Useful Tips for Your Nursing Job Search
Congratulations! You’ve just graduated from your Nursing school and here you are, searching for your very first nursing job!
Nursing job search can be often challenging and stressful, however, there are tips to make your nursing job search quite easier.
These days, nurses have many choices of where they want to work. But how are you going to find the best job that fits your skill and personality?
Here are 6 useful tips for your nursing job search:
1. Review your CV
The first and most important thing of all is to review and update your CV. One of the most important parts of your CV is past or present experience.
If you don’t have any related experience, make sure to feature your educational background and any certifications obtained.
It is really important to highlight skills and experience that is related to Nursing. It is very common among job seekers to create a generic CV that will use to apply to a variety of job posts.
Recruiters though will ask themselves “What does that have to do with nursing?” So, make sure to highlight in your CV any nursing related skills you have.
2. Stay organized
Create a list and keep track of where you have applied. Track your applications, dates, and whether you have received a reply or not. It’s important to know where you stand, so that you avoid blunders and be prepared in case a recruiting agency or an employer contacts you.
3. Become more “Sociable”
Expanding your online profiles (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) and connecting with co-workers, fellow students, etc. will help you increase your connections and friends and have access to more job opportunities.
A great idea also is to check our Facebook page! We are updating it very often with updated and new job postings!
4. Check job requirements
Read the job postings very carefully and check if you meet all the criteria and see if there any other requirements for this job posting.
5. Sign up for nursing job alerts
Remember when applying to job openings time is very valuable. Recruiters are receiving hundreds of applications during the first 24 or 48 hours. At some point, recruiters are starting to cut off and discard applications. You could sign up to job alerts and receive e-mail notifications or browser notifications with new job postings. Remember to apply with an engaging cover letter, a detailed CV and meet requirements!
6. Prepare for the interview
There are some nurses, who feel nervous before and during the interview! Are you one of them? If yes, don’t worry! We have the perfect tips so you can feel relaxed, prepared and comfortable for your interview!
Make sure to sleep well the day before the interview
There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep! Losing hours of sleep because of stress will do only harm to you! Avoid doing things that may decrease the quality and quantity of your sleep.
Learn more about your future employer and the facility
Your recruiter may ask some questions about the facility, so you have to be prepared to answer all of them! It should be wise to study and learn as much as you can about the employer or the facility. This will boost your confidence even more!
Practice possible questions
Practice with a relative or a friend of yours some possible questions the recruiter may ask you:
- Why do you want this job?
- Why do you think you’re a good nurse and how can you evidence this?
- What are you most proud of in your nursing career to date?
- What would others say about you in three words?
- Do you have any questions for us?
- Tell us about a mistake you have been involved with
Make a list with your weaknesses and strengths
Most recruiters like to discuss with your weaknesses and strengths, so get prepared and create a list. Practice the answers you are going to give very carefully, until they sound naturally as your name, your address, etc.
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and make sure to dress as nicely as possible without being over the top formal.
We hope this article has helped your nursing job search! With these tips job search does not have to overwhelming anymore!
You are more than welcome to check our nursing job openings as well!