Developing a strong relationship with your travel recruiter is an important way of staying on top of things while you’re traveling from city to city. Your recruiter helps ensure your experience is successful and enjoyable from the time you get on the road until the time you come home. They provide services to help aid in the selection of your destination, offer sightseeing recommendations of some of the best-kept secrets in the cities that you’re traveling to and help ensure you’re never alone while you’re out of town. Developing a strong relationship ensures you’ll enjoy each of these benefits and more!
As with any strong relationship, these two qualities are inherently important. When it comes to building and developing your professional career, this is not a time to beat around the bush or try and slip one past your recruiter. These are the last people you should lie or exaggerate to. Be upfront and honest in your communication and let them know how you feel about job positions, where you’d like to travel and the qualities you look for in your work environment. These are the people who will help steer you down the right path, but only when they have all the authentic information they need.
Developing a strong relationship with your recruiter also means having a successful partnership. This is a two-way street, and it takes time for you to learn what their responsibilities are and for them to learn your needs. None of this happens well without asking questions. Your recruiter is your ally in your professional field, so it’s time to remove any pride you may have and ask all the questions you want to be answered. The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask.
Your nursing recruiter is representing you to hospitals across the nation. While you may develop a strong personal relationship with your recruiter over time, it begins with developing a strong and professional relationship. When you meet in person, present yourself as you would to a potential employer. In other words, dress for the job you want and not the one you have. Treat your recruiter with respect and honor. Thank them for their hard work, including a handwritten thank-you note with each assignment. Typically, you’ll meet with your recruiter once or twice and communicate more often over the phone or through email afterward. Be sure each of these points of contact is professional, respectful and present yourself in a way you would to any hiring manager.
Ultimately, your recruiter will get to know you on a personal level and have a better understanding of your likes and dislikes as well as your strengths and weaknesses. However, most successful travel nurses have the characteristics of being independent, adventurous and adaptable as these are necessary to move from one city to the next every 13 to 26 weeks and from one hospital to the next. When you can demonstrate these character traits to your recruiter, it goes a long way towards helping them garner you some of the best assignments.
Your recruiter wants to stay up to date with your progress in your job search. However, every time you contact them, it does not have to be in person. Once you have met together once or twice, be sure to stay in touch over the phone or by email to let them know you’re still eager to find a position. Nurses who fall off the radar and expect their recruiter to continue to get in touch with them will likely eventually fall off the recruiter’s radar.
Communication is an excellent opportunity to showcase your interpersonal skills and soft skills, such as your ability to listen, willingness to consider options, and your diplomacy. This boosts your recruiter’s confidence sending you to job interviews and ultimately to hospital systems where they must maintain strong relationships as well.
At Amare Medical Staffing, it’s our goal for you to enjoy your assignments and successfully grow your career. One way we do this is to develop a strong relationship with our clients and customers. This helps us to know exactly what you need and how to meet your needs best. Contact our professional recruiters today!