Over the course of the time and with the growing need for health care staff, the number of medical staffing agencies is growing steadily. In the previous millennium, we could count healthcare and medical staffing agencies in one breath. Today, however, there are a number of such agencies, and the selection is all the more difficult.
How staffing agencies work and to choose the right one for you? Read below.
How health care staffing agencies work
A healthcare staffing agency is a firm that seeks out candidates for jobs in the medical field. They usually recruit people in the event of a demanding work period, when more staff is needed, or in the case of an employee’s absence. These people are not only hired to hospitals but also facilities such as hospices, clinics, rehabilitation centers, pharmaceutical companies, nursing homes, physician practices, or healthcare organizations.
Staffing agencies act as a kind of intermediary for staff in the above-mentioned medical facilities. Either people interested in a specific job reach out to a staffing agency, or a staffing agency reaches out to them. Thus, the main task of the Medical Staffing agency is to find the right candidate for the required position, that is, to meet the client’s hiring needs at that moment. Staffing agencies offer a quick solution for finding an employee for a shorter (temporary) or longer (even permanent) period without complicated recruitment.
How to choose the right health care staffing agency?
Working with a staffing agency is an exciting choice, through which you will expand your horizons and improve your knowledge and skills in the field in which you specialize. However, finding the right staffing agency is not as easy as it may seem at first glance. What to look for when choosing a healthcare staffing agency and what to avoid?
Experience in the field
Experience is the best teacher, and it’s one of the first things you should look for when choosing a healthcare recruitment company. Find out what experience the agency has. Keep in mind, however, that how long the agency has existed is not entirely crucial, because a company that has been in the staffing field for five years can have much more experience and a better reputation than one that has been established over fifteen years ago.
Ask around and read reviews and opinions of others. The more you hear and learn from other people, the more precise picture of the agency you will get.
Don’t rely on one staffing agency
If you have no experience with staffing agencies, it can naturally be difficult for you to distinguish one agency from another, and at first glance, it may seem that they are all the same. They are not!
Make sure you are not under pressure because you can make a lot of mistakes. If you have found two agencies that are in your consideration, you can register with both of them. Over time, you may find that the other agency is better than the first one, or vice versa.
Listen to your gut
You spent time looking for the right agency, you chose one or two, you learned everything necessary, and you were already in touch with the recruiter. What are your impressions and feelings? If you feel that something is wrong or that this is not what you are looking for, don’t be afraid to say no and don’t give up finding another medical staffing agency that will meet your expectations.
Beware of scam agencies and firms
A company or organization that needs workers contacts the staffing agency, which then looks for suitable candidates. The staffing agency then selects proper people who can work for the organization, either temporarily or permanently. It follows, therefore, that the only one who pays for the services is the organization that contacted the staffing agency.
If the staffing agency asks you for any fee, whether smaller or larger, it’s a red flag and the agency certainly does not act justly.
Ultimately, finding the right medical staffing agency can take some time and effort, but as a result, you will gain valuable experience, and a temporary opportunity can become a permanent job.