the winter.
3. Attention to Detail
A travel nurse recruiter who pays attention to detail can be a real asset. They should be able to review your resume and licensure and provide you with feedback on how to improve your chances of landing that dream assignment. If you do not have everything needed for that dream assignment, they should be able to create a travel assignment path that will get you to your goal assignment. They should be able to ensure that all your contracts are buttoned up and have correct start dates.
4. Industry knowledge
A good travel nurse recruiter will have a solid understanding of the industry that they are recruiting for. They should be up to date with the latest changes in the industry and understand the specific skills needed and qualifications required for each assignment. A recruiter who understands the industry will be better equipped to explain why certain assignments aren’t open, why more positions are available in certain areas, and how to equip you to be the right candidate for the assignment you are looking for.
5. Ability to build Relationships
Travel Nurse recruiters must be able to build strong relationships with their candidates, client managers, hospitals, and more. They need to be able to create a rapport with candidates and understand their motivations and career aspirations. Similarly, they should be able to build relationships with candidates to understand what they are looking for in an assignment, why they travel, and what type of experience they are looking for with travel. Relationships play a key role in getting what you want out of traveling, so don’t be afraid to ask them how they work with their teammates at the office.
Finding the right travel nurse recruiter can be crucial to the success of you landing that dream assignment. Communication will be key on both sides of the relationship. Generally, enjoying talking to your recruiter will not only help you enjoy traveling more but also help you be more successful in your travel career. If you are looking for a new travel nurse recruiter, keep these 5 things in mind to help you find the best fit.
The Gypsy Nurse job board is a great place to search for your next travel nurse assignment. We have you covered with our housing page if housing is an issue. You can search for what you are looking for.