Whether you’ve just recently earned your certification and are looking for your first Home Health Aide job, or are in a new town and looking for an employer, the following guide provides useful tips to make your search easier.
From resume writing to pointers on how best to approach your interview, we have you covered!
Finding Home Health Aide Jobs – The Definitive Guide
The following guide outlines a step-by-step process for finding a job in the home healthcare industry. While it is by no means the only way to approach your search, it does incorporate many of the “best practices” recommended by most human resource and staffing professionals (e.g. Kelly Services).
Step One – Identify Your Strengths
The first step in any job search is taking an honest inventory of the specific strengths you can bring to an employer as an HHA. Ideally, you should list out what you feel that you do well, and include a couple of examples as evidence. By mapping out this information in advance, you’ll be better able to organize your resume in Step Two below.
Step Two – Write a Targeted Resume
Once you’ve inventoried your strengths and prepared some anecdotal examples, you’ll be ready to start writing your resume. However, contrary to what most job seekers do, you’ll want to create a resume that is highly-targeted toward the specific type of job you want.
In other words, let’s assume that your preference is to work in a home setting where you care for elderly clients at their residences. Your resume should accentuate things that will appeal to employers in that particular niche.
Step Three – Clean Up Your Social Media Presence
In this day and age of social media, it is increasingly common for employers to review applicants’ social media accounts prior to hiring them. This typically includes looking up the person on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. to see if there are inappropriate photos, videos or comments or anything else that may indicate that you have a questionable character.
That being said, make sure that you clean up your online presence, or at least hide anything you don’t want a prospective employer to see before applying for jobs.
Step Four – Identify Employers in Your Area
While sites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com and Indeed.com can be a tremendous help in finding job opportunities near you, there is a variety of other resources you should use as well. The following list features some of the most-worthwhile ones.
- Local newspapers
- Job boards at community centers
- The career center at your HHA training location
- Directly contacting local employers
- Social networking within the home care community
Step Five – Submit Your Resume and Job Application
With the first four steps completed, you’re now ready to start contacting prospective employers about Home Health Aide job openings. Although not necessarily required, it is a good idea to include a cover letter introducing yourself and explaining why you’re a good fit for the position in question as this tends to help your resume find its way onto the reviewing manager’s desk.
Step Six – Get Ready for Interviews
It is important to start preparing yourself for job interviews before you even get your first call-back. Your preparation should include the following:
- Write down a list of questions to ask each employer
- Make sure that you have appropriate clothes to wear to the interview
- Practice body language and answering obvious questions
- Buy a binder to bring extra copies of your resume and a notepad
In the words of Benjamin Disraeli, “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes”, and this adage certainly applies to job interviews. By practicing for a successful interview, you can greatly increase your chances of having one.
Step Seven – After the Interview
The process for finding an HHA job does not end with your interview, obviously. The whole point of Steps One – Six was simply to help you secure an interview, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get the job.
After your job interview, it is always good form to send a thank you letter or email to the interviewing manager. You will also want to follow-up via email or a phone call after several days just to show that your interest in the position is high, and to keep your name at the forefront.
More Resources for Finding HHA Jobs
In addition to the job search tools recommended in this guide, you may also want to check out the following websites for additional assistance in find a Home Health Aide job.