Recruiting Tips for Busy Vets

As a busy practice owner, to say you’ve got a lot on your plate is an understatement. From setting prices to managing staff to running your business and, of course, seeing patients, some days there’s barely enough room to breathe. Finding time in all of that chaos to recruit new team members can seem next to impossible. Thankfully, with the right approach, you can streamline the process and make hiring veterinary staff a breeze. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Plan ahead. Rather than just throw a bunch of ads up on various recruiting sites, be strategic about your approach. Start by identifying your ideal employee for the role you’re looking to fill and then craft a job description that will clearly communicate what you’re looking for. The more detailed and goal-oriented you are in this initial phase, the less time you’ll waste sifting through piles of unqualified candidates.

Use the tools that are available to you. Today’s veterinary recruiting is much different than it once was. Now there is the internet – mainly social media – which can dramatically increase your reach and help improve the chances of landing that perfect person for your staffing needs. Leverage the web as much as possible to save time and streamline your process.

Conduct phone interviews. You don’t have to have every single candidate come in for an in-person interview right off the bat. In fact, you’ll probably be able to whittle down your list pretty quickly if you take a few moments to speak with each prospect over the phone. This will take less time than scheduling all interviews on-site so you can focus only on those candidates who are most likely to fit the bill.

Designate time for recruiting. Instead of handling your veterinary recruiting as hit and run throughout the day, designate a certain timeframe in your schedule during which you can focus your attention solely on the task at hand. This will help you hone in on qualified candidates and get your open positions filled faster, saving you time and aggravation in the long run.

Be strategic with your interviews. If not properly managed, interviews can be a tremendous drain on your time and energy. Optimize the time you spend evaluating candidates by planning your strategy in advance. Have your list of must-ask questions and keep an eye on the time to ensure you don’t stray too far off course.

Outsource your recruiting. If you’ve tried all the above tips and you’re still finding the task of recruiting veterinary staff a major drain on your time and energy, it might be worth considering getting outside assistance. Our veterinary recruiters work exclusively in the animal health care industry and are experienced at locating, screening and narrowing down the ideal candidates to suit your particular needs. We’ll do all the legwork for you and help you build your dream team in no time!

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