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Highlights from Our Annual Job Search Insights Report

  • Article by:Health Career Center
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At HealthCareerCenter.com, we’re committed to bringing you the information you need to find success not only in your job hunt, but in your career as a whole.

Part of that commitment includes surveying professionals from all over the health care landscape, discovering the most important insights they have to offer, and compiling them into a simple, easy-to-digest document. We call it the Health Care Job Search Insights Report, and the 2016 edition has officially arrived!

The complete report — which you can download here — is full of real-world intel on how health care professionals conduct their job searches. Whether you’re a job seeker yourself or an HR professional looking for new ways to uncover the industry’s best talent, we think you’ll find the information inside extremely valuable.

Here are just a few of the more significant questions the report sets out to answer, along with a quick, high-level snapshot of what we found. When you’re finished reading, download the full report to get the complete story.

Where are job seekers looking?

Online job boards are still the go-to for health care professionals, with 69 percent of respondents listing sites like HealthCareerCenter.com as their preferred place to learn about the latest job openings.

By that same token, company websites are also a popular destination. Of the respondents we surveyed, 59 percent said they use prospective employers’ websites to apply for jobs. This number may be headed for a decline, however, and for good reason. (We’ll get to that later.)

LinkedIn is still king of the social side of the job hunt, with 64 percent of respondents relying on it as their primary search outlet. Time will tell if Google+ can catch up — right now it’s in a distant second place, with only 27 percent of job seekers using it as their primary search method.

What information do job seekers need?

It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that, above all else, job seekers want more information about employers and specific roles within their organizations (71 percent). But aside from information that helps them land a job, what else do prospective employees want to know? 

Many desire clarity on how organizational teams are structured. However, even more want a better understanding of the hospital’s hierarchy, and what opportunities they offer for advancement.

In other words, it’s not just about what organizations can give in terms of compensation. Health care professionals are increasingly adopting a long-term perspective when it comes to their careers, and they expect employers to help them map out their path to success.

What are the biggest challenges job seekers face?

Have you ever uploaded your resume to an employer’s website, only to be forced into copying and pasting each line of that same resume into the employer’s database? If so, you’re not alone in your frustration.

Thirty-six percent of survey respondents said that simply “completing the application on the employer’s career site” is the most difficult part of their entire job search. Only one metric ranked higher: “finding a job for which I am qualified,” which brought in 42 percent of responses.

Additional challenges include finding help writing resumes, preparing for interviews and knowing what to expect in terms of compensation. The good news is, HealthCareerCenter.com can help with all of the above.

Visit us now to see all the incredible opportunities we have waiting for you. And while you’re at it, get even more statistics that can help you with your job hunt by downloading the complete 2016 Health Care Job Search Insights Report.