Finding a job can be complicated, even for a nurse. The last thing students want is to pass all the difficult nursing classes only to find themselves unemployed. Getting that first nursing job takes the right combination of qualifications, experience, luck, and a successful interview. Even if you are avoiding the most common mistakes of job hunters, there may be some things you are overlooking that are causing you to be rejected time and time again. Check to see if you are making these mistakes. If so, correct them, and you could finally land the job you have always wanted.
Use the Right Words
Even if your resume is sleek and free of spelling and grammar errors, you can lose an employer by using the wrong wording. Make sure to fill your nursing resume with powerful keywords that imply action and that show your experiences, achievements, and accomplishments in the best possible light. Using the best healthcare buzzwords and terms can put your resume at the front of the hiring manager’s mind.
Read the Job Description
Make sure you meet or exceed every listed requirement for the position before applying. Hiring managers will not even consider an application that does not meet the listed requirements, and you are wasting your time by trying. If you find that you are missing out on job after job due to the same missing skill or experience, consider taking a course or other training to meet the need and to qualify you for more positions. As a bonus, pursuing additional training shows potential employers that you are dedicated and driven and will make you a more desirable candidate.
Refine Your Tactics
Social networking is more important to job seekers now than ever before. Use Monster and similar sites to find jobs in your area. Set up an account and post your resume online. In addition, use NursingLink and LinkedIn to find and maintain valuable connections in the industry. The more you make yourself known and respected, the better your chances of getting the job you want.
Work on Your Presentation
Make sure you are dressing professionally at interviews and that your appearance is clean, neat, and worthy of a nursing position. Be polite and confident during the interview and be prepared to answer questions succinctly. Do not be afraid to tell what you can bring to the hospital or organization, just make sure not to be arrogant or boastful. End the interview with a polite thank you and the satisfaction of knowing you put your best foot forward.
Have Realistic Expectations
If you are just out of nursing school, you may have to set your sights a bit lower than your ultimate dream job. Be realistic about career, salary, and benefits that are possible with your level of experience and go for those positions. You can always work your way up to your dream job as you gain experience and build your professional reputation.
Looking for your first nursing job can be frustrating. Follow these tips to ensure that you are giving the job search your all and you may find yourself working sooner than you ever thought possible.