Meet our Allied Team Lead with 2.5 years of dedication and commitment, James. His exceptional journey in the healthcare recruitment world has earned him the role as team lead after his 16 years of service. With an impressive background in the United States Coast Guard and a passion for helping professionals find their perfect healthcare roles, James brings a unique perspective to the world of healthcare recruitment. Meet James a team lead and seasoned professional in the travel Allied Healthcare field
Tell us about yourself:
As the Allied Team Lead with 2.5 years of tenure, I've had the privilege of serving my team with dedication and commitment. One of the highlights of my journey was being honored as the 2021 Club CoreMed President's Choice Recipient, an achievement that highlights my commitment to excellence. My strengths lie in my honesty, which has always been the foundation of my leadership style, as well as my ability to act with urgency, ensuring that tasks are completed efficiently and effectively. Moreover, my strong communication skills have played a pivotal role in collaboration and cohesion within the team. These qualities have allowed me to contribute positively to our collective success.
Q2: What inspired you to pursue a career in healthcare recruitment, and how has it influenced your professional journey?
Before joining Core, I dedicated 16 years of my life to the United States Coast Guard. In my final 7 years of service, I had the honor of being the Officer in Charge of the recruiting office in Madison Heights (Detroit), Michigan. In this role, I was responsible for overseeing Coast Guard recruiting efforts not only in the entire state of Michigan but also in the northwestern corner of Ohio and the northeastern corner of Indiana. Throughout my time, I enjoyed networking with individuals and presenting them with a valuable career opportunity within the Coast Guard. When my military career reached its end, my heart was set on returning home to New Hampshire and continuing my career in recruiting. Fortunately, I had the privilege of applying for and securing an entry-level recruiting position almost immediately after my discharge from service.
Q3: What is the most memorable or rewarding experience you've had while recruiting?
During my time at Core, I've had the privilege of making meaningful connections with numerous healthcare professionals. One experience that stands out in my memory is my collaboration with a freshly graduated physical therapist, from Upstate New York. She wanted to go to the vibrant Southwest of Arizona. However, at that juncture, the job market in Arizona wasn't as promising as both of us had hoped. We managed to find her an exciting outpatient opportunity in a suburb of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she dedicated half a year of her professional journey. New Mexico wasn't initially on her radar, but by listening to her motivations and having a heartfelt conversation, we both concurred that New Mexico presented a viable alternative. To this day, she recalls this assignment as her absolute favorite, highlighting the power of finding unexpected gems along one's career path.
Q4: What qualities do your candidates possess that allow them to truly shine in the healthcare industry?
In the highly competitive healthcare industry, it's the candidates who exhibit proactive, responsive, and flexible qualities, coupled with strong communication skills and a sense of urgency, who truly stand out. Given the fast-paced nature of healthcare jobs, the ability of healthcare professionals to quickly fulfill submission requirements is a significant advantage. This efficiency helps us to secure interviews and contracts promptly, reducing the risk of another candidate being selected for a position before we can act.
Q5: What strategies do you use to ensure a successful match between healthcare professionals and their respective roles?
One of the most crucial strategies to practice in recruitment is active listening. When engaging in conversations with prospective candidates, listening to their needs and preferences is so important. Once you understand what they're seeking, the "why" becomes even more vital. For instance, if a candidate expresses an interest in Vermont, it's essential to understand why they are drawn to that state. Is it the mountains or the foliage? This inquiry naturally leads to exploring potential alternatives, the "what ifs." For example, if we have an opportunity in neighboring New Hampshire, would they be open to considering it? It's always wise to have contingency plans (Plan B and C) in case the initial Plan A doesn't work out.
Q6: How do you stay updated on the latest trends and developments in the industry to better serve traveling healthcare professionals?
The healthcare industry is in a constant state of evolution, which is why I stay informed through regular podcast and blog readings. In addition to this, I maintain ongoing communication with each healthcare professional under contract on a weekly basis. Simultaneously, I closely monitor the job board. This comprehensive approach allows me to track salary trends, stay updated on shifts in job availability within specific geographic regions, and keep an eye on changes in various healthcare settings.
James's journey has been marked by valuable lessons and inspiring encounters, showing the importance of qualities like active listening, contingency planning, and staying attuned to industry trends in the ever-evolving healthcare industry. As James continues to connect healthcare professionals with unique opportunities and make a positive impact, he looks forward to further conversations and collaborations in shaping a brighter future in the healthcare field.