Healthcare recruiters are more in demand than since the 1980s. National and International competition for skilled healthcare workers is at an all time high because of global disasters and retiring baby boomers. To hold the line on staffing, healthcare organizations are boosting employment packages with perks unheard of just a few decades ago.
With all the activity, the benefit of using healthcare recruiters can get lost in the shuffle.
For The Job Seeker
A job search can be overwhelming. Often the process seems like a full-time job itself. Working with the right healthcare recruiter helps in the search for the perfect position, but working with a recruiter is more than just giving them your resume and hoping for the best. Job seekers want someone to spend time with them and invest in helping with creating a resume, coaching on interview skills and looking for new opportunities.
An experienced and qualified recruiter will provide a confidential and professional service to clients. Most hospital jobs go unadvertised and good recruiters have the tools to search through national data with current job openings at all major medical facilities as well as private facilities and smaller hospitals. A recruiter can help remove the formation while a healthcare working is searching.
A recruiter’s strength is in the relationships formed with hospitals. As such, most recruiters ask clients to refrain from submitting their resume directly to a healthcare organization. The recruiter will send it on the client’s behalf and then walk the patron through the interview and hiring process.
A recruiter’s integrity is based on the services they provide. Ask potential recruiters these questions:
- With whom do you share my resume?
- Are there any hidden costs or fees?
- Can the recruiter search nationwide?
- Who will set up interviews?
For The Hospital
Hospital unemployment stands at 1.4 percent nationally. Administrators scramble to fill jobs even as they face shortages of primary care physicians and nursing staff. To help ease the burden, here’s how our healthcare recruiters can help your hospital’s staffing needs.
Still, there are shortages, and they have affected hiring. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare employment growth had slowed to 1.7 percent a month from 2-percent just a year ago. Washington’s uncertainty when it comes to health care regulation plays a part, but worker shortage has also been a factor as it takes an average of 49 days to fill a healthcare opening.
Healthcare recruiters help hospital cope in four areas.
There is a scarcity of qualified employees, making this the most pressing issue when it comes to recruiting. As the population ages and the number of eligible healthcare workers shrinks, negotiating power is given to the candidates. Professional recruiters step in as a pressure relief valve removing the pressure on hospitals to fall back on limited resources in negotiating and hiring.
Education vs. Experience
There is a dilemma between education and experience. Does the hospital select the candidate who just graduated with a master’s degree or the one who may have a degree from a low-ranked school, but twelve years experience? Issues like that bogs down the hospital recruitment profess. Professional recruiters help bring a healthy mixture of young, academic inclined employees in addition to those with experience.
Baby boomers are beginning to leave the job force. Businesses — and hospitals — are seeing this class retire in droves. Some HR pros estimate 10,000 baby boomers retire each day. While baby boomers can’t be stopped from retiring, a qualified recruiter and help a facility begin to develop recruitment strategies to prepare for departures.
Is Puerto Rico The Answer?
The national nursing shortage has meant recruiters have to look further afield. Since Hurricane Maria tore into Puerto Rico last year, a promising pipeline for nursing staff has started on the island territory.
One hospital in Orlando began recruiting internationally, for nurses, a decade ago and have hired nurses from places such as the Philippines, India and the UK. Since Hurricane Maria, the same facility has recruited over 45 professionals from the island.
One of the reasons healthcare pros from Puerto Rico are so useful is many candidates are bilingual and can provide care to the Spanish-speaking citizens in central Florida.
An absence of problems with work visas was the primary reason given for a Missouri based hospital to focus recruiting efforts on Puerto Rico.