Networking is one of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal in the professional world, and that holds true for travel nurses. But it can be easier said than done to network when you bounce around to different assignments frequently. Here are a few tips on networking to make professional connections while you’re on assignment:
Be a team player.
If you’re not a team player on your assignment, all hope of networking with your coworkers or supervisors is lost. On the other hand, if you engage in the work, get to know your fellow team members, and put forth your very best effort day in and day out, you’ll be someone that others want to network with. A positive attitude goes a long way, and it can help you create connections that last for years to come.
Go to work functions.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because you’re on a temporary assignment, you shouldn’t attend functions outside of the workplace. On the contrary, this is one of the most important ways to make connections while you’re out on a travel assignment. Whether it’s attending a conference with your team members or meeting up with a few coworkers for happy hour after a shift, these moments are what really build your connections with others.
Luckily, it’s easier than ever to connect with other professionals in your field because you can do it virtually. Be sure to connect online through sites like LinkedIn and other professional networking platforms. These sites let you organize your contacts and stay in touch with people from various assignments of yours — and you just never know when one of those connections could pay off in the future.
End your assignment on a high note.
When you’re wrapping up your contract, be sure to leave on a high note. Take the time to say goodbye to your coworkers and supervisors. Make it clear that you’ve enjoyed the time you’ve spent there and want to stay in touch. The end of an assignment can be bittersweet, but remember that it serves as an opportunity to solidify the connections you’ve made over time.
Interested in finding your next travel nursing assignment and growing your network? We can help with that. Visit ARMstaffing’s site to see what openings are out there.