Healthcare recruiting can be an exciting, fast-paced career field, but what does it entail?
To help you better understand what being a recruiter involves, we sat down with Grace Gordon, a Recruiter III and Recruiter Lead Manager for the North region. She is approaching two years at Maxim Healthcare as a recruiter, having previously worked in interior design.
Our recruiters play a major role in helping our nurses provide quality patient care. We talked with Grace about her experience as a Maxim recruiter, the skills required to be successful as a recruiter, and her advice for people interested in the profession.
1. What is your educational background?
I grew up and went through grade school in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga earning my Bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in Communications.
2. What drew you to a career in healthcare recruiting?
I had some friends who really encouraged me to look into Maxim as a career during COVID. They had a great time working in their office and wanted to help me find an environment that I could grow in personally and professionally.
3. What do recruiters do at Maxim?
Recruiters recruit and hire nurses to work with patients that need personalized nursing care in their homes. It’s a really personal business that is very fulfilling when you start building relationships with the nurses and families you talk with every day!
4. What does your average day look like?
The average day involves recruiting, scheduling, building relationships with my nurses and families, and helping people with Maxim grow to their full potential. I love helping others, whether or not they are a patient or a co-worker.
5. In your opinion, what qualities does a healthcare recruiter need to be successful?
The passion to care for others and understand the business.
6. What technical resources do you use to find candidates?
Besides Recruitcare [a Maxim platform], I have used LinkedIn and Indeed to find candidates. Another helpful resource when it comes to recruiting is talking with our nurses who are already hired and ask them if they have friends who would like to join the Maxim community!
7. How do you and your team have fun at work?
We have a lot of employee engagement in the office!! Our office plans potlucks, office games and competitions. We also decorate and dress up for holidays and events. We are a balloon office, so we celebrate every birthday and promotion as well. We almost have 25 people in the office, so we are pretty loud and fun every day!
8. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
There are two very rewarding parts of my job: (1) Being able to call a family and fully staff their cases is an incredibly rewarding feeling. This has been a really rewarding job by honestly just doing my job. (2) The people in the office are very encouraging and helpful. They are the ones that make each day worth coming to the office rather than working at home. I learn from them every day, and I hope to help others learn and reach their full potential here as well.
9. What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?
Like I mentioned earlier, the pit! My team! The people who help me do my job better are the ones that motivate me to work through tough times and hard conversations. My co-workers and leadership are the ones who encourage me to grow as a person and as a leader every day in the office. I’m so thankful for them.
10. What advice do you have for someone who is considering becoming a healthcare recruiter?
Be ready to work hard and have a passion for learning, helping, competition and career growth. Bringing in a positive attitude to work every day has really helped me grow here, and I look forward to growth and promotion opportunities within Maxim as well.
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