One of the best kept hiring secrets is to take advantage of the summer months, or any time in which your job post has the largest chance to be seen. Our research on eye care hiring shows that there is no dip in ECP jobseeker activity during the summer. In fact, a lot of jobseekers look to the summer as a particularly great time to apply for new jobs when they have more time in general.

There is a national shortage of trained ophthalmic and optometric talent. Eye care employers need to use smart strategies to reach jobseekers where they are with the right timing.

Read on for more reasons why now is the time to post a job (even if you don’t yet have a job open). During the month of July, get extra help to get the word out about your job.


The Ability to Attract Applicants While on Your Vacation

Post a job before you go on vacation, and you’ll be glad you did later. A good practice for eye care hiring is to post a job about two weeks before you plan to even review candidates. This gives applicants the time to find the post and get in their materials. Most of us wait to post a job until we really, really need someone, however, you can’t expect a response from a skilled applicant in 24 hours. That’s just not how it works in eye care.

But you can be wise about when you wait. It won’t feel like time wasted if you’re on vacation! You can rejuvenate, while still getting things done. Hiring technologies like our online applicant tracking system, targeted job ads, candidate assessments, and Connect2Hire jobseeker e-blasts that you can send for FREE in July, a $199 savings), do the work for you so that you return to qualified candidates and the tools to evaluate them.

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Jobseekers are Looking for Jobs Now

The best way to get ahead of your hiring needs is to anticipate what roles you might be hiring for a year or more in the future. Most jobs in eye care take 90-days from post to hire, and we’ve outlined the steps and planning that it entails. If you plan ahead, you’ll discover that the jobs you’ll need through the end of the year, should really be posted online now.

Consider the rush of the fall season. Almost everyone becomes more busy, including jobseekers who are parents or have more work at their current jobs. Due to the shortage of eye care staff, you’ll be recruiting jobseekers who already have a job, but want to trade up. We have thousands of these jobseekers on our list. They are qualified and experienced so that’s perfect for you, but you have to compete for them.

If you miss out on attracting them now, your job ad just becomes one of the many posted in September. Attract the best talent by posting a job when the best jobseekers with jobs have more free time to look.

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College Grads are Searching for Jobs Now

Looking to hire an recent graduate? This is the time to reach those eager to find their first job out of college, and our recent study shows how to attract them.

If you haven’t considered hiring this type, check out the list below of the benefits of hiring recent college graduates:

  • Comfortable with technology and social media platforms
  • Good at accepting change and are excited for it
  • Willing to ask questions and learn
  • Bring new and fresh ideas to the table


There is More Space and Time to Hire and Train

Does your eye care practice slow down over the summer? If so, this is a big win for your hiring needs. Take advantage of the extra time you have and find the best applicants and hire right for you. Make it easy on yourself by balancing your workload with busy and less busy months.

This is also a perfect time to train new employees. Identify the most challenging time of year, when you need your best team, and work backwards to determine the correct timeline for training. You might be surprised to find that you really do need to post a job now to get where you want to be.

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Take a calculated approach to the science of hiring, and you’ll find the summer months lend a lot of opportunity. Get a FREE Connect2Hire e-blast during the month of July and reach thousands of jobseekers directly with just one click.