Meet Erin McConnell, Recruiter Extraordinaire Maximizes Allied Career Opportunities
Erin McConnell has worked as an allied health recruiter with Club Staffing for seven and a half years. She started in an administrative position with the company, but when one of the recruiters went on maternity leave, McConnell was asked to fill in for her.
That move turned out to be a great opportunity for her personally, and for her to help others make the most of some exciting employment opportunities.
“I love helping people connect with the right job,” commented McConnell, who is now a senior recruiting manager. “I enjoy my job, the company and the people I work with so much that I could easily see myself doing this until I retire. And that is saying a lot, because I’m only 32!”
McConnell works in Club Staffing’s Hickory, N.C., office and grew up in the area. She is married and is mother to two little girls.
Finding rare opportunities just for allied travelers
“For folks who are considering traveling but having a hard time taking the plunge, I would encourage them that they can always go back to a permanent position. In fact, they might discover an even better position than their current one while being a traveler,” McConnell said.
“So few people have the opportunity that allied health travelers have--to travel across the country, experiencing new cities, all while having their housing and travel paid for while on assignment! If you have the opportunity to travel, don’t pass it up!”
Along with the chance to travel and enjoy free housing, allied health professionals are sometimes surprised to discover that Club Staffing, an AMN Healthcare company, offers a comprehensive pay and benefits package, including medical, dental, and life insurance options. They can also participate in 401k retirement plans, free online continuing education, bonus plans, and more.
Over the years, McConnell has had a few surprises from her allied travelers, as well.
“I had a woman from Charleston, S.C., travel with me for seven years. When she decided to take a permanent position, it was in Alaska! I can’t imagine going from living in the South to living in Alaska, but she loves it and is the manager of the facility where she is working in Fairbanks,” she related.
Contributing to better patient care
Prior to working as a recruiter, McConnell worked as a pharmacy tech for seven years and graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“I wanted to continue to work in a job connected to health care—I’ve always been interested in that. Even though I don’t work in direct patient care, I have a sense that I am helping people. If a facility has a staffing need and I help them fill it, that means that patients are receiving care they wouldn’t have otherwise,” she reflected.
McConnell has received four quality performance awards for her work and has exceeded her goals for the number of allied travelers she is managing. She also leads the team from Club Staffing that participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which raises funds for breast cancer research. This year the Club Staffing team had the largest number of participants of any business team in their local race.
“[Health care] traveling is something I wish I’d known about in high school. If I had known it was a possibility, I would have chosen one of these health care fields and gone for it,” McConnell exuded.
Today, she finds opportunities to encourage others to experience the allied traveler lifestyle.
“Whenever I meet someone in high school or early college, I tell them about traveling in allied health. I think it is such an amazing opportunity to be able to travel the country and help people when they really need it.”