Successful patient care comes down to a single essential element: hiring top social workers. Here are five things you need to know to hire the best social workers.
Know Where to Look
Did you know that the best hires can often be found within your existing network? While looking for social workers at events such as career fairs, conferences and job fairs can turn up good employees, personal recommendations and referrals can help you find the superstars.
Because social workers are the heart of your practice, take time and care when searching for new staff.
Promote From Within
An ideal way to encourage your current staff to bring in new employees is to foster an environment conducive to internal advancement. When someone moves up, creating a new vacancy, they’ll be inclined to help you find their replacement. And because they’re still working at your facility, they are interested in bringing in new staff who will continue to build on what they’ve put in place.
Key Requirements to Look For
- A bachelor’s degree
- A proven history of successful human services experience, ideally in a clinical environment
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
- Excellent references and a flexible attitude
Every applicant should have a clear understanding of what the job will entail. Your star social worker will be able to:
- Clearly identify a patient’s needs and situation
- Actively pursue a solution to a patient’s situation
- Monitor client status and create detailed client plans
Partner With a Specialized Staffing Recruiter
By partnering with a specialized recruiter, you’ll gain access to candidates you otherwise would never have been able to reach. Because your staffing partner works in your industry, every day they hear the rumblings and mumblings of social workers looking for a change, or who are concerned about potential layoffs in their company. These superstars may not be ready to look for a new job, but are willing to move when the right job becomes available. Only your specialized staffing partner has the inside knowledge to deliver hidden candidates!
Finding the right social worker can take time, but it’s time essential to the success of your facility and the overall health and improvement of patients.
Are looking for qualified social workers? Find out more information on how MedPartners can help you find the social workers you need without sacrificing quality; get in touch with our expert recruiters today.