Each year for the last five years, Texas Health Resources, a Dallas/Fort Worth-based nonprofit health system, with more than 21,000 employees, has seen its revenues rise annually an average of 11.7 percent.
The faith-based health system serves a 16-county area that is roughly the size of the state of Maryland, and includes dozens of hospitals, more than 30 outpatient facilities and a physicians’ group practice. Officials attribute the system’s rapid growth in part to demographics: The Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of the largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States.
Texas Health’s mission is “to improve the health of people in communities.” Like many health systems its size, Texas Health uses a broad range of healthcare professionals, including nurses, patient support, allied health professionals, healthcare administrators and information technology professionals.
Nursing recruiter Maggie Winter says the company values employees who are compassionate and do excellent work.
“You have to know what you’re doing and you have to have your heart in the right place,” she says.
How to read a job posting
Winter says the job postings are simple and easy to understand. “It tells about the job, the basic qualifications and the requirements. Some are required and some are more preferred. Be diligent about reading the posting,” she says. “Some read the top part and don’t read the entire posting.”
Making your approach
Winter encourages job seekers to keep their resumes simple, short and to avoid getting overly creative by using color. A simple black-and-white resume will suffice, she says. Keep the resume to one or two pages, even if you have a lot of experience. You can always add more information later when prompted, she says.
The interview process involves a few steps, including a phone screen with the candidate that lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and an organizational assessment to determine the fitness of the candidate for the position. Then the application is forwarded to the hiring manager.
Advice for seasoned professionals
Company officials say make yourself standout by having an excellent resume that is reflective of the job you are applying for — and don’t hesitate to follow-up.
Winter says if you don’t see a position on the company’s site that interests you, you can specify the kind of position you’re looking for and receive an email notification when it is available.
“Current experience is a good selling point,” she says. “We’re always looking for people who are willing to grow. We are a very progressive company. We are looking for people willing to embrace those changes.”
Advice for recent graduates
Make sure you have the requisite experience for the position — and be persistent, company officials say.
Once you get a job there, take advantage of the tuition reimbursement program, which provides $5,250 a year for full-time clinical employees and $4,000 a year for nonclinical employees. Part-time clinical and nonclinical employees get half of those amounts.
© Health Callings, Dice Holdings Inc., 2013