6 Top Tips from a Case Management Recruiter
Whether you are a seasoned veteran case management professional or just beginning your career, you always have room to improve your healthcare travel experience and set yourself up for sustained career success. There are so many important details and best practices to digest, so we employed the help of Trish P., an AMN Case Management recruiter who works closely with her travelers to create positive and engaging assignment experiences. Here’s what Trish had to say:
Travel Case Management Tips for Success
Choose A Good Recruiter
This should be a “no-brainer” but sometimes people rush and don’t stop to make sure their recruiter is a good fit for them. You should be looking for someone who is transparent, honest, and willing to tell you the “good, bad, ugly and indifferent.” An effective recruiter is someone you can trust to have your back and advocate on your behalf—someone who isn’t difficult to get in touch with, no matter your question or need.
Know Your “Why”
Why do you want to get into travel? It’s important to really understand this, as it will help both you and your recruiter find the best types of assignments for you and your career goals. For example, if your “why” is to save for a down payment on a new house, your recruiter can help you find the right-paying assignments for you. If your “why” is to visit every state, then you and your recruiter can set up a plan to touch them all!
Flexibility is the name of the game. Being flexible in where you want to work—both facility and location—will open so many more opportunities for you across the country. Learning to be flexible with start dates, onboarding, pay packages, flights, and schedules will allow you to truly have the best experience.
Consult a Tax Professional
Recruiters aren’t tax professionals and if you’re about to get into travel, it’s important to invest your time in a tax professional consultation. Tax professionals can walk you through each financial situation—whether you should keep receipts, which receipts, for how long, what a “tax home” means, how taxes work in other states, the rules of staying in the same assignment for more than 365 days, and everything in between. Using a tax professional is an effective way to protect yourself and arm you with important knowledge about your financial wellbeing.
Make Friends with Other Travelers
There is a whole community of travelers out there who would love to help you during your experience! I usually connect my travelers with peers at the sites they will be visiting. It fosters an atmosphere of camaraderie, fun, and support—not to mention, the tips you’ll learn will be invaluable—you’ll glean inside information on where to park, where to find the most affordable housing, the best restaurants, and more.
Put on Your Adventure Hat
While travel can be hard work, if you go into it wearing your adventure hat, you’ll find your experience to be extremely rewarding. If you’re in Napa Valley, go visit the vineyards! New York City? Go see all the museums or The Statue of Liberty. Hawaii? No need to tell you about the beaches. This is your opportunity to live your best life while serving communities that need your help. I’ve encouraged so many of my travelers to try one new thing each assignment—I had one who originally only wanted to work in Florida, but she took a chance by choosing an assignment in Washington state and had the BEST time of her life. Give yourself permission to live a little (or a LOT)—that’s the beauty of travel.
These tips are some of the foundational ways for you to take control of your travel case management career and enjoy truly fulfilling experiences, both on and off the clock. The bottom line? This is YOUR career and there shouldn’t be any roadblocks preventing you from getting the most out of it.
Are you ready to start your next travel adventure?