If adaptability is innately one of your skills, you’re probably well-suited for a travel career. If it’s something you have to work for, we’ve got two good reasons for making that extra effort.
“Action and adaptability create opportunity.”
– Garrison Wynn
You’ll Work More
Staffing companies and healthcare facilities like to hire adaptable travelers. Nurses and therapists who walk into a facility and “go with the flow” for 13 weeks are often offered extensions, invited back seasonally, or sometimes offered permanent positions. They excel at picking up new processes and pitching in when asked, even if it’s not a responsibility discussed during the interview process.
Specifically, on the staffing side, there are frequent exchanges between recruiters, credentialing, clients and VMS systems, and it’s great to know that unexpected twists won’t derail progress. You will likely find recruiters are presenting you with more possibilities.
You’ll Feel Less Stress
There are a lot of moving parts that come together to get you from just learning about opportunities to starting an assignment. Sometimes those pieces look like they fell into place but then need rearranging. Appointment times and locations for medical credentialing requirements can change, for example. That’s alright. It’s just a little bit of change.
So when your recruiter calls to say an assignment is no longer open, just reply, “No worries!” And you shouldn’t worry, only adapt. Worrying solves nothing. Adapting creates opportunity. Believe your hard-working recruiter will find a new opportunity. It may be one town over from where you wanted or a nearby state in which you are licensed, but there will be opportunities.
We talk about being flexible or adapting well to change often and with good reason. Attitude is everything. Reacting well to surprises will help you be happy and satisfied with any outcome.