Advanced Travel Nursing is excited to feature Jimmy Yopp for August’s Recruiter Spotlight. Jimmy has spent the better part of his life serving others. Prior to becoming a recruiter, he was a Combat Search and Rescue Pilot in the United States Air Force. And for the last seven years, he has been serving nurses, enabling them to expand their careers and pursue their personal dreams. We are thankful to have an honest and dedicated man like Jimmy on our team.
What do you love about your job?
I have been recruiting in the healthcare industry for almost 7 years, and I love being the person that helps RNs expand their careers. I help them see new places and experience new things. It is very fulfilling to make a nurse’s dreams come true.
What makes you unique as a recruiter?
I work around the clock to make sure all my travelers get the time and attention they need. I am upfront and open about what I can do for everyone I talk to. I believe in honesty and building a solid professional relationship based on open communication and trust.
What’s your favorite traveler story?
My favorite story is with one of my travelers that has been with me for years. She is a dedicated and hardworking RN. On her way from a contract in North Dakota, her truck broke down and she didn’t want to be late for her next assignment. She called me and asked what we could do to get her, and the camper that she was pulling, to Texas. We came up with an out-of-the-box scheme that still makes me laugh when I think about it.
We got a taxi to pick her up on the side of the road and drive her to a car dealership where she bought another truck. We got the car salesman to go back to the highway with a tow truck. He switched the camper to her new vehicle and she drove away leaving the broke down truck for the dealership to handle. We had to hack the mission as a team, but she made it to her contract on time!
Do you have any advice for travelers?
There are a lot of companies and even more recruiters. The biggest mistake I see new travel nurses make is work with way too many companies. My advice is to find a recruiter that you can trust, have open communication with, and that has your best interest at heart. Finding the right recruiter is important. Recruiters will try to tell you whatever you want to hear in order to get your business, but a good recruiter is a straight shooter that works hard to get you the contract you want with competitive pay.
How do you spend your time when you’re not recruiting?
I am a very active, outdoorsy person. I like to run, do yoga, hike, kayak, and fish. I have a 4-year-old that keeps me pretty busy as well. He hasn’t warmed up to fishing just yet, apparently it is boring, but he likes it when I throw him on my shoulders and we go on “Adventures” in the woods (aka hiking).