By Jennifer Sievers, Director of Client Services Acclivity Healthcare
Today’s healthcare unemployment rate is around 2.5%, the lowest it has been in 10 years and lower than almost every other industry segment. At the same time, healthcare employers are busy adding jobs to help address the growing need for medical care to treat members of the aging population as well as more newly insured patients due to former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. In 2018, the healthcare industry finally overtook the manufacturing and retail industries and became the largest source of jobs in the U.S., with explosive growth happening in administrative roles in particular.

Today’s healthcare unemployment rate is around 2.5%, the lowest it has been in 10 years and lower than almost every other industry segment. At the same time, healthcare employers are busy adding jobs to help address the growing need for medical care to treat members of the aging population as well as more newly insured patients due to former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. In 2018, the healthcare industry finally overtook the manufacturing and retail industries and became the largest source of jobs in the U.S., with explosive growth happening in administrative roles in particular.

Over the last year, those in the healthcare industry added approximately 288,000 jobs. This is putting many healthcare hiring managers in the hot seat as they wade through applications to find the right talent as quickly as possible with limited staff resources. Why is finding the ideal candidate in the healthcare market so tough? Here are the top four reasons:

  1. It’s competitive. The healthcare talent pool is expected to grow by 22% in 2018 and shows no signs of slowing down.
  2. It’s crowded. The healthcare hiring market is flooded with thousands of hiring managers seeking qualified and experienced professionals to fill their needs today and in the future.
  3. It’s time-consuming. Most healthcare organization resources are limited by time and budgets. This constraint leaves hiring managers scrambling to review applications, interview and vet candidates, as well as negotiate salaries.
  4. It’s expensive. Healthcare staffing is one of the largest operational expenses that healthcare managers and administrators face.

With so many potential barriers to finding the right talent in their way, how can hiring managers get ahead? First, they’ve got to find the right recruiting and staffing agency to partner with

A healthcare staffing agency can provide matchmaker services

Partnering with professionals at a healthcare staffing agency to fill open positions can bring tremendous value and cost savings to healthcare hiring managers. Staffing agency professionals accept the responsibility to attract, assess, pre-qualify, and screen potential candidates. In addition, the right recruiting professionals are not only able to network with active job seekers but also with passive job seekers — who comprise 83% of the employable population — to bring hiring managers the best possible candidate matches to fill their positions. Qualified staffing agency leaders do not sit around and wait for “good enough” candidates to show interest. They understand their clients’ needs and leverage their extensive networks.

It’s also important that hiring managers look beyond the value in outsourcing everyday tasks such as screening and interviewing: What long-term value can and should the right recruiting partner offer? Partnering with the right matchmaker should also help hiring managers reduce turnover costs, training and onboarding expenses, as well as employment advertising costs, among others. Of course, it can be hard for hiring managers to tell whether these benefits are likely when partnering with agency professionals for the first time, but they can look for a couple things: Does the agency maintain a positive brand online? Does the staffing agency have client success stories? What are the staffing professionals’ ideas of going above and beyond?

Finding the right healthcare staffing matchmaker is an important first step in partnering not only with long-term recruiting professionals but also long-term employees. Here are three things to consider when choosing to work with professionals at a healthcare staffing agency:

  1. Find a partner with a solid reputation and professional business practices who is an expert in the healthcare field. Those with niche recruiting expertise are often best-suited to assess and match the right candidates to the right jobs. Many healthcare professionals are passionate about what they do: They love people, and they love to help. The right recruiting partner will be equally motivated and passionate.
  2. Be clear with specific needs and let your recruiters know about your company culture, mission, vision, values, business policies, as well as how a potential employee could be successful in your organization. When hiring managers are clear about their needs, preferences, and concerns, they are best-equipped to truly match candidates rather than fill positions.
  3. Maintain good relationships with your staffing agency partners so they can provide high-quality service and highly qualified employees now and in the future. Like any relationship, good communication is key to success. A good relationship helps both hiring managers and their recruiting partners clearly understand one another’s goals and visions for achieving them.

When hiring managers work with the right staffing agency matchmakers, they can reap the benefits of industry expertise, cost-effective best practices, and an improved candidate pool to fill their open positions while they move on to their next projects. In today’s competitive healthcare job market, working with the right matchmaker makes good business sense and can be invaluable.

At Acclivity Healthcare, we’re dedicated to placing top performing healthcare professionals.

With over 18 years of dedicated healthcare recruiting experience, at Acclivity, we know a thing or two about matchmaking. We integrate recruiting best practices into the hiring process to ensure each employer has the best possible outcome with every employee placement. We consistently attract and place the most talented and skilled healthcare professionals available. To learn more about our personalized staffing solutions that other companies simply can’t match, visit us online or email me at JSievers@AcclivityHealthcare.com.