5 ways to land the best travel allied jobs

Travel allied health professionals are healthcare workers that get paid (great money) to work in 13-week contracts all around the country. You get presented with open travel allied health jobs and you get to decide where and when you work. However, if you want the best jobs, you need a good strategy to compete against the other travel allied health professionals who also want the best jobs!

Travel allied health professionals are ultrasound techs, echo techs, radiology techs, lab techs, respiratory therapists, etc. that travel all around the country to fill open needs. You will get paid around $1500- $2,900 on average. (I know that is a big range, but it’s true. The pay in Alabama will be very different than in California. But the cost of living is very different too!) It also depends on what specialty you are because there are different levels of need!

Your goal as a travel allied health professional might be different than my goal as a travel therapist. My goal was to travel to locations that sounded adventurous and fun! And to take 3 months off each year to backpack internationally. You might want to save a lot of money. Or stay within 3 hours of your home. Whatever your goal is, you will need to learn how to stand out. Then you can get the jobs that align with your goal. Many jobs are very competitive, but this blog will help you have the travel allied career you want.

5 Insider Tips to getting the best jobs

  • Don’t ask for too many breaks when you submit. If it’s between you and another traveler and you’re the one that needs a week off during the 13 weeks, the other traveler will win that contract every time. Try to take your breaks in between your travel allied assignments and not during them.
  • If you can – be flexible and willing to work weekends, float, be on-call, or take holidays.
  • Have a great resume.
  • I’ll say it again because it’s the most important: Be fast! You need to know what you want as a traveler and don’t overthink it. Submit quickly if you are interested in a job.
  • Work with the right agency for you and your goals. Agencies are not all the same and many specialize in different locations. Don’t get stuck just working with one – you will miss out on so many great travel allied jobs!

How to find travel allied jobs

1. Job boards
2. Talking to recruiters
3. FB groups

Finding a job on a job board

Job boards like this one are great for research and browsing. It’s like how we scan Zillow for homes. You can scan a job board for job possibilities and create a shortlist on where to travel to. It will show you how much you can expect to get paid in each state, the hourly rate, and how popular a state is. Some states might not have many openings for echo techs. Some states might have a lot of jobs for echo techs but none for respiratory therapists. It also changes year-to-year and even season-to-season so learning the trends is great for planning.

Insider Secrets: Job boards are a very hard way to get that exact job. Travel allied jobs close within days and if it is great pay, within hours. Job boards are best as a research tool to learn about pay expectations and general trends. But it is challenging to land the exact job you see on a job board unless you know how to move fast after being introduced to the recruiter. You have to have your paperwork ready to go!

It is still a great idea to connect to the recruiter who has the job, even if you don’t get that exact one. The reason is, if you want to get to that city or state, you know that staffing agency has connections and relationships in that state. So by starting the relationship and getting your paperwork in, you will be ready for the next opening in that area.

Talking to recruiters and travel allied staffing agencies directly

You do not want to talk to just any recruiter. You want to talk to the right recruiter who works for the right staffing agency for your goals. Not all staffing agencies have job opportunities that align with your goals. Each company will have unique travel allied jobs. Making sure you are working with the right agency is the biggest thing you can do to get the location you want. The right agency might even change every 13 weeks. Expert travelers know that it’s OK to switch to different agencies as you need to. We also know that working with 2 to 3 agencies is always a great strategy to learn about more opportunities. If a recruiter tells you that all agencies have the same jobs or that it’s not OK to work with more than one recruiter at a time, they are not being honest.

Working with the right recruiter

It’s also important to work with the right recruiter inside of an agency you like. Recruiters (even inside the same company) can work in completely different ways. Finding the right recruiter for you who works fast and is responsive will make all the difference in being one of the first travelers to know about a great, new opportunity. This industry moves very fast! If you don’t have a recruiter that moves fast on your behalf, you can lose out on jobs that you could’ve easily gotten in front of the hiring manager for.

