For healthcare organizations struggling to build a talent pipeline, some of the best advice can come from a staffing firm. Organizations like UHC Solutions can offer an unparalleled glimpse of the techniques we use to build candidate pipelines. It can feel like backbreaking work, especially for companies that don’t hire regularly. Recruiting takes a defined process with a lot of follow-ups. While it’s not rocket science, it is definitely a labor of love that takes effort and consistency to build a solid and sustainable pipeline.
Here are some of our best tips and tricks.
Use Who You Know
The first step toward building a candidate funnel is to talk to employees about who they know. It’s a nice way to engage existing employees in the success of the organization. It’s also a good way to determine how happy your employees are. If employees are willing to refer their friends, that’s a good sign of the health of the organization. Referrals are a known quantity, and as such, typically make for better hires. You can ask for referrals in all kinds of creative ways, including the following:
- Offering a referral bonus to encourage current employees.
- Take it one step further and offer rewards for employees who share job details with their social networks.
- Schedule an “invite your friend” happy hour. It will give employees a chance to spend time with old friends while also helping potential employees understand the cultural fit.
- Have a “staffing party” with internal departments to encourage them to go through their networks for candidates.
- Ask each manager in the company to share a job post and introduce your recruiting team to a potential candidate.
If your HR team hasn’t reached out to their networks, you could be missing a good lead.
Improve the Application Process and Careers page
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) states it takes every application an average of 20 minutes to apply for a job. Ironically, the job seeker of today is doing it via their smartphone. Employers that fail to be sure their career pages are fully responsive across multiple screen sizes are going to fail to find candidates.
It’s important to recognize today that the balance of power between candidate and employer has shifted. Employers are more desperate for talent, and the talent has several choices of jobs – and they know it. In this environment making an employee jump through too many hoops will make them lose excitement for the new role and walk away.
Find a Partner to Help You Double Your Efforts
In today’s career markets, it is an outdated process to post an ad and wait for resumes. Proactive sourcing is crucial for every job type in every market. Professional staffing firms are best at this activity; they’ve been building their networks of candidates for years. Firms like UHC Solutions understand passivity in this market will not get you a top candidate.
Today, it takes a different approach to build a candidate funnel is a staffing agency like UHC Solutions your best weapon in a tight labor market? Contact us to find out more about how UHC can help you build your FQHC candidate funnel.