Our success in staffing comes from a very basic principle that many somehow manage to forget—the principle of trust. Trust not only means acting like a trustworthy person would, but also entrusting your career to the right recruiting professionals. Again, as many forget, trust is a two-way street. Working with a recruiter who only has his or her best interest at heart, which is an interest incapable of trust, is equivalent to crossing trust’s two-way street without looking both ways.
A surefire way for providers to know they can trust and work with healthcare recruiters in good faith is by identifying the basic qualities necessary for a mutually beneficial partnership, particularly in the early stages of the recruiting process. As a healthcare provider, it’s not just the recruiter who gets to assess your credentials; you get to assess the recruiter’s credentials, too! Oftentimes it’s as simple as following the 3 general guidelines below:
- Responsiveness: If you’re a medical provider, you’re usually busy, work odd hours and need quick follow-up at the drop of a hat if you want to find what you’re looking for. A healthcare recruiter worth trusting will return your calls and emails promptly, provide insightful feedback and lend a helping hand. Not only does this demonstrate a willingness to provide great service, it shows that your recruiter likely understands how hectic your schedule can be, and therefore has a true appreciation for the difficulty healthcare providers sometimes have in juggling work-life balance.
- Consultative, Not Pushy: A recruiter who’s worth his or her weight in gold will take a consultative approach in helping you through your job search for 2 reasons: Firstly, the consultative approach demonstrates a higher level of industry knowledge. Secondly, an effective consultative approach to recruiting facilitates a relationship-building process in which the recruiter must first understand his or her provider’s needs and wants before offering advice. This lays the foundation for a successful recruiter-provider relationship—one rooted in understanding before action.
- They Make Your Job Search Easier: This may sound like a no-brainer, but too much trust in a recruiter not equipped to handle your needs may end up putting you through an array of paces, none of which lead anywhere beneficial. Besides, great recruiting isn’t magic—it’s straightforward, effective, clear and it’s rooted in trust.
Paying attention to these 3 simple measurements of recruiter efficacy can help you decide who is worth working with – you take your career seriously, and at VISTA, we are honored to have your trust and to work with you.