Temporary Jobs Will Grow 13%

Temporary employment is expected to increase 13% to 2019, according to a new CareerBuilder study based on data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl, CareerBuilder’s labor market analysis arm.

That’s good news for anyone in or looking to fill temporary jobs. The number of people employed in such positions today is almost 3 million, and is expected to grow larger.

Some of the fast-growing occupations expected to add temporary jobs include home health aides, gaming dealers, childcare workers, cooks/restaurant and substitute teachers.

Eric Gilpin, president of vertical sales, CareerBuilder, outlined the significance of this trend: “Temporary employment will continue on an upward trajectory as companies look for ways to quickly adapt to market dynamics. Two in five U.S. employers expect to hire temporary or contract workers this year, which opens new doors for workers who want to build relationships with different organizations and explore career options.”

What does this mean for you?

Temporary help is one of the leading sectors that added jobs once the recession was behind us and will continue to be a significant source of employment in the years to come.

Some employers are still exercising caution when it comes to full-time permanent hiring, and use temporary employment as a way to “test before they buy.” If you’re hiring in an industry that’s in constant flux or you’re unsure about your company’s long-term employment needs, take a look at temporary workers to see how they can help meet your company’s strategic and financial goals.

About Behavioral Staffing

Behavioral Staffing is a professional staffing firm that provides qualified mental health professionals to hospitals, nursing homes, residential facilities, long-term care/ assisted living facilities, hospitals, clinics, surgery centers and home healthcare agencies in the Chicago area. Throughout the years, we have earned an outstanding reputation for placing reliable, dependable, skilled and motivated people

Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

Resume Tips for Healthcare Professionals

Your resume must show evidence of healthcare skills, experience and a commitment to quality. There are different ways to reflect your key selling points in your healthcare resume. What is important is creating the right document, written in the right way to get you in that interview room.

Curriculum Vitae: CVs are used primarily by people in medical, academic and scientific professions and should have a tone of understated modesty. Typical headings include education / degrees, internships, professional experience, awards and honors, publications (books, articles, reports, and journals), speaking engagements, conferences and professional affiliations.

When describing your work history and accomplishments, use an abundance of keywords to get noticed, including the following:

  • Caseload: Elaborate on the type of caseload you’ve managed, including the number of patients / clients served and the challenges your caseload presented.
  • Computer / Tech Skills: Include software and program expertise, especially if it is related to healthcare. Your technical skills can be listed in a separate Technical Summary section or within the context of another achievement.
  • Continuous Quality Initiatives (CQI): Quality improvement initiatives that highlight an understanding of systems and process analysis, problem identification and qualitative oversight.
  • Operating Revenue: Whether you are a clinician, line staffer or administrator, the size of your budget influences the prestige and significance of your experience.
  • Program / Service Development and Expansion: Speak to costs, revenue, patients served and other quantifiable information on your healthcare resume.
  • Research / Publications: Are you keeping up on your industry’s cutting edge? Healthcare employers are normally impressed by a distinguished list of publications. Avoid obscure or unrelated publishing credits.
  • Regulatory / Government Agencies: Include expertise in regulatory compliance and successes with city, state and federal agencies and programs, such as HCFA, JCAHO, Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Training: Have you developed and/or implemented a training curriculum on subject matter in your profession?
  • Transdisciplinary / Interdisciplinary Teams: Note your ability to work with different groups of professionals. Ideally, indicate a successful outcome that resulted from collaboration with others.

About Behavioral Staffing

Behavioral Staffing is a professional staffing firm that provides qualified mental health professionals to hospitals, nursing homes, residential facilities, long-term care / assisted living facilities, hospitals, clinics, surgery centers and home healthcare agencies in the Chicago area. Whether you are seeking a temporary job, temp-to-hire, or a permanent position, Behavioral Staffing can help you get situated in a job that’s uniquely suited to your needs.

Healthcare Cover Letter Dos and Don’ts

First impressions count in the job search, and that’s why a great cover letter can mean the difference between success and failure in your healthcare job search. But what makes a great healthcare cover letter? Here are some tips:

Get to the Point
State the purpose of your letter in the first paragraph. Small talk is generally a waste of space.

