I’d like to share a thought I had on the road this week. Having had the opportunity to analyze recruitment performance at over 100 health systems throughout the nation, the statement “Nurses are the backbone of the health care delivery system” often comes up. This flattering statement is well deserved! With RNs making up 23% of our health care system’s workforce . . . nurses literally are the backbone given their dominant presence in the hallways !
With that said, I want to be the unofficial first person (I’m probably not but . . .) to say that “Recruiters are the backbone of each and every organization” we work for! We are the folks that identify the talented candidates that drive our organization’s success.
Given this fact, it amazes me that:
- There is no degree in Recruiting (IE – Bachelor’s of Science in Business – Major: Talent Acquisition )
- Many in recruiting view the position as a ‘stepping stone’ versus a ‘destination’ role.
- Most have learned their craft thru unstructured ‘over the shoulder’, webinars, or conference learning sessions!
- We often don’t get the credit we deserve regarding our organizations overall performance. If we didn’t find/recruit the top talent. . . .?
So what does wearing this lofty new title mean?
- You need to be educated on the art & science of recruiting. Of course I will plug our Recruiter Certification Program as a powerful structured educational program. But, if not ours, find one and take it!
- Be proud to be ‘the backbone of the organization’! Recruiting, in my mind, is a destination role in an organization.
- Remember that respect is earned! Effective recruitment skills + strong knowledge of the business/service line you recruit for = respect from key stakeholders (hiring managers, candidates, executives, etc.)!
I hope you are having a Perfect Week.