Recruiter Spotlight: Kat Ortega
Kat has been working been working with Advanced Travel Therapy for 6 years and has been recruiting for almost 20! To say that she’s a pro would be an understatement. She’s a rock for her travelers and a true friend to all her colleagues.
What do you love about your job?
I am lucky enough to say that I never wake up thinking, “Oh God, I have to go into the office today.” I get to spend my days making connections with wonderful people. I have therapists I have worked with that have become lifelong friends and I am thankful for that.
What makes you unique as a recruiter?
I skip the fluff; it’s as simple as that. When I work with a therapist, I am getting involved in their livelihood, careers, and well-being. I do not take that responsibility lightly. I work with them off-the-clock, I am honest, and more importantly, I treat them the way I would want to be treated.
What’s your favorite traveler story?
I had a traveler who wanted to experience Alaska. Together we worked hard to get her an awesome assignment in the state. She actually ended up doing three contracts in AK. While she was traveling, she met the man of her dreams. She’s now a permanent employee for the same client I helped her get a travel assignment with. Although she is no longer my traveler, we keep in touch and I love hearing about her stories with the significant other she met while we worked together. I cannot tell you what it means to me to be a part of my travelers’ lives. We go through everything together and that journey is the best part.
Do you have any advice for new grad or seasoned travelers?
No matter where you are in your career, to become a traveler you need to be flexible. Flexibility is the core of success. You must embrace the true traveler lifestyle to make the most of the experience, to grow personally and professionally. And trust me, it’s worth it!
How do you spend your time when you’re not recruiting?
I spend time with my family and making my palette art. I’m equal parts recruiter and artist!
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