During our annual Healthcare Staffing Summit in September we informally polled our attendees on what about their staffing business keeps them awake at night. Most of these attendees were executive managers or C-level people in healthcare staffing firms and one of the top concerns for them was hiring good recruiters.
In talking to staffing executives at our various conferences and over the phone, it is clear that this challenge is not just specific to the healthcare staffing segment, but runs across the board. Be it finance and accounting staffing, IT staffing or commercial staffing, everywhere I go I hear, "We need good people, we need good people." So, I have one question for them -- what is the staffing industry doing to help alleviate the situation?
We all are in agreement that there is a dearth of experienced recruiters. And there is a consensus among most staffing executives that stealing good recruiters and sales personnel from each other will not solve the collective problem. Still, there doesn't seem to be a concentrated effort within the staffing industry to work on attracting, training and developing recruiters.
While I am aware of some staffing firms, such as Allegis, Apex, Supplemental Health Care, and Technisource, which have innovative programs focused on attracting recruiters from other walks of life and training them for the careers in recruiting contingent workers, these programs are few and far between.
Or maybe I just haven't heard of them? If you have heard about other programs, or if your company has one in place, then I'd love to know more about them. Just e-mail me at email@example.com or submit a comment to this blog.