The thriving travel nursing industry has led to a surge in the number of staffing firms. This is definitely a good sign for travel nurses but it has also resulted in the proliferation of imposters masquerading as recruiters who try to acquire personal data using a variety of methods.
Top 7 warning signals that the recruiter is NOT a healthcare recruiter:
- Unprofessional online profile: Beware of recruiters associated with agencies that do not have an authentic online presence and website. The recruiters themselves do not have a consistent social media profile.
- Questionable Document Requests: Genuine recruiters will never demand personal data and documents to be sent via email – think social security number, banking information etc. The agency should have secure platform to submit sensitive documents.
- Suspect communication methods: Genuine recruiters will use official company email addresses and communicate through secure platforms. Be cautious if a recruiter insists on using personal email addresses or avoids using official channels.
- Dodge questions on Contract specifics: If recruiters dodge inquiries about contract details, exercise caution.
- Suspicious Payment Demands: Fraudulent recruiters often pressure for immediate deposit fees or advance payments – keep an eye out for that. You should never feel pressured.
- Fake Job Listings: A recruiter posts enticing job opportunities with high salaries and remarkable benefits on job boards or social media platforms. They disappear after receiving personal information.
- Overpromising Housing: An unsolicited recruiter sends emails offering luxurious, incredibly affordable housing options. They pressure nurses to act quickly by providing personal details.
Can you do anything proactively to protect yourself from being taken in by fake recruiters? Here are 3 ways you can do your due diligence
- Research the Agency: Check the agency’s status on Better Business Bureau and if they adhere to all Joint Commission standards and / or are certified by them.
- Assess the Agency’s Online Presence: Examine their website and social media presence. Reputable agencies have a robust social media presence and a well-designed website.
- Review Online Feedback: Surf the web especially Facebook groups to read what others are saying about the agency.
Remember, it’s important to verify the legitimacy of any recruiter or agency you’re considering working with. Always research thoroughly and be cautious with sharing personal information online.