Outsourcing the process of recruiting high-profile employees, such as CEO’s, CFO’s or experienced and highly trained candidates for other key positions, has long been the best recruitment practice in all industries. If you are ready to hire a new director or manager for your organization, here are the services that executive placement companies offer.
Initial Consultation to Identify Requirements and Opportunities
The collaboration between executive recruiters and their clients usually starts with an initial discussion of the client’s needs and requirements regarding the ideal candidate for their position. The clients will tell the recruiter about what they need, about the qualifications and the experience they require and they will also tell the recruiter about what they offer to the successful candidate. During this initial consultation, the recruiter will also outline the differences between recruiting for executive positions and recruiting for other positions, such as the fact that most top level positions are not listed on average job sites and that most top-level job seekers do not spend too long on the job market before they find their new job. The specialist will also review the job description provided by the client and might make recommendations regarding its content, such as ideas about how to finely-tune the text or how to make it more attractive.
Search Services through Multiple Channels
One of the most important services provided by executive recruiters is the identification of candidates that fit the employer’s description. The process will involve searching for candidates among active job seekers as well as among executives who are currently employed, but are open for new opportunities. In the search phase, most executive placement firms use multiple resources, including their own personal network in the industry for which they are recruiting, their own data bases as well as online job boards and employment-oriented networking sites.
Candidate Screening and Background Checks
Recruiters will also approach the candidates that seem suitable for the client and will request updated resumes from them. In the next phase, your recruiter will perform a detailed evaluation of the resumes received and will perform background checks to verify the accuracy of the information included in the resumes. They will check any references and recommendations as well.
Conducting Interviews and Preliminary Testing
The recruiter will also conduct preliminary interviews with suitable candidates, then they will evaluate the candidates based on their own experience as well as based on the client’s requirements and they will recommend candidates for the last round of interviews performed by the client’s important decision makers. Many recruiters use multiple interviewing methods, including meeting, IQ and EQ tests, personality tests and tests that assess important and relevant personality traits, such as problem-solving.
Assistance and Expert Opinions for the Final Decision Making
Most recruitment specialists also participate in the interviews between the client and the candidates and will facilitate the final decision by offering expert opinions and advice. Recruiters also help with the evaluations of the candidates who have been interviewed by highlighting their strengths and weaknesses and by making recommendations.
Mental health system shows signs of being overburdened and, consequently, short-staffed. Statistics show that 25% of Americans have dealt with mental illness this year, and mood disorders represent one of the most common causes of hospitalization among people aged 18-45 years. In this context, there is a shortage of mental health professionals and volunteers often step in to fill the gap, in areas where they can contribute. However, this is not always possible, because some professionals such as mental health counselors, social workers or psychiatric nursing aides cannot be substituted.
The good news is that there is enough space, in the healthcare system, for people who seek to find a mental health job. Here are only some of the jobs available, the minimum education requirements and the annual median salary:
Mental Health Counselor – Master’s degree – about $42,000
Addiction Counselor – Bachelor’s degree – about $40,000
Clinical Psychologist – Doctorate – about $70,500
Neuropsychologist – Doctorate – about $70,500
Mental Health Social Worker – Bachelor’s degree – about $42,000
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses – Certificate or Career Diploma – about$67,500
To find a mental health job, you can search on your own. For instance, you can search for clinical social work jobs in Massachusetts and create opportunities for interviews. Another option is to hire a staffing agency.
What is the purpose of a staffing agency?
Professional recruiters aim to recommend you companies that fit the profile you are looking for. The most obvious advantage is that you gain access to a wide variety of jobs, some of them being promoted exclusively via recruitment agencies.
Candidates applying to a staffing agency can also benefit from career counseling – CV evaluation and optimization, tips to prepare for the recruitment process, solutions and suggestions if you want to change your field of activity etc.
The client of the recruitment agency is the employer, so in order to enter the database the candidates are not charged any fees, except sometimes for top management positions.
Why work with a staffing agency?
- The recruitment agency has placed many other candidates in various companies and institutions in the mental health field, so it has a good knowledge of the working environment.
- The recruitment agency carefully selects its clients, so that job candidates and future employees are treated correctly
- You receive from the recruitment agency details that you do not find in company descriptions or in announcements posted on job portals
- The recruiting counselor helps you to properly introduce yourself at a job interview and increase your chances to get the job, by offering you tips and information on the real and concrete expectations of the employer
- The recruiting counselor helps you to position yourself correctly in the market and will recommend you keeping your current job, if the market cannot offer you something better
- The recruiting counselor will be with you during the entire recruitment process and will provide you feedback after each interview.
- The recruiting counselor will tell you if the mental health job you want to apply for is below your potential or, on the contrary, you overestimate yourself, helping you thus to avoid the disappointment of a failure.
- The recruitment agency has the interest to identify the best job where you can grow and perform in the long term, in order to fulfill the contractual conditions
- The recruitment agency keeps in touch with you and the employer, in a perfect balance in terms of confidentiality.