5 Secrets Healthcare Recruiters Don’t Want You to Know

In Job Search
August 10, 2017


Healthcare recruitment is in the middle of an interesting dilemma as increased demand, salaries, and benefits clash with decreased hiring rates and recruitment budgets.

Recruitment in healthcare this year, and going forward, is going to center around efficiency and applicant quality. With the increased costs involved with high turnover rates, the physician and nursing shortages, and slow budget growth, job seekers should take the following points into account when searching for their next position.

1. Job applicants per position are stagnating

While the overall number of jobs in the healthcare industry have consistently grown over the past several years, recruitment has become stagnant and increased the time it takes to fill a position. Employers are looking for more qualified applicants to fit their positions to combat increasing turnover rates as well.

Job seekers in this market would be wise to tailor their resume and cover letters for individual job postings or jobs of a specific category, ensuring that their experiences and qualifications match as closely as possible while avoiding manufactured information.

2. Salaries are increasing

With the increase in demand for qualified healthcare professionals, salary and benefits packages are on the rise in an effort to attract new this new talent. The impending physician and nursing shortage have highlighted the demand for these positions, and employers are looking for new ways to incentivize potential employees.

Add in the murkiness created by the current administration’s never-ending discussion of healthcare reform, without producing anything solid to replace the current system, and its easy to see why employers may be hesitant to go on major hiring sprees. Employers want to hire solid employees who fit well into their positions and aren’t looking elsewhere any time soon.

3. Hiring budgets are stagnating

Although the total number of job openings has increased, budgets for hiring professionals have become stagnant, or only increasing slightly, in an effort by employers to decrease turnover rates by ensuring that the employee is a match for the position and decreasing long-term costs of hiring.

Struggling between increased demand and trying to decrease turnover, employers are trying to make every dime count when it comes to their recruitment efforts.

4. Niche-specific job boards account for 75% of recruitment

Use niche job boards, like HospitalCareers.com, accounts for 75% of healthcare recruitment in 2017. Large job sites like Indeed, Monster, and Careerbuilder are littered with spam and job listings that bear no resemblance to the position you’re seeking.

With the industry focused on hiring more highly-qualified candidates, it makes sense that the industry-centric job sites will take precedence over those that are all-purpose. Recruiters are looking for the best bang for their buck moving forward, and sites like HospitalCareers provide that.

5. ATS’s are limiting applicants

No job seeker likes to submit their information on multiple different sites to apply for a few different jobs, which is the exact problem created by the applicant tracking systems used by hospital employers. It acts as a wall that deters applicants from applying and leads to a smaller pool of potentially qualified applicants.

Healthcare recruiters ought to be searching for solutions to this problem, but many are holding back due to lack of manpower. If the hiring budgets are stagnant, its safe to say that the HR department budgets aren’t increasing either.

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