Recruiters & Job Seekers: 3 Tips For Getting on the Same Page

Brooklyn Bridge Park with view of Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

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!




TravelMed USA: ‘Medical Careers In Motion’ May 2015 Newsletter

Please take a moment to check out our newest ‘Medical Careers In Motion’ newsletter for May 2015. We create these newsletters every month in order to keep our travelers in the loop with what’s going on at TravelMed USA!


Contract Tips for Travel Nurses and Therapists


So you’re ready to embark on your first travel assignment and are excited to get to work! You’ve found a great company and recruiter that you feel comfortable working with and now it’s just a matter of picking a location and jetting off…. right?

I wish I could say it was just that easy and I guess if we were living in a perfect world, it would be. However, there are several things you should take into consideration before you should take that leap. We’ve put together some travel tips to help nurses and therapists that have made the decision that travel is what they want to pursue in the hopes that it alleviates any unexpected issues from the start.

1. Read your contract thoroughly before signing.

This is not to say that you’re signing your life away, but at the very least, you should understand the terms of your contract in all aspects including but not limited to policies/procedures, pay structure, and cancellation notice. Policies/Procedures are pretty self-explanatory but at least make sure you understand them as they can vary by company. If there’s anything you’re uncomfortable with or unsure of, ask your recruiter for clarification before signing. Make sure that your recruiter is also breaking down what your pay structure is so that you know your taxable rate of pay as well as your individual tax-free stipends. Finally, make sure you understand what kind of cancellation notice you’re agreeing to which typically ranges anywhere between 2 weeks to a full 30 days, however, make sure it is written in your contract.

2. The reality of cancellation – Are you prepared?

Outside of poor performance, wrong-doing, or another reason for cause, contracts can be cancelled early for reasons on the facility side as well. You may be covering a leave of absence and the individual is coming back early, the facility has hired a permanent employee to replace you, or the census within the facility has dropped to a point where you are no longer needed. If you’re with a dedicated recruiter, they will do all they can to secure you a new contract and provide a seamless transition. However, that is not always realistic if you’re not at least somewhat flexible with location. If you do experience a break in your contract – are you prepared financially? Make sure you have enough money set aside to carry you if something should happen – whether this is a month’s expenses or more.

3. How to avoid contract cancellation altogether.

Although no one can promise that your contract won’t be cancelled, there are steps you can take to avoid it as much as possible. No one wants to book a nurse or therapist into a job only to have them cancelled a few weeks in – it’s not good for you and it’s not good for the recruiter either. How set are you on only working in a well known city? Would you consider working 45 minutes away? The reality is everyone wants to work in a desirable location and with that comes the much higher chance of cancellation because it’s much easier to fill positions with permanent employees in great locations – in other words, you’re more easily replaced. Take the time to consider a slight commute from your desired area in order to increase your longevity in the area you want to be in. Another bonus of working in a less “in-demand” area? Higher pay!


As your recruiter, we want you to feel secure before heading out on a contract assignment – particularly for the first time. Being prepared for travel is so very important and with these tips in hand, you can feel a bit more comfortable knowing what you should be considering before signing that contract.

Looking for a travel assignment or even something more permanent? Send me a message and I can see what we have available that meets what you’re looking for. Even if you just want some more information, I’d be happy to help!

(386) 264-6864 (Direct Line)  or

Nurses and Therapists: Helpful Information About Travel


Top Cities for Travel Nursing Opportunities:

  • Tucson, AZ
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Miami, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Reno, NV

Compact States: Where Are They?

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

What Can Be Reimbursed?

  • Housing/Living expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • Licensure/Certification expenses
  • …and more! If you have something you need reimbursed, JUST ASK – it never hurts!

What Facilities Use Travelers?

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Home Care

How Long Are Contract Assignments?

Travel assignments are usually anywhere between 8 weeks and 26 weeks with the majority being 13 weeks.

