Working with a recruiter effectively is a lot like working with anyone else effectively, you have to use strong communication skills and understand the importance of the relationship. As a travel nurse, you’ll be working with recruiters to find your next assignment. Over time, your alliance with the right agent and agency can improve your potential for finding great positions and even landing a permanent job if that’s what you’re looking for.
Recruiters are able to offer key insight into the job market in a variety of areas across the U.S. and provide you with a critique of your resume and interview skills. So, since the relationship with your recruiter is so important, let’s figure out what you should and should not be doing.
The reality is you and your recruiter will get more out of each meeting when you put in a little preparation. For instance, be sure to show up on time and when you do, presentation matters. Your in-person interview with a recruiter is much like your first interview with your next assignment hiring manager. It’s always better to aim to be professional during an interview, showing up on time without being massively early or late.
When you sit down with your recruiter, they’ll ask about your career goals, so think about that before you get there. When your recruiter knows exactly what you’re looking for they can make more accurate suggestions. In other words, are you seeking an assignment where you can enjoy skiing or are you looking for an assignment in cardiovascular surgery in order to hone your skills?
Recruiters love when you are proactive and reach out to them since it makes their job easier. However, while they enjoy working with you, they are not looking for a stalker. It doesn’t make you look ambitious if you call every couple of days, but rather you come across as being pushy and aggressive.
During your first meeting, establish an understanding of how communication will go from that point forward. It may not be a great time in your day but pick up the phone when your recruiter calls. Things can change quickly and when opportunities become available you want to be the one taking advantage of the opening. If you’re in the middle of something, and even at work, try to pick up the phone and let your recruiter know you’re busy but will call back later.
It’s important to be honest and upfront with your recruiter because you’re only wasting everyone’s time if you hide things that you know won’t pass a background check. When results come back different than what you shared, it’s likely your recruiter won’t want to work with you again. Sometimes the truth hurts, but honesty is always the best medicine.
If you have been offered an interview or a job and decide at the last minute you’re not interested, let the recruiter know. Do not pull a disappearing act since this can flag you as a difficult person to work with, and future assignments may not come your way. This includes going on vacation without letting your recruiter know you’re not available.
In the end, working with a recruiter for your travel nurse career will do nothing but benefit your professional development and help you find positions across the U.S. that interest you. At Amare Medical Staffing it is our mission to match candidates with great assignments, and we can’t wait to get started working with you! Contact our professional recruiters today and let’s get the ball rolling.