Healthcare Hiring Trends in 2023

The entire workforce market is tight, and demand is high among employers across the board.  The strain left behind from the great resignation to the ongoing ‘quiet quitting’ and overall low unemployment rate, is make hiring more challenging than we’ve ever experienced.

There are several segments of the economy that face an even bigger struggle due to several additional factors.  Skilled trades, Tech and Healthcare are among the top career fields that are predicted to remain in critical condition and will need to think ‘outside the job board’ to fill staffing needs.

Here are some of the top trends innovative employers in the healthcare industry are implementing to meet their staffing goals and stay ahead of the ongoing shortage in qualified workers.

  • Remote Interviewing and Onboarding Process – The shift to virtual hiring was speared on by the pandemic, but it is clearly here to stay.  Being able to offer remote access to job candidates makes the interview process much more efficient and broadens your candidate pool.  Clients of Premier Virtual that host virtual interview days on a consistent basis, are hiring hard-to-fill positions that they were unable to fill using traditional job boards or in person hiring events. 
  • Branding your Company to the Healthcare Workforce – A recent study in Healthcare Recruiter’s International (HRI) reported that 90% of healthcare workforce want to work for an employer they can relate to and recognize.

Being top of mind means sharing benefits that a candidate can enjoy if they join and sharing how your organization is different from the competition.  Workplace culture, diversity and inclusion, relocation benefits, bonuses, etc., all should be part of the messaging you share every day through social media posts, videos, and press releases.  Be sure to convey how your organization values a healthy work/life balance, and what you offer to help with childcare, mental health and other concerns that are outside the workplace.

  • Attracting the Passive Job Candidate – Many times, your next best employee is already employed.  If you are trying to lure them to your company, see if there are ‘feeder’ markets that are outside of your typical recruiting zone and create a campaign that makes applying for your company a great opportunity.  These candidates need to learn about relocation benefits, and the tactics we covered in the previous paragraph.  Your staff also needs to be onboard with your referral program as well, so they can help you reach this passive candidate pool.  Hosting a virtual ‘meet and greet’ to give access to passive candidates who want to explore opportunities further, is a great strategy to get them in the door.  For more on reaching the passive job candidate click here.
  • Training and Tuition Reimbursement – A healthcare employer that is willing to help with employee medical school or trade school tuition will be difficult to compete with.  This may be an option only a few employers can afford, but working with local grants, and helping students receive the money that is already allocated to them would be a tremendous service and build a great deal of loyalty.  A forward-thinking healthcare employer should work with local trade schools, and high schools and offer this assistance as part of an outreach program that will result in more qualified applicants as part of a long-term staffing strategy.
  • Virtual Job Fairs – Going beyond a weekly virtual interview day, hosting a monthly virtual job fair is a great way to attract candidates and gain exposure for your company.  A great strategy is to invite other employers in similar capacity to yours to make the event even more attractive to attend.  You can partner with a medical billing company, a nursing home, a health insurance company and so on, to make it a well-rounded event and bring more applicants into the fold.  Each person that learns about your company can be a potential employee down the road or refer someone to you.

As you can see, virtual and technology will play a big role to increase access, exposure, and efficiency in your hiring strategy.  The sooner you implement it, the better positions you will be and greater competitive advantage you will have. 

There’s a lot more to virtual than hosting events.  Platforms such as premier Virtual are extremely flexible and offer an all-in-one virtual recruitment suite.  Everything from scheduling interviews, to pre-recorded video interview question that qualify candidates, as well as robust reports and automated follow up tools that reduce your cost per hire and your time to hire by up to 70% in most cases.

Schedule your free demo today by visiting www.PremierVirtual.com and see what your own virtual hiring event platform can do for you.

How to Reach Passive Job Candidates

Virtual Interview Days & Meet & Greets

Regardless of where you stand on the practice of finding passive candidates, the reality is we need passive candidates if we’re going to make successful hires and fill our staffing needs in the tight labor market.

Many referrals from employees and colleagues are not active job seekers, yet they remain one of the most sought-after candidate pools to hire form.  It is not to say that employed candidates are better to hire, it is to emphasize that there are many more passive candidates that could be a good fit for your open positions than there are unemployed or active job seekers. The trick is letting them know you are hiring, and how to get in front of them.

What is a Passive Candidate?

