By Sarah Wengert
Veteran travel nurses know that working with a good recruiter is one of the most important things you can do to set yourself up for great success in your career. But when you’re just starting out, how do you know what to look for in a recruiter? Check out our list of 5 qualities of great travel nurse recruiters to help you discover your recruiter soul mate!
Perhaps the most important trait of a solid recruiter is someone who is a good communicator! This means they follow up in a timely fashion and via your preferred method of communication, are honest and direct, and — the unsung hero of communication! — are a good listener. Make sure to find someone who is kind, but also not going to sugarcoat anything and who reaches out consistently as needed.
The best recruiters are on the ball. This means they should give you a projection of what to expect throughout the process and make sure to ask for items — for example, paperwork — before it’s an emergency. Find a recruiter who knows their stuff and helps keep you posted on what to expect and when!
Strong Sense of Integrity
It is imperative that you work with someone who has an ethical backbone. A good recruiter is honest, always has your back, answers all your question thoroughly, and never omits important info. You should never feel like your recruiter is trying to swindle or take advantage of you! Instead, the relationship should feel like a true partnership.
Not everyone jives with everyone — it’s just the truth! Someone could be a great recruiter, but if they don’t “get you” then it’s not going to work as well. Look for a recruiter who you think you might be friends with in real life. Working with someone whose personality, values, and humor match or complement yours will help lead you to career success.
Experience and Availability
Now, keep in mind that everyone has a first day on the job — even the greatest recruiter veterans were once newbies. So, with a grain of salt, you should look for an experienced recruiter who can help guide you through the industry. If your recruiter is newer, look for someone who is truly studying and striving to gain all the info possible to do their job well. Another important thing — and experienced recruiters know this — is that they make themselves very available to you. Look for quick response times and someone who’s ready to tackle your requests and correspondence at any hour.
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