Loving and hating? Breaking up and making up? Does your recruiter relationship read like a Rihanna single? Whether the thought of your recruiter puts “Love on the Brain” or something else entirely, it’s a relationship that needs to work for you.
We’ve been there. We know how important the nurse/recruiter relationship is for your career and also how bitter it can become. Here we offer some top tips to help you manage this essential relationship in hopes you’ll be humming “We Found Love” not “B**tch Better Have My Money”!
How to approach your recruiter relationship
– Remember: you are the boss. Channel your inner RiRi here. Your recruiter works for you. You don’t have to please your recruiter, submit to inappropriate pressure, or take an assignment because you’re worried about their feelings. This is business.
– Communication is key. Be open and honest about your priorities and preferences. Tell your recruiter what’s not working – with your current job or with the relationship. Communicate regularly and share your employment status with them if things change. The more they know, the more they can help.
– Stick to your guns. What are your non-negotiables? Define them. Be honest with yourself and your recruiter. Dig in your heels when you need to.
– Be clear on what works for you. How often do you want to be contacted? By email? Phone? What are your expectations? What support do you need? Share these details so you’re both on the same page.
“Tougher than a lion / Ain’t no need in tryin”
What should you expect from your recruiter?
– Clarity. Issues of pay, benefits, bonuses, facility features, and other contract details should be crystal clear from the get go.
– Communication. You should expect regular communication throughout your job search, applications, the settling-in period, and beyond. You should also expect prompt communication of any news on a job you’ve applied for.
– Respect. Your time, skills, and energy should be valued. You should never be led on, presented with fake positions, or offered low base rates. And you shouldn’t be put forward for a job without your expressed permission or be pressured into taking a job you don’t want.
– Follow-through. You should expect pay and bonuses to arrive promptly and as promised.
“Everybody’s vibing so don’t nobody start a fight.”
Follow the code:
What if everyone was directed by the same core values that drive our profession: care, integrity, honesty, respect, and justice? At HealthcareWings we’re on it. We’re holding recruiters to account and insisting that everyone on our platform is honest, respectful, and caring.
Our Code of Values… We all deserve relationships built on mutual respect and trust and are committed to helping healthcare professionals and recruiters get there.
“When the sun shines, we shine together”
Keep it working for you
Take it from Queen RiRi: all relationships need a little “work, work, work, work, work.” Sometimes it takes a while to establish a good working rapport with your recruiter. These are relationships to invest in, especially if you decide to work as a travel nurse, but are also worth keeping in context.
“Place my wants and needs over your resistance.”
If you’re not getting what you need and aren’t feeling supported, it might be time to walk away. You can ask your agency for a new recruiter or always move to another agency that feels like a better fit. Remember: getting the job you deserve is more important than loyalty to one agency or individual.
“Find light in the beautiful sea, I choose to be happy.”