We here at NPPA Recruiters understand that part of the hiring dilemma in the medical field is a generational issue. In the next few years, more and more Baby Boomers will be leaving the workforce and more millennials will be looking to fill in these positions.
With plenty of jobs to fill, hiring departments face tough decisions and questions, namely: How do we attract this younger generation of job-seekers?
What millennials are looking for in a job and company differs greatly in comparison to the previous generations of job-seekers. Companies that don’t adjust will find themselves hard-pressed to recruit the best of this young and talented workforce.
When looking to recruit millennial NPs and PAs, it is important to follow these guidelines:
1) Millennials want more than just to keep the machine running.
Health care can be just like any other industry; sometimes you just need the number of physicians at a certain level to handle the workload. This may mean creating a generic job post to draw in new staff.
These impersonal job posts with little more than a given location, salary, and other compensation, can quickly turn away a potential millennial hiree. The idea of being nameless and faceless in a machine is difficult for anyone to embrace and many millennials will not bother with companies who project that as a career reality.
2) Don’t attempt to hide the truth about your company.
Painful as it may be at times, this has to be where everything must start when looking for new millennial hirees. With the ability to access information and testimonies of former employees on websites like Indeed and other forums/job boards, it does you no good to attempt to cover up anything that may cast a bad light on your organization.
Any information, positive or negative, that has been shared online about your company is sure to be found by a determined millennial. A simple suspicion or hint of trying to sweep things out of sight can derail any communication or agreements with a potential new hire.
3) Be real with prospective employees.
You can help shape the narrative of your company with the people you interview and consider hiring. Regardless of what is said by others about your company, you have the ability to make it clear and transparent what your company stands for. The people who work there, the work environment, and your “brand” are all reflected in every form of media you put out into the world.
This includes your website, advertising and print, and even the look of your offices and facilities themselves. You have to lend a personal touch to everything. This includes the language you use in the stories you tell about the company and people who work there. Don’t be afraid of the negative or shy away from being self-reflective, as millennial job seekers are often drawn to companies that are open about what can be improved.
4) Reconsider how your referral system works (or doesn’t work).
At most companies, the practice has historically been to just throw cash at people and hope that was enough for them to spread the word and draw in regular candidates for open positions.
That just isn’t true for this new generation of job seekers, for who money isn’t always the primary motivation. The fact is that millennials are great at making recommendations; they do it all the time through everything from Facebook to Netflix and websites specifically geared toward reviews.
Their recommendations are a reflection of who they are and they won’t risk a hit to their credibility or personal brand by referring others to a company they believe isn’t worth their time or others. Rather than looking to “buy” referrals, the emphasis should be on building a company with an authentic and open culture, a company that recommends itself.
NPPA Recruiters understands millennials. If you’re looking for the right Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant, let us be your guide to the perfect candidate.
Health care is always evolving. With all these changes comes a need for the way that new employees are hired.
NPPA Recruiters knows that the millennial generation is rich with well-trained physician assistants and nurse practitioners just waiting to find the new home for their career. It is vital that companies are prepared to step into the future with them.
If you are looking for a new career home or looking to bring new people into your organization, call NPPA recruiters today at (956) 772-1400 or (214) 351-3880. We will make sure that we find the perfect fit for your medical clinic.