This is something that I can help you with. If you don’t have a great recruiter, or you’re not working with enough recruiters, or you don’t know which agencies have a travel position in the location you want to go to – that is exactly the problem that Nomadicare’s recruiter matching solves. It’s completely free for travelers! All you do is fill out a form to tell me about your goals and I’ll make sure you are with the best companies and recruiters for you. You can come back as often as you would like as your location goals change!

Travel allied Facebook groups

As much as Facebook seems to be trending out of style, it’s still a very relevant place for our industry. This can be the go-to social media site for recruiters to post travel allied jobs. There are also some amazing Facebook groups just to connect to other travelers, have community, and learn about the industry as well. I’ve made some of my very best friends by using travel Facebook groups.

How to submit to travel allied jobs

As a travel allied health professional, there’s an element you have to account for: SPEED! Yep, travel allied jobs can move FAST. This is something you will not be used to if you’ve only applied to staff or permanent positions in the past. Travel healthcare jobs close typically within a few days and sometimes literally within a few hours. If you are someone who is looking for very high-demand locations such as San Diego, California, or Austin, TX those will be the type of jobs that close within hours. This is also true for travel allied jobs that are significantly above-average pay. The only way to get these jobs is to just be faster than everybody else and to have a resumé and experience that is impressive to the hiring manager.

How to submit to travel therapy jobs

Travel allied job submission paperwork

This is the list of paperwork your recruiter will likely need to submit you to jobs as a travel ultrasound tech, echo tech, radiology tech, lab tech, respiratory therapist, etc. The sooner you get these to your recruiter, the better.

  • Updated Resume
  • Skills Checklist
  • Proof of Licenses & Registries
  • References: at least two names with contact details. They almost always should be from a manager and from a job you had within the last 12 months. This is the biggest one that can hold up submissions because the staffing agency is responsible for running reference checks before submitting you. Most agencies do not accept written references because they are too easy to fake.
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of certifications

The smartest thing to do (when you have a recruiter that you like and who works at an agency that has jobs in your preferred locations) is to make it a priority to get them every bit of paperwork they need to submit you right away when a job opens. The rookie mistake that travelers make is waiting to give the recruiter the paperwork after a job opens. Many times you will be too late. Other travelers, who already had their paperwork ready to go, will be able to be at the top of the stack for the hiring manager.

Travel allied credentialing paperwork

Credentialing paperwork is the paperwork you only have to do if you get a job offer. To just apply to travel allied jobs you only need the paperwork that is listed above. But there is more paperwork to do before you can work.

The healthcare staffing agency is hired by the facility to credential us. This means making sure we are who we say we are. They have to make sure we have the skills that we say we have, and that we are safe to come work at their facility. We have to do things like taking a drug test, TB test and have background checks in between every single travel contract. Different healthcare facilities may have different requirements so each job you get might have a different list of credentials they expect you to do.

The most common amount of time between getting a job and starting is about three weeks – this is because credentialing takes time. The most common reason for not starting on time is that you didn’t get your paperwork done in time. Licensure is a big one!

It makes the staffing agency look bad to the healthcare facility when we don’t start on the date we said. It also reflects poorly on you as a traveler. It’s very important to do the credentialing paperwork right away (as soon as you get the job offer) because many components take time even after you’re done with your part of it, such as a background check.

Credentialing Paperwork

  • Copy of your Immunization Records: Most likely showing your HepB, MMR, Varicella/Chicken Pox, Flu, and most likely a COVID vaccine soon
    Physical Examination
  • TB test: The TB test has multiple parts – one visit to receive the injection and a 2 day waiting period until your results can be read. Give yourself the time to get this done.
  • Drug screen
  • Background check paperwork
  • Fit mask test (certain settings)
  • Paperwork and forms: This will include signing your contract, signing up for benefits, signing HIPPA acknowledgments, filling out an I-9 and setting up payroll, signing off on the compensation package, health insurance, etc.

