by Gorilla Jobs in Doctor Recruitment, health professionals 30/09/2020

Three tips to positioning your healthcare recruiting strategy in the post-COVID-19 world

Even as we get a handle on suppressing COVID-19 transmissions in Australia, Gorilla Jobs predicts the pandemic will have an ongoing impact on healthcare recruitment in many areas. 

It’s been a rocky 2020 for everyone thanks to COVID-19, with the pandemic having affected many aspects of our lives. It has particularly had a huge impact on the workplaces of most of us.

We at Gorilla have been forging on, happy that in our role as healthcare recruiters we can help place important essential workers to manage COVID-19 and more broadly across the many other aspects of the healthcare sector.

Like many others, we have adapted, adopting a COVID-safe workplace plan as an important part of this but more broadly, as disruptors in the healthcare recruitment space, we also have engaged more with tech to help make the recruitment process more efficient, streamlined and COVID-19 safe. Here are our tips to help you with your next round of recruiting. 

3 Healthcare Recruiting Strategies Post-COVID-19 

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Revise your recruiting strategy NOW!

Even though the signs are good that Australia is effectively suppressing COVID-19, there is still uncertainty about if/when a vaccine will be both viable and available.

This means that for some period, we will live in an uncertain world, which makes planning difficult. However, don’t let this stop you revising your past and current strategies, even knowing that you might have to be flexible going forward rather than locking anything in.

We recommend assessing your existing talent inventory against the demands on your workforce, while factoring in a range of scenarios that might occur as we progress through different stages of the pandemic.

Do this by setting up a meeting with key staff responsible for hiring across the organisation and think about these two main questions:

1. What is your current headcount and does this reflect what you will need going forward under the range of scenarios COVID-19 might present - effectively, are you in a hiring or freezing mode?

2. If you do need to recruit, how will you actually go about doing this? Do you have the resources in place or do you need external help?

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Workforce planning - perform a skills audit

Identifying skills gaps should be part of the strategy process we have just identified above but requires its own focus. In a relatively short time, COVID-19 has already transformed how we do so many things in our broader lives, which means the way organisations and the people within them operate have also had to change. It follows that doing a skill audit is crucial to helping you strategize your recruitment needs and goals.

Consider this: your current staff may have the base professional skill-sets without which they can’t do their jobs in “normal” times, but are they well-equipped for the world we currently find ourselves in? 

While many have had no choice but to adapt, others might still be struggling with this. Take GP tele-health consulting, as an example. This has become a huge part of GP consultation and the expectation has been that GPs will just naturally fall into this new aspect of their roles.

However, with the government pushing out the medicare support for tele-consulting, and there even being some talk it may be here to stay, GPs may need to incorporate this in an ongoing way into their roles.

Retraining or skills brush-ups are one way to manage this but you might also consider hiring specifically for tele-health. 

This is where we can help. As a healthcare recruiter, we are well-versed in assessing both technical and soft skills, the latter of which could make a huge difference for some healthcare roles in the near and intermediate future.

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Using tech to improve the recruitment processes

While we will always put people at the heart of all the recruitment we do, using tech is a way to ensure we can put even more energy into the human side of recruitment.

It streamlines communications, helps track and measure effectiveness of processes and strategies, and improves the recruitment experience for all involved.

This could mean that rather than do your own recruiting, you use a healthcare recruiter (like us!) who already has all the tech in place to ensure the smoothest, most efficient process leading to optimal outcomes.

Just as when someone goes to see a healthcare specialist for specific healthcare needs, Gorilla is the healthcare recruitment specialist you can talk to about your recruitment strategy and needs.

Reach out to us today so we can get you on the path to having the best staff in the industry!

Gorilla Jobs Can Help You

We love what we do at Gorilla Jobs, and while there are challenges, we are always ready to help you as a candidate or recruiting organisation to ensure the best talent ends up in the best jobs. Reach out to us today if you have any questions!

If you need help looking for your next healthcare role, reach out to us today.

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