When to Post and When to Use an Agency to Recruit Key Positions

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When sourcing talent becomes difficult, your organization may need a little assistance. In today’s job market, it is increasingly difficult to find talent, but particularly in the healthcare field. Ninety percent of hospital executives say the growing labor shortage is one of the top issues keeping them awake at night. From a shortage of physicians and nurses to a lack of caregivers for chronic diseases, the healthcare market has tightened. But what are the key indicators that your internal HR team is struggling to get candidates through their pipeline? When should you consider a staffing agency to recruit key positions in the healthcare field?

Growing Talent Shortage in Key Fields

There’s been a number of articles published regarding the physician shortage recently. The Association of American Medical Colleges states that the next decade will see unprecedented numbers dip for physicians, with a projected gap of somewhere between 40,000 and 105,000. Simultaneously, one-half of U.S. nurses will retire. With the baby boomers also approaching retirement age, it is predicted that we will need more than 1.1 million additional nurses to meet demand. But that’s not all.

Healthcare Finance reports home health aides will be highly coveted; there will be a shortage of 446,300 professionals in the next decade. The article also says:

  • We’ll need another 95,000 nursing assistants in the same timeframe.
  • We’ll have a shortfall of 58,700 clinical and medical lab technicians.
  • We’ll also be looking for nearly 30,000 nurse practitioners.

These talent shortages necessitate that healthcare providers form new partnerships to improve their sourcing efforts. However, the widespread healthcare talent shortage is just one reason to partner with a staffing agency, instead of posting for key roles.

Why Look Beyond the Job Post?

Partnerships with a staffing team can also reduce the amount of time it takes to find, vet and hire key executives and healthcare staff. Healthcare organizations that need to hire quickly should consider going beyond posting a new role and seek the assistance of a staffing agency that will find the right candidate. An internal recruiter will take time to build a pipeline of trusted candidates. Posting a job in this market may not be enough to find the right talent. Using a staffing agency can improve your time to source and hire professionals.

If your organization is looking to fill a specialized position, specifically within an FQHC, you may want to consider partnering with an external resource. Searches for the Executive Suite are only effective if the agency has experience in the market and a highly-qualified candidate network. These searches can also be done under a confidential basis until the organization is prepared to make an announcement.

You may even want to use a staffing agency if you have a small medical practice or a community hospital that lacks the resources to conduct a full-time search process.  While these are just a few suggestions, one thing is clear; today’s job market necessitates new ways of approaching the job search beyond the standard job boards.

Contact the staffing experts at UHC Solutions if your FQHC or community hospital is seeking healthcare executives, specialists, behavioral health professionals, dentists and physicians. We can help.

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