When it comes to allied healthcare providers creating successful travel careers, the most important step is to find a recruiter you can work well with long term. A good recruiter will be keenly aware of your individual skillset and career goals and can educate you about the unique culture of specific facilities in which you may be a good fit. Additionally, a good recruiter will get to know you better with each assignment and will always be on the lookout for travel allied opportunities that may interest you. After all, finding you the right assignments ensures their own career success as well as yours. All of that said, you share in the responsibility of creating a partnership with your allied recruiter to ensure that success. You must know what your priorities are yet be able to remain flexible and remember that communication is key.
Know Your Priorities and Make Sure Your Recruiter Knows Them, Too
Before you decide to embark on a travel allied career, ask yourself some questions that require honest answers. Are there specific geographical areas that you do, or absolutely do not want to visit as a travel allied healthcare provider? What about the types of clinical settings you prefer to work in? Obviously, some of these questions can only be answered with experience, but the more you know about your own personal likes and dislikes at the onset of your travel career, the more your allied recruiter can help you succeed. Be honest with your recruiter about all of these things up front, so she or he doesn’t waste time presenting you with opportunities you know you won’t want to pursue. Remember that while your recruiter absolutely wants to make you happy and help you find a perfect assignment every time, recruiters work with many travelers at once, each with different likes and dislikes. An assignment you consider dreadful could be another traveler’s dream come true. Be honest with yourself, and your recruiter, about what your personal and professional goals are and you will both be set up for success.
Stay Flexible to Opportunities That May Not Check Every Box
One of the reasons you probably started your travel allied career is because you were looking for a variety of experiences in different geographical settings. Part of the excitement is exploring new people, foods, activities and ways of life that are unique to each area. You may not fall in love with every element you discover in each location, but if the things you enjoy outweigh the things you don’t, you’ll probably look back on it fondly, and maybe even decide on an extension of your assignment, or return when one becomes available. Try looking at the assignment itself through this same lens. It may not check every box on your must-have list, and in fact there may even be certain things about it that intimidate you. These may actually be opportunities for career growth that could strengthen your skillset in the long term.
Communication is Key and it Works Both Ways
In any good relationship, communication is key, and your relationship with your allied recruiter is no exception. Your recruiter should keep you informed of any pertinent details about current or upcoming assignments, and also notify you of any potential opportunities for which you may be a good fit. Make sure you reciprocate with good communication of your own. Once you start a travel assignment, let your recruiter know how it’s going, even if you aren’t as happy as you’d hoped you’d be. This is the information your recruiter needs to ensure your next assignment is a better fit. (By the way, recruiters love to see photos of their healthcare providers in their element, both on the job and off, so feel free to share!) If you earn a new credential, certificate or degree, make sure you tell your recruiter! Obviously, they can increase your attractiveness when you are presented to healthcare facilities as a potential candidate. Have your career goals changed over time? Let your recruiter know! Even if you don’t currently have whatever credentials are required to pursue those goals, your recruiter will put you on the path to achieving them. Whatever your wants, needs and goals are, and whenever they change, make sure you talk to your recruiter. Communication is the key to ensuring you both enjoy career success!
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