7 Signs Your Travel Nursing Recruiter Is Not That Into You
Sometimes it may feel like recruiters are from Mars and travel nurses are from Venus — especially if your recruiter is giving you mixed messages. One minute they’re promising you the moon and the next they’re falling off the face of the earth. Is your recruiter invested in your success or just phoning it in? Here are 7 ways to tell your travel nursing recruiter is not that into you.
1. They never return your phone calls, emails, and texts
Your relationship with your recruiter is built over phone, email, or text. If they can’t get back to you, then they aren’t committed to you and your career. Whatever their excuses — they were swamped, they were sick, or their dog ate their cell phone — they aren’t good enough. Make your communication expectations clear. If your recruiter fails to live up with them, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.
2. They make sweeping promises they can’t keep
Your recruiter promises you’ll always have the highest pay with most convenient shifts in top-tier hospitals. You’ll be living the dream!
Unfortunately, recruiters that make these kinds of sweeping promises don’t always make it happen. After they drop the ball enough times, you’ll realize you can’t depend on them to follow through on what they’re saying.
3. Your resume needs love
Your resume and submission profiles reflect the gem of a travel nurse that you are. It’s part of your recruiter’s job to get all that paperwork primed and ready to go for your next assignment. If you feel like your applications are looking a little lackluster, your recruiter should work with you to polish it up. The second building your resume ends up on the bottom of their priority list is the second you should move on.
4. You don’t feel prepared for interviews
Have you ever stepped into an interview feeling completely unfamiliar with the facilities, position, and even the city the hospital is in? Your recruiter missed out on an important step in the application process: preparation! You should never feel like you’re wading through the placement process alone – if you did, you wouldn’t have a recruiter in the first place.
5. You feel like “just a number”
What sets great recruiters apart is that they pay attention. They’re sincere in their communications, remain transparent about your placement opportunities, and genuinely want to maintain a relationship with you.
If important details about your preferences and strengths get overlooked, it may be a sign that your recruiter isn’t paying you the attention you deserve. When your recruiter constantly calls you “Thomas” after you’ve asked to be called “Tom” at least a dozen times, it’s hard not to feel like just a number.
6. They don’t ask questions
Your recruiter should be constantly asking you questions about your current placements, as well as your professional aspirations. This helps build rapport and helps them find you the best opportunities. If they never ask you about what size facilities you like, what kind of cities you prefer, or if you’d rather not work the night shift, they’re probably not the right fit.
7. You’ve been placed in bad positions more than few times
It’s not uncommon to occasionally be placed in a position that doesn’t really float your boat, especially early in your career. You weather the storm, keeping in touch with your recruiter to say you’d be happier doing something different, somewhere different.
When a recruiter is invested in you, they’ll make an effort to understand why an assignment isn’t working. They’ll make sure your resume reflects what you’re looking for and highlight your best qualities. And they’ll use their resources to find exactly what you’re looking for. If they’re just not that into you, they’ll keep giving you assignments that may fit their needs more than yours.
You deserve a recruiter who’s by your side and will support you as much as you need. Don’t settle for less!
Looking for more on picking a recruiter who will always put you first? Check out our blog on 10 questions to ask a new recruiter.