Tips and Education
Honesty is the Best Policy
January 17, 2018
Often times you’ll hear your Recruiter or your Account Manager say “Honesty is the best policy.” Although it’s an age-old adage, it’s incredibly important to your success in the travel healthcare industry.
As we’ve talked about in the past, traveling away from home can be hard! So, you want everything to run smoothly, and fit your needs.
We, as your recruiters and account managers, want that as well! It’s important to us to have you in a happy and healthy situation; it’s also important that we are giving the hospital the best candidate for the job. In order to make sure that you’re going to your dream placement, and that the hospital is the best fit for you, here are some of the best tips we have for being honest with your recruiter:
1. Be honest about where you are willing to travel. Of course, having a compact license, or a specific state license is a big indicator of your travel capabilities. However, the more variety of licensure that you obtain, the broader your travel spectrum.
While it’s great to broaden your horizons and dream of traveling to all 50 states, it’s important to be a bit realistic as well. Be honest with yourself, and your recruiter, about where you are willing to travel. If you’re used to the hustle and bustle of a big city, and love that lifestyle, North Dakota will probably not be the best fit for you—but you have to tell your recruiter that you’re not interested in that area! Project your wants and needs at an early stage in the process.
2. Be honest about your past experiences. It’s important to be up front with your recruiter about where you’ve worked—and more importantly what you liked and disliked about each position. If you worked at a hospital that only had 15 beds, and you felt you were underutilized—your recruiter needs to know that you’re up for a bigger challenge. Your job should be anything but boring!
3. Be honest about your expectations. There’s nothing worse than getting to an assignment, and finding out it’s nothing like you thought it would be. We strongly encourage you to think about any time off you’d need during the assignment beforehand; assure that they hours being offered are exactly what you’re looking for. Make sure this is the perfect spot for you!
We are here to help you find your dream travel assignment, but we can only work with the information that you give us! Be open with us, and we will be able to find the best fit for your needs.