ArticleA Summation of Online Recruiting Practices for Health Care OrganizationsGautam, Kanak S. PhD, MBAAuthor Information From the Healthcare Management, Department of Health Management and Policy, Saint Louis University, MO. Correspondence: Kanak S. Gautam, PhD, MBA, Healthcare Management, Department of Health Management and Policy, 374 Salus Center, Saint Louis University, 3545 Lafayette Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104 (e-mail: [email protected]). The Health Care Manager: July 2005 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 257-267 Buy Abstract Worker shortage is among the foremost challenges facing US health care today. Health care organizations are also confronted with rising costs of recruiting and compensating scarce workers in times of declining reimbursement. Many health care organizations are adopting online recruitment as a nontraditional, low-cost method for hiring staff. Online recruitment is the fastest growing method of recruitment today, and has advantages over traditional recruiting in terms of cost, reach, and time-saving. Several health care organizations have achieved great success in recruiting online. Yet awareness of online recruiting remains lower among health care managers than managers in other industries. Many health care organizations still search for job candidates within a 30-mile radius using traditional methods. This article describes the various aspects of online recruitment for health care organizations. It is meant to help health care managers currently recruiting online by answering frequently asked questions (eg, Should I be advertising on national job sites? Why is my Web site not attracting job seekers? Is my online ad effective?). It is also meant to educate health care managers not doing online recruiting so that they try recruiting online. The article discusses the salient aspects of online recruiting: (a) using commercial job boards; (b) building one's own career center; (c) building one's own job board; (d) collecting and storing resumes; (e) attracting job seekers to one's Web site; (f) creating online job ads; (g) screening and evaluating candidates online; and (h) building long-term relationships with candidates. Job seekers in health care are adopting the Internet faster than health care employers. To recruit successfully during the current labor shortage, it is imperative that employers adopt and expand online recruiting. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.