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About Riia O'Donnell

Riia O’Donnell has over 20 year’s hands-on experience in all aspects of the Human Resource function. Beginning as a recruiter, she grew to lead in all areas of HR, including employee training and development, legal compliance, benefits administration, compensation evaluation, and staff management. She has been a contributing writer for a wealth of HR, training, and small business websites for the past 7 years. Connect with Riia on Twitter at @RiiaOD.

Interview Answers Revealed

How to Decode Answers to Common Interview Questions

Even the most common interview question can be revealing, if you take the time to decode how it is answered.

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Interview Questions That Get Results

Interview Questions That Speed Time to Hire

In today’s difficult market, no healthcare facility can afford to waste time and resources on bad candidates or bad hires. Honing your interview skills can optimize the time you spend and the results they net.

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Succession Plans – Beneficial Across All Categories

Succession Planning in Physician Recruitment

A succession plan guarantees a smooth conversion for patients and the office’s practice. But succession planning isn’t just for private practitioners. Succession plans in large healthcare facilities not only create provisions for the future, they can also be used to attract and retain talent.

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Recruitment Resolutions for 2019

Healthcare Recruitment Resolutions for 2019

In an employer market, recruitment is easy, but in today’s candidate market, an impeccable recruitment process is needed to win the war on talent. Resolve to make 2019 a year you focus your recruitment efforts smarter, not harder.

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Emotional Intelligence in the Recruitment Game

Emotional Intelligence is Essential in Recruiting

Resumes tell us what the person has done and if that were the only criteria for hiring, no one would have to interview. Will they challenge the group or ease comfortably in; will they grow with the position? Do they have the leadership qualities needed to corral the team? Will this innovator who says he loves to think outside the box feel stifled in a structured environment?  Recruiters with strong emotional intelligence understand there’s more to a successful hire than a skills match, they look for traits that will complement the group as well as the candidates.

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Combating Sexual Harassment in Healthcare

Institutions must strive for an environment that promotes respect for all staff – regardless of their position in the hierarchy. From maintenance personnel to rainmaker physicians and administrators, every employee’s role is critical to the operation of the institution, and every employee must be treated with professionalism and dignity. Lawsuits are costly, as is turnover, but the damage to an institution’s reputation and brand may be a cost that no healthcare provider can afford. Without the trust of the community, institutions may struggle maintain their position as a leading provider their area.

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Recruiting a Diverse Workforce in Healthcare

How and Why to Recruit a Diverse Workforce in Healthcare

The prevailing wisdom is that a diverse workforce in the healthcare industry can lead to better patient outcomes. A workforce that better represents patients may be more adept in practicing cultural competency, awareness, and sensitivity. Institutions that work toward diversity in their recruitment and acquisition can see many positive results for their efforts; as their workforce expands to better meet the needs of their consumers, their environment and brand may also reap benefits. Moving toward a more diverse facility is something almost every healthcare provider should prioritize.

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Job Descriptions That Pull a Double Shift as Job Postings

How to sell your job with your job description

It’s time for job descriptions to break free of the regulation rut and become a dynamic, evolving document that not only outlines the work but sells potential candidates on joining your team. Advertisements that are candidate-centric are more likely to generate a high response rate, and they start with job descriptions that do the same. With a job description that’s written with candidate need in mind, you can easily translate them into an advertisement that draws interest…

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Inside the Minds of Nurses

Nursing Survey Provides Insight Employer Apply to Recruiting & Retention

What do nurses really want from their employer, and how can institutions provide for them? In most industries, turnover is costly and drains productivity. In healthcare, turnover can impact patient outcomes and a facility’s reputation. In today’s tight market, retention is a top priority, followed only slightly behind by attracting top talent to your institution. Attracting the best talent in the industry and keeping them engaged and retained is a top priority for every healthcare institution.

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Proactive Recruitment Strategies for Healthcare

Proactive Recruitment Strategies Healthcare Can Implement

Human Resource professionals in every industry are responsive to the needs of their institution; when there’s a vacancy, they spring into action, working diligently to fill the opening with the best talent in the shortest amount of time. Recruitment has been a reactive function for as long as there has been HR. But what if recruitment could be proactive – ready with talent on deck to feed needs even before they happen? That is proactive recruitment: anticipating need and having reserves ready…

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