IHS Recruitment and Retention Activities
April 2016
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Welcome to the April 2016 edition of the IHS Recruiter Insider eNewsletter series. If you have recruitment or hiring responsibility for any health profession discipline — this eNewsletter is for you!
Rescheduled Co-op Advertising Webinar — Don’t Miss It!

Join us for the second in our series of IHS Office of Human Resources (OHR) Division of Health Professions Support (DHPS) Co-op Advertising Program Webinars on Friday, April 22 (rescheduled from April 8) from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST. This time we’ll discuss how to make your advertising message resonate with your local audience effectively and consistently. We’ll share information about advertising impressions, target audiences, social media and digital technology, as well as explain how to apply these tactics on a local level.

To participate, join the webinar by clicking here. To access a recording of the first webinar, click here. Future Co-op Advertising Program Webinar topics include:

  • Customized Ads and Digital Media, May 27, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST.
  • Co-op Advertising Program Overview, September 9, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST.
Recruiters: Go Where the Physicians Are

Why should you use social media when recruiting physicians? Because that’s where the doctors are, according to the RecruiterRx blog from March 16, 2016. A few tips:

  • Physicians read and post on social media — A 2012 Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) report found that 61 percent of physicians scan social media at least weekly for medical information; 46 percent contribute at least once a week. No doubt, those numbers have grown even higher in recent years.
  • It’s about networking — According to MDigital Life, 36 percent of physicians who use Twitter actively network with other physicians. MedData Group found in 2014 that LinkedIn was the social network of choice for professional networking followed by Facebook.
  • Most companies use social media for recruiting — According to LinkedIn Recruiting Solutions, a candidate recruitment search tool, a whopping 92 percent of companies recruit via social media and it’s working! A reported 73 percent have hired successfully via social media — 42 percent say candidate quality has improved and 31 percent saw an increase in employee referrals.

* Excerpted from the RecruiterRx blog on the PhysEmp physician job board website.

Tell Us Where You’ll Be to Keep Us Informed

Please alert us of school, state or local meetings you plan to attend for recruitment purposes to ensure adequate promotion via IHS social media pages. These postings will alert students and job candidates to hiring and career events IHS recruiters plan to attend in their area.

Save the Date

Resume Mining Training Webinar Series: Join us on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST for our resume mining training series hosted by the following publications:

  • May 3 — National Council for Behavioral Health
  • May 10 — Federal Practitioner

To get more information about this valuable recruitment tool and obtain log-in information, click here.

NOTE: Resume mining capabilities are available only to IHS and Urban Indian Program facilities and Tribes who buy back 100 percent of their recruitment shares.

NHSC Scholarship Program: Application deadline is April 28.

HRSA NURSE Corps Scholarship Program: Application deadline is May 5.

Media Dollars at Work for You
Tweet this: @IHS_Jobs is now on Twitter!

As part of its continued effort to promote Indian health programs and career opportunities, DHPS recently launched an IHS recruiting account on Twitter. The social networking tool is quickly becoming an essential component to recruitment success as more candidates use it to search for opportunities.

Since launching the new Twitter account @IHS_Jobs in mid-March, we’ve sent out tweets with links to IHS advertorials, program dates and deadlines, notices about upcoming IHS recruiting events and more. The URL link on the account points followers to IHS.gov/jobs.

The account also promotes the IHS Careers brand message — Opportunity. Adventure. Purpose. — using key hashtags to attract candidates seeking jobs in various disciplines, such as #HealthJobs, #PhysicianJobs, #Nursing, #Dentistry and #PAJobs.

We encourage recruiters to follow the account and freely retweet postings to your own networks.

IHS Materials Inventory QRG: A Quick Reference Guide to Recruitment and Retention Materials Available Online
DHPS Online Fulfillment System Website

Cultural Z-Card

Despite similarities and links, each of the 567 federally recognized Tribal communities is unique. How well new hires fit in depends a lot on their ability to adapt to the local culture. Learning about the cultural diversity of Native people and their heritage is an important first step.

Recruiters can help by providing this handy pocket-sized brochure, which contains valuable information about Tribal culture, heritage and events, as well as offers tips for personal interaction with Tribes for new hires, an IHS Area map and a comprehensive listing of facilities.

The Cultural Z-Card is available to IHS and Urban Indian Program facilities and Tribes who buy back 100 percent of their recruitment shares. It can be ordered or downloaded electronically in PDF form through the DHPS Online Fulfillment System website. If you don't have a username and password, please contact the administrator.

Monthly Recruiter Calls

If you oversee or participate in IHS physician recruitment responsibilities, you’re invited to join us on our Monthly Recruiter Call. These calls are a great way to stay current on all IHS programs and initiatives and exchange information among fellow recruiters at all levels.

Next Recruiter Call
Tuesday, April 26, 3 – 4 p.m. EST.

  • Scholarship: New Applicants and Networking Events Status
  • Loan Repayment Program Updates
  • NHSC: Job Center Points of Contact and May 10 Virtual Job Fair
  • Career Counselor List and eNewsletter
  • Co-op Advertising Webinars
  • IHS Site Scores/HPSA Fact Sheet

FaceBook-IHS Health Professions Recruitment

Mark your Calendars
IHS 2016 Proposed National Recruiting Events

May 5 – 7

The American College of Physicians (ACP) Internal Medicine Meeting, Washington, DC, Recruiter: Nannette Bellini (IHS/HQ)

July 28 – 30

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Kansas City, MO, Recruiter: Nannette Bellini (IHS/HQ)

October 15 – 18

American College of Emergency Physicians, Las Vegas, Recruiter: Nannette Bellini (IHS/HQ)

Opportunity. Adventure. Purpose.
Careers with the Indian Health Service
The policy of the IHS is to provide absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are suitable for federal employment in filling vacancies within the IHS. IHS is an equal opportunity employer.

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