Travelers Stories: What is it like to be an Assistant Recruiter.

July 2, 2012 is a travel nursing agency that places travel nurses and Allied professionals in hospitals across the U.S.  1 out of every 4 hospitals in the U.S. has a contract with them, and they consistently obtain a 99% satisfaction rating from their travelers and hospitals they work with.  The Director of Public Relations at interviewed Mary Splihte, Assistant Recruiter, at about what it’s like being a recruiting assistant for Travel Nurses and allied professionals.


How did you get into working as a recruiting assistant?  How long have you been doing it for?

I fell into being a recruiting assistant because I was looking for a change in career.  I started out doing administrative type work then I moved into the Recruiting Assistant role.  I was initially interviewing and matching professionals with open assignments.  It was an easy transition from my last job because I was working with clients and had internal management duties.  I’ve been here for 6 years now.


What are your responsibilities?

I wear many hats here.  I have credentialing responsibilities such as making sure nurse’s credentials are current and compliant, maintaining an internal database of new positions and client profiles, onboarding new employees for orientation, performing background and drug tests, contacting references, advising recruiters when nurse’s current assignments are about to expire and need to be renewed, and other various administrative tasks.


How do you aid the recruiters?

I aid them by generating more leads, keeping recruiters up to date on nurse’s expiring assignments, taking over administrative and credentialing tasks to allow more time to dedicate towards recruiting, sending out mass emails, advising nurses of new positions, and redirecting any interests in assignments to them.


What are the top 3 skills a healthcare recruiting assistant should have?

I would say the three most important skills are to be organized, be diplomatic and have good communication skills when talking with nurses, and to have the ability to listen closely to what nurses are looking for and what they have to say.


What is most challenging about your position?

Keeping nurses documents in compliance is the most challenging part of my position.  Although we now use software that makes this much easier, it’s still a challenge to stay on top of making sure all our nurse’s credentials are renewed before they expire.


What do you enjoy about being a recruiting assistant for HEALTHCAREseeker?

I love the people I work with, being able to talk with numerous nurses every day, and the versatility and variety of responsibilities that I have.  I also love working for a family-owned company who really goes the extra mile to provide a rewarding travel experience for all of our nurses.


What advice would you give someone who wants to be a recruiting assistant for a healthcare company?

I would say to be persistent whether you are making calls to talk to nurses about assignments or getting them to return necessary documents.  Also, don’t be discouraged if you don’t get responses from nurses initially- they’re usually interested in the information you have for them and they’ll call you back when it’s convenient for th