Tips for Working with a Healthcare Recruiter


So, you’re working with a healthcare recruiter, but now you’re probably wondering how you can get the most out of your experience. If you’re at the point of contacting a recruiter, you’re likely trying to kick your healthcare job search into overdrive. Recruiters have (or should have) a deep knowledge of the healthcare industry, available job openings,and insight into current hiring trends and salaries for the positions you’re qualified for.  Check out our previous blog on the 3 challenges facing healthcare recruiters in 2016.

While this may be true, simply using a recruiter doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the job of your dreams. We want to help understand how to determine whether working with a recruiter on your next healthcare job search is the right move for you. Additionally, we show you how to forge a mutually beneficial relationship with a recruiter, if you decide you want to work with one.

  1. Decide whether working with a healthcare recruiter could benefit you
  2. Do your research
  3. Make it easy for recruiters to find you
  4. Be honest
  5. Send your resume


Decide whether working with a healthcare recruiter could benefit you

Depending on the job you’re looking for, working with a recruiter may or may not be beneficial. If you’re looking for a basic staff-level position in a clinical or hospital setting, working with a recruiter may not be as helpful as if you’re seeking a position in healthcare management, administration, healthcare IT, pharmaceutical sales or medical-device sales, according to a article.

Although healthcare recruiters commonly fill executive level roles, you don’t necessarily need extensive experience in healthcare to warrant using a healthcare recruiter. Recruiters work with candidates of varying experience levels. As long as you have the right experience credentials (such as a BA, MBA, or technology or scientific master’s degree).


All recruiters are NOT created equal; do your research and choose carefully


When it comes to working with a healthcare recruiter, it’s not a best practice to work with just anyone. Each recruiters specializes in recruiting for a different practice area, so it’s best to find a recruiter that not only has extensive experience, but also specializes in the particular healthcare area that you work in.

Finding the best recruiters can be a challenge–there are literally thousands out there. A good tip is to use your friends as resources for referrals. If someone else you know had a good experience working with a recruiter and landed the position they wanted, it’s a safe bet that you’ll have a good experience as well. Not everyone has a robust enough network of friends in their industry to leverage for recruiter referrals, but that’s okay. If referrals aren’t an option for you, or if you’re at a dead end, consider looking into researching possibilities in a recruiting sourcebook, such as Kennedy Information’s: The Directory of Executive Recruiters.


To expand opportunities, make sure it’s easy for recruiters to find you

There are hundreds of other qualified candidates out there, making yourself as visible as possible to recruiters is beneficial because it makes it easier to find you. As the primary social network used by recruiters, it’s important to start by building out a robust LinkedIn profile with a detailed account of your experience, attributes, awards and recognition and personal biography. With a strong profile, it’s easier for recruiters to figure out if you’re the right fit for a position they are looking to fill.


Be Honest

It’s best to be upfront about your job searching efforts, goals and results. Both you and your recruiter stand to benefit from you being placed in a new career. Misleading your recruiter, or worse, lying to your recruiter about your experience or job searching efforts won’t enhance your chances of landing that new position. Instead, it may erode the trust that’s necessary for you and your recruiter to have a good relationship. When working with a recruiter, it’s wise to be forthright about your requirements, preferences, for example, in terms of salary or location preferences.

After an interview, you should also provide feedback to your recruiter –good or bad. This will help them understand how to move forward in the recruiting process and will also help them in screening other opportunities for you in the future.


Send your resume, no matter what

If you are contacted by a recruiter or if a recruiter contacts you, it’s a good idea to send a resume. Even if you aren’t interested in the current position they are trying to fill, sending your resume increases the chance that you’ll be contacted again. You may also have specialized experience or an interesting aspect to your resume that isn’t immediately noticeable to a recruiter. Sending your resume can shine a spotlight on your strengths and clarify to a recruiter what type of role you would best fit into.

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Taking these tips into account next time you work with a recruiter will likely enhance the process on both ends. The recruiter-candidate relationship is one that requires honesty, trust and general nurturing to be beneficial to either party. Simply contacting a recruiter without providing additional information about your experience or expertise isn’t helpful to the recruiter, who needs extensive background information to determine if you could be the right fit for a role that likely has fairly specific and, possibly, complex requirements. Hopefully the next time your work with a recruiter, you’ll be better prepared to take advantage of the opportunity after learning about these tips.