Passive candidate are currently employed and are not actively looking to change jobs, but may be open to a new opportunity if it presented itself.  On average only 30% of the workforce is actively looking, which means 70% of the workforce remains passive.  Among passive candidates:

  • 15% are occasionally networking and researching new opportunities
  • 45% remain open to speaking with recruiters
  • 40% describe themselves as content in their current roles and will not entertain new job offers

An important point to consider is even though 40% are ‘not interested’, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be positioning your company in front of them.  At some point, they often do move to the other profiles, and they will remember your company when that time comes.

How to Engage with Passive Candidates

There are three main talking points that can get a passive candidate’s attention.

  1. Better salary and benefits
  2. New responsibilities and room for growth
  3. Better work/life balance

A lot has changed in recruiting, but when it comes to these points, a lot has stayed the same.  People typically respond when one, or all of these conditions can be improved by taking on a new job.

Before you begin any type of outreach to passive candidates, there are a few things you need to have in order.

  1. Set up a referral program
  2. Work on your employer brand
  3. Provide the best possible candidate experience.

Referrals remain a powerful tool to fill open positions.  For a referral program to be successful you need to keep it simple, offer incentives and give recognition when someone is hired through the program.

To attract these passive candidates, even after a referral, your company brand needs to meet their expectations.  A positive company culture that is diverse and inclusive and values work/life balance will go a long way to getting that candidate to the interview table.

The interview and their experience from the moment they meet you, to the time they receive a job offer needs to be professional.  The candidate needs to feel as if they are the only person the company wants for that position, and they value them even before they are offered the position.  This type of approach will often stand out among other employers that may be interested in the same candidate, and make the difference in their decision.

Providing Access to Your Company – A person who is a passive candidate, is employed and has very little time to spare.  If you get their attention through networking, referrals or other efforts, they will want to speak with you or gather more information without requiring a great deal of time.

Virtual Interview or Meet and Greet Days are a great way to let this audience know that you are looking for experienced candidates and provide remote access to meet and explore opportunities.  To be successful, these events need to ensure privacy, no candidate is going to want to be in a Zoom webinar or group chat.  You also want to make sure that candidates that attend will not have to wait in a queue to speak with someone.

Using a virtual event platform like Premier Virtual will provide your candidates with the access and privacy they are looking for during this early stage of the hiring process.  We recommend that you offer these events consistently (for example once per month at the same day of the week and time), and promote them using social media, and on your website career page.

During these events make sure to have all HR hands on deck, so that every passive candidate can quickly be welcomed and engaged.  If you want to learn more about Virtual Interview Days, or Virtual Meet and Greets, please contact www.PremierVirtual.com for a free demo.

Virtual Hiring Must be Part of your Digital Transformation.

Digital Transformation is not a new thing.  In fact, it began for many companies long ago as they realized the importance of data.  By digitizing information, you can easily gather, sort, and create reports to analyze.

From the migration of paper to digital and written forms into online forms, digital transformation continued to expand.  E-commerce has taken front and center as Covid-19 completely shut down in-person access to many businesses and events.

 

All around the globe, organizations have had to suddenly reevaluate their business plans. The need to create a memorable digital experience for your customers has never been greater. Having the luxury of delaying your digital transformation is gone and could mean falling behind your competitors while they fully embrace theirs.

 

This has never been truer in the world of recruiting and staffing.  The evolution of hiring has taken us from classified ads in the newspaper to online job boards and ATS systems that filter and track applicants.  The next stage that was accelerated by the pandemic is virtual hiring and hosting online job fairs or hiring events.

 

Not that this strategy is completely new, but the tools and platforms to do so have evolved tremendously.  For example, on the Premier Virtual platform recruiters can host and attend a virtual job fair from the comfort of their desk.  Applicants can participate from anywhere in the world.  Recruiters can quickly glance at resumes, enter a chat, and invite job applicants into a video interview, in a matter of seconds.

 

The platform streamlines the screening process and reduces time to hire from an average of over 30 days, to under 7 days in many cases.  That type of functionality was not possible before platforms like Premier Virtual when all companies had access to was MS Teams or Zoom.

 

Maybe the most crucial feature of remote hiring events is again the data that brings us back to digital transformation.  At one time, resumes were collected on paper at these events and taken back to the office to sort.  Now all resumes can be downloaded with a click of the button.  Recruiters can keep notes during the event and download reports to follow up accordingly.

