If you talk to any experienced travel nurse, they’re likely to tell you how important it is to develop a good relationship with your recruiter. It’s no overstatement, as recruiters don’t just help you land the assignment you’re looking for – you’re depending on them to help you with travel arrangements, coordinate documents, arrange for housing, and much more.
Having a great recruiter on your side can make all the difference when it comes to everything from enjoying the most positive experiences on the job to advancing your career. If you’re still not sure why recruiters are so important in the world of travel nursing, here’s a more in-depth look at the reasons why.
Recruiters don’t just respond to job openings, they’re proactive, often working with account managers to help create jobs where there were none previously advertised. If you’re seeking a job in a particular area where there aren’t any openings, they can partner with an account manager, working together to find potential clients in the region where travel nurses are likely to be in need just to keep you in employed and in the place you want to be.
Recruiters get to know their nurses, often both professionally and personally so that they can match them with the very best jobs that suit their personalities, skills, and other requirements. Job searching can be an arduous, time-consuming process, but recruiters can save all that effort by staying plugged into the needs of the industry. They can quickly match the right travel nurse to the healthcare provider in need of that placement.
While travel nurses can build an excellent network of contacts that can help them land coveted jobs, it can take a lot of time to develop. Recruiters naturally develop professional connections with many facilities and other healthcare providers across the country, creating relationships that most travel nurses don’t have time to build. Can you imagine how long it would take to develop relationships with nursing managers and hiring professionals in every state or region around the country? Your recruiter has connections across the healthcare industry that they continue to build upon so that their nurses can take advantage of and help grow their careers.
Recruiters act as advocates for all the travel nurses they work with. Their main objective is to help their nursing candidates and clients succeed, which means the best recruiters, those who are passionate about what they do will be fighting for you and the skills and experience you bring to the table. While their particular responsibilities can vary depending on the agency, they may do everything from placing candidates in the destinations of their dreams to negotiating contracts to ensure they get the best possible salaries, benefit packages, housing, and more. While it doesn’t happen often, if the nurse finds themselves in sub-par housing or in a bad neighborhood, perhaps due to the facility being a brand-new client, and therefore the housing new as well, it’s the recruiter that’s going to make sure that problem is resolved, and as quickly as possible.
As advocates for travel nurses, recruiters work hard to empower them to be in control of their careers so that they can enjoy comfortable living and working conditions as well as a competitive wage. Many are so dedicated to the job and passionate about what they do, they’re happy to lend a shoulder to their nurses if difficulties arise on the job, and help resolve those issues, or even be there for them when they’re struggling with something personally.