Tailor Your Letter to the Reader
Focus on the needs of the specific healthcare organization, not on your own requirements as a job seeker. Visit the healthcare employer’s web site or read the company’s annual report to learn more about them, and then use your cover letter to demonstrate how your skills and experience can benefit the organization.

Maintain the Right Tone
A cover letter should be businesslike, friendly and enthusiastic. Healthcare professionals have the opportunity to reveal their passion about what they do through a cover letter, but the document shouldn’t lose its objectivity and professionalism.

Stay on Track
The best cover letters are direct and concise. Don’t include a lot of unnecessary personal information.

Highlight Your Biggest Successes
Your healthcare cover letter shouldn’t just summarize your career or repeat the same information from your resume. Highlight the successes and achievements of your career that are most related to the types of positions for which you are applying.

Use Power Phrases
Use strong action words to convey your healthcare experiences and illustrate your healthcare qualifications with phrases like “I have a strong background in” and “I have a talent for.” Don’t be shy about selling yourself, since that’s the purpose of a cover letter.

Show Your Team Spirit
If your cover letter is not too long, you can emphasize your teamwork and communication skills.

Spice Up Your Writing
The boring, traditional way to start a cover letter is: “I am writing in response to your advertisement for a nurse and have enclosed my resume for your review.” The better beginning could be: “Your ad on Monster for a nurse captured my attention and motivated me to learn more about this healthcare opportunity.” Then describe how your healthcare qualifications match the employer’s needs.

Follow Up
An unforgivable error some job seekers make is failing to follow up after promising to do so in a cover letter.

In addition, here are things that you shouldn’t do in your cover letter.

Don’t:

  • Provide salary information when it is not requested.
  • Address a letter recipient by anything other than his name. Avoid “Dear Sir” at all costs.
  • Write a canned, generic letter that looks like it was copied from a book.
  • Start the first paragraph and too many other sentences with “I”.
  • Make spelling errors and typos.
  • Hand write a cover letter.
  • Use shoddy paper, or paper that’s different from your resume paper.
  • Cram too much information into a small space.
  • Include irrelevant personal information or job experience.
  • Overstate your accomplishments or contradict your resume.

Whether you are seeking a temporary job, temp-to-hire, or a permanent position, Behavioral Staffing can help you get situated in a job that’s uniquely suited to your needs. Contact one of our seasoned business development specialists today for more information on our open mental health opportunities.

Demand Growing For Behavioral Health Services

Many behavioral healthcare organizations are gearing up for increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s insurance requirements and the expansion of some state Medicaid programs, millions of Americans will find it easier to receive treatment for depression, anxiety and a multitude of other disorders.

Under the ACA, health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets must include mental health and substance use disorder services to all enrollees, regardless of any pre-existing conditions. Those plans also include free preventive care services such as depression screening for adults and behavioral assessments for children. In addition, all state Medicaid programs provide some level of mental health services to children, adolescents and adults.

Expanding insurance coverage is an important step because nearly one in five American adults, or 43.7 million people, experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2012 according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. However, only 41 percent of these adults received any mental health services in the past year – about the same level as in 2011. The top three reasons given for not receiving help were that patients could not afford the cost, thought they could handle the problem without treatment, or did not know where to go for services. The expansion of coverage addresses one of those three issues.

However, it may not be easy for healthcare organizations to meet that increased demand for their services. That’s because there is a nationwide shortage of psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, addiction treatment specialists, nurses and social workers, and other behavioral health professionals.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 55 percent of U.S. counties have no psychiatrists, psychologists or social workers. Federal estimates indicate it would take about 1,850 new psychiatrists and nearly 6,000 other professionals just to meet the current demand.

So if you are considering a career in healthcare, take a closer look at mental health and behavioral services, since demand is likely to remain strong for at least the next decade.

About Behavioral Staffing

Behavioral Staffing is a professional staffing firm that provides qualified mental health professionals to hospitals, nursing homes, residential facilities, long-term care/ assisted living facilities, hospitals, clinics, surgery centers and home healthcare agencies in the Chicago area. Throughout the years, we have earned an outstanding reputation for placing reliable, dependable, skilled and motivated people.

Contact one of our seasoned business development specialists today for more information.

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