Guest Blog Post by: Erica Moss – Community Manager for Nursing at Georgetown's Online Master's in Nursing.
Finding a job that’s just right for you can become an arduous task. Luckily, nursing is one of the most in-demand professions in the healthcare industry. Because of this, however, the need to stand out to potential employers is critical to success in searching for a nursing job. Follow these tips to help jump-start your job search and allow yourself to shine brighter than the competition.
Update Your Resume and Cover Letter
Your resume and/or cover letter are the fundamental documents used in marketing yourself to potential employers. Use these documents wisely by ensuring that your job goals are clearly defined and your qualifications highlighted. Understand that brevity is key in describing the items that make you an ideal candidate, so make sure that your descriptions are concise without detracting from the importance of your accomplishments. It’s also good to note that cover letters should be tailored to each employer, so take a few minutes to get to know who you’re applying to work for and personalize the language of your cover letter. This shows employers that you have a vested interest in working for them and aren’t going about your job search blindly.
Know What You Want
Your resume should be somewhat reflective of your short- and long-term career goals. To that end, you should frame your job objective to match what you see for your career in the long term. Work experience should be relevant to the position for which you are applying. Listing a job you had more than 10 years ago serves little purpose, unless that position included experience that speaks directly to what you would be doing as a nurse. Search for jobs that match your salary, responsibility and relocation expectations.
The Internet is a Tool, Use It
Aside from the typical channels most computer-savvy job-seekers use to obtain work, there is an abundance of career resource sites available specifically for nurses seeking employment. One in particular is Nursing Careers Resource Guide, a free comprehensive resource detailing certification requirements for various nursing positions for all 50 states.
If you’re applying for a position that requires knowledge and regular use of social media and other internet technologies, you might want to impress your prospective employer by demonstrating just how tech-savvy you are. To this end, there are online services, which can help. Hagan Blount, for example, is a graphic designer who can turn your resume into an infographic. This fun and engaging version of your resume will grab the eye of health care institutions that are looking for staff familiar with the Internet and able to use it in innovative ways.
Utilize Your Networking Capabilities
Once you’ve utilized the online resources available to nurses, it might be worth your time to consider tapping into social media networks for potential opportunities. These networks are robust with information and on-going conversations that are pertinent to the health care industry. Starting a blog and interacting in these conversations can help you stand out from the crowd. Creating connections with bloggers and Twitter users can put you in contact with industry leaders and professionals who may be willing to aid you in your job search if they see your passion and involvement.
Stay the Course
Typical job searches can take anywhere from six months to one year. If employers aren’t knocking down your door right away, don’t let this deter you. Be patient and don’t give up on your goals. Positive thinking contributes to success in all facets of life. In time, you will find the job that’s right for you.
About the Author: Erica Moss is the Community Manager for Nursing at Georgetown's Online Master's in Nursing.