May 23, 2024

How Healthcare Travelers Can Get the Most Out of Their Recruiter

Embracing a career as a travel nurse or healthcare traveler may be exciting, but it’s not without its own unique challenges. Navigating everything from housing and credentialing, to location and facility can be daunting – especially if you go at it alone or are new to the travel world.

Enter recruiters, your invaluable travel healthcare ally!

At TNAA, we believe that recruiters make a big difference in your travel nursing or healthcare traveling journey. Their expertise and experience can help you successfully navigate everything you need to be successful while on assignment. Here are some tips on how you can get the most out of your recruiter.

How to Maximize Your Healthcare Travel Recruiter

Communicate Your Goals and Preferences

One of the most important steps in making the most of your recruiter relationship is telling them what you are looking for. Recruiters know how to find assignments that fit your lifestyle – communication is the key to finding your dream assignments! Share your professional goals, personal preferences, and career aspirations with your recruiter, including locations you want to see, facilities you desire to work at, and what you are looking for in a contract. You’ll also want to let them know what shifts you prefer and any other details that will help them find you the right assignment.

Leverage Their Industry Knowledge

Recruiters have extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and a deep understanding of the job market. Use their expertise to get ahead in your career. Tap into their wealth of information by asking questions and seeking their advice. They can offer insights into which hospitals or regions are currently in demand, what skills are most sought after, and how you can position yourself as a top candidate.

Utilize Their Network

Recruiters have established relationships with a wide network of healthcare facilities and professionals. This network can open doors to opportunities that might not be advertised publicly. By relying on your recruiter’s connections, you can access a broader range of job openings, including exclusive or high-demand positions. This network can also facilitate smoother transitions and faster placements.

Provide Feedback and Stay in Touch

Feedback is crucial for your recruiter to understand what’s working well and what can be improved. After each assignment, share your experiences and provide constructive feedback. This helps your recruiter tailor future assignments to better suit your needs and preferences. Additionally, maintaining regular communication with your recruiter ensures you’re always on their radar for new opportunities.

Embrace Flexibility and Open-Mindedness

While it’s important to have clear goals, being flexible can also open unexpected and rewarding opportunities. Trust your recruiter’s judgment and be open to assignments that might be outside your initial comfort zone. These experiences can broaden your skill set, introduce you to new environments, and contribute to your overall career growth.

For example, you may consider yourself an urbanite and desire to work in larger cities, but you can also get a lot out of working rural travel assignments – and they just might end up being some of your favorite places to travel!

Benefits of Working With a Recruiter

Streamline the Logistics

The administrative tasks associated with travel nursing can be time-consuming and complex. Your recruiter can handle much of this workload, from credential verification to arranging interviews. To make this process even more efficient, provide all necessary documentation promptly and accurately. This allows your recruiter to manage the paperwork efficiently and secure your assignments without delays.

Licensing and Compliance

Each state has different licensing requirements for healthcare professionals, and being proactive can help you avoid last-minute hiccups. Your recruiter is an excellent great asset in this area, as they know what each state requires and can help make the whole process go smoothly for you. Discuss your license status and future plans with your recruiter. They can assist with applications, renewals, and ensuring you meet all state-specific requirements.

Professional Development

Your recruiter can also help with your professional development. Ask them about opportunities for continuing education, certifications, and training programs that can enhance your skills and make you more marketable. Recruiters can also help you find assignments that offer unique learning experiences or mentorship opportunities, fostering your growth as a healthcare professional.


Travel nursing can sometimes feel isolating, but recruiters can connect you with a broader community of fellow healthcare travelers. Participate in events, online forums, and social groups organized by your agency. These connections provide support, advice, and camaraderie, enriching your travel experience. Networking with peers can also offer valuable insights and tips for succeeding in different assignments.

TNAA’s Full-Service Approach

TNAA has been helping travelers find happiness and success on their healthcare travels since 1999. Our full-service approach has continuously evolved based on traveler feedback and what we’ve seen be the most beneficial for travelers.

Our recruiters earn industry recognition because they care about your travel experience and are committed to helping you maximize your joy at every step.

When you travel with TNAA, you’re traveling with an agency that has your back every step of the way. Housing, credentialing, benefits, sick leave…we’ve got you covered. See for yourself why we’re the number one traveler-rated travel nurse agency!

Ready to embark on your next travel journey? Check out our available jobs and apply today!