When you’re a traveler, you spend a lot of time and energy preparing for your new assignment. Making the travel arrangements, and your accommodations for the duration of your assignment. If you’re traveling to a new location you’ve never visited, you might be excited to discover new attractions, restaurants and get used to the lay of the land.
You’re also focused on making a good impression with your co-workers. Like life, the weeks can feel like a few hours and all of the sudden, your contract is set to expire.
But what happens when the assignment is over? Don’t let the cold sweats keep you up at night. Here are a few suggestions to prepare you for your next assignment.
Have you ever started a job and completely fell in love? If you find that happening within the first few weeks, start talking extension. Is an extension possible? Immediately bring up the conversation and communicate with your contact and let them know you’re interested in extending your contract. By doing this, your manager can get the ball rolling to check staffing and budget.
Your recruiter will handle all of the leg work - working with HR and taking care of the administrative details. Keep in contact with your internal contact. MSO’s On Demand app puts this information right at your fingertips.
It’s a process for a hospital to find and hire good people, so if you’re proactive on the extension, it displays your professionalism, and also takes some work off your manager’s plate to look for a potential replacement.
As in, explore other opportunities. Always keep your radar on and active, and let your recruiter know you're still open for opportunities once your assignment ends. You might like the hospital you’re at, but like they say, variety is the spice of life, and you might want to go to another location.
You might like where you’re at, but what if a position opens up in your dream location? It’s okay to keep those feelers open. Get access to job alerts with On Demand and never be out of the loop when new assignments open up.
If you don’t like the assignment, be sure to let your recruiter know, as well. Just continue to put your head down, and do the work.
You’ll also want to line up opportunities in the event an extension to your contract isn’t granted. Get the conversation started, and if it looks like an extension isn’t in the cards, let your recruiter know starting around five weeks out to give them enough time to stoke the fires for a new assignment.
Communication is key. Keep in touch with your recruiter and be sure to detail opportunities which fit your needs, areas of expertise, pay rate, and time off.
Make sure to ask for references, especially if you had a good relationship with your manager. Don’t be afraid to ask. Doing so, also keeps you top of mind for additional assignments which may pop up.
It’s also good practice to keep a running list, maybe one to two contacts from each assignment. Your recruiter will also help with references, as well.
-If you had a good experience, ask for references
Put Aside Money For A Rainy Day
As confident as you might be, it might take some time to land a new assignment right after completing one. In addition to any money put aside in savings, put aside some money for an emergency fund. Plus, you might want to avoid burnout, and take some time off for yourself.
Prepare for a gap, so you’re able to pay for the essentials when you hit the road for your next job. Even before your next assignment, pick up shifts at a PRN position to earn a few extra bucks. It’s good practice to set aside some money for a rainy day.
Following these steps will put you in the position to experience a seamless transition to your next job, especially if you have the support from a recruiter who’ll be able to keep you up to date on opportunities - ensuring you’re at the top of the hiring manager’s list.