If you’re like many job seekers, you may feel as though your recruiter holds your fate in their hands only to hear “We’ll let you know when a position opens that fits your needs.” What does this mean and why did you get that response? Is there truly no job opening or is it something else?
In the travel industry for nursing and allied health, recruiters have to react and make decisions quickly because the jobs move just as fast. In desirable locations and/or settings, job postings may have 10+ applicants in as little as 30 minutes! So with all this in mind, what can you do to get on the same page as your recruiter and set yourself apart from other applicants?
Recruiter Says: “I’ll keep your resume and let you know when I find something.”
For the majority of candidates for travel positions that are even somewhat flexible with location, your recruiter should be able to find something to present to you for consideration. That said, if you’re not at all flexible with location (i.e. will only consider opportunities within a 10 mile radius of your home), this could be a legitimate statement – there may not be anything available within such a small distance. However, maybe your skills weren’t made clear on your resume and your recruiter thinks you aren’t a good match for the available positions. The majority of resumes in all industries, not just healthcare, lean on the poorer side. While a healthcare recruiter should be an expert in that specific field, the job seeker should make their skills and qualifications absolutely clear to increase their chances of being matched with a position. The recruiter doesn’t have time to dig into every resume to find out what your skills are so make sure to add any keywords that will stick out and accurately describe your qualifications!
Recruiters Says: “At least 1 year of experience in [specified field] is required. No new grads.”
We have absolutely nothing against new graduates and we do have several opportunities specifically available for new graduates that will provide training. However, our client companies specify what they want for a reason and the majority of travel opportunities for both nursing and therapy are going to require at least some level of experience beyond clinical work because there is very little on the job training provided. A new graduate should have the opportunity to precept with an experienced professional in their field and not feel overwhelmed being thrown into the field without any working experience. It’s not fair to you as a growing professional in your field.
Recruiter Says: “We’ll be in touch as soon as we hear something.”
We’d love to be able to give you a direct answer on your interview right after you complete it but unfortunately we won’t find out until the hiring manager gives us an answer. Trust us – we want to know the answer as much as you do and we’ll stay on them until we find out. However, if you’re currently working, don’t put in your notice until we have a signed confirmation from the facility. Although rare, cancellations before the confirmations are signed do happen on occasion and in the event something falls through, we want to make sure that you’re protected. Communication is key in our industry.
Some additional tips?
* Always tell the truth on your resume – embellishments will hurt you in the long run, particularly when you’re on the job.
* Be upfront with any scheduling needs or start date accommodations so that your recruiter can communicate that to the facility.
* Keep in contact with your recruiter!
Hopefully this has helped clear up some of the mystery behind recruiter responses and what you should do. As recruiters, we want you to be successful because a happy job seeker will always come back in the future. If you have any additional questions you’d like answered about the recruitment or interview process related to travel nursing or travel therapy, please feel free to leave us comments in the box below – I’d be happy to answer!