By Joshua Wallace, Vice President of Growth Strategies, Ohman Family Living
U.S. News & World Report released a report on Jan. 7, 2020 regarding the 2020 Best Jobs. The 2020 U.S. News Best Jobs rankings is packed with health care, business and technology occupations. The article offered strong considerations for individuals contemplating careers in healthcare. Of the best jobs overall, physician’s assistant was ranked, number two. They also reported that for individuals who want to dive into the workforce after high school, U.S. News ranked Home Health Aid as the Number 1 best jobs without a college degree.
The need for people in this type of job is growing exponentially. According to Workforce Data Center, Bureau of Labor Statistics, direct care workers will account for 7,779,200 job openings by 2026. We at Ohman Family Living, a regional provider of senior living and post-hospital recovery, are working with the leading educational institutions to establish career paths for those looking to build a career. The path can begin as nursing assistant, STNA and work up to a certified nurse practitioner, CNP.
In recent discussions, the development of the current work force has been a large part of the conversation. Particularly, when should an individual begin to consider careers in healthcare. In a meeting with educators two weeks ago, I learned the answer was in primary school. The reason, people often have to experience the job, the culture, the responsibilities before they can commit to that field of study. Also, a majority of people desire opportunities for advancement. If they can find an entry point that becomes a means to an end, then that position, which was not once a consideration, becomes a viable option.
However, these opportunities are not applicable for just students in primary school; opportunities extend into the later stages of a career as well. Our organization have been working with a local non-profit which helps Baby Boomers reimagine their careers before retirement. Questions arose around purposeful-work, culture, and impact which are causing many to rethink of their occupation. Especially those stuck in a rut where they are just a number in a large corporation.
Ohman Family Living has begun to establish stronger partnerships with local educational institutions with the aim to provide our team with opportunities to advance their skills while also allowing others in the labor market with various levels of skill and education to find onramps to healthcare careers.
I thought I would shed some insights on the interview process from a hiring perspective. I revisited an article that I wrote about a year ago which outlined considerations we take in account before extending an offer.
First, there is great value in an expedient response when contacted for an interview. If an applicant responds quickly to an email, phone call or text, we know they are serious about the position. Ohman Family Living holds our employees to a higher than average standard of care, dating back to the Ohman family standard of living established by our founders.
Punctuality for an interview, preferably 15 minutes early, is critical, especially, in the field of healthcare. We operate 24-hours a day; our staff are wielding shift changes and information exchanges, while simultaneously ensuring optimal resident care. In addition to these factors, when a potential employee shows up early, it sends a distinct message of reliability, not to mention the applicant then has time to relax, de-stress and gather thoughts. A failure to show up late or not at all, without adequate notice or reason, can be a deal breaker.
A candidate should always answer questions authentically, disclose mistakes and explain circumstances. A confession of imperfection and admission of learning through a past mistake goes a long way. Transparency is always the best policy.
One personal interview experience remains at the top of my mind. When I finished the interview, I asked the applicant if she had questions and was impressed by how familiar she was with our company. She had come well-armed, with well thought-out, industry-specific questions. Familiarity is easy; most companies, ours included, host a comprehensive website allowing any applicant to become acquainted
with their culture and core values. Although the employer takes the lead in the interview, the candidate should expect to fill the conversation with answers and questions for 80 percent of the duration.
Above all a person’s values, attitude, and aptitude are of top priority in determining who will become a part of our team. We can teach the hard skills; it is the soft skills that are either there or not. Ohman Family Living Co-president George Ohman Jr. said, “I would take attitude over talent any day.”
It is remarkable to me, how I continue to hear stories about people who began very successful careers in an entry-level position, such as a nursing assistant and have found true fulfillment in maintaining that noble profession for their entire career, because they were called make an impact on those who they serve. The opportunity exists for those who are willing to put in the time and effort. Not only is health care a noble profession, but the opportunities for growth are bountiful. Contact any of our locations today to learn more about beginning or enhancing your career.