Whether you’re new to the healthcare travel life or you’re a seasoned traveler, you shouldn’t just accept the first travel job offer you receive. As a professional, you’re hot in demand and deserve the best of the best. The next time a job offer comes around, make sure you thoroughly evaluate the opportunity to make sure you’re happy with the fine print. Here’s how.
No. 1: Set realistic expectations
It’s not a great feeling to have your hopes and expectations built up just to be torn down. Before you even look at travel job options, set your expectations and keep them realistic. To do this, think about what matters to you based on your job preference and career objectives. Is it your goal to travel the country? Do you want to enhance your medical skills and move up in your career?
Setting your expectations ahead of time helps you gain a better idea of what type of job will help you meet your career goals and fulfill your personal needs. Once you’ve determined your goals and objectives, prioritize them by importance, so is it more important to you to explore scenic destinations or would you rather expand your professional expertise? Of course, these will look different for everyone.
After you determine and prioritize important job preferences and goals, you’re left with a clear list of what’s important to you as a professional traveler. Now when you read and review online job postings and offers, you’ll be able to clearly see what, if anything, is lacking in the description.
And remember, keep your expectations realistic. It may take time to find a travel job that gives you everything you want, but the only way for that to happen at all is if your expectations are attainable.
No. 2: Take note of pay package details
After setting your expectations for what a job has to offer, the next things to evaluate are the details of the pay package. For many people, money matters.
To assess the job’s salary, do some research to ensure the position you’re being offered is competitive geographically. It’s important to note that pay packages will vary greatly based on location. For example, a job in the Midwest may offer a salary that doesn’t even cover the cost of living in a coastal state. So, only compare the salaries of jobs within the same states or regions.
Also included in the pay package should be details about special agency or facility incentives that boost your salary. These may include sign-on bonuses, referral bonuses, incentives to advance your education, and more. If the details of the job offer skip this information, don’t be afraid to ask a healthcare recruiter!
No. 3: Pay attention to benefits
In addition to a job offer’s pay package, you’ll want to pay attention to the benefits package, as well. Sure, a high salary is great, but if it accompanied by weak benefits or no benefits at all, is the job really worth it? Again, this goes back to knowing what’s important to you.
For many healthcare staffing agencies, you’re considered a full-time employee, which means you’re eligible for health benefits, and then some. In fact, most travel nursing companies, and other healthcare staffers offer these types of traveler perks:
- The choice between corporate-paid housing or a tax-free housing stipend
- Premium health insurance coverage
- 401k retirement plan
- Weekly pay and direct deposit
- Travel and licensing reimbursements
- Referral program
- Dedicated recruiter and/or healthcare support team
Compare the job offer to the benefits that come with it to decide if it’s worth it to you to accept. Don’t forget to do some research to see if the same job is available under multiple staffing agencies. Then you can decide which offer suits you best.
No. 4: Consider job locations
One of the best parts of being a professional healthcare traveler is the chance to explore a variety of places in the U.S. With that comes many choices. What kind of area do you want to live in? How is the cost of living where you want to go? How far away from your facility do you want to live? There’s a lot to think about.
When you consider job destinations, think about access to public transportation, crime rates, climate, attractions, and the cost of living. If you’re not driving or planning to rent a car, you may not have your own vehicle to drive while you’re on assignment. If that’s the case, you’ll want to know about the destination’s public transportation system. For example, are there buses, subways, trains, all the above, or more? Can you walk to the pick-up spot? If you can, is it a safe walk? Do some research to make sure you’re going somewhere that you can easily get around and get to work.
Next, crime rates can be an important consideration to your next travel job. Areas with lower crime rates tend to provide a more positive atmosphere, so before you accept the offer and pack your bags to your new temporary home, check out information about the specific type of crime that occurs in the areas you’re considering.
Of course, the climate plays a big part in whether to accept a travel job offer. The beauty of travel nursing, travel therapy, and other allied travel professions is you get to choose where in the country you want to work. You have the power to travel to destinations of your preferred climate. Would you rather spend winter on the West Coast? Or are you a west coaster who would rather spend the winter in the snowy Midwest? Professional travel can make that happen.
Lastly, take advantage of your career and check out interesting and historical attractions while you’re traveling the country for healthcare assignments. While you may spend the majority of your time at work, you will have days off to enjoy! When they roll around, find places like parks to enjoy nature, theaters for plays, movies, or shows, and more. You’ll be living away from home for at least 13 weeks—make it count!
No. 5: Compare travel jobs on Fusion Marketplace
There’s a lot to consider when accepting a new travel job, like how much money you’ll make, where you’ll live on assignment, how many hours a week you’re required to work, the length of an assignment, and more. With Fusion Marketplace, you can easily compare these factors, and more, with a quick glance.
Although Fusion Marketplace houses job opportunities on behalf of multiple healthcare staffing agencies, most job postings include the pertinent information you want to know—required weekly hours, weekly pay, job type, and hiring company. That way, all you have to do is decide what’s important to you and take a gander at Marketplace job openings. When you find something of interest, the “quick apply” feature does the rest for you.
Make the job search, application, and hiring process easier on yourself and create a Marketplace traveler profile. Once you’ve entered your basic traveler information, dig deeper and customize your profile with specific job and travel preferences like:
- City, state, or region
- Shift type
- Job type
- Minimum and maximum pay range
Your Marketplace account sets you apart from the competition and acts as your professional resume on job applications. No matter where you are in your healthcare career, use Fusion Marketplace to accelerate it even further.
Because you’re so in demand, you have many job options as a professional healthcare traveler. Narrow down your choices and easily compare job postings using Fusion Marketplace. Before you make any final decisions about a travel job offer, be sure to evaluate the details so you know the job is right for you.