IHS Recruitment and Retention Activities
May 2016
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Welcome to the May 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!
State Programs Help with Loan Repayment

The IHS Loan Repayment Program is a key tool for recruiting recent graduates — but funds are limited and applicants should be prepared to seek alternative sources for financial assistance if needed. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is one such option. The HRSA SLRP provides cost-sharing grants to 37 states to operate their own loan repayment programs. These state programs offer loan repayment to primary care providers working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). The amount of available funding varies by state.

Eligible disciplines also vary from state to state, but may include:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Dental Professionals
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Registered Nurses
  • Pharmacists

Clinicians are encouraged to apply for multiple loan repayment programs and then select the one program that best meets their needs when offered an award.

For more information, visit HRSA’s State Loan Repayment Program website.

Upcoming IHS Scholars for Recruitment

IHS Scholarship Program Analysts are a great resource for finding prospective clinicians as they complete their academic training and prepare to fulfill their service commitments. Program Analysts oversee an assigned scholarship recipient (determined by discipline) for the duration of his or her schooling, work alongside the recipient to monitor his or her academic progress and ensure compliance with all reporting requirements. To obtain a list of scholars (by discipline) currently seeking Indian health positions, contact the appropriate Scholarship Program Analyst.

Tips for Recruiting New Grads

With a new crop of health profession graduates entering the job market in May, it’s important to recognize that recruiting new graduates can be challenging. For starters, a new grad’s resume may not show his or her skills and talents as clearly as a candidate with years of work experience.

Ron McGowan, author of the international bestselling book How to Find Work In the 21st Century, now in its sixth edition, says new graduates may have a lot to offer an organization and the way an applicant responds to a job ad should go a long way toward deciding if he or she is worth interviewing.

If the requirements for the position are clearly spelled out, the graduate either meets them or doesn’t, McGowan says. But employers can tell a lot from the resume and cover letter as well.

Other questions to consider when assessing, interviewing and hiring new college graduates:

  • Does the candidate indicate that he or she has looked at the employer’s website and knows something about the organization?
  • Does the candidate’s responses show that he or she has thought about your organization’s needs and believes he or she can meet them?
  • Can the candidate give specific examples of how his or her background and education can benefit your organization?
  • Does the candidate’s responses target and answer the key points spelled out in the job ad or are they all over the place?

“If employers take the time to properly assess the cover letters, resumes and online applications they receive, they’ll find good prospects,” McGowan says.

Excerpted from Ziprecruiter blog

Virtual Career Fair Draws a Crowd

The IHS Virtual Career Fair held in February, March and April drew 965 registrants and IHS recruiters conducted live one-on-one chats with 239 of these job seekers. National recruiters have shared their lists of leads with Area recruiters to follow up on, particularly those who were not able to attend the event after registering. Please note: It’s important to let IHS HQ staff know if you have interviewed or hired as a result of the 2016 Virtual Career Fair. The final event of the series is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST and will focus on the IHS Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs in addition to general health profession recruitment.

Media Dollars at Work for You

LinkedIn is a key social media venue for recruiters with 3.7 million health profession members, including more than 11,400 Physicians, 1.4 million Nurses, 154,600 Pharmacists and 121,000 Dentists.

LinkedIn’s Quarterly Business Review (QBR): Operational Report provided IHS with the following metrics: As of March 2016, IHS attracted 321 monthly career page viewers, up from 82 in March 2015. IHS now has 8,756 total followers, compared to 6,595 in March 2015.

The IHS targeted recruitment ad campaign, which kicked off January 5 and runs through August 1, has so far delivered 235,858 impressions and received 1,131 clicks. (That represents a click-through rate of 0.48 percent, which LinkedIn says is six times the national average.)

Co-op Advertising Program Webinars

You can access a recording of the first Co-op Advertising Program Webinar, which introduced the program and described all national advertising and marketing communication tactics, by clicking here.

You can access the second webinar, which discussed how to target your audience and use social media and digital technology to communicate your message, by clicking here.

Resume Mining Training Webinar Series

Our Resume Mining training was a great success thanks to the generous involvement of our partner publications — Federal Practitioner, National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH), After College, Physician Job Board, RxCareer Center, Health Jobs Nationwide, MDLinx and 3RNet. To obtain a recording of each webinar, click here.

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

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. Click here for a copy of the April minutes.

Next Recruiter Call
Tuesday, May 24, 3 – 4 p.m. EST.
Focus: Social Media

  • Scholarship Program Updates
  • Loan Repayment Program Updates
  • Using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to your advantage.
  • Considerations when spending your local recruitment funds.
  • Conference debriefs.

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Mark your Calendars
IHS 2016 National Recruiting Events

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 (ACEP), Las Vegas, Recruiter: Nannette Bellini (IHS/HQ)

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