Workforce Hacks: 3 Things Companies Are Looking for in New Hires
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Nothing beats the excitement of starting a new career and seeing your future change in front of you. The challenging part is how to get started and access that new career — that’s where the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) can help.
WIOA offers grants that help you train for an in-demand career field. That means you could receive an education and enter into a new career without paying anything out-of-pocket.
Once you’ve received approval for WIOA funds, it’s important to choose a career field where employers have vacancies and a school that helps you build that career.
Below are some of the top skills employers look for when hiring – and qualities you should make sure your school offers.
1. Nationally Recognized Certification
Credentialing helps in proving your qualifications to employers. It can also give you an edge over other applicants. Look for a program that leads to a nationally recognized certification—so no matter where you apply, your credentials will matter.
MedCerts offers dual or multi-certification programs.. When you finish one of those programs, you can prepare for your choice of credentialing exams. Credentials are nationally recognized and offered by organizations like the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and CompTIA.
2. Training in Fields With Vacancies
Certain fields need an influx of qualified candidates more than others. In healthcare, for example, 31% of leaders report that they don’t have enough candidates available to meet their needs. Almost 25% don’t trust the qualifications of new hires.
Look for a WIOA-approved school that will help you to become a candidate that organizations need most. MedCerts offers more than two dozen programs geared toward certification in high-demand career fields like billing and coding, medical assisting, and pharmacy support.
3. Vetting From Trusted Sources
In fields like healthcare, candidate qualifications can’t be an issue. Employers need to know that the person they bring on board is ready for the role. They may not feel comfortable taking the candidate at their word. Even references can be questionable if the employer doesn't know the training provider or previous employer that the candidate lists.
MedCerts has a strong workforce partnership program and has built relationships with employers across the country. Students can get guaranteed interviews and training placements at top companies like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Ochsner Health, and the American Red Cross. We also work with top staffing agency Aerotek to get your foot in the door with other companies.
Making Your Decision
The right school will be one that sets you up for success, both in the job market and in your future career. Look for a training provider that offers hands-on learning, personalized student support, and certification opportunities in high-demand fields.
Check out job placement services, too. After all, that’s why you’re on this journey in the first place—to get started on your dream career.
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