The travel therapy secret to success is simple. Stay organized.

The travel allied secret to success is simple. Stay organized.

Staying organized is the best way for travel allied health professionals to work well with their recruiters and land jobs. And the best part for you is it takes away so much stress. Having all these documents in one place means you can do this work once! Then just share it with recruiters as you need to, instead of redoing it each time.

You can use tools like Kamana which keeps everything secure and easy to share with recruiters. Or even just use a google folder or dropbox. You can store everything and share it with a link.

Creating your organization system

  1. Organize your files by the categories: Job Submission and Credentialing
  2. Label documents clearly (e.g. Resume, California License with date, TB test with date)
  3. Share your files electronically
  4. Keep everything up to date so it’s always ready to send

 

Cheers to you getting the job you want!
xo Laura

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Additional Reimbursements

Did your offer come with something extra that would cost the staffing agency money? This may include a CEU class, scrubs, or sign on bonuses. Don’t worry if this section is blank, most offers don’t have extra reimbursements.

Travel Reimbursements

This is tax-free money that is paid to you to help you pay for the expense of traveling to your assignment. Many staffing agencies pay for this per mile up to a certain amount. They will usually pay this on your first paycheck or split between your first paycheck and last. If you are traveling a short distance this could be a very small amount.

Also, it’s becoming more popular for an agency to not offer this at all. It’s really not a big deal though. If you don’t get travel reimbursement money you should make a bit more in your weekly pay so many times it all equals out.

Weekly Housing Stipends

If you have a tax home you can get money in two ways: Your taxable base pay per hour + tax-free stipends that help pay for your housing and meals in your new city. This is usually presented to travelers on a weekly or per shift basis.

The government tells the staffing agency the maximum they are allowed to pay travelers based on the cost of living in each zip code.

The staffing company does not usually get to pay us the full amount since they only have the amount the facility is willing to pay for us. That may end up being less than the government’s max, if so, no worries. This is okay as long as the total package is fair.

Weekly Meal Stipends

If you have a tax home you can get money in two ways: Your taxable base pay per hour + tax-free stipends that help pay for your housing and meals in your new city. This is usually presented to travelers on a weekly or per shift basis.

The government tells the staffing agency the maximum they are allowed to pay travelers based on the cost of living in each zip code. The staffing company does not usually get to pay us the full amount since they only have the amount the facility is willing to pay for us. That may end up being less than the government’s max, if so, no worries. This is okay as long as the total package is fair.

Weekly Insurance Costs

Medical insurance can impact your final paycheck a lot since it will deduct pay from your check each week. If you are taking the company health insurance, you are going to want to know up front about how much this will cost you per week.

The average is around $30 a week but some companies charge as much as $100 a week to their travelers and some offer some health insurance options for free. If you are not taking their insurance just set this to zero.

Hours per week

For this calculation, put the hours per week you are expecting to work. And then feel free to run it again with the hours you are guaranteed. Many times contracts have guaranteed hours that are lower than the expected hours.

Guaranteed hours means if the facility doesn’t need you to come in, you will still get paid as long as it was their choice and not yours to not work.

Also, find out if this contract has any “call off shifts” where the hospital can call you off without pay a certain number of times per contract. This is common and not a deal breaker but just good to know!

Length of assignment

In travel nurses and allied health the most common length of a travel assignment is 13 weeks. If you are looking for a contract shorter or longer just ask! Sometimes facilities or hospitals who hire you will be flexible.

Taxable rate per hour

If you have a tax home you can get money in two ways: Your taxable base pay per hour + tax-free stipends that help pay for your housing and meals in your new city.

If you do not have a tax home all of your pay will be taxed and put in this field.

Good to know: Your taxable base pay is the only part of your paycheck that is legally considered income. The average taxable base pay is $20 but you might get offers higher or lower than this. It’s the only part of your paycheck that is taxed

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