By Daniel M. Rover, CEO
Demand for qualified and talented health care workers continues to grow, and employers are working hard to select candidates for employment who are most likely to succeed and providing top quality health care services while keeping abreast of new technologies. Here are five characteristics sought while seeking health care candidates:
1. Flexibility. The best candidates will need to work a flexible schedule. Health care managers are often on call and need to be ready in an emergency to troubleshoot and solve problems. Due to the uncertain time demands, health care technicians need to be willing to work more than 40 hours a week when necessary.
2. Personality. Companies are looking for likeable, friendly and helpful health care employees who not only have the knowledge of their field but a history of stability and strong work relationships. The best candidates will have a personality and nature that fits in with the company and existing employees. And the strongest candidates will display a willingness to learn on the job in a field where technology is constantly changing.
3. Excellent communications skills. While many health care professionals may work alone, they often work on teams with other departments. Managers seek candidates for health care jobs who can speak knowledgeably with fellow health care experts.
4. The ability to solve problems. Health care is becoming more complex and professionals need to be able to make adjustments as necessary. A health care company’s profits and productivity depend on the health care professional to stay ahead of problems that lower the quality of care.
5. Education. Increasingly, health care professionals are expected to hold a four-year bachelor’s degree to break into the field. A bachelor’s degree with work experience is even better. In addition, employers are looking for a candidate’s professional certifications. Good luck in finding an opportunity in the field of health care.