Every week I conduct interviews with Recruiters and HR professionals on Tips2GetaJob radio. The show takes place every Thursday at 6:30m Est. on blog talk radio. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Recruiter Jessica Mainor. To listen to the entire interview click here.
What types of jobs are in demand?
I recruit for the Healthcare field; we post jobs like Medical Assistant, Nursing and Radiology a wide variety of medical positions. Currently, we have over 70 positions.
Would you say there’s a shift in the job market?
Yes, we are seeing a lot of new grads in the health care field. A lot of High School students are interning and applying for scholarships at the hospital.
What’s the best way for job seekers to transition into the medical industry?
Internship is a good way to transition because you can experience the day and a life feel of the work you’re considering going into. Volunteer in a hospital, doctor’s office, and or medical clinic is another way to gain firsthand experience. This allows you to get a better understand of what the environment is like and co-workers. Internship and volunteer work can cultivate good relationship.
Why is networking important?
Networking is super important because you never know who can help you, give you insight on the company. That person can connect you with the decision maker; let you know who is hiring. You can form some great relationships with individuals and expand on that in the future.
What are the benefits of employee referral programs?
We encourage our employees to refer qualified candidates and if the individual works with our hospital for at least a minimal of 90 days then we do pay out that referral bonus. We believe good people know good people. I’m a big fan of referring people that are a good fit. We have been very successful, our hospital have hired some exceptionally skilled individuals because of the employee referral program.
How can social medical help job seekers find jobs?
I found my job using social networks like LinkedIn and Bullhorn. Face Book has a nice professional resource. I am a big fan of social networking because it can help you to connect with hiring managers in the company where you would like to work. The key is to keep the relationships strong and stay in touch with people. You never know when I position maybe available. It is a win-win for both parties, you can help them and they can help you.
What challenges are recruiters facing and how can they overcome this experience?
Recruiting and HR is a very competitive, it is important to know how to tap into the latest resources in finding the best qualified applicants, not just through the job boards and job fairs. Recruiters need to be really resourceful, making ourselves assessable because a lot of qualified applicants are over looked. Bridge the, disconnect between recruiters, passive and active candidates by being smart in our relationship building. Continue to find the qualified applicants and candidates that are currently employed or actively looking for employment.
What needs to be on a resume for a job seeker to standout?
A detailed, organized resume is very important and the format is key. If a job seeker has been with a company for a long time, stability is a plus and should be highlighted on a resume. Remove objective on a resume, it is more beneficial to get right into the experience. Make sure the requirements for the position is indicated on your resume. Applicant tracking systems (ATS) help recruiters narrow their search. Job seekers need to add keywords so their resume comes up in search results.
Jessica Mainor is a Recruiter from the North West suburbs of Chicago with 5 years of recruiting experience in the areas of Administrative, Light Industrial/ Warehouse, IT, Temp/Direct Hire and Permanent Placement. She has recently left Temp Staffing and is now a Corporate Recruiter for Memorial Hospital in the HR/Talent Acquisition Department. Jessica, will be completing her CIR this fall, and is enrolled in a Human Resources Mgmt Masters Program. She enjoys her career and Jessica feels that helping others is incredible it makes her happy to help and share any information, knowledge and resources as best as she can! Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn.