Find a Health Care Recruiter by Bernie Reifkind, CEO of Premier Search, Inc.

Posted by Bernie Reifkind on April 22, 2009

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The single best piece of advice about finding a recruiting firm to work with is to find one before you need one!

Here are the top 5 ways to find a health care recruiter to fill your critical job openings:

• 1. Ask and ye shall receive: Referrals are the single most effective tool in finding an established and successful recruitment firm. Ask every source, every vendor, and every business contact in your Outlook file if they can make a referral and then find out what their experience was like working with that search firm.

• 2. Do your due diligence: when you have a potential search firm that you would like to enlist to assist in finding candidates, ask for no less than 3 references and make sure that each referral speaks to the search firm’s ethics, response time, costs, etc.

• 3. You get what you pay for: sometimes the firms with the cheapest rates are firms without the resources to find the very best talent. This does not mean that you have to overspend, however rates do vary. It’s better to spend a little more to find the very best than pay the cost of each day that the position remains unfilled.

• 4. Find a specialist in your area of operations. Recruiting firms vary within the health care field. If you are hospital, work with a search firm that specializes in making placements in hospitals. If you work in home health, find a specialist in home health.

• 5. Integrity First: Find the health care search firm that has a long history of integrity, honor and moral code. Results are ultimately what you are looking for but always remember that the search firm represents you to the candidate and to the community. The way in which a search firm conducts its business will ultimately be a reflection on you and your operation.

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