3 Tips for Staffing Specialists in the Healthcare Industry

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Did you know that, during the course of a single year, America?s staffing companies collectively hire over 14 million contract and temp employees? And of those employees, about 9% of them work in healthcare, specifically.

If you?re in charge of healthcare staffing for your company, it?s likely a constant push and pull — as soon as you get people in the door, more people leave. On the one hand, it?s why you have a job — on the other hand, it would be great if you had even more strategies for hiring people and keeping them on board. What should you keep in mind, then? Here are three important tips for staffing specialists in the healthcare industry.

1. Built Stronger Job Postings

If you?ve been in the medical staffing field for a while, you?ve likely gotten used to a routine. Upload (or copy-paste) a job listing you have saved, make a few tweaks to it as needed, then post in the usual places. Rinse and repeat each month. What you should be doing every few months, though, is carefully reviewing and updating your job postings.

Like anything, the postings themselves are an advertisement for your business, a way to display your professionalism, and the first step in competing for the best employees. You want to make sure the job description is easy to understand, well written, and fully explains what is needed to qualify for the position. Bullet points can often make reading easier than pushing everything into a giant paragraph blob.

2. Keep Repeat Customers Happy

Did you know that nearly 80% of staffing firms net 50% or more of their revenue by repeat clients? Obviously, it makes sense to court these clients — they?ll be familiar with your procedures and you won?t need to continually spend money on advertising to get them in. This means, though, that in the field of medical staffing you really do need to focus on providing top quality candidates — not just anyone that comes across your desk. Work with each client to generate lists of what they want in an ideal employee (what?s the corporate culture like? Does the potential recruit have past job experience in a similar environment?), etc.

3. When it Comes to Medical Staffing, Fit the Employee to the Position

Knowing your client and your recruit will help you to make better fits. For example, if a recruit expresses an interest in developing their career, you can point out that one of the healthcare clients you work with has numerous management positions available and a lot of room for qualified candidates to move up – AKA, the opposite of a flat management hierarchy system.

Being part of a specialized recruiting agency isn’t always easy. With these three tips, though, you should be recruiting more quickly — and better — than ever before!

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