Behavioral health professionals are expected to be short-staffed by 250,000 come 2025. The competition now lies in the employers seeking valued behavioral health professionals they can retain in the long run.
Where to find behavioral health professionals
Access to behavioral and mental health care is more critical now than ever. Here are some resources where you can find behavioral health professionals in the job market:
Social media sites
Established in 2003, LinkedIn has become the go-to online job portal site for job seekers and recruiters to find and connect with the world’s professionals. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with over 850 million members worldwide. As an individual recruiter, finding the best behavioral health professionals in a portal site like LinkedIn is like finding a needle in a haystack. Still, with the right strategies, LinkedIn is more like a goldmine than a haystack of unparalleled talents.
Engaging staffing agencies is also an option for those who don’t mind the extra expense of recruiting talent. Staffing agencies act on behalf of businesses and organizations and advertise job openings on job boards or directly connect with potential candidates through LinkedIn.
Another great way to connect with behavioral professionals is with behavioral and mental health organizations. You can seek referrals from your medical care providers or health insurance companies.
If you are looking for behavioral health professionals to join you, you should reach out to behavioral and mental health organizations that can refer you to members of their organization who are looking out for new opportunities as behavioral and mental health professionals.
How to attract and hire highly skilled behavioral professionals
Here are some points you would want to remember to hire the best person for the role:
Streamline the hiring process
From the initial interview down to the final recruitment process, offer your candidates a streamlined hiring process that takes a few days or doesn’t take up much of your and the candidate’s time. Are you or the candidate not available for a face-to-face interview? Do a zoom interview instead. Prepare all relevant questions ahead of time. Schedule exams and tests like cognitive and caliper assessments.
Make attractive job ads and descriptions
Job seekers actively read job descriptions before deciding whether to consider applying for a position in your organization.
To make attractive job ads and descriptions, make sure to:
- Include specific skills necessary for the job that is attractive to your potential candidates
- Tell them the kind of people you’re looking for
- Include employee feedback on your job ads
- Provide the benefits and perks your organization offers
Provide attractive compensation packages
Compensation is more than just your yearly salary. There are many ways to provide benefits and compensation to behavioral health professionals that you can include in their packages to seal the deal.
- Health benefits. Mental health professionals are more prone to mental health struggles as they try to cure everyone else. Giving them access to healthcare benefits because of job hazards is very important.
- Career development programs. Healthcare professionals seek growth inside the organization and in their educational advancement. There is an endless barrage of updates and information to keep up with the changing times. Providing them with free seminars or academic scholarships will help them and your organization.
- Bonuses. Give as much bonus as your financial capacity can carry. Bonuses are very attractive for job seekers and motivate them to perform well and stay longer, especially for performance-based or length-based bonuses.
The role of behavioral health professionals
While mental health is mainly related to cognitive issues, behavioral health is the behavior or action people take due to these cognitive issues. The medical specialty of behavioral health embraces both behavioral and mental health issues.
Behavioral health professionals address issues like:
- Drug, liquor, and gambling addiction
- Marital issues
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Self- harm
- Eating disorders
- Mental disorders caused by physical disabilities
Making sure that your organization is more than just a four-walled structure that helps behavioral professionals earn, but at the same time, a place they can thrive in, grow, and be appreciated is an essential factor in attracting highly skilled personnel and them having long-term careers with your organization.
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