It's National Nurses Week, so what better way to celebrate than to ramp up your hiring efforts? If only it were that easy. According to ERE and Wanted Analytics, there is a HUGE demand for nurses. As a matter of fact, it currently the most in-demand position. This means that if you want to attract the most qualified nurses, you may need to reevaluate your hiring process. Here's two tips to get you started:
Look in the right places
Social media recruiting is great. So are large job aggregators like Indeed and Simply Hired. But if you're dedicated to hiring the best of the best, you're going to have to spend a little more time sourcing. The best way to do this, in addition to your usual sourcing methods, is to post to nursing-based job boards.
While niche job boards typically reach a smaller audience than job aggregators, the people searching for jobs on these sites tend to be more qualified. So while you won't have as many applicants to choose from, you'll spend less time sorting through the credentials of unqualified and candidates.
Determining which niche job boards will best suite your needs will require some research. Our customers have found success using sites like Care.com and MiracleWorkers.com, so we suggest starting there.
Time makes all the difference
You don't have time to wait around for candidates, but they don't have time to wait for you either. Once you've made the decision to hire more nurses, stick to it. A drawn out hiring process isn't going to do you any good, but it will certainly drive your candidates to look for jobs elsewhere (read: your competitors).
To decrease the chance of applicants losing interest, make sure your hiring process is timely. After a candidate applies, follow-up within one week regardless of whether they are moving forward or being rejected. After the phone interview, follow-up within 48 hours. If you won't have an answer that quickly, let them know when they can expect to hear from you. The same goes for in-person interviews - just keep communication regular.
Most importantly, keep the process moving. Don't let it drag on because you don't know which nurse(s) to hire. Conduct a consistent hiring process, make a decision based on data, and offer the job - it's as easy as that.
Before you begin your next round of hiring, be sure to read our guide "How to Hire Caregivers." Get it below!