Few healthcare professionals are online and even fewer are on LinkedIn, so how are you supposed to find them?  

In our recent webinar, “Advanced Sourcing for Healthcare Professionals,” Brain Gain Recruiting’s Chief Sourcer, Irina Shamaeva, shares expert tips on using free online resources to find healthcare talent. 

How do you source hard-to-fill healthcare roles without paid tools? 

Irina workshopped a search for a board-certified physician located near Palm Beach, Florida with experience treating complex illness.  

Irina ran the LinkedIn search string below, but it only yielded a handful of profiles: 

  • (NOT chief NOT director NOT pediatrician NOT pediatric NOT Gynecologist NOT OB/gyn NOT orthopedic NOT surgeon) (anti-aging OR alternative OR pain OR regenerative OR functional OR auto immune OR lime OR mold OR emergency OR er OR covid OR complex OR pacu OR neurologic OR ptsd OR anesthesiologist)  

  • Title = (doctor OR md OR physician OR anesthesiologist) (NOT director NOT manager) 

The lack of aligned profiles on LinkedIn led her to extract information from different public databases: 

  • US State License Registries 

  • Board and other certifications (24 different boards) 

  • National Provider Identifier (NPI) Database 

  • Doximity, Healthgrades, ZocDoc (utilize a Google X-ray search to avoid paying a subscription fee) 

  • Online directories, insurance sites 

  • Large hospital sites (use Google maps to search by location) 

  • License verification 

Using free tools to source hard-to-find healthcare talent is possible, but it requires a lot of time, effort, and technical know-how. Many databases are specialized to certain types of professionals and are also location specific, so the information you can find will differ across states.

A screenshot from SeekOut's webinar "Advanced sourcing for healthcare professionals" featuring Irina Shamaeva explaining which publicly available websites contain information on healthcare professionals.

Once you identify potential candidates, finding accurate contact information adds an additional layer of complexity. Since multiple databases contain partial professional data, Irina suggests cross-referencing sources to improve accuracy.  

How does SeekOut Recruit solve the challenge of finding specialized healthcare talent? 

SeekOut Recruit helps thousands of organizations build a talent pipeline across passive, current, and past applicants. This year, SeekOut launched a specialized talent pool for the healthcare domain

SeekOut added a new talent pool that aggregates the sources Irina shared, including the NPI database, which includes 90 percent of doctors in the United States.

John Tippett, SeekOut Co-founder and Head of Product, showed attendees the benefits SeekOut Recruit offers when compared to manual online sourcing and how SeekOut’s done the hard work of pulling together disparate data sources.

A screenshot from SeekOut's webinar "Advanced sourcing for healthcare professionals" featuring co-founder John Tippet demoing SeekOut's healthcare solution, wherein John has used a boolean search in conjunction with SeekOut's filtering capabilities to look for a specialized healthcare professional near West Palm Beach, Florida, and returned more than 2,000 comprehensive candidate profiles.

John’s search in SeekOut used the same criteria Irina searched for (i.e., anesthesiology, emergency room, or pain management medical specialties and West Palm Beach as a location) and returned 2,200 profiles. Over 1,200 of the returned profiles didn’t have a LinkedIn profile, but SeekOut’s contact information and messaging features provide ways to reach these candidates. 

In addition to finding physicians and pharmacists in SeekOut’s healthcare pool, there is also a pool for registered nurses in more than 45 US states and territories. SeekOut Insights provides additional talent pool data and information to better inform hiring strategies. 

A screenshot of SeekOut's webinar "Advanced sourcing for healthcare professionals" featuring co-founder John Tippett demoing some of SeekOut's Power Filters in the new nursing talent pool.

With more than 90 nursing Power Filters, you can run complex queries easily to find nursing talent with the specialties and experience you’re looking for. Some SeekOut clients send physical mail to candidates, so we’ve built in the ability to send letters to candidates to increase engagement, says John. 

If you don’t have the time to do all the manual work yourself, SeekOut provides a more efficient process so your talent team can focus more time on candidate experience. 

Want to learn more?

We’re grateful for Irina’s technical expertise and masterclass in finding healthcare talent with publicly available sources. If you want to catch the entire conversation, watch the on-demand webinar

If you’re looking for a people-first sourcing tool that can help you optimize efficiency, request a live demo with one of our experts and see for yourself how SeekOut can give you a competitive advantage in identifying and engaging healthcare talent.

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