Ally. Guide. Confidant. Your travel nurse recruiter is going to be your greatest resource while searching for and completing travel nursing jobs. In fact, the truth is that your entire assignment could be miserable if you end up with a bad recruiter. In contrast, an amazing recruiter could help you fulfill your dream nursing job.
A travel nursing recruiter’s job extends beyond just you and your work, but also into your housing, your transportation, your money for food and other incidentals while on assignment, etc. In effect, they are there to support you in more ways besides just schedules and paychecks.
Whether you are a first-time travel nurse or a seasoned vet, follow these five tips to choose a great travel nurse recruiter.
5 Tips for Landing a Rockstar Travel Nurse Recruiter
Easing the worries of a first-time travel nurse. Taking on the stressors so the travel nurse can concentrate on their work. Use these five tips when searching for a knock-out recruiter that’s going to do their best to ensure a smooth 13-week assignment:
Great nursing recruiters often follow similar sets of patterns and have common behaviors and experiences.
When speaking with travel nursing recruiters, pay attention to how they act and watch for the following signs of a rockstar travel nurse recruiter:
- They’ve worked with many travelers before.
- They’re courteous with their time and do their best to answer all your questions.
- They are in your corner, even when no solution can be reached. They still support you and do everything possible for your best interest.
- A good travel nursing recruiter will make themself available for your needs beyond the hours they are in the office, even if it’s just a text message reply.
- They are responsive and never leave their travel nurses without a reply for more than 48 hours.
- A sign of a great recruiter is that they maintain organization and ensure your necessary medical documents and certifications have been submitted well in advance. Good recruiters do not surprise you at the last minute about missing documentation.
Watch out for any of the following red flags or warning signs that a staffer from a travel nursing company might not have your best interest in mind:
- They make false promises that are not stated anywhere in your contract or documentation. This one is a huge red flag.
- They refuse to disclose all the details about pay until a contract is signed. Without exception, you should receive every last aspect of your pay package up front, in writing.
- They don’t encourage you to take time to read a contract before accepting an assignment. You should always take a couple of days to review a contract and it’s good to have someone you trust review it too. A nurse recruiter who is pressuring you to sign a contract quickly might have their interest above yours.
- When you get responses from them, they always sound scripted. If your nurse recruiter sounds like a robot, this could be a red flag that they lack experience.
- They disappear once you start the assignment. Some travel nurses prefer this type of interaction, but a good recruiter will make the effort to still check in about once a week or so to see how things are going.
Know exactly what you want out of a travel nursing assignment.
Before searching travel nursing companies to find the right recruiter, be sure you have a good idea of what it is you’re looking for in an assignment, specifically in terms of location, pay packages, shift, benefits, cancellation policies, and specialty. Keep these terms relative and decide for yourself which of these you’re willing to be flexible on, and which ones you’re not. For instance, maybe you are willing to work on a couple of different specialty floors, but you’re not going to take an assignment with only eight-hour shifts.
Ask your colleagues, friends, and family for recommendations on a good travel nurse recruiter.
If you’re unable to dig up any good leads from your existing network, branch out. Take a look at websites for nursing recruitment agencies and their social media accounts to find reviews left by other travel nurses about specific recruiters. You will likely also encounter warnings from nurses about specific recruiters to avoid at all costs! Take note from your fellow travelers.
Interview your recruiter.
When going into the first consult with your recruiter, come prepared with a list of questions using the following guidance:
- Find out how long they have been working as a travel nurse recruiter. One year of solid experience should be sufficient for someone working in this industry.
- Ask them how many travel nurses they typically work with at the same time. Even the very best nurse recruiters will likely have a hard time juggling more than 20 nurses.
- Check their availability. Will you only be able to contact them from Monday to Friday during regular business hours? Will the recruiter offer their phone or another contact number for off days and hours? Also, find out the best way to contact them.
- Ask the recruiter if they ever submit nurses to assignments without their permission. Many recruiters will submit employees to travel nursing jobs without direct permission just because the nurse expressed interest. You can run into problems quickly if this happens to you, especially if you are discussing jobs with several travel nursing companies and one finds out about another’s submission of you to a travel assignment.
Are You Ready to Talk to a Travel Nurse Recruiter?
You’ve found your home for transparency and honesty. You’re going to love working with our recruiters at Elite Specialty Staffing, as they’ve been trained to go to the distance to create the best travel nursing experiences possible. Our nurses come first. Period. Call us today at 208-378-1338.