Part of your success as a travel healthcare professional depends on having a meaningful relationship with your recruiter. How can you develop a good relationship with a busy specialist? Below are five keys to help you do it.
When you show interest in someone, it builds a bond of trust. It makes it easier to communicate and work together. Ask your recruiter a few questions that will help you get to know a little about them. Here are some suggestions to help you get started.
- How long have you worked in this field?
- What do you enjoy most about it?
- How many travelers do you work with in a typical day?
- How do you negotiate pay rate?
- How do you prefer I contact you (e.g., phone, text, e-mail)?
- What can I do to make it easier for you to assist me?
Be Open, Honest and Reasonable
Be open with your recruiter about your career goals, your preferences and your availability. Be honest about your skill set, education, experience and your comfort level in certain cities or work environments. Be reasonable about your pay rate during the negotiation process.
Have Realistic Expectations
Recruiters have multiple clients, so be realistic in your expectations for communicating with them. Ask them how frequently you’ll be in contact with each other. Also ask about the timeframe in which calls, texts, or e-mails are returned. This helps to prevent misunderstandings.
Ask for Help
Although many candidates hesitate to ask for assistance, tap into the expertise of your recruiter. It will help you find the assignments you really want. You can get advice with a variety of matters that can make you a more competitive candidate, including:
- How to improve the format of your resume
- How to respond to unexpected questions from hiring managers
- Questions to ask the hiring manager
If you are proactive, your recruiter will appreciate it and view your responsiveness as another reason to recommend you to prospective employers. Here are some suggestions for being proactive:
- Keep your forms of identification, licensure, certification and other paperwork related to hiring in a place you can access quickly.
- Keep your recruiter informed of changes in your contact information, such as your email address, mailing address or phone numbers.
- Submit your hours worked before they are due.
Let your recruiter know you appreciate their assistance in helping you find assignments that match your preferences and career goals. Gratitude helps build meaningful and lasting relationships. When you get to your assignment send a picture back of you and your team back to your recruiter! Let them know you're doing well and maintain communication throuhout your assignment.
Explore Your Opportunities
If you are a healthcare professional who is interested in a travel assignment, contact Cross Country Allied. We’ll help you explore your opportunities and find assignments that complement your career goals.