How To Choose a Top Recruiting Firm

In the healthcare field, it is more important than ever to find vetted clinical professionals to provide exceptional care for patients and residents. Whether you’re seeking interim or permanent staff, there are a variety of recruiting firms to assist in filling these positions. And with so many existing firms, it can be tough to distinguish excellence from mediocrity.

There are key components to keep in mind when researching firms:

  1. Longevity
    When researching potential firms to partner with, look for an organization that has been around for a significant amount of time. Recruiting firms are created every day. For more than 20 years, LeaderStat has been partnering with healthcare organizations across the nation to assist with critical staffing needs across the board, from interim nurses to Chief Nursing Officers. In addition to staffing, LeaderStat also offers consulting services in the following areas: financial services, operational analysis, home health services, infection prevention and control, mock surveys, risk assessment, and more.

  2. Industry Experience
    While prior recruiting experience is important for recruiting firm staff to have, it’s simply not enough. To find the best candidates for the job, you need a firm that has an excellent grasp of all aspects of healthcare. Most of our LeaderStat team members have healthcare backgrounds, including, but not limited to: nurses, nursing home administrators, occupational and speech therapists, life enrichment professionals, and marketing and admissions directors. From direct clinical work to behind-the-scenes operations, we know healthcare.

  3. Certified
    The Joint Commission offers a comprehensive evaluation of a staffing firm’s ability to provide qualified, competent staffing services. If a firm receives an appropriate score from the evaluation, it becomes “Joint Commission Certified.” In addition to being Joint Commission Certified, LeaderStat has been recognized by various organizations for exceptional practices. LeaderStat was the recipient of the Best of Staffing Award in 2020 for both clients and talent, which means we received a Net Promoter Score higher than the industry average. This score indicates that exceptionally high levels of service were provided to both healthcare clients and job seekers.

  4. Reviews
    Read online reviews. These can include Indeed, Google, or Facebook reviews. Additionally, it may be wise to check out Glassdoor to see what current and former employees are saying about a firm. If a company has no reviews at all, consider this to be a giant red flag.

Quick tips to choosing a top healthcare recruiting firm:

  • As a rule of thumb, always check the Better Business Bureau rating to ensure a company is legitimate. Double-check that the phone number listed is in service.
  • Recruiting firms that are in good standing will likely have a presence on multiple social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • Ask fellow healthcare organizations which firms they’ve used in the past – word of mouth is powerful, especially when someone has had a negative experience.

A good recruiting firm partner will understand your open positions, the hiring and onboarding process, and the importance of company culture. The goal is to save healthcare organizations both time and money, while simultaneously developing a trusted relationship for future growth.


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