Nursing Jobs Archive
Whether you are a new graduate seeking your first nursing job or an experienced nurse seeking a new opportunity within your current area of practice or transition into a new area, job search can be a time-consuming and challenging task. However, just a little planning will go a long way in helping you to obtain the nursing job of your choice. Before you start, one caveat is that it is generally not a good idea to discuss your job search with present colleagues as they could inadvertently mention it to your current supervisor and jeopardize your future employment with the facility.
How to Find a Nursing Job: 8 Tips for a fast nursing job search
1.Know what you want. Before you begin your job search take some time to review your career goals and the most important factors with regard to a new job. For some people, the most important consideration will be salary, for others it will be the opportunity to transition into a new specialty, while for still others the type of setting will be the determining factor. Inventory your priorities and then target only those opportunities that are aligned with this list. Targeted job search is much more effective than one based on ambiguous goals.
2. Contact employers directly
a) Depending on the type of setting you prefer, contact the human resource departments of local medical centers, physician offices, nursing care facilities, school systems, home health agencies, or corporate health departments. While it can be hard to place a cold call, this will generally be more effective than sending an email with your résumé.
b) Peruse the Web site of facilities, especially the “Careers” page for available nursing opportunities. In many cases, you will be asked to submit an online application and attach your résumé. Make sure that you have a text version of your résumé so that formatting is removed as this does not always translate correctly.
3. Use recruiters wisely. Working with recruiters can give you access to non-advertised jobs while also allowing you to apply for multiple opportunities since most recruiters will distribute your résumé to several employers. Before the recruiter begins to submit your résumé,, openly discuss your career goals and the type of work environment you prefer. In this way, the recruiter will limit the search to only those opportunities which match your preferences.
4. Surf the Net. Don’t limit your search for nursing jobs to only the major boards (e.g. Monster, CareerBuilder) but tap into nursing and healthcare job boards as well (e.g. nursingjobs.com; healthcareers.com; allnurses.com, etc.) Nursing job boards post opportunities nationwide and are an excellent resource for job-related information, such as salary surveys. While it is true that the major job boards list many nursing positions, it is also true that the competition for these jobs will be keen while there may not be as much as many job seekers perusing the niche boards.
5. Contact your school’s placement office. Your nursing school’s career center likely has a database of employers that it has established relationships with, along with a list of current job vacancies. Career centers are an excellent venue to network and obtain industry-related information (e.g. information regarding “hot” nursing careers and salary surveys).
6. Network. Everyone you come into contact with on a daily basis could be a help during your job search. This includes, family, friends, former colleagues and supervisors, the local librarian and community acquaintances. You never know who these people may know so mention your job search to everyone you come across. Many job seekers create business cards and hand them to everyone in their circle of influence and beyond. Keep in mind that hiring managers are much more likely to interview people who have been referred by a mutual acquaintance.
7. Social media is popular. Social medial sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have become important tools for nursing candidates and employers to connect, even at great distances. As such, social media can be a great resource for those nurses seeking to relocate and identify ursing jobs in other parts of the country—or around the world. Join groups and participate in on-going discussions. Be sure that your contributions will provide information of value to the community. Don’t mention your job search initially but work to build a presence and develop relationships. Keep in mind the reciprocal nature of network and be ready to offer something of value to your contacts, such as links to articles they may find interesting, information on upcoming events, or a referral to someone in your circle of influence.
8. Explore all options. If you have some flexibility with regard to type of environment you wish to work, explore the many opportunities available outside of traditional hospital settings and private physician offices.
– School nurses: work in elementary, secondary schools as well as community colleges and universities. This can be a great option if you would like to have the summer off.
– Health insurance companies need nurses to review insurance claims for instances of fraud. If working a traditional schedule is important to you, then this could be a great career choice.
– Assisted living centers and retirement communities. In contrast to nursing facilities these settings are home to active seniors who often still require certain healthcare services. With the aging of the population, this is an area of nursing that will continue to offer attractive employment opportunities.
– Nursing colleges and universities that seek nursing faculty. There is a critical shortage of nursing faculty at both the undergraduate and graduate levels which accounts for the reduced numbers of nursing students. However, in most cases, you will need to possess at least a master’s degree to be eligible for a faculty position.
– Travel nursing offers wonderful opportunities for those who would like to combine a nursing career with travel. Most assignment last from two to nine months and are available in all areas of nursing. Most travel nurse agencies offer health benefits and sign-on bonuses, the amount of which will depend on your area of specialty, if any. This is an opportunity open to both LPNs and RNs.