Be it any industry; each has its own set of recruitment challenges. Nevertheless, the healthcare industry is perhaps the most difficult to recruit for. The ever-changing industry protocols, patient needs, conventional systems and machinery, and the high risk involved mean that placing any candidate in the healthcare sector is no cake-walk. Adding on to it is the everlasting challenge of retaining the skilled staff. Going by the article published in the Health Business, the most significant challenge in the industry is getting the right people for the right job and serving and meeting the people's needs.
This indeed leads to massive pressure on the healthcare recruitment professionals, especially when they try to fit in the suitable substitute into the healthcare system and meet the demands of the hospitals.
Healthcare recruiters have realized that there’s very little success in filling a few healthcare roles. To name a few, nurse practitioners and rheumatologists are among many that are challenging to be filled despite the number of vacancies open. All in all, the roles that the recruiters find very little success in filling up include:
Vascular Surgeon: According to AMRI (American Medical Resource Institute), about 35-45% of the existing vascular surgeons will retire in the coming ten years. Since healthcare facilities are well aware of this, they are training the prospective professionals for the roles. Because more vacancies will come up, naturally, the recruiters will have to indulge in the rat race to hire the best among the lot.
Urology: This is one other position that will see a considerable number of the workforce retire. Surprisingly, 53% of the positions remain open even after 60 days of advertising.
Radiologists: The demand for these professionals is constantly rising, but somehow there are very few skilled and knowledgeable professionals available. According to the studies, this gap is expected to widen further.
The past two years of COVID have brought a considerable change for talent acquisition and healthcare recruiters. The challenge was always there, but the COVID scenario brought along an increased remote work prospect together with a vast number of burned-out employees, the unpredictability of the industry, and apprehensive employers.
The healthcare industry saw a boon and became an epicenter of change in the pandemic. The healthcare workers, or as we call them, the front-line workers, are at the forefront to battle it out with the virus. This, however, has resulted in many healthcare workers either succumbing to the virus or isolating themselves for an extended period. Hospitals weren’t left with much choice than opening gates for backup staff.
With this being one side of the story, the other side portrayed a whole together grim face. The healthcare sector, having reached its peak to need new workers and staff, the limited resources or compromising with the skills and potential of the ones available posed a new problem.
The healthcare recruiting professionals have to face the challenge of filling the positions because the demand is high, yet they face difficulty finding a solution. As per the study conducted by SHRM, nearly 46% of recruiters confirm the difficulty hiring qualified full-time medical professionals like physicians, nurses, and specialists. 35% of recruiters, however, said that they find recruiting candidates ‘somewhat tricky’.
Few healthcare experts believe that the crisis of recruiting these professionals is yet to worsen. The Association of American Medical Colleges believes that by 2034, the United States will see the need for anywhere between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians.
According to Becker’s Hospital analysis, the number of hires for medical residencies will also be short. Because of the constant burnout and the lack of personal life, qualified medical professionals discourage the young from entering the profession, despite their skills.
While pondering over the pain areas of the healthcare industry, we came across the names of many key players:
Cambia health solutions
The common problem in the recruiting system of each brand we served, in retrospect, was how fast they were draining out the money as opposed to the small number of candidates that were applying or even getting selected.
Of course, this is led by human errors or inefficiency in screening the resumes and then logging in innumerable hours for manual data entry. This was later mirrored by the poor candidate experience or the candidates leaving the websites without filling the job applications.
Keeping these insights in view, RChilli’s resume parser, with deep learning/AI framework, simplified the hiring process and saved both time and money of the healthcare brands that integrated RChilli at the backend in their systems. Some of the prominent names include:
Valley Children’s Healthcare
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Action Medical Search
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Erlanger Health System
Carolinas HealthCare System
Cimarron Memorial Hospital
Avant Healthcare Professionals
Empire Care Centers
Garden State Nursing Home Inc
Emerald Terrace Convalescent Hospital
Five Star Nursing
Communicare Health Services
Pivot health solutions
Rockaway Home Care
San Antonio Residence and Rehabilitation Center
We don’t realize that the onus of the entire low recruitment turnaround doesn’t fall entirely on the recruiters alone. They are just the bridge between the candidate and the institution. Automating the hiring process, on the other hand, is something that can simplify the process and the job.
RChilli resume parser has worked to enhance the employer brand presence, increase the positive candidate experience, and streamline the management style, among many things for the healthcare brands.
If you want to have some more information about how we help the healthcare industry and solve their recruitment challenges, contact us.