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Travel Nursing: Getting Started

 

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(1) Organize. Download an application, like CamScanner, to allow for easy storage of your health documents, certifications and licensure. Be sure you have an updated resume and are able to provide at least 2 references from your current position. If you haven’t notified your current employer you’re leaving be sure to inform your recruiter to avoid an awkward moment if he/she calls for a reference. Having your information stored and easily accessible will make your application process easy!

(2) Educate. Identify unbiased sources of information. Some key areas you will want to learn about are; tax advantage (traveler) pay packages, housing stipend vs. company housing, industry-standard benefits.

(3) Interview. After educating yourself on the items outlined above reach out to multiple companies and speak with a recruiter. Determine whether the company and the recruiter are a good fit for you. For more information on getting to know the agency and recruiter check out our Top 3 Things to Consider Before Completing Travel Agency Application. The important thing to remember is you should only apply with an agency if they meet your needs and you feel they are a good fit for you.

(4) Apply. Most agencies these days have streamlined the application process considerably. The typical application process includes completing an on-line employment application for the agency and skills checklists in your area or areas of specialty. Although some sites claim they are a one stop shop and completing their application and skills checklist will meet the requirements for multiple agencies that is simply not the case. Agencies use these sites as lead sources and then request you complete their agency packet. Save yourself some time and complete this process for those agencies you’re confident can meet your needs. You’ll save yourself hundreds of unwanted phone calls by doing this!

(5) Evaluate. Now that you’ve invested the time and energy in researching and now applying with an agency it’s time to evaluate their performance. Is the recruiter following up regularly to discuss jobs that meet your needs? Are you satisfied with how quickly you’re getting answers to questions along the way? This step serves to confirm your choice in agency and recruiter. If you are not satisfied notify your recruiter. If the situation doesn’t improve it may be best to move on. It’s better you’ve learned this now rather than after you’ve taken a contract.

Once you’re satisfied with the performance of your recruiter and agency you’re all set. But keep in mind this final evaluation step never ends. For as long as you continue to travel you should always continue to evaluate whether your needs are being met by your recruiter and agency. By following these simple steps you can be certain you’re working with a recruiter and agency that will take care of you. Happy travels!

Note. The information contained in this article are the ideas and opinions of the author and do not reflect the views of a staffing agency.

 

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