Travel Nurse Job Seekers Should Take Small Business Approach
Christine Whitmarsh, RN, BSN
As a freelance medical writer and writing business owner for several years now, I’ve had my fair share of experience with the fluctuating economy and survival tactics to stay financially afloat. One of my most reliable standby methods of doing this is to continuously stay registered with several temporary employment agencies. Despite having to sometimes adopt the identity of “just a temp,” I’ve found that there are excellent benefits of working with professional recruiters.
Travel nurses and staff nurses can also benefit from this way of thinking. Travel nurse recruiting agencies can be your active job search partner, seeking out new travel nursing jobs before they are even advertised. In addition to your normal job search methods including networking on job boards, submitting your resume through job sites such as monster.com, and developing relationships with human resource departments at hospitals you would like to work at, be sure and follow up with your recruiter or recruiters, instead of waiting for their phone call.
It is also smart and creative to approach your job search from the standpoint of a business owner instead of as an employee. You are, in many ways, the CEO of your own company and it is up to you to make it a financial success. Networking, following up, aggressively researching leads on the internet and developing clever ways to market yourself, are all effective entrepreneurial tools that should not be limited to small business owners. Travel nurses should see themselves as owners of an ever-changing company with locations all around the country and a diverse list of clients.
Christine Whitmarsh is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from the University of Rhode Island. She is a freelance health journalist and medical writer and a contributor to Travel Nurse Source and Allied Travel Careers.