3 Worst Things To Do When Applying for a Job

As credentialing specialists at MEDRelief Staffing, we see every applicant who comes through looking for a job. Most days, we are swamped with multiple applications at a time, and there are rare occasions where we have reached out to everyone by the end of the day. After doing this job for over a year, it still surprises me when a candidate does not finish the application process. Here are 3 of the WORST things you can do when applying for a job.

1. Not reading the full email

A problem we have with a few of our applicants is they aren’t reading the full email. When a recruiter sends out their application email, there are multiple steps to follow in order to complete our application. More often than not, we have called someone to follow-up, and they admit they did not know they were required to do more work.  We process dozens of applications a day, so candidates should not expect any handholding to get cleared.

Other important emails include, but are not limited to: DocuSign paperwork, Relias Learning exam information, and drug screen registration forms. It is essential applicants read the instructions and make sure they know what they’re agreeing to. A lot of questions we get asked can be answered in our emails and paperwork. For example, “Can I get a different LabCorp location in XXXXX zip code?” or “If I sign the waiver, can I still be considered for XYZ facility?”  We understand applicants are eager to start working, but the application can be quickly cleared in two to three days if candidates properly complete it.

2. Not Being Honest

Other situations that can delay the application process would be how honest a candidate is with a recruiter and credentialing specialists.  Sometimes a candidate doesn’t have items required by us or a facility, and they don’t let us know until the last minute. One time specifically, the candidate in question told their recruiter they had their covid vaccination already, but when it came time to turn it in, they told me they are not vaccinated and signed the waiver. This candidate was being submitted to a hospital position which required the vaccination. Because this was during a time when getting a vaccine appointment was nearly impossible, it delayed their application and they lost out on the contract opportunity.

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3. Continuing the Process Without Planning to Follow Through

Sometimes, when we call a candidate to finish their application process, we find out they had been—or are leaving—on a vacation, are planning a big event coming up, or were only trying to see what was being offered. It’s okay for a candidate to say, “I do not want to continue the application at this time.” It saves us the time of reaching out and move on to the next candidate. If the time isn’t right, or if something important is coming up, then it’s okay to delay the application process as long as it is communicated with us.

We’re Here to Help

With the rise of technological advancements, and staffing agencies going fully digital, sometimes the application process can be a little difficult to complete. Not everyone will be familiar with the use of a computer or don’t have direct access to one. Sometimes it can be hard to use some of the programs when you’re not using them on a regular basis. A person’s work ethic won’t be put into question just because they need extra help getting started. Examples of a great candidate would be someone who is willing to admit they need help, can take constructive criticism without being offended, and is respectful and polite when we are trying to help them. Recruiters, credentialing, and staffing coordinators are only a phone call away, and if needed, it is always possible to make an appointment to come into the office.


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