From Athletic Trainers to Vet Techs, one thing the healthcare staffing industry never lacks is opportunity. It does not seem like opportunity will tire of knocking any time soon either. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that more than 4 million jobs will be added to the healthcare industry by the year 2022. Although enrollment in medical degree programs have reached an all time high over the past few years, the need continues to far outweigh the amount of new medical professionals entering the field each year. In short, get ready healthcare recruiters, your overloaded job queue is only going to fill up even more!
Here are some helpful hacks to keep you ahead of the curve.
Beef Up The Benefits
There is a common disillusionment about job hunting through a hiring agency because of misconceptions concerning things like compensation and stability. Especially when filling temp-to-hire employment. It’s time to change the way the candidate pool looks at things.
Recruiters are some of the most valuable connections you can have! A recruiters job, first and foremost, is building relationships. Landing a new job is often all about who you know; especially when it comes to a position in healthcare. The best talent and the best companies rely on you to be their bridge. You are the liaison, the doorkeeper, the bouncer at the hottest job club in the city; you have the keys to employment kingdoms in your hand.
Branding yourself as an employment super-connector will keep you at the forefront of your network’s mind.
Not to mention, you also help your talent pool with things like:
- Access to unpublished jobs
- Strategic career guidance and industry trends
- Interview coaching
- Resume review and
- Discretion for people seeking new opportunities
Know Your Resources
Fortunately for recruiters, nepotism is alive and well in the industry. Have you ever met a recruiter who didn’t love referrals? Your next medical assistant might be the friend or family member of someone you already placed. Maybe all that person needs to become a qualified candidate is a certification that can be obtained in the next six months.
Building relationships with local technical colleges and other medical schools can equip you with informative resources to bolster your candidates’ qualifications.
Sure, that will not help you fill an immediate need today but, start supporting and developing your talent now and watch as your candidate pool overtakes your job queue.
Think Outside the Clinical Box
It’s not all doctors, nurses, and medical assistants filling up the hallways of the hospital. Marketers, accountants, sales people, and IT professionals are all needed as well. As a matchmaking maven you understand that a good number of people qualified to fill these positions have likely never considered working at a healthcare facility. Healthcare, as an industry, is a great field to transition in to. For one, jobs in healthcare are recession proof (always a concern in these uncertain financial times). Delivering a better understanding of industry benefits is another way that you can entice top talent to break from tradition. Especially for professionals who would just be changing their office settings and not vocations.
2018 is just on the horizon and the 4 million jobs by 2022 projections do not seem to be changing. Now is the best time to position yourself to stay ahead of the game. Network like there is no tomorrow, develop your existing talent, and follow the chicken across the road to look for new superstars in other pastures. You’ve got this healthcare recruiters!
Healthcare Industry Report; https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2014/spring/art03.pdf
U.S. medical school graduates aren’t enough to fill the physician shortage: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2016/05/u-s-medical-school-graduates-arent-enough-to-fill-the-physician-shortage.html