FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why Salud Recruiting Services?
Check out the many advantages we offer:
- Our fast hiring process – we work closely with our employer clients to ensure the hiring process is as fast as possible.
- As a small but growing company, we’re able to give individual attention to our candidates and clients.
- We have offices in Canada and the US so there’s always someone on the ground on either side of the border.
- We are not a staffing agency and we only do direct placement hires; that is, you work directly for the hospital, not for us.
- We offer orientation sessions that are in addition to the orientation you will get with your new employer. Our orientation sessions are to the community itself and are designed to help you make your move and new home successful.
- In addition to our orientation program, we have a long-term “re-recruitment” program – we want you to be happy with your new employer and with your new community. We know what it’s like to move to a different country or location and we want to help you settle in successfully so you can thrive at work.
How we do it:
- By being in frequent contact with you
- By connecting you to local experts who can ease your transition
- By organizing social activities to help you build a local network and have fun!
Why the Southwest? What’s it like there?
Whether you’re hiking through or skiing on the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, exploring the Grand Canyon, climbing Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs, touring the vineyards in Napa Valley, or visiting the casinos in Las Vegas, the Southwestern United States has something for everyone. We offer year-round sunshine, countless outdoor activities, laid-back living, a beautiful blend of cultures, and delicious food you can’t find anywhere else. Visitors to the region don’t want to leave once they have experienced our mix of new and old architecture, world-class museums, natural beauty, affordable living, and easy weekend getaways.
Which states are considered part of the Southwest?
You will find Arizona and New Mexico at the heart of the Southwest, surrounded by California, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. These states offer scenic views and an area rich in history. Whether you want to travel the Rio Grande, or meditate in the Mojave desert, the Southwestern terrain presents a variety of places to explore including mountains, mesas, forests, canyons, basins, plateaus, deserts, and plains.
What is the pay like in the Southwest?
You are likely to earn more in the Southwest than you would in Canada for two reasons: first, our clients offer competitive salaries, and second, the US dollar is higher than that of the Canadian dollar. And if that’s not enough, there are opportunities to work overtime.
What are the professional opportunities and benefits like?
Benefits vary by each facility, but we specifically partner with employers who are interested in developing and advancing the healthcare professionals they hire. All of our clients have professional development opportunities like specialized certifications and higher education in addition to on-the-job mentoring. Some employers even underwrite the cost of all your studies up through a Ph.D.! Many of our employers start employees with four or more weeks of paid time off per year.
What is the cost of living like in the Southwest?
The cost of living is significantly lower in the Southwest than in Canada – especially compared to some major cities like Toronto or Vancouver.
What is the cost of housing in the Southwest?
We looked at the cost of housing in two Canadian cities (Toronto and Calgary) and compared them to the cost of housing in two cities in the Southwest (Albuquerque and Phoenix). The results were clear: housing is more affordable in the Southwest than it is to live in either Calgary or Toronto.
The average cost of a house in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is over three times the cost of a house in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city. (In July 2018 the average detached Toronto house cost $1,350,700 but the average detached Albuquerque house cost $248,059.) Source: Toronto Life.
Renting is also cheaper in New Mexico than in Canada. In 2019, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Albuquerque was $747 USD/month and $952 USD/month for a 2-bedroom. Source: Rent Jungle. In Toronto the average rent for a 1-bedroom was $2,149; for a 2-bedroom it was $2,620. Source: Toronto Storeys.
The average rent on a 1-bedroom apartment in Phoenix, AZ was $1,031/month, and for a 2-bedroom apartment, it cost $1,261/month. Source: Rent Jungle. In Calgary, Alberta, the average rent on a 1-bedroom apartment was $1,130, and the rent on a 2-bedroom apartment was $1,360. Source: KelownaNow.
The average detached house in Phoenix cost $260,972. Source: Zillow.com. Whereas the average price of a detached house in Calgary, Alberta was $539,418. Source: Calgary Real Estate Statistics (CREB).
What is public transportation like in the Southwest?
Public transportation varies throughout the Southwest. In Albuquerque, New Mexico for example, the city just invested more money into their bus system and dedicated bicycle lanes. Many New Mexicans drive to/from work. If you don’t already have a car, we have several local car dealerships who are excited to help you purchase one new or used. We have even arranged discounts with certain dealers.
In Phoenix, Arizona, there is the Valley Metro that includes their light rail system, transit buses, and their “Dial-A-Ride” service for people with disabilities.
What is the difference between direct placement & staffing?
There is an important distinction between direct placement (recruiting) agencies and staffing agencies. Direct placement recruiters are connecting qualified candidates with employers. Once hired, you become an employee of the hospital or clinic, and you enjoy the same benefits as other employees. In contrast, if hired by a staffing agency, you’re an employee of the agency, not the hospital or clinic.
Do you only work with Canadians?
No, Salud Recruiting Services proudly subscribes to the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel for ethical practices. We work with any qualified applicants who are eligible to work for our US-based clients.
Are you only looking for nurses?
As a new firm, Salud Recruiting Services has begun its active outreach and recruitment with nurses. Our client hospitals often need other healthcare professionals, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested!
We have the jobs and the place you’ll love!