What Benefits Do You Offer?

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Incentives/Bonuses

Therapy State Association Information

Alaska Physical Therapy Association Alaska Occupational Therapy Association Alaska SLP Association
907-566-3749 907-562-8262
Alabama Physical Therapy Association Alabama Occupational Therapy Association Alabama SLP Association
205-978-3810 205-934-7324 205-802-7551
Arkansas Physical Therapy Association Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association Arkansas SLP Association
501-227-5781 501-328-9888 877-427-5742
Arizona Physical Therapy Association Arizona Occupational Therapy Association Arizona SLP Association
602-569-9101 623-937-0920 602-354-8062
California Physical Therapy Association California Occupational Therapy Association California SLP Association
916-929-278 916-567-7000 916-921 1568
Colorado Physical Therapy Association Colorado Occupational Therapy Association Colorado SLP Association
303-694-4728 303-546-6822 720-733-9097
Connecticut Physical Therapy Association Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association Connecticut SLP Association
860-524-5603 860-257-1371 860-666-6900
District of Columbia
 PT Association  OT Association  SLP Association
Delaware Physical Therapy Association Delaware Occupational Therapy Association Delaware SLP Association
Florida Physical Therapy Association Florida Occupational Therapy Association Florida SLP Association
850-222-1243 954-840-FOTA 800-243-3574
Georgia Physical Therapy Association Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Georgia SLP Association
770-433-2418 770-433-4137 800-226-4742
Iowa Physical Therapy Association Iowa Occupational Therapy Association Iowa SLP Association
515-222-9838 515-266-4525 515-282-8192
Idaho Physical Therapy Association Idaho Occupational Therapy Association Idaho SLP Association
208-342-6647 208-388-4682 208-884-0220
Illinois Physical Therapy Association Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Illinois SLP Association
630-571-1400 708-452-7640 312-644-0828
Indiana Physical Therapy Association Indiana Occupational Therapy Association Indiana SLP Association
317-823-3681 765-471-7604 317-955-1063
Kansas Physical Therapy Association Kansas Occupational Therapy Association Kansas SLP Association
785-233-5400 785-233-5400 800-248-KSHA
Kentucky Physical Therapy Association Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association Kentucky SLP Association
859-485-2812 888-987-KOTA (5682) 800-837-2446
Louisiana Physical Therapy Association Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association Louisiana SLP Association
225-922-4614 225-291-4014 337-837-3648
Massachusetts Physical Therapy Association Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association Massachusetts SLP Association
617-429-1325 781-647-5556 781-647-7031
Maryland Physical Therapy Association Maryland Occupational Therapy Association Maryland SLP Association
703-312-1128 410-290-3283 410-239-7770
Maine Physical Therapy Association Maine Occupational Therapy Association Maine SLP Association
207-799-1584 207-368-5765
Michigan Physical Therapy Association Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Michigan SLP Association
800-242-8131 734-677-1417 517-332-5691
Minnesota Physical Therapy Association Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Minnesota SLP Association
651-635-0902 651-290-7498 952-920-0787
Missouri Physical Therapy Association Missouri Occupational Therapy Association Missouri SLP Association
888-222-6782 636-441-4146 888-729-6742
Mississippi Physical Therapy Association Mississippi Occupational Therapy Association Mississippi SLP Association
800-247-1106 601-355-1679 800-664-6742
Montana Physical Therapy Association Montana Occupational Therapy Association Montana SLP Association
