Triage recruiters take great satisfaction in helping travelers meet their most ambitious career goals. However, there’s more to the recruiter role than meets the eye. Read on to discover how to streamline the process and understand the role your recruiter plays:
Working with a recruiter can be frustrating at times. While you may logically understand that your skill set doesn't perfectly match all available opportunities, you may get discouraged if you don't immediately land a promising match. Don’t give up, the job search process is like any other — you don’t want to work for just anyone because you have some qualifiers. You want to make sure you’re well qualified for the job so expectations are met, if not exceeded.
Have faith that your recruiter has your best interests at heart. Keep in mind, however, that the process will be far easier from the get-go if you're clear about your goals — even if such honesty forces you to let go of a few potential opportunities. The better your recruiter understands your priorities, the more capable he or she is of finding a placement that checks off all the boxes.
You aren't their only traveler (gasp!)
Recruiters work with a variety of talented individuals, each with their own unique skills and motivations. As much as you may desire every moment of your recruiter's attention, you'll ultimately need to share your time with the other individuals served by medical staffing agencies. As such, you'll want to make the most of every moment you do get. Try to keep a running list of questions or topics you want to discuss with your recruiter so when they check in with you, you’re not left wondering, “What was I going to ask you?” This will save both you and your recruiter time and memory-space.
Because recruiters work with so many different clients and departments, it's important to understand their typical workload from the beginning. Be sure to ask about the traveler-to-recruiter ratios at top medical staffing agencies, keeping in mind that 'big box' agencies will often have higher ratios because they don't serve as one-stop shops.
It's also valuable to understand the extent to which recruiters work directly with travelers. At Triage, for example, we're dedicated to establishing strong relationships, thereby allowing recruiters to act as concierges between departments, so you have one point of contact — your recruiter. Our recruiters assist with a variety of issues to ensure seamless problem-solving, and ultimately, a strong foundation of trust with the travelers they serve.
they can't tell you everything
Believe it or not, recruiters aren't all-knowing or all-powerful. They are only given so much insight into assignments — insight they strive to pass on to you. Ultimately, however, recruiters may not know every detail. They can let you in on the facility, the staff, and the basics of the organization's culture, but some nuances can only be grasped once you arrive onsite. This is why we send each of our travelers a survey before completing an assignment to evaluate the facility. Providing our travelers with quality, enjoyable facilities is just as important to us as finding the right traveler for the position.
communication is key
Effective verbal and written communication are critical for today's recruiters, who must get their point across in a clear and concise manner. They understand that preferred communication styles can vary dramatically from one person to the next; to this end, they must consistently be available to converse in person or via phone, text, or email.
they also work for organizations
Recruiters must strike a delicate balance between satisfying both travelers and clients. Keep in mind that while they are determined to place you in the best possible setting and situation, they also need to ensure that clients are happy, as client satisfaction will ensure that excellent opportunities remain available.
Because they are so intimately aware of the unique concerns and necessities on both sides of the equation, recruiters understand the importance of quality matches. Sometimes, the most talented and hardworking individual will simply not be the right fit for a particular organization.
Recruiters are all about finding natural chemistry between clients and medical travelers to ensure the most seamless transition possible. Take solace in knowing that, even if a desired placement doesn't work out, an ideal opportunity could be just around the corner.