When Should a Travel Professional Begin Planning for Their Next Assignment?

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Travel nurses and healthcare professionals have the unique opportunity to work as much, or as little, as they’d like. Still, if you plan to maintain a continuous income, you’ll need to prepare for your next travel assignment during your current travel assignment. Failure to do so could lead to:

  • Longer time lapses than you prefer in between placements.
  • Having to accept a placement that’s outside your preferred practice parameters or desired geographic location.
  • Working shifts that fall during times you’d rather not work.

You want a travel placement in your desired location that fits well with your career plans! So for all of the above reasons, it’s important to plan ahead. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

When should you look for your next travel assignment?

About 4–6 weeks before the end of your current assignment, you should begin to line up your next travel healthcare placement. For example, if your travel assignment lasts 13 weeks, you’ll want to start looking right around the halfway point. Keep in mind this is only if you want to maintain a consistent work schedule. If you’re planning to take a break or go on holiday for a bit, simply remember it takes about 4–6 weeks to find a new assignment (when you’re ready to begin looking).

Your recruiter can help

As an expert in the staffing industry and with insider knowledge of open opportunities, your recruiter can help you find your next travel healthcare assignment. She will work with you to understand how your travel career is progressing, what you like and don’t like, and where you’d like to go next. Your recruiter is a valuable resource who will save you time and headaches in your job search—and who wants you to succeed just as much as you do!

Choosing a recruiter in the Caribou area

If your travels will take you to Caribou, Maine, you can rely on the expert staffing services of TaleMed. We place nurses and other travel healthcare staff with rewarding travel positions that match your career goals. You can travel to a wide variety of cities across the country, including San Diego, Brooklyn, Louisville, Washington, D.C., and more. To begin working with a TaleMed recruiter, contact us today.

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