As a traveling healthcare professional, your job takes you to new cities, locations, and facilities. While the ever-changing nature of your work can be exciting, it can also be challenging to build a robust professional network while on the move. Networking is crucial for travelers to stay up-to-date with industry trends. By connecting with others, you can discover many opportunities and ease your travel career in many ways. We'll explore why networking is so beneficial for healthcare travelers and how you can start building your own professional network today.
Access new travel job opportunities
Connecting with other healthcare professionals, travelers, and recruiters can help you discover a wider range of job opportunities that you may not have found on your own. When networking with other travelers you may be able to get referrals for travel jobs that are not advertised publicly. Many recruiters and hiring managers often rely on referrals from people they trust to find qualified candidates for their open positions. You may also connect with recruiters and travelers from various healthcare staffing agencies that you may not have known about. Travel agencies often have access to a wider range of job openings, and they may be able to help you find opportunities that match your preferences and skill set.
Build professional relationships and friendships
Traveling to various new places gives you the opportunity to meet plenty of new people at every facility and department you work with. Networking can help you build relationships with other healthcare professionals and like-minded individuals who understand the unique challenges you face as a traveler. These relationships can become invaluable throughout your career. As you meet other traveling professionals, they can provide you with support and advice. You may even gain access to mentorship or receive recommendations for new positions.
Sharing knowledge and resources
Networking with other travelers can also be an excellent way to learn and share information. You can discover new destinations, how other agencies perform, open opportunities, and tips for managing challenges of life on the road!
Some ways you can network effectively:
- Attend industry conferences and events. Industry events are an excellent way to connect with hundreds of other professionals in your field. Meet various travelers, healthcare professionals, recruiters, or agencies and stay up-to-date with your profession. One of the more popular conferences for healthcare travelers is an annual event called TRAVCON. Many healthcare travelers and agencies from across the country gather in Las Vegas to network and learn more about the healthcare industry.
- Join online communities. There are plenty of online communities and forums for healthcare professionals. Joining these groups can be a great way to connect with others in your field and discuss industry-related topics. Facebook has many groups for travelers within every discipline. Many join these groups to share personal travel experiences, tips and tricks, and available travel jobs.
- Utilize social media. Social media platforms like LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for networking. Be sure to keep your profile up to date and engage with other professionals in your field. If you would like to learn more about social media, access our Complete Guide to Social Media for Healthcare Travelers.
Networking is essential to advancing any career, but is especially important as a traveling healthcare professional. By building meaningful connections with other professionals in your field, you will have more abundant access to job opportunities that can help advance your career and develop professionally. You may also develop lasting relationships that can provide emotional support during your travel endeavors. Join our Anders Group community today by following us on social media.