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Job Hopper Myth for Travelers

One of the more prevalent misconceptions in the travel healthcare industry is the idea that travel positions create the look of a “job hopper” on a resume. This is another myth that isn’t based in truth. In fact, travel positions increase your marketability as a healthcare professional.

Because travelers work several assignments throughout the year, many people assume that it appears you’re “jumping” from employer to employer and will be perceived as being a flaky and undependable employee. The truth? Many hospitals and healthcare facilities are experiencing shortages of professionals, so there is a constant demand for talented employees. Because of this demand, travelers are a resource for staffing shortages, and aren’t perceived as “job hoppers” when evaluated for future positions. Becker’s Hospital Review noted that in mid-2014, the need for healthcare professionals rose and hasn’t stopped since. In the coming years, hospitals and health systems will need to utilize cutting-edge recruitment practices, which includes the need for travelers.

What About My Career?

As a travel healthcare professional, you have the unique opportunity to work in a variety of settings, from more rural medical centers to large, teaching hospitals. Each assignment allows you to work alongside a new group of healthcare personnel, learn new techniques, technology and processes that can help advance your career. Even the flexibility that a traveler is required to have and show on the job can make you more attractive to potential employers.
Although travel contracts in the healthcare industry are more well received than in the past, it’s important to designate your travel positions as such on your CV or resume. This helps clarify that you were on a travel assignment and not just filling permanent positions for short periods of time.

Here are some tips on how to present your travel assignments effectively:

  • Always list your travel agency as your employer.
  • List the size of the facility.
  • Ensure your title indicates travel.
  • Include trauma level or list of equipment you’ve used in each position.
  • Being able to easily settle into new environments, learn quickly and adjust to new roles are all skills that hiring managers look for with new employees. Displaying your experience as a traveler correctly can really get you noticed.

Should I Travel?

We understand there are many factors that are involved when considering becoming a traveler in the healthcare industry. The worry that your travel assignments will be looked at as “job hopping” should not be one of them. The increase in demand of quality healthcare personnel across the country and the acceptance of contracted travelers by health systems and hospitals provide unique opportunities for career advancement and satisfaction. If you have additional questions about travel assignments or would like to discuss available openings, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.