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

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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!




Travel Nursing Interview Tips


If you’re brand new to travel nursing or an experienced professional, we have some great interviewing tips that may help you get that next great assignment. Interviews for travel assignments can sometimes be challenging because they are typically “held” over the phone without a meeting in person. Your first impression must be made solely by your vocal presentation and that can make it much harder to differentiate yourself from other candidates. See below for some of our favorite tips for having a great interview!

1. Make sure you are well rested before your interview begins.

If at all possible, try to schedule the interview for a time when you’re not just getting off work after a long, 12+ hour shift. You want to make sure that you are alert and able to communicate your skills and experience effectively to the hiring manager. Trying to think on your feet during an interview when you’re exhausted, hungry, and/or tired is never a good strategy. Another tip? Dress for your phone interview the way you would for a face-to-face interview. Whether that is a suit, scrubs, or your favorite shirt – whatever makes you feel more confident is key!

2. Find a quiet area to conduct the phone interview.

Whether this is a room in your home where you can close the door and be alone or even your vehicle, you want to minimize the distractions so that you are able to concentrate and the hiring manager is able to hear you. As much as I love going to Panera Bread for business lunches and even face-to-face interviews, this is not a good environment for a phone interview.

3. Understand the details of the facility you are interviewing for.

Before being interviewed, your recruiter should release details on the hospital you are working for. At the very least, get on the computer and Google search the location, staff, and maybe even recent accomplishments they’ve had or new technologies they’ve implemented. Why do you want to work for this facility and what makes you different from every other candidate they’ve spoken to? Travel nursing jobs serve a very important purpose and you should prepare for the interview as you would any other permanent position.

4. Maintain effective communication and be professional.

Sure, every hiring manager might break into the small talk with you a bit and that can typically be seen as a good sign. However, don’t be the one to initiate the small talk. This is a serious job you are interviewing for and the hiring manager will not be impressed by the funny story your brother told you last week. Make sure your answers convey what the hiring manager is asking and remember to stay on topic.

5. Your resume and skills checklist will be verified. Be able to explain it.

The hiring manager has two key pieces of information in their hand while they are on the phone with you – your resume and skills checklist. It’s not that they want to quiz you, but when they ask you about a position you did from 2011-2013, you should know exactly what they are asking about and your details should match what you stated on your resume. Feel free to expand on additional details but make sure at the very least what you’re communicating to the hiring manager matches with what your resume conveys.

6. ALWAYS have questions to ask the hiring manager.

Contrary to popular belief, asking smart questions doesn’t make you seem inexperienced or uninformed – it makes you seem engaged in the process. As your benefit, you learn more details of the position before deciding if it’s the right one for you. Ask about the shifts you’d need to work, whether you’d float to another unit, nurse:patient ratios, and the type of schedule they would require you to work. In addition, specific clinical questions need to be asked during this interview as your recruiter will not have those answers for you.

7. Sell yourself based on how flexible you are.

As any experienced nurse knows, the more flexible you are with your schedule and shifts, the more the hospital may want to work with you. This is not for everyone so if you know that you are unable to commit to it, don’t say it. However, I have run across several nurses that didn’t mind going between day and night shifts (within reason of course), had open availability both weekdays and weekends, and/or willingness to float to other units. These three things are items you want to tell the hiring manager even if you’re certain your recruiter already did. Remind them of your ability to help them in dire situations and if chosen for the position, they can count on you.

8. Take notes!

As much as we’d like to be, your recruiter is not able to hear how your interview goes or what is said. The hiring manager will likely detail the position, responsibilities, and other details that you will want to refer back to. Don’t try to rely only on your memory.

9. Verify all job details with the hiring manager to ensure understanding.

As your interview comes to a close, ask the hiring manager to verify the start date, shift, unit, and assignment length. This is to ensure that everyone knows what they are signing up for and also to make sure no details have changed since the position was initially presented. Also identify any next steps and above all, CALL YOUR RECRUITER!!

10. Be certain that you are available to interview when you say you are.

I probably should’ve mentioned this first but I can’t stress it enough. Make sure if you say you are available for a phone interview on a certain date and time, you are actually available. Things do come up and that is understandable but unless it is an absolute emergency, be courteous in letting your recruiter know ahead of time that you need the interview date and/or time changed so they can get it rescheduled or at the very least, let the hiring manager know.


