Seek have recently released data on Australian industries which have boomed in the last 12 months. The report highlights five industries which have had an increase in job ad growth and break down role growth within the industry.
The Healthcare and Medical industry are third on the list. Within the healthcare and medical industry, Medical Administration has experienced a growth of 0.6% in 2017 compared to 2016.
What does this mean?
As always, candidates are seeking to enter the medical field more than ever. However, opportunities at entry level are scarce. Solid experience and transferable skills such as previous experience in a variety of modalities and strong IT/customer care skills are always highly sought after. As there are few entry level positions, candidates are finding it hard to gain experience, which has created a skill shortage. Therefore, roles that require experience are increasing and remain difficult to fill. So what can you do if you’re an employer or a candidate?
Its clear job growth within the Medical Administration is rising and due to a skill shortage, it’s becoming more difficult to find the right candidate. Here’s a few things to think about when you’re next hiring a Medical Admin:
- If your current staff have the time and skills, look at hiring a junior with little experience. Not only will it give more candidates an opportunity to thrive within the industry, a junior can also be IT savvy and have a willingness to learn and grow.
- Being lenient with skills that are required. Finding the right person might not have all the skills you are after, however most skills can be taught.
- Be willing to speak to a recruitment agency. Recruitment agency’s know their candidates and clients (if they are good that is) so they will be able to find the right person (skills and culture) for your practice.
If you have Medical Administration experience, great, but if you don’t and you want to get into the industry, it can be more difficult. Here’s a few tips on what you can do:
- Strong IT and customer care skills are highly sought after, so if you have experience in this, talk about your experience and relate it back to the practice you’re applying for.
- Don’t be too picky about your first job, seek any entry level receptionist job, after all, any experience is better than none.