How to Make Your Next Caregiver Hire

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Last updated at 09-14-2020 15:56:14

Overview

Methodology

More than 14,441 companies advertise 307,609 Caregiver 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 Caregiver most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 84,155 job posts from 7,422 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 0.6% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 28 Caregiver job seekers for every active Caregiver job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Caregiver, Customer Service Representative, Nursing Assistant, Receptionist, In Home Caregiver, Warehouse Worker, Direct Support Professional, Housekeeper, Home Health Aide, and Delivery Driver seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Caregiver candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Caregiver, Customer Service Representative, Nursing Assistant, Receptionist, Warehouse Worker, In Home Caregiver, Direct Support Professional, Retail Sales Associate, Housekeeper, and Home Health Aide. 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 Caregiver candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 20.8% of the active Caregiver candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 22.9% have between 3-5 years of experience, 26.7% have 6-10 years of experience, and 29.5% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 6.4 years to 6.1 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 caregiving, senior care, communication skills, time management, English, home care, customer service, special needs, dementia care, and medication administration. Demand for employee relations, teaching, English, hoyer lift, patient care, hospitality, driving, writing skills, Spanish, and hospice care has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Caregiver with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.2 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 37.1% 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 20.0%.

Example Caregiver responsibilities

  • Recording patients' symptoms, conditions, and vital signs
  • Monitoring patients' conditions in accordance with the doctor or nurse
  • Relaying information to hospital staff
  • Performing simple nursing care and basic life support. Includes:
  • Helping with bathing and dressing

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 Caregiver positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Texas, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Florida are the states that have the highest demand for Caregivers. California, Texas, Wisconsin, Florida, and Arizona are where most job seekers are searching for Caregiver jobs. If we look at the Caregiver to job ratio, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota have the lowest number of Caregiver applicants per job. Mississippi, Hawaii, Delaware, Wyoming, and New York have the most active Caregiver 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 2,297,150 job seekers interested in Caregiver opportunities in the United States. That’s a 1.2% increase compared to the previous quarter with 2,288,136 active job seekers. Around 20.8% of the active Caregiver candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 22.9% have between 3-5 years of experience, 26.7% have 6-10 years of experience, and 29.5% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Caregiver candidates is 6.1 years. Active candidates in the Caregiver 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 Caregiver 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 40,724 Caregivers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Home Instead Senior Care, Visiting Angels, Comfort Keepers, Brookdale Senior Living, Right At Home, California Department of Social Services, NULL, SYNERGY HomeCare, Amada Senior Care, and Home Care Assistance.

After analyzing post-interview data from Caregiver candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 57.0% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 89.3% 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 Caregiver candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, phone call/screening, and drug test. Most employers do not require a problem solving exercises or group interview. If you are trying to hire your next Caregiver quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 69.7% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 56% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • How did you get your current job?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What do you like most about being a caregiver?
  • Who is the person that has had the most influence on you and why?

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 Caregiver salary offered by employers increased for 2 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 0% from $27,599.22 to $27,573.52 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Caregiver positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: paid time off by 55.8%, healthcare insurance by 54.5%, dental insurance by 40.0%, vision insurance by 33.2%, a 401k plan by 30.7%, discounts by 17.0%, and stock options/grants by 3.0%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including flexible working hours, location variety, mostly remote, maternity leave, paternity leave, fully remote, sabbaticals, and somewhat remote, to attract and retain Caregiver candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 49.0% of the employers conducted a background check, and 22.2% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Caregiver candidates.

Onboarding

When you’re ready to hire a Caregiver, 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 a Caregiver candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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