You’ve heard the saying, “Timing is everything.” So, when it comes to finding your healthcare travel job, is what they say true?
In short, yes. When it comes to your next career move, it’s important to consider the overall timing of the assignment. Think about how long of a contract you want, what season it is, and when is the best time to apply. With your ducks in a row, you’ll be well-prepared in advance for the transition into a new travel job.
When you should start your travel job search
- Is it important to be home with family during the holidays?
- Do I care about the climate of the location?
- Is time off between assignments a priority?
It may vary based on your division and specialty, but in general, the golden number to commence your search is six weeks before you want to start your next assignment. For example, if you’re set on being in your new healthcare job on November 1st, you should begin the job search and application process no later than September 20th, and maybe even sooner to be on the safe side.
Define the holidays that matter to you
When it comes to the holidays, make sure you’re well-informed of the expectations and requirements of the healthcare facility, because holidays may be defined differently depending on where you are. While one hospital may consider 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. on Christmas Day a holiday, another may start the holiday at 7 A.M. on Christmas Day and end at 7 A.M. the next day.
A season for every healthcare traveler
Another thing to take into consideration is the season. Landing a job in March may be easier, less time-consuming, and less stressful than if you were to search for a travel job in January, which happens to be the busiest time of the year for the healthcare travel industry.
The weather also plays a big part in the timing of your job search. If you’re a traveler who prefers to stay in warmer areas during winter and cooler places in the summer, you need to be aware of the best time to make the switch from one to another. Of course, start dates will vary based on destination, division, and healthcare specialty, but typically you’ll want to be in your travel contract somewhere warm from November until March. Then, when that summer sun becomes too much, retreat to a cooler climate around May until September.
Taking time for yourself
If you’re a fan of time off in between assignments, when you commence your healthcare job search will depend on how long you want to take off. Regardless if you’re taking a week or a month for some dedicated “you” time, allow yourself a generous grace period to get back in your groove.
You probably know best that time is precious—that includes speed to market. As the competition for quality healthcare workers grows, your speed to market becomes significantly more important to land your ideal travel placement. Thankfully, there’s a more efficient method to job searching through Fusion Marketplace.
A more efficient way to find your healthcare travel job
Waste no time finding a travel job that makes your heart beat from excitement using Fusion Marketplace. Set-up your traveler profile for exclusive access to thousands of highly desirable healthcare travel jobs across multiple staffing agencies, plus save your licenses, certifications, employment experience, job preferences, and more to easily organize your important documents in one safe place.
A one-stop-shop for travel nurses and allied professionals, Fusion Marketplace allows you to be agile in your job search with a customized timeline, so you’re ready for your next move exactly when you need it. Take full control over your healthcare career with less bumps, more transparency, and increased job visibility and enjoy a streamlined travel job search and application process.
It’s up to you to decide what you want your travel career to look like and Fusion Marketplace has the tools and resources you need to narrow down your job search, compare benefits, and apply for multiple travel contracts. Eventually, your time will come to transition to a new healthcare assignment and when it does, let Fusion Marketplace help get you where you’re supposed to go even faster.