406-442-4141 406-491-4157 406-234-8727
North Carolina
North Carolina Physical Therapy Association North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association North Carolina SLP Association
919-841-0268 919-785-9700 919-833-3984
North Dakota
North Dakota Physical Therapy Association North Dakota Occupational Therapy Association North Dakota SLP Association
701-777-3873 701-777-3873 701-780-2439 none
Nebraska Physical Therapy Association Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association Nebraska SLP Association
402-491-3660 402-476-9573
New Hampshire
New Hampshire Physical Therapy Association New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Association New Hampshire SLP Association
603-627-7970 603-225-9290 603-228-5949
New Jersey
New Jersey Physical Therapy Association New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association New Jersey SLP Association
609-208-0200 1-888-80NJOTA 908-359-5308
New Mexico
New Mexico Physical Therapy Association New Mexico Occupational Therapy Association New Mexico SLP Association
214-544-1331 505-899-6674
Nevada Physical Therapy Association Nevada Occupational Therapy Association Nevada SLP Association
702-571-1535 702-571-1535 775-828-0843
New York
New York Physical Therapy Association New York Occupational Therapy Association New York SLP Association
518-459-4499  518-301-9187 518-786-0947
Ohio Physical Therapy Association Ohio Occupational Therapy Association Ohio SLP Association
614-538-9612 614-920-9445 937-855-4337
Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association Oklahoma SLP Association
405-275-7588 405-205-3942 405-271-4214
Oregon Physical Therapy Association Oregon Occupational Therapy Association            Oregon SLP Association
503-262-9247 503-658-6384              503-370-7019
Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Pennsylvania SLP Association
1-800-962-PPTA 1-800-UR1-POTA 412-366-9858
Rhode Island
Rhode Island Physical Therapy Association Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association Rhode Island SLP Association
401-427-0865 401-484-5207 401-455-7472
South Carolina
South Carolina Physical Therapy Association South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association South Carolina SLP Association
800/999-2782, ext. 3237 864-551-3854 888-729-3717
South Dakota
South Dakota Physical Therapy Association South Dakota Occupational Therapy Association South Dakota SLP Association
605-339-4839 (605) 335-5542 (605) 274-2423
Tennessee Physical Therapy Association Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association Tennessee SLP Association
615-269-5312 615-425-5310 931-487-9871
Texas Physical Therapy Association Texas Occupational Therapy Association Texas SLP Association
512-477-1818 512-454-8682 888-SAY-TSHA
Utah Physical Therapy Association Utah Occupational Therapy Association Utah SLP Association
801-903-3503 801-123-4567 801-712-9123
Virginia Physical Therapy Association Virginia Occupational Therapy Association Virginia SLP Association
703-610-9036 804-523-2911 888-729-7428
Vermont Physical Therapy Association Vermont Occupational Therapy Association Vermont SLP Association
802-230-4686 802-496-4668
Washington Physical Therapy Association Washington Occupational Therapy Association Washington SLP Association
800-554-5569 425-778-6162 206-367-8704
Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association Wisconsin SLP Association
608-221-9191 608-287-1606 920-560-5642
West Virginia
West Virginia Physical Therapy Association West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association West Virginia SLP Association
304-345-6808 304-822-4334
Wyoming  Physical Therapy Association Wyoming  Occupational Therapy Association Wyoming  SLP Association
307-235-3910 307-660-9935 307-733-8287

