5 Tips for Attracting New Graduates to Your Veterinary Practice
Recent college graduates have a lot to offer the veterinary field. What they lack in the way of hands-on experience, they more than make up for in enthusiasm, energy and creative ideas. In many cases, new grads can effectively breathe new life into your business, but you have to attract them first. That said here are five things that will make your practice more attractive to those just entering the workforce.
Invest in Technology – Today’s up-and-comers were born and raised with the latest technology at their fingertips. They’ve used it in school and they’ll look to use it in the workplace as well. If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to consider making an investment in this area. Not only will this help you attract the best talent to your practice but it will also improve the way you serve your clients and their beloved pets.
Promote Work/Life Balance – This is important for both your future employees as well as your existing ones. Offer benefits that support wellness, from traditional options like health insurance to modern “perks,” like offering wearable technology such as Fitbits to promote ongoing fitness. Provide generous time off policies that allow your employees to enjoy a better balance between their personal and professional lives.
Make a Difference – It’s no secret that those entering the field of veterinary medicine are doing so because they want to make a difference in the lives of animals. But the younger generation of workers is also passionate about making an impact on the world around them and society as a whole. As such, they tend to gravitate toward employers that offer meaningful work and practice social responsibility. Highlighting your efforts in these areas can help attract the candidates you’re looking for.
Be Connected – At last check, 79 percent of today’s job seekers use social media in their search, not only to locate job opportunities but also to conduct research on the employers they’re considering. If you’re not actively engaging on social sites, you’re missing out on the opportunity to attract and recruit top talent. Take advantage of these free tools to demonstrate the culture within your practice, build relationships and get the word out about available job openings.
Provide Opportunities – Most of the talented individuals coming out of college right now are looking for more than just a paycheck. They want a career that they can be proud of. And while it may take some time to climb the ladder, they at least want to know there’s a chance of doing so. Showing candidates that you utilize and value career paths will help make your practice more attractive when determining which employer would be the best fit.
Today’s colleges and universities are churning out highly qualified candidates who are eager to begin their careers and make their mark on the veterinary industry. In order to recruit these bright up-and-comers, you have to make your practice an attractive option. The tips listed above should help position your business as a front-runner amongst the competition.
Could you use assistance attracting, recruiting and/or retaining top veterinary talent? Do you find the hiring process frustrating, overwhelming or just too time consuming? If so, we invite you to give DreamTeamElite a call at 1-800-469-1871 ext 353 and learn how we can help ease the burden and handle all of your veterinary recruiting needs.