What I Wish I Would’ve Told My Recruiter - Sally Keskey

Traveling Nurse Recruiter

The experiencing of working with a recruiter is different for everyone but in the end they all have the same job: get us working in a position as a registered nurse that best fits our skills, desires, and needs.

Your recruiter knows that it’s in their best interest to find a job that fits you just right. Being open and honest with your recruiter is the easiest way to make sure that this happens.

A Different Kind of Interview

When you meet with your recruiter for the first time, it’s important to remember that they’re your support team. You can easily tell them that you don’t like night shifts because sleeping during the day just doesn’t work for you, or that you’ve got zero interest in working in oncology. It sometimes takes practice to be forward with your recruiter, but I promise that with practice, you’ll learn to do so with grace. There’s been a few occasions where I’d wished I had told my recruiter that I just wasn’t interested in a job but went for it anyway because I was too afraid to disappoint them.

Don’t Ignore Your Shortcomings

We’ve all got shortcomings and admitting these to your recruiter is very important. A recruiter wants to find the best fit for you; knowing what you need to work on is the best way to do this. Not great at starting IVs? You may not be ready to work in a chemotherapy clinic. Want more practice starting IVs? Tell them this too. They may very well be able to find you a position that gives you the opportunity to practice without slowing down the work site. I wish that I’d have told my recruiter from the beginning that I’m not really a forty-hour a week kind of girl. I like three long shifts and then getting on my way. Because I wasn’t upfront with this fact, I had a few opportunities that never seemed like the perfect fit. Once we realized that I needed something with alternative hours, more ideal jobs headed my way.

Be Clear About Your Career Path

It took working with my recruiter a few times to understand that my job experience doesn’t need to define me. While I may have had a background in general medical and oncology, I had a desire to jump into something different. I’d always wanted to work in women’s health but because I didn’t have much experience there, I was afraid to bring it up. The result? I was talking assignments that I didn’t 100% want and feeling let down. Once I gathered the courage to openly discuss my wish to work in another area of nursing, my recruiters helped me gather skills from my experience that might apply to those fields and presented them in a way that highlighted my willingness to learn on the job. I was shocked at how quickly I found positions I really loved!

For me, the key takeaway from working with a recruiter is that being open as possible right away is the best option. Sure, sell yourself to your recruiter by highlighting your believed strong points but be open about your shortcomings, needs, and preferences too. Creating an environment of open communication with your recruiter from the beginning is a great way to ensure that you’ll find a placement in a position which you really love sooner.