Job Search Tips for Home Health Aide Jobs

Finding home health aide jobs can be an irritating process. You need multiple sources of information to be sure of finding a job efficiently. If you live in the US, you can find pages of ads online. The jobs can be scattered all over the country and be many different types.

Using The Job Boards

The job boards have to have their searches narrowed down considerably to be useful. These are some easy search formats:

  • Dates: Stick to 14 days. Anything over 2 weeks old isn't worth looking at.
  • Region: Regional search is sometimes better than other location searches, because while towns or suburbs are often left out, regional details aren't.
  • Specialty: If you specialize in a particular area of health care, it's the best and quickest way to remove extraneous elements from your search.

It is important that when you search, you do not use "home health aide," without refining the search because you will get everything in the last few months. Find the most effective sites in your area, and bookmark them. You can keep track of everything with a simple daily search or two. (Remember many big job boards constantly update.)

Non-Internet Job Search

The demand for home health aides is very high, and the jobs are there, but for most people that's not how to find them. The problem with online job ads is that you need regular and reliable sources of information to find work. A hit or miss search isn't enough.

Recruiters, local hospitals, county services, community services and other conventional sources are possible sources of jobs, but it's best to concentrate directly on the home health care sector. The problem with these types of jobs is that they tend to be variants of home health care, like Meals On Wheels, or other services, but not the full home health care service.

The local and state home health agencies are your best source of information. It's usually best to start with the major city agencies, particularly the health agency franchises. These are very easy to find, and you can check out and compare employment possibilities while you're at it.

The health agencies can provide you with a great deal of information and some opportunities to put your name forward for a job. Agencies provide the bulk of home health care. They're a sort of ongoing snapshot of the entire local industry. They can tell you in seconds anything you need to know about the local employment market. It's well worth your while doing some cold canvassing with these agencies, and sending them your resume if they're prepared to put you on their books. It's quite likely they will put you on their list, because their business is based on meeting demand, and they often need to fill in positions which are vacant and balance numbers of staff against jobs.

If you're an experienced home health aide, you may be able to climb the promotion ladder quite quickly in a local agency. Experienced supervisors are always required in any area of health care, and in home health aide work someone who knows the role well is invaluable.