Recruiter Spotlight: Patrick Smith
Advanced Travel Therapy is proud to feature Patrick Smith for our August Recruiter Spotlight. Patrick has been a pillar in the Advanced Community and Family for over 8 years.
His dedication to the well-being of his travel therapists and peers is undeniable. His energy is contagious. And his ability to just ‘make things happen’ is beyond impressive.
What do you love about your job?
What is there not to love about my career? I get to help people each and every day. The internal staff that I get the pleasure to work with are the best in the business. We all have a common goal and when the goal is achieved, there is an amazing feel of camaraderie. It is truly a joy to come to work every day!
What makes you unique as a recruiter?
I feel what makes me unique is my ability to juggle many different travelers who are at different points in their careers. I am not a cookie cutter recruiter, by any means. I listen intently to what my travelers desire and I custom tailor a contract that is specifically built for them. My travelers can feel the passion in my voice and in my actions. These traits, coupled with my longevity in the recruiting industry (currently in my 18th year), make me a very unique and very rare breed of recruiter.
What’s your favorite traveler story?
I once had 2 new grad DPT’s. I knew they were talking to a couple of other companies. I don’t normally get into the recruiting “Shark tank”, especially with a travel pair. I would check in with them every 3-4 weeks. They said that another company had gotten them both contracts in New Hampshire to start in 2 weeks. Funny thing is that they had never even applied for NH licensure. So, I swooped in, told them how I operate as a recruiter and they jumped at the chance to work with me. They spent 3+ years with me, and were perhaps the best DPT’s I have ever had the pleasure to work for. They saw 5 states with me and worked OP, SNF, and HH.
They are now permanent in NE and are pregnant. A wonderful, success story. I stay in touch with them frequently as we forged a great friendship over the years. Maybe they will be back working with me when they are empty-nesters!
Do you have any advice for new grad or seasoned travelers?
Flexibility, flexibility, flexibility. It is the #1 attribute of successful travelers. I know you may want to work OP sports ortho in San Diego, but you must be open to working in a SNF in Fresno. This is a supply and demand market, and true travelers must be willing to go where the open contracts are. This ensures continuity of employment and helps you carve a strong and unique career. Of course, we will always try for the San Diego placement, but be prepared to look at plan B when necessary.
How do you spend your time when you’re not recruiting?
I have a wonderful wife and 4 beautiful children. My oldest daughter works for Advanced in our Colorado office. So, I love being with my family. I am addicted to water. Love swimming, jet skiing, boating, and anything that has to do with water. Luckily, I live in Florida and I am surrounded by glorious H2O! I also love to cook! It’s become a real passion of mine the older I get. I love to smoke and grill different types of meats. I would have to say my signature dish is Grilled Filet, medium rare, with pan seared sea scallops!
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