How To Build Trust with Your Healthcare Recruiter

November 15, 2021


Megan Bebout

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When you embark on your healthcare travel career journey, you place your trust in a few different baskets — the medical facility, the staffing agency, and most of all, your allied health or travel nursing recruiter.

The trust you have in your allied or travel nurse recruiter can not only easily make or break the recruitment process, but it can also impact your overall job experience. Trust is a big deal. There’s a lot of value placed on building trust because it’s fundamental to the way we live. Without it, life would suck. Here’s how you can enhance trust with your recruiter as a healthcare traveler.


How To Build Trust with Your Healthcare Recruiter


How to build trust with your recruiter

Practice open and honest communication

You’re probably familiar with the old cliché, “Communication is key.” That rings true in the healthcare travel world, too — especially when it comes to you and your recruiter.

Constant communication and honest feedback are easy and effective ways to a recruiter’s heart. Talk to them as often as possible before, during, and after your travel nursing or allied health assignment. Make sure they know your travel dreams, career goals, and any specific job needs you may have.

You and your recruiter have the potential to turn your professional relationship into a wholesome friendship. The only thing standing in the way is effective communication.

Be flexible with assignment locations

Flexible assignmentsIn this market, you may not always land the assignment location you had your eye on. Of course, your recruiter will try their darndest to get you there, but if the stars don’t align this time around, trust that your recruiter has your best interests at heart.

When you’re open to various locations, it allows your recruiter to explore a wider range of options tailored to your preferences, skills, and career goals. This collaboration builds a solid foundation of trust and ultimately, leads to a more fruitful partnership.

Complete the onboarding process

Another simple way to strengthen trust with your recruiter is to fully complete the onboarding process. That means doing the not-so-fun things like filling out paperwork, dotting i’s, crossing t’s, and all that goes in between.

The most important part about the onboarding process is that it gets done on time. Missed signatures and incomplete paperwork only make life more complicated for you and your recruiter.

Show up for your shifts

Consistent and reliable attendance is key to building trust between you and your recruiter. When you show up for your shifts on time and ready to work, it sends a powerful message of professionalism and dedication to your craft.

Signs recruiters want to gain your trust

Now that we know how med travelers can build trust with their recruiters, let’s explore the flip side: how recruiters can build trust with you. After all, trust works both ways.

They listen to your wants, needs, and desires

It can be a challenge to be a travel nurse or allied health travel recruiter. Not only do recruiters help you get to your next travel assignment, but recruiters also get you to your next great adventure.

Recruiters can easily build trust with you just by listening attentively — active listening, hearing, and caring about what you have to say. If you have hopes and dreams to work an assignment in Alaska, recruiters should hear you out, and do what they can to get you there, even if it doesn’t work out in the end. Listening goes a long way to building trust.

They respect your time

You have a lot going on. So, good recruiters will be mindful of your time, and won’t take it personally if they don’t get a response back right away. When your time is respected, you’re more likely to feel valued in your role, as well as excited to go to work and do what you do best.

They don’t pressure you to take a certain job

When it comes to accepting a travel job, recruiters can earn your trust by not pressuring you to say yes to a specific offer, no matter how badly they may want you to take the job. Instead of adding pressure, recruiters should support you in whatever decision you make.

They only submit your profile to jobs with your permission

Finally, the golden rule of the healthcare hiring process: recruiters deserving of your trust only submit your profile to job opportunities with your permission.

There’s nothing worse than being blind-sided by someone you thought you could trust. That’s why trustworthy recruiters will always ask your permission before sending your profile to healthcare facilities.

The importance of trust in a recruiter relationship

Importance of trustTrust is one of those lifelong morals that gets drilled into us as kids. It’s a precious concept that can be hard to earn and easy to lose. When it comes to working with others, studies show the more trust between a team, the better the performance. And in the healthcare travel industry, the trust between you and your recruiter is the glue that holds the process together.

Recruiters are your personal cheerleaders. As a big part of your travel journey, your recruiter is there to cheer you on, empower you, foster a sense of safety, and offer their two cents, whenever needed.

To make for a successful travel assignment, recruiters need to trust you. On the other hand, you need to believe that your recruiter has your best interest at heart (and in mind) and trust them.

Frequently asked questions

Can I pick the recruiter I work with?

Do you have someone specific in mind? If you’ve heard of a recruiter that you want to work with, let us know and we will happily make a connection!

If you don’t have someone in mind, that’s okay, too! We’ll get to know you and ensure that you’re paired with a recruiter who can provide personalized support and guidance throughout your travel career because we understand the importance of establishing a strong rapport and trust between you and your recruiter.

What do travel nurses and allied health travelers like about Fusion Medical Staffing recruiters?

If there’s one thing that you certainly won’t find anyplace else, it’s the people at Fusion Medical Staffing. Our recruiters are some of the bests in the industry and not only do they care about your career, but they care about you as a human.

“My recruiter made me stay,” said long-term traveler Evangelina. “I worked with other agencies, but none of them have my recruiter. He shows genuine care and asks about my needs before placing me in a contract.”

You made a commitment to provide the highest quality of care to the patients you serve. We have a commitment to support you in any and all ways you need. How we do that is by having industry experts available and ready to lend a hand. It’s no coincidence that our recruiters have strong communication skills, prudent listening skills, unwavering trustworthiness, and relentless reliability.

Should I travel with Fusion Medical Staffing?

We would be honored to be your partner on your travel journey! Our dedicated team of career connectors go above and beyond to match you with assignments that align with your preferences, skills, career goals, and lifestyle. With us, you can gain access to a wide range of opportunities across the country, explore new destinations, gain valuable experience, and grow your career with confidence. Plus, our pay packages, comprehensive benefits, and unparalleled customer service make us a trusted and reliable partner in the healthcare travel industry.



Trust is the foundation of any good, healthy relationship. And when it comes to a healthcare travel career, the trust between you and your recruiter can make or break the job. Use these tips to take the level of trust between your recruiter to the next level and graduate from colleagues to friends.