What to Bring When Leaving Home For a Travel/Contract Assignment


Helpful guide on what to pack when taking off for a travel assignment or contract position away from home!!


  • Belt
  • Bra (sports & regular)
  • Dress(es)
  • Glasses
  • Gloves / mittens
  • Hangers
  • Hat(s)
  • Jacket / fleece(s)
  • Jewelry
  • Long underwear
  • Pajamas / sleepwear
  • Pants / trousers
  • Rain gear
  • Sandals
  • Scarf(s)
  • Scrubs
  • Shirt(s)
  • Shoes / sneakers
  • Shorts
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Stockings
  • Suit(s)
  • Sweater(s)
  • Sweatshirt(s)
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • T-shirt(s)
  • Underwear


  • Contact lenses & solution
  • Cosmetics
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hair care products
  • Hair dryer, Curling iron / straightener
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturizer
  • Nail clippers & filer
  • Q-tips
  • Razors & shaving cream
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush / mouth care
  • Towels / washcloths
  • Tweezers

Health & Medicine

  • Allergy pills
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Bandages
  • Cold medicine
  • First-aid kit
  • Motion sickness pills
  • diarrhea pills
  • Pain relievers
  • Prescriptions
  • Sleep medications
  • Vitamins / Supplements


  • Calling card
  • Cash
  • Credit & ATM cards
  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance information
  • Membership cards
  • Assignment paperwork
  • Travel paperwork


  • Camera & charger
  • Cell phone & charger
  • CD / DVD player
  • Extension cord(s)
  • Extra memory cards
  • Laptop & accessories
  • MP3 player
  • Spare batteries
  • Video camera & charger

Car Care

  • Antifreeze
  • Compass / GPS
  • Driving directions
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Maps
  • Motor oil
  • Spare tire / donut
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Car vacuum

Housing Essentials

  • Bedding, Pillows & Blankets
  • Blender
  • Can opener
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clock / alarm clock
  • Coffee maker / pot
  • Corkscrew
  • Shower curtain
  • Throw rugs
  • Toaster
  • Utensils


  • Address book
  • Beach towel
  • Books / magazines
  • Gum
  • Cooler
  • Earplugs
  • Eye mask
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Lighter
  • Pens & pencils
  • Plastic bags
  • Playing cards
  • Scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Tape
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottle

Contact us today if you’re looking for a travel position in therapy or nursing – We’d love to help!

(386) 264-6866


Utilizing Your Recruiter to the Fullest!


The relationship between a traveling therapist and their recruiter varies from person to person. To some, recruiters are a necessary evil in a market that is strained for talent. To others, recruiters are a lifeline that keeps them stable. If you are simply using your recruiter as a way of finding a position, you could be missing out on everything this person has to offer.

With that being said, I wanted to give everyone out there a few tips on getting the most of out your relationship with your recruiter.

Your recruiter is your employee. Make sure you’re getting the most out of him or her by constantly updating him or her on your situation. What your recruiter doesn’t know can ultimately end up hurting your chances of finding a good fit, or getting the highest pay available to you. Communicate with your recruiter and help this person understand what’s motivating you on your search. You never know what small detail could mean the difference between a great fit and 13 weeks of torture.

Therapists have different needs when it comes to working with a recruiter. Have a conversation with your recruiter up front to set the groundwork for this relationship. Do you want a recruiter that’s going to check up on you every month, week, or day? Do you want a recruiter that will find a good fit for you with good pay and not call you back until it’s time to think about the next move? Taking a few minutes to go over what you expect of your recruiter will pay off in the long run. After your recruiter knows your needs, he/she will be able to fine tune your future searches based on your standards.

As always, keep in mind your recruiter will go to bat for you whenever you ask, but you have to ask. If you are interviewing for an assignment and you’re not sure how things will go, ask your recruiter for some tips. Chances are he or she will be able to coach you on how to interview with a certain client to make sure you have a better shot at landing the position. Whenever I mention using your recruiter to get info or assistance that’s above and beyond, it reminds me of a physical therapist traveler I worked with at the beginning of my staffing career. This person (Julia, PT) wanted to go to the mountains in CO for her next assignment because she loved to Hike. When we found potential assignments for Julia, I would look up Hiking locations in the area for her to help her decide which job would be the best bet. Julie ended up accepting a job in CA due to the shortage of open physical therapy positions in CO at the time. The main reason she decided to take CA over the possibility of CO was because she knew there was some great Hiking in the area. This was a compromise on both ends, and it wouldn’t have been possible had I not known what was motivating her to travel.

Next time you are contacting your recruiter for your job search, try to use some of these tips. Communication is key, and if your recruiter knows you well, he or she will work much harder for you. When you are using your recruiter to his or her full potential, you will end up with positions that will keep you happy while you’re doing what you love. This will also make for a long lasting relationship and long term positions.

-Call me today to discuss your next position!! 386-264-6866