Getting to the heart of travel healthcare.

A podcast hosted by Sunny & Matt

Podcast Episode


Mandy Hileman of FocusOne Solutions joins Sunny and Matt on Cardium podcast to talk about the travel nursing and allied health job markets in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and when we will return to normal.

The Many Hats of a Recruiter

September 9, 2020

GUEST: Lee Kortus

Lee Kortus is a senior team lead with the cardiopulmonary division with Aureus Medical Group. He started at Aureus in June of 2007, and has worked as a recruiter, account manager, and team lead during his tenure. He's received numerous awards and recognition for performance, teamwork, and customer service. Lee and his wife Michaela have been married for 11 years and have two daughters, McKynlee and Landrie. In his free-time he serves as a volunteer firefighter. Lee also coaches softball and enjoys spending time with his family.

Career advisor. Interviewer. Planner. Lifeline. Advocate. While the core role of travel healthcare recruiter may be connecting healthcare professionals with jobs (the biggest role for sure), the great ones wear all sorts of hats on any given day — and they live for it. Lee Kortus of Aureus Medical Group joins Sunny and Matt to get real about the job of a recruiter, the inside scoop, and what travelers can and should expect from the relationship.

During the episode, we cover:

  • Tenets of being a recruiter
  • What to look for in a quality recruiter?
  • What separates a good recruiter from a bad recruiter?
  • The behind the scenes roles of a recruiter that a traveler may not know about
  • How do you know it’s a good match between you and a recruiter?
  • What Lee looks for when prescreening a traveler and what questions does he ask?
  • Timeliness of submitting applications
  • What to do when you have sizable job gaps
  • What Lee looks for on a resume
  • What inquisitive interviewing is all about
  • Why recruiters dig deep with interview questions
  • The sense of “team” between the recruiter and traveler
  • Establishing trust with your recruiter and the importance of honesty
  • How a great recruiter will help a traveler navigate the pay package
  • The recruiter as a lifeline, during the planning stages, on assignment, and as emotional support
  • Advice to students considering a travel career in the future
  • How continued learning makes for a better recruiter

Full transcription

We want to hear from you!

We love connecting with our listeners. Have a show topic, a suggestion, or feedback on our podcast? Interested in being a guest? Reach out to us!

Send us a Message