Ready to take your nursing career on the road? Choosing the right recruiter is one of the first and most important steps you will take on this exciting new journey. Your recruiter is key to getting you the travel nurse jobs you really want in the cities where you want them. Ideally, you’ll find a recruiter you “mesh” with, and the two of you will have a long-lasting professional relationship that is beneficial to both of you. As your recruiter gets to know you better, he or she will become better and better at ensuring the assignment possibilities presented to you perfectly match your personal and professional goals. So, what qualities do all good recruiters share? Here are a few of the most important ones:
1. Excellent communication skills
It should be pretty easy to tell right away if the recruiter you are working with has good communication skills. While your recruiter will likely be working with a number of other travel nurses, your phone calls, texts and emails should always be answered promptly. He or she will be your main point of contact throughout the application and credentialing process and should be readily available to answer any travel nursing assignment questions you may have along the way. Additionally, once you have accepted your travel nursing contract and started an assignment, a good recruiter will make it a point to check up on you after you’re there, to make sure everything is going well and ideally, to help you plan your next assignment if you don’t want to have any gaps between them.
Even though a recruiter isn’t usually physically present at the facility where your assignment will be located, he or she should have a fairly accurate description of the culture there and be familiar with the role and all of its requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to an assignment that you’ve travel across the country for only to realize the job is nothing at all like what was described to you. While it’s possible your recruiter has been misled about the assignment, that isn’t a common occurrence and these instances should be thoroughly scrutinized and evaluated. Your recruiter should always have your best interests at heart, and never try to plug you into an open position just to fill a quota. The truth is, most jobs are going to have some downsides, but whatever they are, your recruiter needs to be upfront about them so you can decide for yourself if the assignment is still worth your consideration.
Patience is another important quality for any travel nurse recruiter. Every assignment you choose is a stepping stone in your career, so you certainly don’t want to rush into a decision about any given one. If you have any concerns or reservations, voice them, and your recruiter should do whatever is necessary to ensure you have all the information you need about the facility, the culture there, the city in which it is located and your housing arrangements, if applicable.
Ready to form a partnership with a Cross Country Nurse recruiter who wants you to be happy and successful in all of your travel nurse assignments? Call us at 800.530.6125 or visit our website to fill out our contact form. Lastly, if you’re looking for inspiration on where to take your next travel nurse assignment, check out our top travel nurse destinations.