 

Businesses and organizations continue to recognize the importance of virtual hiring but have fluctuated from in-person to virtual based on the current climate.  If there is a new variant, and covid cases spike, we see an immediate return to virtual.  One recent Forbes article according to Burbio, a firm that monitors school data, more than 2,000 schools were prepared to close for at least one day, due to Covid-19 concerns for the first week of January. There are about 21 states with at least one school district closed or transitioning to remote learning this week. Reuters reports that thousands of U.S. schools have delayed this week’s scheduled to return to classrooms, following the holiday break, or switched to remote learning, as the Omicron variant spread.

 

As 2022 begins, many New Jersey school districts are going virtual to deal with the ongoing spike in Covid-19 cases and the staffing shortages it has caused. The data shows that the vast majority of these are poor, underserved children. This is a disaster for both the children and parents.

 

Just in the last week, we had 3 schools, Richland School District 2, District 5 Lexington and Wade County Public Schools that had to pivot from in-person job fairs to virtual.  Because they have a license with Premier Virtual, they had the virtual job fair set up and ready to go in the event they would not be able to move forward with the in-person event, and that’s exactly what happened.  The results were extremely positive with hundreds of applicants attending virtually and many new hires and connections were made at each event.

The stark reality is that Covid is here to stay.  We must plan for a world that mitigates this challenge the best way possible, and integrating virtual hiring is a key component.  There is no more time to wait or consider if virtual is right for you, it is right for everyone.

 

We see more and more candidates choosing to apply and attend virtually and looking for remote or virtual job opportunities.  The better prepared your company or organization is to offer these options, the more talent you will attract and retain.

 

If you are still wondering if you need to add virtual to your hiring strategy, do not delay the decision any longer.  The sooner you put a platform like Premier Virtual in place, the sooner you will set your company staffing needs up for success.

 

To schedule a free demo with Premier Virtual please visit our website.

Virtual Hiring Is the Future: Premier Virtual Tackles ATS Discrimination With Virtual Hiring Rooms

A recent Harvard Business report revealed that ATS, which is an applicant tracking system, is responsible for blocking or disqualifying many qualified applicants. 

This system, which ranks relevant keywords, skills, degrees, credentials, responsibilities and other qualities that indicate to a hiring manager or recruiter that the applicant is qualified for the position has been deemed impersonal, and quite frankly unfair to applicants who don’t know how to use such keywords. 

The online virtual job and career fair platform Premier Virtual has an innovative solution to this complex problem. 

Virtual hiring rooms. That’s right. The future-focused technology company has positioned itself as a go-to company to help employers create virtual hiring rooms to make job hunting more personal and fair. 

Now, hiring managers can meet candidates in a virtual hiring room. Think of it as a 24/7 office that can be linked to your company’s job listings. This allows company recruiters to schedule an ‘open-house on set days and times where candidates can meet and chat.  If there is a fit, the recruiter can enter into a pre-screening interview, and then decide if the candidate should be scheduled for a more formal interview. 

This tool has proven to reduce time to hire from an average of 30 days to just over 7 days.  

What’s included in a virtual hiring room? Here’s what you can expect:

  • Fully Customizable Hiring Room
  • Live Reporting During Events
  • Video Interviews
  • Candidate Matching Based on Experience
  • Registration Setup Wizard
  • Ability to Host Webinar
  • Built-in Text and Email Reminders
  • API to Integrate with Current ATS Systems
  • Candidate “Journey” with Ability to Rank Companies and Track Their Progress in the Event
  • Organization ability to tag candidates before an event to show interest and schedule interview

Premier Virtual is the no. 1 virtual career fair platform in the industry, with nearly 200 Workforce Development Boards choosing the company for online career and hiring events. 

Don’t let the ATS systems choose your candidates for you, take back control of the hiring process with your own virtual hiring room.

Host Virtual Hiring Events With Premier Virtual

Premier Virtual fosters innovation and strives to provide solutions to complex virtual problems. Through building relationships based on integrity, trust, honesty, transparency and teamwork, the tech-forward company always gets the job done.

If your company would like to host a virtual hiring event, contact Premier Virtual today. 

How the Pandemic Affected Job Hiring

This article was originally published by Sarah Marie for NY Weekly – click here to access.

