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5 Steps for Faster Healthcare Recruitment

It’s not an easy time to be a healthcare recruiter. In fact, Forbes reports that up to 47% of healthcare workers have intentions to leave their jobs in the next three years. On top of that, the average time-to-hire in healthcare is still shockingly high (with some estimates putting it at 49 days). Fast hiring is more important than ever when it comes to navigating healthcare recruitment in 2022.

When you have a strategy in place to speed up healthcare recruitment, you make your job easier in the long run. Here’s how to get started.

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Step 1: Assess Your Process

Before you make a push for faster recruitment, you need to know where and how you’re losing time (and candidates). A healthcare recruitment audit can help you understand exactly what you need to improve. Get started with our comprehensive checklist.

Even if you don’t have time for an audit, or if you want to make quick changes before your audit is complete, you can still follow the steps below. Alternatively, let us do the hard work for you. Apploi qualified consultants can diagnose issues in your hiring process and help make a plan for fast recruitment. 

Step 2: Make Your Jobs Easy to Find

If your ideal candidates aren’t aware of your positions, there’s no way to move the hiring process along. Distributing jobs widely can help you connect with a larger potential pool of hires. When you have a steady flow of qualified candidates in your hiring pipeline, recruitment moves faster.

Job Distribution Tips

  • Distribute jobs to both general and healthcare-specific job boards to find a wide array of candidates. 
  • Update your job descriptions frequently to reflect your latest hiring needs. 
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  • Optimize your job posts for SEO. Even if you’re an SEO beginner, you can get started by using variations of relevant keywords in the title and body of your job posts. 
  • Post on social media platforms such as Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok to get out the word about your open positions. Choose human capital management (HCM) software that can integrate social media and allow you to easily post. 
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. Test out different channels and messaging to pin down where your efforts are best spent. 
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  • To stay within your budget, start by distributing to the largest job boards before you begin posting to niche sites. Alternatively, use a service like Apploi that lets you distribute to dozens of channels for one set fee. 
  • Take advantage of community reposts. Let your employees know about your open jobs so they can share them with their networks. 
  • Invest in applicant tracking software so you can easily access all of your applications in one place. 

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Step 3: Enable Easy Apply

Did you know that 60% of job seekers never finish lengthy job applications? You can combat this stat with easy apply or 1-click apply. Easy apply is a tool that lets candidates apply to a job by simply clicking a button. The site hosting this option will then automatically provide you with the candidate’s resume, cover letter, and application data. An easy apply function can remove many barriers of entry, encouraging more candidates to apply—no matter how much time they have.

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Step 4: Automate Manual Tasks

If your ideal candidates aren’t aware of your positions, there’s no way to move the hiring process along. Distributing jobs widely can help you connect with a larger potential pool of hires. When you have a steady flow of qualified candidates in your hiring pipeline, recruitment moves faster.

Tasks That Can be Easily Automated

  • Application receipts
  • Interview scheduling
  • Candidate communication
  • Notifying candidates of their application status
  • Reminders to finish applications
  • Forwarding onboarding materials upon hire
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Step 5: Streamline Candidate Communication

Now that you’ve enabled automation, you can easily improve your communication with candidates. Standardizing the way you communicate and the content of any written messages can save you an enormous amount of time.

Here’s how to better streamline candidate communication:

  • Draft message templates, including offer and rejection letters. 
  • Share these templates with your team to standardize your communications. Remember that brevity is key for texting.
  • Use interview guides to optimize your interviewing process. Standardized interviewing can also help you eliminate biases. 

Why Texting? 

Texting candidates is more common than ever, and during a candidate shortage, it’s a vital part of professional communication. With 95% of all text messages read within three minutes, you can be almost certain that candidates will receive your communications. Since it only takes the average person 90 seconds to respond to a text, texting is a great tool for faster hiring. 

Better Hiring With Apploi

With automation and streamlined hiring, Apploi can help you build your ideal team faster than ever. Interested in learning more about how you can recruit, hire, and onboard healthcare staff quickly? Contact us today for a free demo of our end-to-end talent management solution.

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