January is one of the busiest months for healthcare travelers. Think of all the people who had a contract end in December, or those who took time off for the holidays and now need to find another assignment. Even if you’re planning to take time off, you can set up your future contract to be prepared and have less stress down the road.
There are several benefits to booking your winter contract with your traveling medical staffing companies early. If you know you’re wanting to take time off for Christmas, or if you want plenty of time to plan for the New Year, it’s easier to do when your assignment is all booked up and ready to go. Discover why you should book your winter contract today!
Higher winter pay rate
Many facilities are already offering winter rates. If you wait until the end of December or January to start finding your next assignment, you will not see these higher rates as there will be more candidates to choose from and the facilities won’t be as motivated to pay employees more. You can also avoid going multiple weeks without a paycheck by having your next contract set up, and you might even see your winter rates reflected in the spring.
Avoid early January start rate
Most healthcare travelers start their contracts on Jan. 1 to streamline their contracts throughout the year. If you want to start on a Monday, consider the Monday before Christmas Day and the Monday before New Year’s Eve. This is because there will likely be no orientation on those days. Impacted start dates will be a week or two after January begins, around the 7th or 14th.
Better chance of getting holidays off
First come, first serve. There is a better chance of getting the holidays off if you accept a position and have already discussed time off with the facility. Maybe you want to work during the holidays, but if you know you’ll want time off spend with family and friends, the earlier you tackle it, the better.
Time to get any needed licenses or certifications done
Is there a new position you want to start in the future? There might be new licenses and certifications you don’t already have that you’ll need. Make sure you know where you’ll be working when and which ones you’ll need so you can finish them in time.
Choose RTG Medical as your traveling medical staffing companies
Partnering up with one of the best traveling medical staffing companies is a great way to ensure you find an assignment you want in a place you want to travel to. We partner you with one recruiter who can assist in getting your winter contract booked. Sit back and relax with your family and friends during the holidays by having your first contract of the next year set up beforehand! Contact us today with any questions.