(Editors Note: The author was sitting on a soap box while writing this blog post.)
Many years ago I first heard the acronym: T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Achieves More. Working together we can achieve more than if we try to tackle something as an individual. I’d like to apply this concept to Recruitment efforts at Wisconsin Healthcare organizations. At Career Tree Network I have the opportunity to help a wide variety of employers with their hiring needs. Through my work I’ve noticed a few interesting things:
1. Most organizations have hiring challenges in one area or another. For example, a Physical Therapist position that has been open since 2005.
2. The hiring challenges are NOT consistent among the various organizations. For example, Employer A might have an Occupational Therapist opening and receive 15 applicants for it, while Employer B also has an OT position available with zero candidate flow. The two organizations may even be in located in the same area.
In the example above, Employer A hires one OTR for their open position….but what do they tell the other 14 applicants? In most cases the rejected applicants would receive a form letter, saying something to the effect of: “There were many qualified candidates and this decision was very difficult.”
(Thanks for sticking with me…here is the main idea) As a healthcare system in Wisconsin we need to be more collaborative within our recruitment efforts. This collaboration will help everyone in the system to recruit more effectively. A simple way to do this would involve providing a link to www.CareerTreeNetwork.com within your rejection letter. The sentence could read something like this: “Many Healthcare Organizations in Wisconsin have their positions posted on www.CareerTreeNetwork.com, as you continue your search we encourage you to visit their website to explore additional career options.” (Let me know if your organization uses this suggestion. I will send you a box of chocolates.)
If you don’t like the idea of giving us free advertising, why not make a list of other healthcare organizations in the area and include their contact information within your rejection letter? “There are other healthcare organizations in our area who may have an open position that would be of interest to you, here are some organizations to explore as you continue your search”.
This would help in two ways:
1. The rejection letter will be less painful to candidates because you are helping them explore other career options. A dead end road is now a detour.
2. Other healthcare organizations may have a hiring need where that candidate could be utilized.
Look for other ways that you can network and support recruitment efforts from other healthcare organizations…because Together Everyone Achieves More.