Take the Challenge out of High Level Recruiting Let’s put it out there right from the beginning – recruiting quality candidates for top-level positions can be extremely challenging in the senior living industry. Often it can be downright frustrating. It all comes down to timing. Just because you find yourself in the market looking for the best candidates, that doesn’t mean the best candidates are out there looking for you at the same time. Utilizing a partner in recruiting that understands your business can help you bridge the gap between you and top talent, so you can get back to the business of serving your residents. Where to Look It’s worth mentioning again: timing is everything. That goes for both your organization and the talent you’re looking to acquire. Chances are high that, when you have a position open that needs filled, the best people for your job aren’t out there actively looking for work. You need to have an inside track to top talent and enough shine to attract them to check out the position. Most worthwhile executives and VPs are already employed with other great organizations. You need to have well-connected professionals that are already actively networking in your back pocket to get your foot in the door. Differentiate Yourself More and more, it’s what’s beyond the job description, title and salary that matters to executives. Culture, work environment, work-life balance, flexibility and benefits are more important than they ever have been. Do you have these desirable amenities in place? Do you know how to get the ball rolling? Making sure you have an attractive package in place beforehand can be key to enticing them to take that first interview. After that, you can let your organization speak for itself. The Search Begins… Before the Search Begins Always be prepared. It’s not just good advice from the Scouts. When it comes to attracting top talent, they’re words to live by. As your organization experiences great growth through acquisitions or building new communities, you’ll need to have resources in place to recruit long before positions open. The bigger you get; the faster talent turns over or new positions need to be created. It’s a good problem, but a problem nonetheless that most senior living organizations are currently facing. Most HR teams don’t have the resources to recruit at the frequency and high level it takes to stay ahead of the game. Great candidates aren’t going to wait around for you to put processes in place. When the time comes, make sure you know where to look, what you look like to potential employees and that you have the processes in place to make it happen. Partnering with a professional that has more than 15 years of experience in the senior living industry like Aureon can get you there before you know it. Soon, you’ll be hiring the talented executives you need to take your business to the next level! Andy Smith Andy Smith is a Direct Hire Recruiter for Aureon Staffing, where they find great people for great organizations. Andy received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Drake University. He has lived in the Des Moines area for eight years, and prior to Aureon Staffing, he was in human resources roles, working for financial services and manufacturing companies. Andy has been married for five years to his wife, Kristin, and they enjoy spending time with their two children and three dogs.