What Are Today’s Top Healthcare Professionals Looking For in Their Job Search?

Competition to hire top healthcare professionals is pretty intense. In fact, there are currently approximately 6,100 Primary Care Healthcare Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), 4,900 Dental HPSAs and 4,000 Mental Health HPSAs. Top talent has their choice of positions, so it’s important to know what they’re looking for in their job search, to ensure they choose to join your team.

blogphoto-12 Reputation is key to hiring top talent. Candidates use sites like Glassdoor.com to discuss their interview experiences, so if your company becomes known as a place that doesn’t treat people well, no one is going to even bother starting the process — especially the best and brightest workers. Below are four of the top things that leading healthcare professionals seek during the hiring process.

A detailed job description.

Top talent isn’t just looking for any job — they want a fulfilling position offering upward mobility. Keep them interested by posting a well-written job description that clearly defines the responsibilities associated with the position, so they know what would be expected of them if hired. State the minimum education and experience requirements, so candidates know exactly what type of person you’re looking to find.

Insights on company culture.

Company culture is essential to job satisfaction, but it can be difficult for candidates to gauge until after they’re already hired. Do your best to alleviate this by including as much as possible about what it’s like to work for your organization. It’s also wise to promote perks that make your company a great place to work, such as great benefits, generous paid time off, flexible schedules and an onsite fitness center.

A seamless application process.

No one wants to spend hours answering dozens of questions, or filling out online forms that essentially replicate their resume. Create an easy-to-follow process that makes it easy for people to upload their resume, cover letter and any necessary supporting documents. If you make it too complicated, applicants will give up and move on to the next job that sounds appealing.

Regular Status Updates.

The job search process can be very daunting. It’s frustrating for candidates to submit their resumes and go on interviews only to hear crickets. Keep people in-the-know by providing regular updates on where they stand. This can be automated by using an applicant tracking system, or you can periodically check-in with people to let them know what’s going on. If possible, give candidates a timeline of when you expect to make key decisions regarding the position, and be sure to promptly respond to any follow-up emails.

By showing candidates respect from the very beginning of the hiring process, you can present your company as a great place to work. When you treat healthcare professionals well, you’re rewarded by gaining a reputation as a great employer that everyone wants to work for. To learn more about how we can help you find top behavioral health talent, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at info@psychpros.com.

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