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6 Ways to Make Your Travel Assignment Successful

It’s not enough to just show up and do your job to be successful. Take these six tips and make this your best assignment yet!

  1. Be flexible. You may find that you prefer performing your tasks a certain way, but it is important to learn the skills and techniques of your new facility. Remember, you are there to help fill the gaps and by being flexible and accommodating, not only will you gain valuable experience in your career, but you will also earn the respect of your new coworkers.
  2. Have a positive attitude. It is important not to be too hard on yourself and of course, remember to smile! The power of a positive attitude can transform a difficult situation to an enjoyable one. If a negative thought enters your mind, take notice of it, then try to replace it with a more positive thought.
  3. Communicate. “Have good communication – this includes the manager and recruiter. If there are questions, concerns or issues that come up, let the manager know. Most of the time they can get things quickly resolved. Then keep the recruiter in the loop on how things are going, plans to extend, if you’ve been out sick, etc.” – Mary Jo, MSSI Account Manager.
  4. Stay organized. Keeping all your professional and medical documents in an organized folder or binder will make your credentialing process go smoothly. Better yet, try keeping these items in online storage, such as Google Drive, so you can easily access and share your documents at a moment’s notice.
  5. Know your deadlines. Before you start your assignment, you will probably have labs to run, a physical to get, and even testing to complete. Results can take time to come back and rushing through a test could result in a failing score and or a delayed start date. Give yourself plenty of time BEFORE the deadline to eliminate any unnecessary stress.
  6. Research your new area. “Do research on the area that you will be working in and the area where you will be staying. The basics that you should know before you get there are distance from where you’ll be staying to the facility at that time of day, where can you get groceries, activities or local attractions for when you are not working, etc. Having all that knowledge about the area before you even start to go there will make for an easy transition when you arrive. If you are comfortable with the area before you start than you will be ready to focus on your assignment right away and not wondering what you will do for food half way through orientation!” says Robert Smith, MSSI Recruiter. “Traveling has many rewards to it but if you are not fully prepared from day one you may miss out on something so do your research and make the most out of the assignment.”  

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