Earlier in the Travel Therapy Career Guide we talked about what traits you should look for in a travel physical therapy recruiter. In this section we will go over some ways to make sure you find the right one for you. A recruiter is many time the face of the company to travelers, which means that a bad experience with a recruiter could easily sour you to an entire company. This makes doing your research to find a good one that you trust so important.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to be referred to a good one. Nothing speaks better about what kind of service you can expect than what another traveling PT tells you about their recruiter. So ask around. Having the name of a recruiter at a travel physical therapy company also helps ensures that you will be to work with that recruiter when you call in, otherwise you will be assigned a recruiter that you may or may not hit it off with.
There are a couple of sites that you could visit to try and get information on specific recruiters like forums like Delphi or UltimateNurse.com, but that is probably going to be pretty hit or miss. One site that does offer it as a feature of their site is Healthcare Travelbook.com, but you need an account to see them.
Whether you have a referral or are just talking to a recruiter who has been assigned to you it is important that when you first talk to them that you take the time to interview them too.
When you first call in the recruiter should be not only gathering career information and goals from you, but they should also be trying to build a relationship with you. You will be trusting this person with your most valuable asset, your career, so it is vital that you trust them.
So now at this point it is time for you to ask them some questions:
- How long have you been working in the travel therapy industry?
- How many years have you been a recruiter?
- Will you be my recruiter the whole time I work with your company?
- How many travel PTs or PTAs do you work with currently?
- What is the maximum number of physical therapists you are allowed to work with? Or what is your company’s max desk level?
- What is the standard traveler to recruiter ratio at your company?
- Tell me something about yourself and your background? Where did you go to college? Do you have pets? Etc.
- How often will I talk to you?
- How will you to contact me? Email? Phone? Text? Facebook? Etc.
- What makes you better than the other recruiters I am talking to?
- What do you to help your travel PTs succeed?
- Why do you work for this travel physical therapy company? What do you like about it? Dislike? Anything you would change?
- What’s your favorite song? Movie? Book?
A final point to remember when talking to a recruiter is to find out if he or she will be your recruiter the whole time you work with that company. Different companies are structured differently so with some companies you will have the same recruiter the whole time you work with that company while others are split up by region so depending on where you work you may end up with a different recruiter.
This may be the most vital element of your success and experience as a traveling physical therapist so be sure to put the time in to make sure you do your due diligence when choosing your recruiter.