By Troy Diffenderfer
As human beings, we thrive on cooperation and the building of quality relationships in order to achieve the best things in life. Although it can be a difficult process at times, working together is the best method we’ve found so far when it comes to producing favorable outcomes — allied health and the world of travel therapy is really no different!
As a traveling therapist, healthcare specialist, or any other medical professional floating between facilities, you’ll need to continually work on quickly forming quality relationships with coworkers before jetting off to your next assignment. Sure, it’s easy to have a throwaway mentality about the bonds you form on temporary allied health placements, however, one relationship that needs to stay polished is that between traveling professionals and their recruiters.
Here we’ll look at five solid ways to maintain and even improve your relationship with recruiters while working in the world of allied health travel jobs!
Improving Recruiter Relations in Allied Health
1. Become familiar with each other
Although it can easily be overlooked, recruiters are real people with real interests and they respond to friendliness just like the rest of the general population. That means there are only gains to be had when spending a little extra effort to develop a good reputation with your recruiter — especially considering they have a major role in coordinating a little something called YOUR CAREER.
We’re not saying you’ve got to become best friends with every recruiter you talk to, but maintaining a healthy amount of pleasant banter over weekend plans, how the kids are doing at school, or just things as simple as seasonal holidays and the weather can go a long way!
2. Practice Honesty
It may seem like a lofty concept to some, but it’s actually quite simple to be honest with your recruiter and vice versa. So, to hinge on our first point, building friendly rapport is something that can really make honest decisions more accessible as a travel therapist. For instance, being very clear about what positions you would accept if offered and the standards you have will only help to make it clear to recruiters what they should focus on.
On the same note, recruiters should do their best not to promote jobs in areas that may not be as available as advertised or those with poor track records in the eyes of traveling healthcare professionals. Just keeping open, honest communication about your career needs and willingness to accept certain positions is one way to strengthen a recruiter-traveler relationship and build trust.
3. Remain Accessible
Between the constant evaluations, treatments, and documents that come along with a career as a traveling therapist or allied healthcare professional, it can be hard to keep your phone line open. Recruiters are the exact opposite, constantly jumping between phone calls, emails, and whatever company communication channel is available. By making sure they know when and how to contact you, the odds are that your recruiter-traveling professional relationship will remain efficient and on good terms.
Of course we all need that time to disconnect after working long hours in high-stress environments, and you’ll definitely want to explore your new city’s perks, but just be sure to allow recruiters to get a hold of you when they really need to.
4. Keeping Your Word
Now if you’re friendly, honest, and accessible the next step is to actually follow through on your obligations. There is nothing more frustrating that setting a time for a conference call or to build a profile only to have the meeting rescheduled minutes before. Sorry, that’s not going to fly! Remember to be the partner you’d want to work with in terms of holding up your end of the work. It’s really the icing on the courtesy cake in celebrating your recruiter-traveling allied healthcare pro relationship.
5. Stay True to Your Expectations
As a best practice, both recruiters and travelers should make their expectations clear if they want to meet them efficiently. Whether that means limiting calls to once a week for travelers to eliminate the frustration of constant voicemails, or just letting each other know that quick responses regarding jobs are to be the standard. Laying all of your preferences and conditions out can really help to strengthen these relationships and ensure that you’re getting the jobs you really want and that recruiters are meeting their own goals.
Although these are just the basics and you may already be practicing these things, it helps to just stay refreshed on how to build better recruiter-traveler relationships to keep your allied health travel career as optimized as possible!
Troy Diffenderfer has been covering the healthcare industry for many years now. He’s written content for sites like TravelNurseSource.com and LocumJobsOnline. In his freetime he enjoys reading, writing, and watching horror movies.