3 Reasons Why a Strong Relationship With Your Recruiter is Key

Posted on: April 28, 2022

written by

Karina Kagramanov

No two provider-recruiter relationships are the same: some providers enjoy breaking away from work talk with a bit of banter, while others prefer to get right down to business. There is no one “right” way to have a relationship with your recruiter, however, there’s a reason why Barton recruiters are trained and encouraged to build those strong, long-lasting connections with each and every one of their providers.

Past the obvious benefit of making your interactions with your recruiter easier, more comfortable, and pleasant, building a strong recruiter relationship in turn builds trust; a vital component of any business partnership. You are putting your employment in the hands of your recruiter, and if your partnership is lacking in trust, both parties will struggle to succeed.

Building trust takes two to play, and it takes time. Nevertheless, the rewards are definitely well-worth it, but don’t just take it from us! Here’s what Barton’s providers have to say about why building a strong relationship with your recruiter is crucial to a positive locum tenens experience.

Positions to Preference

“The relationship with the recruiter is a key thing, because I feel like I have a personal agent. I have worked with Barton Associates over several assignments, and it really comes down to having a great recruiter who really knows me”. - Dr. Eisele, MD

It may seem strange, or even borderline alarming, when your recruiter asks you things like when and where you like to vacation, what your relationship status is, or whether you have kids, but we promise there’s a method to the madness.

Personal questions like these actually provide your recruiter with important information pertaining to your needs and preferences surrounding your locum job search. For example, the above questions can give your recruiter all sorts of insight such as when you’ll need time off for vacations, what potential travel accommodations you may need if you’re traveling with a partner or spouse, and how much time you’ll need between assignments to make arrangements for childcare.

Learning these snippets of information helps your recruiter to streamline their job search so you only hear about opportunities that are the best fits for you.

Open Opportunities

When you have a better relationship with your recruiter, it encourages you to try new things. I wasn’t always honest with my recruiter, or myself, and I really needed to do that even though I was reluctant at first, because your recruiter encourages you to try new things and step out of your comfort zone, which is important to prevent burnout”. - Dr. Fearing, MD

While your recruiter’s main goal is to find you jobs that fit your preferences as closely as possible, finding the perfect match is not only difficult, but rare. They can always do their best to negotiate the terms of a locum assignment to better align with what you’re used to, but isn’t keeping it fresh one of the biggest perks of locum tenens work?

If you haven’t heard from your recruiter about new jobs in a while, chances are that they’re dying to talk to you about a wealth of open positions, but are working with too many resolute guidelines. When you give your recruiter a chance to get to know you on a deeper level, they are able to discern between your soft and absolute preferences in order to identify potential new and better opportunities that fall somewhere in the middle.

Whether you’re nervous about the licensure process for a new state, or worried about trying out a new work schedule, sometimes we all need a little push. Having a close relationship with your recruiter can make the difference between higher pay and professional growth, or staying static and always wondering what you’ve missed out on. 

Support by Your Side

“My recruiter has been there listening to my concerns through the good times and the bad times. It’s always nice to have somebody that has your back and to know that at the end of the day, if I need my recruiter, she’s going to be bubbly and supportive”. - Dr. Kalinyak, NP

In a perfect world, every call between a provider and their recruiter would consist of only good news, or even better, a booked assignment. Unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan, from job interviews gone south, to hidden nuisances in credentialing.

Having a good relationship with your recruiter means that they see and understand you through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Your recruiter should know you well enough to be able to recognize what triggers your frustration, and more importantly, know how to talk you through it, provide perspective, and find a solution to whatever problem has presented itself.

Apart from understanding how to get through obstacles with you, the better your recruiter knows you, the better equipped they will also be to go to bat for you if the rare occasion presents itself.

Overall, you should be close enough with your recruiter to feel confident in the fact that they’ll be there through thick and thin, whether that means cheering you on through successes, backing you up when things go wrong, or just lending an ear for you to vent.

“At the end of the day, your recruiter is your friend. You can call them and ask about problems you’re having and bounce ideas off each other. I know I can always call my recruiter to talk, or vent; which hopefully, I don’t have to very often”. - Dr. Eisele, MD


About Karina Kagramanov

As the Content Marketing Copywriter at Barton Associates, Karina conceptualizes and creates engaging written and video content for Barton and its two children companies, Barton Healthcare Staffing and Wellhart. They joined Barton in March of 2021 after graduating from UMass Amherst with Bachelor degrees in Integrated Business & Humanities and Communication. They are currently pursuing their Masters Degree in Digital Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University. In their free time, you can find Karina training at their local boxing gym or learning how to cook a new pasta recipe. 

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