Dear Traveler: I know you hate building profiles but…

By Tim Bruce | Guest Articles

Oct 13

​Dear Traveler,

You’ve probably created multiple other travel profiles already, and you’re not thrilled about creating another one.  I get it. 

However, I’m going to tell you why completing a profile might mean more now than ever before. I’ll also address some of the common objections recruiters receive from travelers when asking them to build another travel profile. 

It's a jungle out there!

For whatever the reasons, we’re in the middle of a down job market right now.  Travel nursing has become ultra-competitive.  Some needs are literally being filled in minutes. 

There were 17 needs for an EMR conversion a couple weeks ago.  Within six hours of the needs being open, they had over 200 submissions and closed the need to further submissions.

That’s insane!

You want to be ready to be submitted to needs as soon as you possibly can!  Speed of submittal is paramount these days.  In the immortal words of Ricky Bobby, “If you’re not first; you’re last.” 

Okay, maybe it’s not quite that black and white, but you want to be among the first to be submitted.  Hospitals hire vendors (MSPs) and work with agencies, because they don’t wish to spend the time and resources required to hire travelers. 

​If they have 30 qualified candidates that were pre-screened by a vendor; they’re typically not going to review all 30.  They’re going to start calling for interviews as soon as they see a profile that looks good to them. 

You may have the best profile and may be the most qualified candidate, but if you’re number 19 out of 30 profiles the chances of you getting an interview are slim and none. 

"Find me a job first! Then, I'll build a profile."

While this is the way I prefer to do it too, it’s just not feasible these days.

While I search through available assignments, build pay packages, and so on; other travelers with completed profiles are already being submitted to the opportunities I’m presenting you.  

Waiting for the perfect assignment before building a profile is what we’d all like to do, but by the time your profile is built, your perfect assignment is probably going to be gone.  Especially if your perfect assignment is high paying, day shift, or in a desirable destination.  

Those are three things that match the perfect assignment for a multitude of travelers.  Be Proactive! Build your travel profile, and be ready to pounce on the assignment of your choice.

  • Pro Tip: Choose the agencies and recruiters first.  Is this an agency you want to partner with?  Is this the recruiter you want to be teammates with?  Vet them.  Find out what they’re about and if you’re a good match.  Then build the profile.  Then get the assignment.  

"I already have profiles with multiple agencies."

There’s clearly something missing from that or we wouldn’t be talking.  Not all recruiters are created equal, and we all don’t have access to the same assignments.  It is absolutely in your best interest to work with multiple agencies.

 At the end of the day; it’s about your career and your life.  Don’t limit yourself.  Find at least two good recruiters that you can trust.  A short amount of time is all that’s necessary to build a travel profile and open some doors for you. 

  • Pro Tip: The people that suffer the most from multiple profiles are probably your references.  Do yourself and your references a favor and try to get written references and/or performance evaluations from every assignment you work.  Supervisors and managers from recent assignments are the most valuable references you can have.  This will significantly speed up the process of building your travel profile and will spare your references from yet another call.

"I don't want to waste time!"

Believe me.  Neither do I.  We both have other things to be doing.  

The real waste of time is gathering information on assignments that will be filled before your profile is built.  The real waste of time is pouring over information on assignments that was provided to you just to learn that they are no longer available.  Most travel profiles don’t really take that long to build, less than an hour.  

What do they really include?  A resume, references, and a skills checklist.  The skills checklist is usually the only thing that should require any real commitment of time.  Is opening a few more doors and giving yourself a better chance of obtaining the assignment you want worth less than an hour of your time?

  • Pro Tip: Keep you resume updated.  Keep your references (from a previous Pro Tip), along with your updated resume and any other needed information, in a folder on your computer, or tablet, or phone.  Have it accessible and updated, and you’ll save yourself a lot of valuable time.    

​"I don't want to be blind submitted"

This is a legit concern.

Blind submittals are risky business for everyone.  If they work at all; they’re usually much more beneficial for the recruiter than for the traveler.     

They’re significantly more likely to result in double submissions and to hurt your odds of getting an interview.  Being double submitted doesn’t double your chances.  In many cases; you will be automatically being removed from consideration. 

In other cases; it may result in your first words of an interview being, “who are you?” or “where are you calling from?” Not good.

Getting past this means going back to the first Pro Tip.  Find an agency and recruiter that will agree to not submit you without your knowledge and consent.  Yes!  Time is a factor, but it’s not worth risking double submissions and bad starts to interviews.

  • Pro Tip:  Do not work with agencies and recruiters that blind submit traveler profiles.  It is a clear sign that they do not have your best interest at heart.  Tell your recruiters that you are not okay with being blind submitted and hold them accountable if they do.  Remember.  This is your career and your life.  You do not work for a recruiter.  You work together, as a team.

I hope you found this information helpful and informative.  Furthermore, I hope you’ll take the information and apply it to your career.  In an industry that is often changing; it’s vital that you remain adaptable and open and willing to change with it.  

We all know that building travel profiles is a point of pain for travelers, but it is a jungle out there.

Find some good agencies and recruiters that won’t blind submit you.  Don’t wait to build your travel profile.  Be proactive, and do it first thing.  Be organized, and save yourself some valuable time.  I am certain you’ll have an easier time securing the assignments you want.  Give yourself every advantage you can. 

Your career and your life deserve it.                


About the Author

Timothy Bruce is a Lionel Richie fan and published writer who is also a recruiter with TotalMed Staffing. When he’s not dancing on the ceiling or writing; you can find him working with travelers as both a recruiter and a trusted advisor. He currently resides with his family in Wisconsin.

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(3) comments

Marci Badon last month

Great advice!

Teresa last month

Excellent article! I loved the emphasis on teamwork! I think so many traveler’s, (ie: newbies that jump in without doing their homework) spend an inordinate amount of time complaining about their assignment or their package. It’s always an unscrupulous recruiter at fault! By the same token, there are definitely some recruiters that will prey on ignorance simply to put cash in their pocket.
It is a 2 way PROFESSIONAL street! We all have responsibilities to uphold. It is a relationship business! Build your profiles, keep your certs updated and submitted, ask for references, ( you get those by showing up, doing your job, and not whining about your department or institution), and communicate with your recruiter.

Ricardo Sanchez last month

Great article! Well written, and very informative! I will be sharing 🙂

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