When COVID–19 forced companies to transition to online and work from home setups the world turned to digital platforms and tools to stay connected. With many jobs lost and industries changing and adapting to what the new demands and necessities were, the hiring process has completely changed. Steven Edwards, CEO of Premier Virtual, has been helping companies hire qualified candidates for over a decade and has given a little insight on how the pandemic has affected job hiring practices and how the virtual space is only going to grow.

Edwards saw a shift happening in hiring practices a few years ago and started working on adapting his business to serve those needs. In early 2020, his business partner and himself launched a new platform for online hiring and recruiting through Premier Virtual, quickly becoming an unrivaled leader aiding companies with their hiring and recruitment needs through the pandemic. Premier Virtual is the number 1 virtual career fair platform in the workforce development industry nationwide and has connected thousands of employers with qualified candidates. They have transformed the traditional job fair into a highly efficient recruitment system for any level of employment, including top-level executives, benefiting employers and job seekers all over the world.

When recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and holding in-person events were not an option, hiring practices were adapted to be completely virtual. Companies found themselves overwhelmed with applications on online job sites like Indeed, and qualified job seekers felt discouraged when they saw that hundreds of other people were applying for every job. Employers reported having difficulty finding qualified applicants, and applicants found the competition to be simply daunting.

Quality of hire has become a growing concern for many companies, and with so many applicants, they have started to look for a more streamlined recruitment and hiring process. More and more companies are turning to online candidate screening and assessment tools to narrow down targeted qualified contenders. Social media has become a heavily used recruitment channel. Interviews can happen through email, text message, chatbot, and more.

Aware of these concerns and ever-changing industry needs, Premier Virtual created a unique and innovative platform that enables companies to create a custom virtual hiring event. The platform is fully customizable; employers can set different parameters for submitting applications, testing skills, interviewing, etc. Outside companies also have access to licensing the software. Through this software, Premier Virtual has supported thousands of companies connecting with and employing individuals, even in the hardest of hit places and times over the last two years. The platform has powered 2,500 events to date, connecting 25,000 employers to 250,000 job seekers, and has earned industry-leading ratings on review sites like Capterra and G2. Edwards prides himself on the dedication of his team, and how they have truly impacted and changed lives across the world.

Edwards is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army and describes what his company does as a parachute that prevented many industries from crashing to the ground during the pandemic and kept them going. Connecting companies and individuals from all over the world, getting people connected to jobs in a time when they needed it most, Edwards knows that the virtual job and career fair model is here to stay. He is ready to take on whatever the industry needs; his goal is to better people’s lives every day.

“Our platform is opening up these opportunities for people, maybe those that live in rural areas, and those that might not have been able to apply for these jobs, people from all over the world. We are connecting companies with top-level talent, making this an easy-to-use, stand-alone platform that allows companies to increase their candidate pool, and get more qualified applicants opportunities to apply. This is bettering people’s lives, every day,” he said.

Edwards and his team have supported companies and organizations of all shapes and sizes in all industries as the hiring practices have evolved and will continue to do so. They are always seeking ways to improve and make the platform better, setting the bar for the rest of the industry. Connect with Edwards and the Premier Virtual team on the company website.

What are the Best Virtual Hiring Event Platforms?

When it comes to selecting the best possible virtual hiring platform for your organization, three companies continue to rise to the top; Brazen, V-Fairs, and Premier Virtual.

While Brazen and VFairs have been in the virtual space a long time, Premier Virtual has quickly emerged as one of the top virtual hiring event platform options on the market.

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In just over 1-year Premier Virtual has powered nearly 1,000 virtual hiring events, where over 10,000 employers have filled positions from among 100,000+ registered job applicants!

One particular segment of the hiring industry that has embraced the Premier Virtual platform is the Workforce Solutions sector. Across America, nearly 1 in 3 workforce boards have hired Premier Virtual to be their exclusive platform provider. In fact, Premier Virtual is the primary statewide provider for the workforce boards in Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Florida.

How Does Premier Virtual Compare?

  • Innovations – offering the most advanced features, and preparing to release all-new upgrades and additional features, scheduled for March.
  • Ease of use – the launch of a new ‘Set-up Wizard’ will make creating and launching events easier than ever before.
  • Customization – the ability to host virtually any type of event.
  • Affordable – Best-in-class experience for employers and job seekers at the best price point in the market!
  • Communications – Text and 1-on-1 integrated video chat!!

If your organization is looking for a virtual hiring event platform option, please feel free to schedule a free demo by clicking on this link, or visit www.PremierVirtual.com

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