Every nurse is looking for a job. Even the best nurses may not find the right nursing job after years of dedication and hard work. The nursing labor market is tight and competition for available nursing jobs can be fierce. A successful resume, an impressive list of skills, and a glowing recommendation – all of these can help you land a job as a registered nurse in the hospital or as an outpatient nurse at a clinic. However, it cannot overcome the power of a great recruiting effort. Fortunately, there are ways to make sure that your nurse recruiter is helping you get the best possible start in your career. Read on to learn what to expect when working with a nurse recruiter and how to keep your recruiter happy so that you can focus on becoming an insurer’s best employee.
What to Expect from a Nurse Recruiter
When you’re looking for a new job, it’s best to get in touch with every contact that you know about nursing. However, if you’re lucky enough to be located in a major city, you may have a hard time finding a job without the assistance of a recruiter. If you choose not to work with a recruiter, you may end up spending the majority of your job search without any contact from a hiring organization. This is completely understandable, and it’s probably for the best. Every so often, though, you may come across a nurse recruiter who seems to know her job better than the rest. Such was the case with one of my former classmates. This classmate had managed to land a job as a nursing assistant at a private facility. As part of her new job, she was responsible for taking care of dozens of patients. She brought her enthusiasm for her new career to work, and her coworkers were quickly won over by her positive attitude and infectious laugh. This is how the story should have ended, but things did not go as planned.
Create a great Resume
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that your resume is as impressive as possible. You may have heard that it’s best to double-check your resume against the organization’s job postings, but you would be surprised by how often that is not done properly. Your resume should highlight your strongest assets, and it should be keyword-rich so that it appears highly relevant to the jobs that you’re applying for. In addition to listed job duties, make sure that your resume highlights your experience, education, and certification. Make your resume stand out from the pack by using any of the following techniques: Use bold, colorful language that stands out in a sea of black and white resumes. Be sure to list any certifications or licenses that you have, and make note of the industry in which you are certified or licensed. Be sure to include a clear description of your duties and the specific situations in which you have been trained to deliver patient care. It is best to list your former jobs as corresponding to your new roles, in order to give prospective employers a better understanding of how you will handle various situations. Be sure to highlight your strengths in various categories such as areas of specialization, patient skills, and leadership. This will show employers that you have the necessary skills to handle various situations and will help you stand out among the competition.
Network and Build Relationships
Not every employer is going to go looking for the best workers. Some are going to take a wait-and-see approach and only look into applications made by employees who they believe might be a good fit for their organization. Others may even use biased or suspect job indexes in order to screen potential employees. You do not need to be an extreme infiltrator to make an impact on a company’s recruiting efforts. Networking is a must when you’re looking to land a job, and the only way to do that is through collaboration with the people that you work with every day. As soon as you start sharing common interests, the sky’s the limit. You may even want to consider forming a club or networking group with other employees who are interested in the same career field as you are. While you should always be prepared to share your skills, experiences, and expertise, you should also be prepared to offer a bit of yourself. Take the time to get to know your coworkers on a personal level. Build friendships and relationship with colleagues that will help you stayrelevant and engaged in the field.
Be Proficient in Using the Internet
One of the best ways to get a head start in the job search is to get yourself connected with the right online resources. You should be using online tools and services such as LinkedIn, Google, and Facebook to connect with other employees, managers, and HR leaders who may be able to help you during your search. Make sure that you are up-to-date on industry trends and that you are keeping yourself informed about any changes in your industry. Follow news and issues that are important to you and your industry in order to stay informed about what is happening in the nursing field.
Be Patient and Flexible
It’s crucial that you are patient when it comes to the process of finding a job. You should never give up when you’re not seeing any results. No one ever said that job search is going to be easy, and it’s important that you stay committed to finding a job that you can be both proud of and satisfied with. In addition to patience, it’s important that you are flexible with your schedule. You should never set a goal and then spend the majority of your day looking for jobs. It’s better to be prepared for anything and take advantage of opportunities when they arise. When you’re ready to start applying for nursing jobs, you should be open-minded about the types of positions that you might apply for. Some positions, such as inpatient nursing, may require a certain level of pre-certification, while others are open to any nurse who is prepared to work hard for a few years before receiving their certification. Whatever the requirements may be, it’s important to be patient and flexible with your schedule so that you can make sure you are always available when a job opening comes up.
Stay Up-To-date on Industry Trends
It’s important that you stay up-to-date on industry trends in order to stay competitive in the job market. This may require a bit of research into your own sector in order to get up-to-speed, but it’s worth it. It’s better to be slightly behind than to miss out on a great opportunity because you were not up-to-date on current trends. While trends are volatile, companies are constantly looking for people who are willing to work as an employee member of a team. If you keep up with the latest industry news, you may discover that a former co-worker is seeking a job in a field that you formerly worked in. This is a great opportunity to connect and learn from another industry leader.
The nursing field is a hard one to crack, but with a little bit of effort and luck, you will definitely be successful. It’s important that you keep your eyes and ears open while looking for work, as there are bound to be opportunities that are disguised as advertisements. Your best bet is to be prepared with clear and concise job search strategies, networking with the right people, and most importantly – try to find a job that you enjoy. Good luck in your job search.