Healthcare Professionals, How Employable Are You?

Healthcare Professionals, How Employable Are You?

Gone are the days of hunkering down at work to weather the economic storm, a time when most workers were merely thankful to be employed. Today, the perception prevails that career opportunities are on the rise– especially for healthcare workers.

Kelly® surveyed healthcare professionals to gauge their views of the job market. Professionals were asked if they believe that they are in high demand, and if they feel like they are in a good bargaining position to secure a similar or better position. The results show that healthcare workers are more confident and empowered than ever, with 63 percent feeling they are in high demand and 73 percent saying they are in a good position to bargain.

But is the current perception correct? Are you overconfident about your employability? To answer these questions, it’s best to consider how your skills are perceived by those who make the hiring decisions.

Healthcare hiring managers were asked how they perceive the talent shortage and what they see as the future supply and demand for the healthcare positions they hire for. The results? Just under half of the hiring managers (48 percent) agree that healthcare workers are in short supply, and 42 percent see the shortage continuing into the future. 

This is good news for healthcare workers. When comparing what healthcare workers observe to what healthcare hiring managers identify with, however, a difference in opinion can be noticed:

  • Healthcare workers who feel they are in-demand – 63%
  • Healthcare hiring managers who feel there is a talent shortage – 48%

While hiring managers believe that healthcare workers are in-demand, the research shows that workers perceive their demand to be higher than it may truly be.

Today, companies use a variety of tools to determine a worker’s merits and “fit” for a position. When it comes to negotiating your next healthcare position, it’s important to know how in-demand your skills are. In any job market, professionals should never be so overconfident that they underestimate the importance of nailing the interview or standing out from the pack of applicants. In fact, a whopping 86 percent of healthcare hiring managers said the top mistake candidates make during an interview, which prevents them from moving forward, is acting arrogant or ungrateful for the opportunity.


Survey methodology: The 2015 Hiring Manager Research (U.S./Canada) was conducted by RDA Group on behalf of Kelly Services. Over 1,000 hiring managers in the U.S. and Canada were surveyed. Participants had direct hiring responsibilities for talent in healthcare, engineering, finance and accounting, IT, and scientific fields. Results represent a cross section of industries and career disciplines. Of the total surveyed, 156 were healthcare hiring managers.