Things You Need to Know Before Landing a Nursing Job
Nurses looking to land that first job after graduating needs to pull out all the stops, exhibit traits like confidence, leadership and commitment all of which no doubt will play a part in their professional victories. Here’s our advice on what you should know before landing a nursing job
Try to identify your preferred nursing ‘field’ as early as possible.
Know the field you’d like to go for and starts jockeying for student placements in that field. Disagree with that wait-and-see mentality. You have to advocate for what’s important to you.
Problem: I’m really not sure what type of nursing I want to do.
It can be a challenge to know what route you want to take, In that case, advocate for as many experiences while in school as you can. Network. Ask to tag along with a nurse for one day. Really think about a job in terms of where you want to live and what you want to get out of it. The point is to zero in on a field that you’re really motivated by early on so you can focus and target your job hunting energies.
When necessary, consider starting out in a different field with internal transfer in mind.
It’s a lot easier to transfer from within than to get in later from the outside. you can work in a placement at another field which can lead to an opening for an internal posting for another unit and can lead you to a job breakthrough.
Do not skip the cover letter — and make it personalized, detailed, personable.
Cover letters are a big secret to getting a job. Study the job description in a posting and make specific references, You can even use the same language, to match it with your own experience. If a skill or kind of experience is preferred, and you don’t have it, You can even mention that you are happy to learn the skill.
Seek outside sources to assist in cover letter, resume and interviewing.
Researching how to write a cover letter and resume also can help you land two call backs for which you can get offers on both jobs. Many resumes contain typos. It just leaves a bad impression especially in today’s age of automated spell check and if you are still not confident in your resume and cover letter writing skills, invest in an expert.
Apply to a lot of jobs.
Apply to anything and everything, even if you’re not 100 percent sure where you want to work. You never know for sure what you will find, and how it might be right for you, until you do an interview.