How to Make Your Next Activity Assistant Hire

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Last updated at 09-17-2020 19:42:03

Overview

Methodology

More than 6,069 companies advertise 27,734 Activity Assistant jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Activity Assistant most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 8,990 job posts from 2,902 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 11.7% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 71 Activity Assistant job seekers for every active Activity Assistant job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Customer Service Representative, Receptionist, Activity Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Front Desk Agent, Caregiver, Assistant, Retail Sales Associate, and Warehouse Worker seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Activity Assistant candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Receptionist, Customer Service Representative, Activity Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Front Desk Agent, Nursing Assistant, Retail Sales Associate, Activities Director, Assistant, and Caregiver. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Activity Assistant candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 18.5% of the active Activity Assistant candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 22.5% have between 3-5 years of experience, 27.1% have 6-10 years of experience, and 31.9% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 8.2 years to 8.0 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include communication skills, English, computer skills, customer service, senior care, Microsoft Office, dementia care, time management, Microsoft Excel, and memory care. Demand for writing skills, English, memory care, senior care, computer literacy, Alzheimer's care, leadership, recreational therapy, dementia care, and Microsoft Word has significantly increased. If you are looking for an Activity Assistant with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.0 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 16.3% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 0.0%.

Example Activity Assistant responsibilities

  • Assist with daily living tasks
  • Help clients participate in group activities, such as games, crafts, social events, and outings
  • Offer physical help or emotional support to clients
  • Participate in activities such as caroling and decorating the holiday tree with clients

Recruiting

Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Activity Assistant positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Ohio, California, Massachusetts, Florida, and Texas are the states that have the highest demand for Activity Assistants. California, Ohio, Florida, Massachusetts, and Texas are where most job seekers are searching for Activity Assistant jobs. If we look at the Activity Assistant to job ratio, New Hampshire, Indiana, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana have the lowest number of Activity Assistant applicants per job. Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, and North Carolina have the most active Activity Assistant job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 634,234 job seekers interested in Activity Assistant opportunities in the United States. That’s a 11.9% increase compared to the previous quarter with 566,928 active job seekers. Around 18.5% of the active Activity Assistant candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 22.5% have between 3-5 years of experience, 27.1% have 6-10 years of experience, and 31.9% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Activity Assistant candidates is 8.0 years. Active candidates in the Activity Assistant profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Activity Assistant candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 2,863 Activity Assistants from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Brookdale Senior Living, HCR ManorCare, Aperion Care, American Senior Communities, Life Care Centers of America, Five Star Senior Living, Sunrise Senior Living, Genesis HealthCare, Oak Park Place, and CareOne.

After analyzing post-interview data from Activity Assistant candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 47.3% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 90.8% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Activity Assistant candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, drug test, and phone call/screening. Most employers do not require a problem solving exercises or written test. If you are trying to hire your next Activity Assistant quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 74.2% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 50% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What is your availability?
  • How would your supervisee describe you?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how good a communicator are you?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • If you were going to get on a bus, train, or plane and the people were staring at you, would that bother you?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Activity Assistant salary offered by employers increased for 2 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 4% from $32,007.6 to $33,427.17 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Activity Assistant positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: paid time off by 65.6%, healthcare insurance by 63.7%, dental insurance by 56.2%, vision insurance by 47.5%, a 401k plan by 38.1%, discounts by 15.0%, and stock options/grants by 6.2%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including location variety, maternity leave, sabbaticals, mostly remote, flexible working hours, paternity leave, fully remote, and somewhat remote, to attract and retain Activity Assistant candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 52.0% of the employers conducted a background check, and 37.9% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Activity Assistant candidates.

Onboarding

When you’re ready to hire an Activity Assistant, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move an Activity Assistant candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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