As your recruiter, we want you to feel prepared to speak with the hiring managers you interview for so that you can get the position you really want. With these tips in hand, you should be able to knock your next interview for a travel assignment out of the park!

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

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: 3 Tips For Thriving in a Night Shift Position


If you’re a nurse thinking about considering a switch to a night shift position, it’s important that you are prepared not only from a clinical perspective but also a personal one. We’ll leave the clinical advice up to you but we do have some tips on how to make the transition a little easier.

1. Feed Your Body Well

I’m sure you already know working in healthcare that it is so very important to keep yourself well fed and hydrated with water and quality foods. Sometimes, especially during a busy shift, it is difficult to find the motivation to care for yourself when you’re giving so much to other people – assuming you have time to even take a break! Do your best to stay away from junk/snack foods – the energy you get from those are short lived bursts that will leave you starving for more very quickly. We would prefer you eat a well prepared meal but when that’s not possible, keep healthy snacks that will sustain you throughout your shift such as fruits, nuts, and other snacks beneficial to energy.

2. Get Enough Sleep

No one likes working when they haven’t slept enough and you can’t give 100% if you’re not feeling 100%. Many of us are not naturally nocturnal people who can easily fall asleep when the sun comes up. If you are having trouble getting to sleep, make sure you’re shutting off your tech devices (computer/tablet, television, phone, etc.) at least an hour before your bedtime. Use a lavender or similar pillow spray to help induce a relaxing feeling and try blackout curtains to reduce the sunlight intruding through your windows of your bedroom. Finally, try to keep a schedule so that the tasks you need to get done aren’t eating into your sleep time. You and your health are so very important – treat yourself well!

3. Keep Physically Active

Another great way to keep yourself feeling great working nights is by staying physically active. Working nights can be a difficult adjustment for our bodies to handle so make sure you aren’t adding on additional stress by sitting still when you get off your shift. Even if it’s something like taking a quick 30 minute walk, use this as your “me” time to transition from a long shift to a relaxing “evening” even if it is technically morning. Added bonus? Exercise is great for your heart!


I hope these tips have helped or at least given you some ideas on how to best prepare yourself, from a personal perspective, for transitioning to a night shift career. As recruiters, we want you to be happy in your job and that is directly tied with how you treat yourself. You play an incredibly important role in patient care and you should always remember that it’s OK to take care of yourself as well.

If you’re interested in considering a night shift position, whether contract or permanent, I’d be happy to help. Let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll see what we have available!

(386) 264-6864 (Direct Line)


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

5 Interview Tips for Therapists & Nurses


Tip #1: Do all your homework and have your notes in hand.

Prior to the interview, do some research about your potential employer and keep any notes (plus your resume) within reach for easy reference during the call. The interviewer will appreciate that you took the time to research their facility.

Tip #2: Let your personality do the talking and Smile

When the interview begins, remember to take a deep breath and smile when you start talking. Your interviewer already has seen your resume so make sure your personality comes through. Smiling while you speak will help set you at ease and make you sound more positive to the interviewer.

Tip #3: Be informative but concise.

Striking the balance between giving short answers and long winded ones can make a huge difference during the interview. You want to give as much relevant information about yourself and your qualifications without running on too long.

Tip #4: Ask questions.

You may be so excited for the interview that you forget to ask questions about what your job will entail. If the interviewer doesn’t offer you the chance to ask questions, be sure to include that in the conversation when the time is right. It will demonstrate professionalism and commitment if you ask about what to expect in terms of scheduling, dress code, time, off, productivity level, patient caseload/population and how many other staff members are in the department.

If you need housing you can always ask if they may know of any since they are permanent and local they may have suggestions or know someone who is renting a place.

Tip #5: Conclude with confidence.

When the interview begins to wrap up, remember to thank your interviewer for their time and for the opportunity to speak with them. It’s important to conclude with a follow up question about what the next steps are in the interview process. This will show the interviewer that you are interested in the position and eager to move forward in the process.

Good Luck!!