The Heart of Top Healthcare Recruiters
Being in healthcare recruiting right now is not for the faint of heart.
It is incredibly challenging and, at times, uncertain. If you don’t want to survive, but thrive during these unprecedented times, read the five characteristics a healthcare recruiter needs to have during the COVID-19 crisis.
It’s critical to be empathetic to the new issues facing healthcare organizations while being a source of positivity and encouragement in the marketplace. It’s also imperative to put yourself in the shoes of the candidates facing a job change or uncertainty during this challenging time. Being a positive force and will not only encourage communication, but it will also help establish trust and confidence.
Albert Einstein once said, “Compassionate people are the geniuses in the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security and joy of humanity than the discovery of knowledge.” As healthcare recruiters, we are interacting and communicating with front-line workers daily. We must empathize with what they are facing and appreciate the value they bring to their organization. Compassion is an essential characteristic that a recruiter must possess, especially now. Putting yourself in the shoes of the healthcare worker and being sympathetic to their daily challenges will go a long way. Now more than ever, recruiting cannot be transactional; it is built on trust and compassion.
Making a Difference
It’s important to remember that we can make a significant difference in the lives of people as a healthcare recruiter. One placed candidate can positively impact thousands of people. A newly placed candidate can make a difference within an organization, their community, their co-worker’s lives, their patients, and the patient’s family members.
That’s why we strive to be that first person to share what our Partners are passionate about, what they view as necessary, and how we can match our Partner’s needs with the right candidate. We love hearing candidate stories and sharing those with our Partners. Being the connector between organization and candidate during this challenging time can make all the difference in the world.
There are many needs in the healthcare industry, and they differ from every organization, specialty, state, and region. It’s vital as a recruiter in the healthcare field to remain flexible and available. Understand what your Partners need and be a consultant. Do you truly know the challenges facing your Partners daily? Are you creative in delivering what will make your Partner’s successful? Can you work with other organizations to fill the gaps?
Can you facilitate conversations with multiple companies to share resources? Especially now, one size does not fit all, and successful healthcare recruiters need to be ready to pivot to meet the different recruiting needs of all healthcare organizations.
In this critical time, healthcare organizations are leaning heavily on their human resources departments and leaders to support their staff. Being a valuable resource to healthcare HR departments and helping them do the heavy lifting can be very impactful. Do they need help with attracting top talent? Do they need assistance with creating candidate pipelines for a surge in hiring? Would they appreciate additional help reaching out to furloughed employees? Being a valuable extension of the HR department could be a win/win for everyone.
Every crisis comes to an end, but getting through it requires determination, perseverance, and the five characteristics mentioned above.
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