Is Your Candidate Pipeline Running Dry? 7 Strategies to Fill It…
Submitted by Julie Rupenski, President & CEO, MedBest Recruiting
Prior to COVID-19, filling Senior Living leadership positions was already challenging. The pandemic just made it that much harder. Leadership and staff are stretched to the max and are frustrated that their candidate pipelines are running dry. Our best recommendation to quickly fill a key position is try a combination of these sources and channels including:
Hiring interim talent
is skyrocketing. It’s a popular, viable, and quick solution for short-term talent gaps especially when it comes to leadership roles such as Executive Director, Nursing Home Administrator, Director of Nursing, Resident Care Director/Wellness Director, and MDS Coordinator. Interim placements enable your organization to minimize business disruptions, avoid being shorthanded, and remain productive while you search for that permanent hire.
Re-Target Those Who’ve Shown Interest
Prior to the pandemic, perhaps you attended industry events, conferences, or meetings and were introduced and interacted with senior care leaders and executives. If they showed interest in you and your organization, it’s time to re-engage them. Contact them and discuss your talent need and their career goals.
Connect with Former Employees
Past employees represent one of your most promising pipelines. As former employees, they are known quantities and can hit the ground running. Plus, you already know what to expect in terms of their on-the-job performance and cultural fit. However, if your previous employee is unavailable, ask for referrals. They are probably connected to some of the best talent in the industry.
Ask for Employee Referrals
Notify all your employees of a current or upcoming talent need or job opening that you are looking to fill. Post opening on your Intranet, website, or in-house bulletin board. Offer a reward for any employee referrals that get hired.
Post on Social Media
Nurses along with other allied healthcare professionals have a presence on Social Media including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Consider posting your vacant position on these platforms and ask your followers to help you with referrals. Job postings on social media can significantly reduce the time-to-hire.
Tap Furloughed Hospitality Workers
Hospitality and Senior Living
totally align since both require a caring heart, compassion for people, and the desire to serve. Furloughed hospitality professionals in culinary, sales, marketing, and management could make an easy transition. The skills are transferable. According to a Senior Housing News article
, “Senior living providers will no doubt need more workers as Covid-19 continues and since many operators already hire from the hospitality talent pool, why not try to help those laid-off workers get back to work?”
MedBest specializes in both permanent and interim executive placements. We secure the leadership you need! Our team of experienced search consultants is connected to the best talent in the industry which allows us to successfully identify, recruit, and secure highly qualified executive talent for the full continuum of long-term care, including Assisted Living. All searches are conducted in confidence.
MedBest is a national Executive Search Firm exclusive to the Senior Living Industry established in 2001. We recruit and acquire exceptional senior care talent, permanent and interim executives, for all types of Senior Living Organizations and Communities across the US including
Assisted Living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Independent Living, Memory Care, and
Skilled Nursing Facilities. Contact us at 727-526-1294 / firstname.lastname@example.org.