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You just woke up and put a call in to speak with your Recruiter about your next job.  It’s pretty routine for you, as you guys have these conversations every few weeks.  When you call your work pal today though, something has changed: they no longer work there.  How can this be?  You can’t possibly work with someone else; your recruiter knew your needs, your habits and your preferences for things and now you’re expected to start all over?  You’ve just been a victim of recruiter roulette!

Recruiter roulette does unfortunately happen and it can be devastating for those people who like their patterns to be regular.  Much time is spent building a solid relationship with your recruiter so you can be real with them, so they can know your motivations for traveling and your preferences for contact.  You may even spend more time talking with your recruiter than your own family members.  They have been a constant in your travel career while everything else around you has been a steady stream of different.  Why does this occur and how can you move past it?

When someone leaves a job unexpectedly, they may not have the time or resources to reach out to everyone right away.  It could be a family emergency or just a parting of ways between employer and employee.  They may not be permitted to contact you (travel companies have different policies on this) or perhaps they need some time to process things.  Regardless, don’t take it personally.  If you have worked many travel contracts you know that sometimes things don’t pan out and it can take time to work through the emotions.  Your recruiter didn’t mean to insult you or make you feel that you don’t matter to them.  Just give it some time and see how it goes between you.

But here’s the truth, something that you may not have realized about situations like this: your relationship really isn’t with your recruiter but rather, is a relationship with your company through your recruiter.  The way your recruiter assists you is lined out by company policy, they were trained by your company and the resources your recruiter provided for you all originate with your company.  I’m not saying that you and your recruiter aren’t friends, I’m simply saying that your former recruiter is embodying the culture, values and procedures set out by the people that pay their salary.

This does not diminish your friendship in any way but it should highlight that you have quite a lot in common with the company you both work for and that you will be okay.  Your next recruiter will also be trained the same way, have the same resources and will be employed by the same company as your former one.  The continuity should be remarkably similar in a well-run organization.  If you buy a blanket in your favorite color that keeps you warm and is super soft, you should expect the same levels of warmth and softness should you buy another one that’s not your favorite color.  If you like your company, you can count on continuing to do so, regardless of the recruiter.

The one red flag you should have is a recruiter who is constantly throwing other colleagues or departments under the bus.  If your recruiter is doing this, you might ask yourself why you are working with a company filled to the brim with the most incompetent individuals imaginable.  You might ask yourself why your recruiter is working in such a place as well.  A recruiter who employs these techniques is using a shared outrage to build a closer bond between the two of you and that bond is designed for control.  These are all hallmarks of an abusive and manipulative relationship and you need to be aware of them.  Recruiters who do this are trying to solidify your reliance upon them and them only.  This leaves you more lost and alone, should your recruiter ever leave or be terminated.

At TRS Healthcare you should never experience this.  We know that your confidence is earned and that is only achieved when you know that everyone here has your best interests at heart, from your recruiter, to all support departments and all the way up to management.   If your own recruiter is trash talking your mutual employer, maybe you should both consider a new company.  Easier and more simply though, I would suggest exploring a new relationship with a new recruiter at your current company.  Give someone else a chance to prove your company has the value you initially hoped to find when you chose them in the first place.

 

 

 

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