When is a niche job site right for you?
“There are so many patients and there are not enough people to treat them. . . . I feel like we have kind of tapped out our local talent pool.”
– Dr. Carrie S.
The work in the helping professions, such as mental health, social work, and counseling, never stops. There is no shortage of clients seeking treatment and assistance, so it is important that the process of hiring does not prevent individuals from finding the help they need. Understanding when niche job sites are right for you is the first step.
When you’re short on internal resources
When your agency is short on internal resources, niche job sites are a solution for making efficient use of your time, finances, and resources. Whether you don’t have the staff capacity to spend time seeking out candidates or paying for a number of job boards, advertisements, or recruiters, niche job sites, like Tevera Professional for hiring in mental health, consolidate it in one place.
When you hire constantly and consistently
If your agency is constantly hiring and always seeking out qualified job applicants, keep your job postings and advertising well-exposed on one platform. By using Tevera’s subscription service, your company profile is always on display for potential applicants so that they can easily find you. It is not a guessing game, unlike with general job boards that will change your company’s exposure throughout the job posting window unless you’re willing to pay for premium exposure.
By focusing your efforts on a mental health–focused job site, you can also avoid managing multiple streams of applications that require you to make different processes work for each one.
Practicum director Tiffany L. understands the value of consolidating application streams into one place. In her role, Tiffany is continuously seeking out interns for multiple treatment sites and she experiences the paperwork challenges of managing multiple streams of applications. Depending on the processes of universities where student applicants come from, some applications come digitally, some arrive via mail and each one will require Tiffany to process them differently, taking up valuable time and resources.
Is your agency regularly looking for students or recent graduates? Tevera’s work with higher education institutions offers streamlined access to student applicants looking to build their experience for the workforce.
Whether you’re consistently looking to hire professionals well into their career or recent graduates, using one application service through a niche job site makes the process smoother.
When you hire infrequently
If your agency hires on an infrequent basis, Tevera offers the option to create a free company profile on their niche job site and only pay by job posting. This allows your agency to maintain exposure in the industry and for future applicants, but without the added cost when you aren’t in hiring mode.
For an industry-specific job site, it’s important to be a part of the community for future hiring and networking, but we understand you don’t need to pay for postings when you aren’t hiring.
When you’re in a competitive job market . . . and when you’re not
When it is critical to maximize your exposure to find and recruit the best quality applicants for helping professions, you don’t need to invest in numerous job boards or advertising outlets. You only need to be intentional about where those advertisements are: in front of the highest quality applicants. General job sites will put your agency in front of a large audience, but not always the right audience.
Whether you are searching for your diamond in the rough, trying to fill a tough position, or simply looking for the right mix of applicants for your agency, utilizing Tevera Professional’s niche job site puts your agency and your needs in front of industry professionals.
Hiring in mental health involves the challenge of competing for applicants looking at a range of different sizes, types, and structures of companies, so finding the right mix of applicants is even more important. For example, the growth of virtual job opportunities for helping professions creates new questions and jobs for potential candidates. Will they want to work for a company that is only virtual or are they interested in an office environment?
For Dr. Carrie S., finding the right applicants for her agency is a significant investment:
“The challenges of hiring are why we’ve stalled in our growth. We certainly could take on more clinicians, but the time it takes to advertise and identify prospective candidates, and then schedule the phone screenings and the actual interview, the hiring pipeline takes a lot of time. After that, a lot of times people don’t show up, and if they do, then you have to do the reference check, background check, offer letter, contract, and further negotiations. It’s very time and labor intensive. Sometimes you get right up to the end and then the person goes, ‘I’m sorry, I changed my mind. I’m going to go work for a different type of practice.’” – Dr. Carrie S.
Hiring is more than filling a position and checking off a box on your work to-do list; it is about the long-term success of your agency, employees, and clients. Investing in a niche job site is an important investment towards that success.