It is no secret that we live in a world in which building quality relationships is a necessity to succeed. The world of Travel Therapy is no different.
If you ask anyone, the single most important factor to traveling as a Therapist is building a great relationship with your recruiter. Having been a therapy recruiter for over 5 years, I have had the opportunity to listen to both a traveler’s and fellow colleagues’ thoughts on the matter.
Below, I explore 5 ways both recruiters and travelers can improve this important relationship. If you follow these, working together will be a synch!
Get to know each other. Believe it or not, the person on the other end of the phone is a real person and lives a real life. You would be surprised to learn the hobbies and interests the other has. You may even bond over it!
Be honest. We all know it can be frustrating to feel like you are being misled. Recruiters: do not tell your traveler you have jobs in areas in which you do not. Travelers: always be forthcoming how you really feel about a job presented to you. Any relationship is great when both parties can trust that the other is being truthful!
Be accessible. We are all incredibly busy people. Therapists are constantly evaluating, treating, and documenting most of the day. On the other hand, recruiters are on the phone, helping with applications, and can be busy with other duties as well. That said, set appointments with each other or perhaps find other methods of communication like email, Facebook, and LinkedIN.
Follow through. Imagine being in a group project where your partner did not do their part. Frustrating, right? Do not be that partner. Recruiters, if you promise to call a traveler at a certain time—call them! Travelers, if you say you will build a profile by a certain time—build the profile!
Set expectations. Let each other know how you operate or how you would like things done. For example, travelers, let your recruiter know if you only want to be called once a week (or less). Recruiters, please let your traveler know if you are expecting a quick response regarding jobs.
What did I miss? What are some other ways that you found strengthened the bond between you and your recruiter? Comment below with other suggestions!
Interested in speaking with me regarding your therapy job search? Direct message me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 402-614-8571 x 115.