Working with recruiters can seem daunting — so many are fighting for your attention! Who should you listen to? Which one should you build a relationship with? What agencies offer the best jobs? The best experiences? Who will be around for the longevity of your career? What recruiters understand your specialty?
Most professionals recommend having relationships with multiple recruiters. We’ve found that to be the most practical route as well if managed appropriately. It’s part of why we built Kamana.
It’s easy to find a recruiter — they’re everywhere. But as a professional you want quality, not quantity. Remember that good recruiters get noticed, and they attract good talent quickly. They have limited time and resources to allocate to their candidates and will give the best contracts to the ones with whom they have strong and long-term relationships.
Spotting a tire-kicker is easy, and recruiters will notice when you’ve chosen not to act when they present your ideal contract. It takes effort from professionals like us to build those relationships. Good things take time.
What can professionals do to make yourselves ideal candidates for these recruiters?
Know what you want.
It’s important to do a self-assessment. What drives you? Be honest with yourself, so you can have a productive relationship with your new recruiter. If you can give them an accurate understanding of what you want, they can more accurately search for opportunities that meet your needs.
A strong recruiter that understand your passions, hobbies, and interests can often discover unique contract opportunities that you’ll find enticing.
Consider things like:
- What do you want from your employer?
- Higher pay
- A solid support system
- The best possible benefits
- A broader network of facility options
And get more granular:
- Who are you as a healthcare professional?
- Where is your career heading right now?
- Where do you want it to take you?
- In what type of company culture do you thrive?
Recruiters want to find you the best contract they can. So, help them (and yourself) by being clear and honest right out of the gate. The better you know yourself, the better they’ll know you.
Keep your professional documents current.
How swiftly (and accurately) you can onboard with an agency makes a difference to both of you. Be a proactive client to your recruiter: help them access your licenses, certifications, work history, etc. by providing them in a clear, organized way.
When you’re able to onboard swiftly, you’ll give yourself the best chance of submission for the hottest contracts.
Respect their time.
Just like you, recruiters are professionals and goal-oriented. You should be self-aware with your questions and interactions with them: respect their time, remember their schedules are (very) hectic, keep your communications direct, and group your needs / thoughts in cohesive messages.
Meaning, don’t send them 10 messages with one note in each — send them one organized message with your 10 notes/questions together. This way they can serve you swiftly, and you can keep their workday more efficient.
Honesty is the best policy.
Recruiters understand that you’re searching for the best contract. Be honest with them about the other recruiters you’ve engaged. Being honest and communicative will help the current recruiter ensure they’re not wasting or duplicating their efforts. It’ll also help avoid being double submitted by two agencies to the same need, which can result in losing the opportunity entirely.
Healthcare staffing is a small world — don’t tarnish your reputation by treating recruiters in disrespectful, misleading ways. It’s their responsibility to return the favor!
You and your recruiter should be on the same page about communications. Find what their preferred method is, and tell them yours. Figure out the right ways the two of you should be communicating.
Side note: There are ways to send your personal data securely, and ways you shouldn’t. Be sure you’re protecting your privacy using best practices.
Everyone thrives when strong relationships are made. Recruiters and their staffing agencies are no different. In fact, they need your support — and work hard to earn it. When you give solid referrals, you stand out as a true professional + candidate in the recruiter’s eyes. This helps catapult you to the front of the line for top contracts.
Connecting with your recruiter took effort. Building that relationship took effort, too. It makes the most sense to stay connected, especially if you’re planning on taking another contract in the future. Staying at the front of your recruiter’s mind will ensure they’re thinking of you / remembering you for applicable contracts.
Consider connecting with your recruiter on social media platforms so you can be relevant in their daily activities, without taking the effort to send personal, update-driven emails to “touch base” with them.
For the overachievers.
A thank you note never hurt anyone. As we’ve mentioned: it’s about relationship building. Your recruiter worked hard to get you that/those contracts. Ideally, they’ll be securing more contracts in your future. Let them know you’re grateful with a simple note or message thanking them for their time, energy, and guidance.
All relationships take work. Recruiters put in plenty of effort to ensure they build strong connections with professionals like you. It only makes sense that you reciprocate. And, in doing so, you’ll make sure you stay front and center on their own watchlists, so you can enjoy those ideal contracts for years to come.